Categories: clam_chatter
      Date: Mar 10, 2013
     Title: Top Clam Alumni 3/4 - 3/10
Now the the NESCAC's have kicked off, everyone's in play...this is when condensing all the strong performances into a Top 10 List gets tough

1. JOHN JENNINGS (Colby / Senior / Attack)
Saturday, 3/9: 5 goals vs. Amherst, W 11-10
Comments: What a way for the senior standout to begin his senior campaign, getting Colby off on the right foot, and laying the groundwork for a season potential some believe could garner John perhaps overdue All-American recognition.

2. NATE MENNINGER (Hamilton / freshman / LSM)
Saturday, 3/9: 13 of 20 at face-off X, 10 ground balls, 1 goal vs. #5 Tufts, W 10-9
Sunday, 3/10: 1 goal, 6 face-offs won, 5 GB's
Comments: As was the case with John Jennings above, Hamilton would not have won on Saturday without Nate. I cannot remember a more all-around dominant performance from a freshman, let alone in his first college game, against a team in the top 5 in the country to boot. Dropping Nate to #2 was his cooler performance on Sunday, when Hamilton fell to Wesleyan (though Nate did tally his 2nd goal in as many games).

3. CHRISTIAN DALLMUS (McDaniel / junior / goalie)
Wednesday, 3/7: 13 saves, 11 goals against, 54.2 pct. save pct., McDaniel wins 1st game of season 12-11 vs. Goucher
Saturday: 15 saves, 68.2 save pct., McDaniel wins 2nd of season 19-10 vs. Marywood
Comments: After a very tough start for the Green Terror, Dallmus and his teammates seem to be righting the ship, not easy after dropping their first 4 contests.

4. DEREK SWEET (#3 Lynchburg / senior / attack)
Wednesday, 3/6: 1 goal, 4 assists for team-high 5 points as Lynchburg beat Marywood 15-4
Sunday: 2 goals, as Lynchburg lost a nailbiter 11-12 to #14 Gettysburg
Comments: Derek had a really nice week of play, despite the tough loss; his 13 points are good for 2nd on the team, and tops among Hornets attackmen.

5. CHASE MURPHY (#18 Colorado College / freshman / goalie)
Friday, 3/8: 9 saves, 0 goals against, 100% save pct., W 23-3 vs. Trine
Comments: It certainly doesn't seem like Trine presented a ton of opposition, but a freshman goalie pitching a shutout for a top 20 team (Colorado stands at #18) is what it is.

6.  JOHN RICCIARDI (Roger Williams / junior / midfield)
Wednesday, 3/6: 1 goal, 1 assist vs. Lasell, W 11-0
Saturday, 3/9: 1 goal, 1 assist, team-high 4 GB's vs Wheaton, W 9-8
Comments: Known as a workhorse among those familiar with the Roger Williams program, John is a big part of Roger Williams's hot 2-0 start.

7. ALEX BUNICK (Babson / sophomore / midfield)
Tuesday, 3/5: 1 assist, 6GB, Game-ball winning performance, W 11-8 vs. Eastern Connecticut
Saturday, 3/9: 4GB, 1 caused turnover, L 6-10 vs. Union
Comments: Another workhorse of a middie who does far more than score, Alex's game ball-winning performance on Tuesday was pivotal in giving Babson its best start to a season since 1997.

8. TYLER MCKELVIE (Keene St. / freshman / attack)
Wednesday: 4 assists in 23-6 win vs. Salve Regina
Comments: On the Heels of his 2 goal performance to start his collegiate career, Tyler played the role of distributor this past, dishing out a team-high 4 assists as Keene St. throttled Salve Regina to reach the 2-0 mark.

9. ALEX KEIVER (Wheaton / freshman / attack)
Saturday: 3 goals in 8-9 loss to Roger Williams
Comments: Another freshman attackman enjoying a fine start to his collegiate career, Alex posted a team-high 3 goals, as Wheaton dropped a heartbreaker to Roger Williams 8-9.

10. THOMAS STANTON (Union / freshman / midfielder)
Saturday: 1 assist (his first in college), team-high 5 GB's as Union handed Babson their first loss 10-6
Comments: Tough midfielders seem be the theme of this week's top 10, so why not round out the list with another grinder. Coach Wehrum is very high on Stanton, and it's easy to see why.


TANNER POWERS (Holy Cross / So. / defense)
Tuesday, 3/5: 2 GB's, 1 caused turnover vs. Rutgers W 9-8
Saturday, 3/9: Team-high 4 GB's vs. Colgate L 14-6

TOMMY HARRISON (Denison / junior / defense)
Saturday, 3/9: Team-high 6 GB's vs Haverford, W 10-9 (3 OT)

CHRIS RYAN (Sewanee / freshman / defense/LSM)
Friday, 3/8: 3 GB's, 2 caused turnovers vs. Greensboro L 11-14
Sunday, 3/10: W 13-7 vs. Virginia Wesleyan (box score as yet unavailable, though we've been told he started and played well)