Categories: clam_chatter
      Date: Jun 18, 2013
     Title: Harvard Crimson Classic Coverage
Clams 2015's and 2016's go a combined 9-1-1 in their first outing of the summer for a great start to the '13 campaign

Overview of the weekend: The Fighting Clam teams at the Harvard team had an outstanding start to their Summer 2013 campaign, going a combined 15-1-1. Included in the wins were two excited one-goal wins to in-state rival Laxachusetts, two to north-of-the-border rival the NH Tomahawks, and decisive wins vs. in-state foes NESLL and IAS (twice).

The lone tie of the weekend came vs. Laxachusetts 2016's, who squared off in an exciting, somewhat heated and intense game that saw our '16 A's come back to tie it. Unfortunately our buzzer-beating bid fell short, but this was undoubtedly the most exciting game of the weekend for the '16 A's.

The lone loss of the weekend was a one-goal loss by the '15 A squad to a scrappy and determined 128 team (a program we also defeated once). Give credit where it's due though, they jumped up on us, and despite a determined comeback, we couldn't get over the hump. While not a bad game, this coach feels that if this team played the way it did in Saturday's final game, or either of the Sunday games, then this would not have been a loss. But that as it may, they got us.

Below are some stats, and little more of an in-depth blurb about each team. Please note that the stats will not be entirely correct, but we do our best. Ultimately, stats just provide a snapshot, and are not ultimately of high importance to our overall goal throughout the summer.

2015 A
Team Record: 4-1
Game Scores
Clams (7) vs. LXC White (6)
Clams (11) vs. 128 2015 (12)
Clams (16) vs. Gulls U-17 Green (4)
Clams (12) vs. Tomahawks Gold (5)
Clams (11) vs. Prime Time Power Penguins (8)

Comments: This team was an interesting group, as it evolved as sort of a mish-mash of A and AA players. Initially intended to be an A team, there were handful of 2015 AA Clams who could not get down to the Baltimore Kickoff due to still being in school, and decided they would prefer to play at Harvard than not play at all (good move). This team was a pleasure to watch, as it came together throughout the weekend, and looked far better in the last couple games than at the beginning of the event. Zach Elkinson and JT Kelly were very strong at the face-off X over the course of two days, and as comes as no surprise, were also the leaders in GB's with 13 and 9 respectively. Tied for second in GB's with 9 and outstanding on the defensive side of the ball was LSM TJ Noonan.

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Last

First

Position

G Totall

A Total

Points

4

Behrens

Henry

Middie

8

6

14

27

Kelly

JT

Midfield

10

3

13

26

Jung

Cam

Attack

9

2

11

35

McCarthy

Will

Midfield

6

2

8

30

Lyne

Kerry

Attack

6

1

7

37

Messina

Jay

Middie

4

2

6

15

Cushman

Max

Midfield

4

1

5

21

Elkinson

Zach

FO Midfield

1

2

3

22

Foster

Jake

Middie

3

0

3

24

Goldthwait

Clay

Attack

1

2

3

39

Noonan

TJ

Defense

1

1

2

42

Oliver

Jesse

Attack

2

0

2

2

Ambrosino

Zach

Defense/LSM

0

1

1

10

Chin

Alex

Middie

0

1

1

18

DeNucci

Andrew

Attack

0

1

1

45

Polcari

Luke

Defense

0

1

1

2016 A
Team Record: 5-0
Game Scores
Clams (9) vs. Granite St. (6)
Clams (13) vs. Houligans(1)
Clams (10) vs. NESLL Green (5)
Clams (7) vs. LXC (7)
Clams (8) vs. Kingswood (TX) (2)

Comments: Our youngest and most inexperienced team, this group certainly showed no shortage of energy, enthusiasm or toughness. This was tested in the first game of the second, when we squared off against Laxachusetts. After a slow start, we grinded our way back to tie it, then fell short in the game's final second due to a nice save by the opposing goaltender. It was a hard-fought draw, and showed our coaches that this is a team that won't back down to a challenge for years to come. As the scores suggest, this group more than took care of business in the other contests. Somewhat surprisingly it was an attackman, Jason Hughes, who led the team in GB's with 12. Callen Morris and Louis Yarmolinski paced the midfield between the lines, and each managed key goals. The defensive unit, goaltenders included (Grinspoon, 14 saves; Connolly, 13), gave a noteworthy collective effort.

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Last

First

Position

G Total

A Total

Points

87

Hincks

Johnny

Attack

11

7

18

71

Smith

Riley

Attack

5

5

10

65

Yarmolinski

Louis

Midfield

7

1

8

70

Strayton

Bennett

Attack

3

5

8

85

Hughes

Jason

Attack

6

1

7

73

Robert

Andrew

Midfield

2

3

5

77

Morris

Callen

FO Mid

4

1

5

83

Lee

Adam

Midfield

3

2

5

80

Martin

Edward

Midfield

1

2

3

79

McDermott

Ryan

Midfield

1

1

2

92

Godett

Mitchell

Midfield

2

0

2

69

Ward

Miller

Midfield

1

0

1

86

Hopkins

Trevor

Midfield

0

1

1