Categories: clam_chatter Date: Nov 19, 2013 Title: Big Clam Finale Weekend: IAS, UPLax and The Philly ShowcaseClams go out swinging, with our best weekend yet!
Overview: As the number of prospect days and other recruiting events in the fall continues to increase, all organizations end up doing more of their coaching in season (November) vs. before it (October). And because our policy on players attending the prospect days they believe will be best for them is on the permissive side, we have to be OK with the expectation that the fall will start out a tad shaky, with some uncrossed T's and undotted I's, then will improve as we go.
So, internally, it came as no surprise that we started the fall season shakier than we would've like, The slightly below .500 mark indicated the work we had to do. The next weekend, we rose above the .500 mark, and our coaches felt the overall competitive level of our teams showed marked improvement.
So going into this weekend, we expected our best showing yet. We expected both our performance and record program-wide to reflect the work our coaches and players have put in throughout the fall. So the the fact that, at 19-9, we won more than twice as many game as we lost did not surprise. But it certainly felt gratifying. Perhaps as gratifying was the fact that 8 of the 10 individual player we sent to Philly's individual showcase made their All Star game (given the competitive of that event, that number shocked me, truth be told), or the strong showing at Citizens Bank Park on Friday night (Ryan McCaffrey, Caleb Mahoney & Tim Dick received writeups on Inside Lacrosse for their performance, see (InsideLacrosse). Add to that the $5000 we raised this weekend in association our Friday night charity game (TGClams), and the reappearance of long-time Top Gun favorite Troy Peters, whose team's went a combined 5-1 and did not lose on Sunday, and you have all the ingredients for what truly was a special weekend for the Clam program, worthy of the finale we were hoping for.
Below is the breakdown per event, listing both scoring leaders and goalie leaders, as we've done for the past couple weekends as well for both the UMASS and Harvard events. Top games were almost too many to mention given the scope of the weekend, but here's a try, with each team's top game, and sentence or two encapsulating what made it special.
*Fab Five Games of the Weekend*
IAS Showcase: Clams AFC vs. Nova Scotia Shamrocks, 13-10 Win. Trading goals throughout, freshman Jack Mahoney (Dover-Sherborn) scored 3 huge goals, followed by a goal apiece by freshman Andrew Merrell (Westford Academy) and Lee Petrini (Dover-Sherborn) to defeat the team of upper classmen from north of the border. I'm told fireworks ensued afterward...the Canadians were not happy.
Yale Bulldog Classic: Clams '17 A's vs. CT Cardinals, 6-4 Win. Coming off a couple close, competitive losses, the Yale Clams needed 2 goals from the always-persistent Michael Bouzianis (St. John's Prep) to finish off the CT Cardinals down the stretch. Defenseman Ridge Driscoll (Marblehead) was very strong on the defensive end, PJ Lombara (1G), played very well, as he had all day long, and Alec Benson (Masconomet) had his best game of the day.
Up Lax: Clams 2016's vs. MD Roughriders on Saturday, 5-4 Win. This was by no means the most beautiful lacrosse game of the weekend, but morning games on day 1 of a tournament rarely are. Sophomore defenseman Will Moriarty (Catholic Memorial) started his weekend the play he played throughout...downright solid on the defensive end; Sophomore attackman Riley Smith (Central Catholic) came up big with two key goals, and sophomore midfielder Chris Rota (Roxbury Latin) netted a key man-up goal, a low to high rip, that sealed the hard-fought win vs. a respected Maryland opponent.
Up Lax: Clams 2015's vs. Churchill, 10-9 Win. In my opinion, this was the game of the fall for the Clams program. Down 3-6 at half, the Clams exploded in the second, scoring a few unanswered. Then it was literally back and forth for the final 10 or 15 minutes. Between junior midfielder Ryan McCaffrey's (Rivers) two blasts of the game, it was the second that seemed to really swing momentum. Then it was Andrew Gallahue (St. John's Prep/Villanova), playing like the D1 commit he is, who really put the team on his back, scoring all 3 of his goals in the second, including the back-breaking final two, that sent the bewildered Team Churchill home on sour note (though truth be told, they had nothing to hang there head about). What a game!
Philly Showcase: Clams 2015 AA's vs. NY Roadhawks, L 9-11. Not all great games have to be wins. This was another back and forth where we chased throughout, but never let the Roadhawks get any separation. Mike Harris (Hyde School) and Kerry Lyne (Wellesley) were strong on the offensive end, each notching 3 points (2G & 1A) apiece; Ben Sommers (Governor's Academy) also chipped in with 2 nice goals. We never broke the two goal barriers, by a few college coaches commented after the fact that they thought this was one of the day's best games.
WEEKEND'S TOP SCORERS
IAS NFC & AFC
|David Bartkus||Bedford HS||7||1|
|PJ Lombara||St. John's Prep||5||0|
|Andrew Merrell||Westford Academy||5||0|
|Top Goalies||School||Save Percentage|
|Colton King||Algonquin HS||61%|
|Andrew Merrell||Westford Academy||7||1|
|Alec Benson||Masconomet HS||4||1|
|PJ Lombara||St. John's Prep||4||0|
|John Sommers||Belmont Hill||4||0|
|Michael Bouzianis||St. John's Prep||2||1|
|Ben Caron||North Andover HS||21 for 25 84%|
UPLAX Saturday and Sunday
|Andrew Gallahue (Committed to Villanova)||St. John's Prep||2015||7||1|
|Riley Smith||Central Catholic||2015/16 & 2015/16 Sunday||7||3|
|Clay Goldthwait||Brookline HS||2015/16 Sunday||5||2|
|Cam Jung||Masconomet HS||2015/16 Sunday||5||1|
|Andrew Ward||Thayer Academy||2015/16 Sunday||4||2|
|Carter Rossano||Pingree School||2015/16 Sunday||3||2|
|Chris Rota||Roxbury Latin||2015/16 Saturday||4||0|
|Ryan McCaffrey||Rivers||2015 Saturday||2||2|
|Nathan Maselek||Marblehead HS||81%||2015/16 Sunday|
|Henry Donnellan||Newton South||77%||2015/16 Sunday|
Philly Showcase 2015AA & 2016AA
|Mike Harris||Hyde School||2015AA||9||3|
|Ben Sommers||Governor's Academy||2015AA||6||1|
|James Burr||Middlesex School||2015AA
|Kerry Lyne||Wellesley HS||2015AA||4||1|
|Matt Manown||La Salle Academy||2016AA||0||4|
|Matt Glynn||Belmont Hill||2016AA||4||0|