Categories: clam_chatter
      Date: Nov  4, 2013
     Title: 2013 Umass Mid-Fall Classic Writeup
Clams program kicks off fall tour with solid showing at the UMASS Mid-Fall Classic

Comments: As a program, we request a very challenging schedule. Generally, we follow the logic that setting up a scenario where if the teams play well, a .500 record will be the result. A very strong performance would of course exceed a program-wide .500, and a weaker-than-expected performance could very easily do the opposite (while still displaying very good lacrosse). It would be easier perhaps to angle for a strength of schedule that would allow for a winning record. But this wouldn't amply challenge our players, nor would it provide the optimal environment for players' exposure and recruitment.

This strategy is all well and good, but is certainly easier said than experienced. On Sunday, we drew a very challenging schedule program-wide, just as we requested. And ultimately, the program as a whole dipped just below the .500 mark. What I've already heard from coaches in attendance suggests that what they saw was largely good for evaluating, and for players' recruiting processes - a number of our players have already drawn praise for their performance yesterday in tight contests (9 of our 21 games were either one goal games or ties). But the competitor in me sure doesn't like losing more than winning.

There were bright spots, that's for sure. Three of our teams put up winning records, and they were our youngest teams. The 2016/2017 A team, and both the 2016 AA and 2017 AA teams each had 2-1 records. Players such as Jake Boll (Newton South HS), Zach Gustafson (Dover-Sherborn), Alex Weiss (Brewster Academy) and Michael Bouzianis (St. John's Prep) on the 2016/2017A, Ben Snow (Rivers), Ward Mahoney (Dexter), Ryan Parsons (Rivers/Bucknell), McCrae Williams (Weston HS) and Chris Rota (Roxbury Latin) on the 2016 AA team,and Bailey Laidman (Dover-Sherborn), Ben Churchill (Rivers), Geoff Fox (Wellesley HS), Trevor Ballantyne (Rivers), Jake Haase (Belmont Hill) and Jack Seibert (Melrose HS) and on the 2017 AA were singled out by the coaches as having outstanding days. 

The older teams didn't fare as well from an overall record perspective, but certain individuals very much stood out. On the 2015 AA teams, which was split for playing time purposes, attackmen Kerry Lyne (Wellesley HS) led the charge, with his linemates Cam Jung (Masconomet HS), Nick Albano (Beverly HS) and Andrew Gallahue (St. John's Prep/Villanova) doing their part. On the opposing team, Sam Cleveland (Rivers/Colgate) and Mike Harris (Hyde School) did much of the creating, and Carter Rossano (Pingree) and Stephen Deleo (Moses Brown) often found a way to be in the right place at the right time for the finish. Midfielders JT Kelly (Acton-Boxboro), Zach Elkinson (Holistion HS), Angus O'Rourke (St. Sebastian's), Will Richardson (Groton School) and Ryan McCaffrey (Rivers) were among the AA standouts, and Mack Rush (Belmont Hill), TJ Noonan (Wellesley HS), Nathan Maselek (Marblehead HS) and Tyler Boardo (Tabor Academy) stood out as clear leaders on the defensive side of the ball.

Rounding out the report is a quick spotlight on '15/'16 and Seasoned Clam teams, which followed the general trend of the '15 AA's. Still, there were also strong performances, namely those of Sean Cox (Wellesley HS), Colton King (Algonquin HS), Jack Suominen (Weston HS), Clay Goldthwait (Brookline HS) and Johnny Hincks (Belmont Hill) on the '15/'16A's, and program-wide leading scorer Joe Delaney (Belmont Hill/Colgate), John Manown (La Salle Academy/Hartford)(whose commitment offer to Hartford was solidified with his play), Collin Orr (Rivers/Colgate and Eamon O'Leary (St. John's Prep/Connecticut College) for the Seasoned's.

This coming Sunday schedule is out (HERE), and we have again drawn a wonderfully challenging schedule. But we have also have a large number of our best player back on board; quite a few of our very best missed last weekend out at UMASS due to school sports conflicts and closed weekends at boarding school (among other reasons). This coming weekend will be as close to all hands on deck as we'll be all fall, so as a program we will be putting even more emphasis on the performance of both teams and individuals thea we did last weekend. Our coaching staff expects to build on what we started last weekend. In other words, regardless of scheduling strategy/philosophy, a sub .500 record will be nowhere near as east to shrug off this time around.

Clam Top 10 Scorers from Umass*
all stats kept to the best of our ability, we acknowledge these stats are likely imperfect

Name School Clam Team G A Total Points
Joe Delaney (Committed to Colgate) Belmont Hill Seasoned 9 2 11
Kerry Lyne Wellesley 2015AA NFC 6 2 8
Bailey Laidman *(two games) Dover-Sherborn 2017AA 5 2 7
Clay Goldthwait Brookline HS 2015/'16A 5 2 7
Trevor Ballantyne Rivers 2017AA 4 2 6
Andrew Gallahue (Committed to Villanova) St. John's Prep 2015AA NFC 4 2 6
Nick Albano Beverly HS 2015AA NFC 2 4 6
Cam Jung Masconomet HS 2015AA NFC 4 2 6
Ryan Parsons (Committed to Bucknell) Rivers 2016AA 3 2 5
Riley Smith Central Catholic 2015/'16A 4 1 5


Top 5 Goalie Performances*
all stats kept to the best of our ability, we acknowledge these stats are likely imperfect

Name High School Clam Team Save Percentage
Nathan Maselek Marblehead HS 2015AA NFC 68%
Matt D'Amore (Committed to Salve Regina) Duxbury Seasoned 58%
McCrae Williams Weston 2016AA 56%
Aidan Long Concord-Carlise 2015/16A 55%
Colton King Algonquin HS 2015/16A 55%

*2017 goalie stats not kept accurately, so are not included