2018 Clam Alumni Top 10 Performances Week #11

1. Johnny Hincks, So. Midfield Williams: No stranger to the Clam Alumni Top 10, Hincks saved the NESCAC Quarterfinals to explode for his best performance in 2018.  The sophomore midfielder scored a hat trick and assisted on three others, as Williams downed Connecticut College 10-4. The win moves the Ephs to the NESCAC semifinals for the third time in the last five seasons, as Williams is looking for their first NESCAC Championship since 2008.  They will look to avenge their early season one goal loss to Wesleyan this weekend and remain in the hunt for a NCAA Tournament bid.


2. James Burr, Jr. Attack Boston University: After punching their ticket to the Patriot League Tournament, Burr and the Terriers needed to win three games in a row to earn the NCAA Tournament automatic qualifier. Against #10 Bucknell, Burr scored two goals and added an assist, as BU upset the Bison in the quarterfinals. He then scored a team high four goals in a 13-8 semifinal loss to #6 Loyola.  With one game remaining (Saturday against Duke), Burr  will look to add to his already record breaking season, as the junior currently owns the single season record for goals scored (41).


3. Danny Seibel, Sr. Attack Villanova: In a must win game to advance to the BIG EAST Tournament, Seibel was once again a key contributor in keeping Villanova’s season alive.  The senior scored a goal and assisted on two others, as the Wildcats hung on to defeat Providence 10-9.  Villanova will now square off with Georgetown, a team that beat them 13-11 in mid April.  Seibel and his Wildcat teammates are looking to send Villanova back to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2011. The semifinal matchup with Georgetown can be seen live on CBS Sports at 7:00PM on Thursday.


4. Josh Kirson, Rs. Fr. Goaltender Ohio State: Needing a win to keep their season alive, Kirson and the Buckeyes needed to take down a talented Rutgers squad to punch their ticket to the BIG 10 Tournament.  Kirson was up for the task, as the Redshirt Freshman made 9 saves in a 10-7 win over the Scarlet Knights.  Kirson and the Buckeyes have now taken down two top 10 ranked opponents (#1 Maryland and #9 Rutgers) in consecutive weeks, and will face #7 Johns Hopkins in the BIG 10 semifinals.  A win over the Blue Jays would almost certainly help the Buckeyes resume for an at large NCAA Tournament bid, should they fell in the BIG 10 Conference finals.


5. Connor Hunt, So. Midfield Gettysburg: Hunt had his best week of the 2018 season, helping #3 Gettysburg to a 2-0 week with spectacular play. Against McDaniel, Hunt scored a goal, won 10 of 16 draws and scooped up four ground balls in a 17-4 win.  He then won 15 of 21 draws, scooped up five ground balls and added an assist in a 15-13 win over Washington College.  At 15-1 the Bullets are looking to make a deep run in the NCAA Tournament.  They will first look to close out a perfect record in the Centennial Conference after going 8-0 in the regular season.


6. Rob Shaw, Sr. Goaltender Harvard: Shaw ended his record breaking season with one of his best individual performances in a loss to #2 Yale. The senior made 18 saves, one shy of his career high, as the Crimson couldn’t corral the Bulldogs. Shaw now cements his name in the Harvard Lacrosse history books, as his 504 career saves are good for #6 all time in the history of the storied program. He also ended the 2018 season making double digit saves in 12 of Harvard’s 13 games.


7. Tyler Powers, Sr. Attack Washington College: The lefty sniper ended his Shoremen career breaking the 100 career goal mark (102 career goals) in big performances against Swarthmore and #3 Gettysburg this week. Against Swarthmore, Powers scored a hat trick in a 15-8 loss.  He then scored a hat trick in 15-13 heart breaking loss to #3 Gettysburg.  A true goal scorer, Powers ends his career having been either first or second in scoring for the  Shoremen during all four years of his years in Chestertown.


8. Lukas Buckley, Rs. So. Midfield/Attack Ohio State: Needing a win over Rutgers to make the BIG 10 Tournament, Buckley and the Buckeyes knew they needed a special performance to upend #9 Rutgers.  Buckley was ready, notching a goal and adding an assist, as Ohio State pulled away late to down the Scarlet Knights 10-7. With the win Buckley and his Ohio State teammates will face #7 Johns Hopkins on Thursday in the BIG 10 Tournament semifinals.  The Buckeyes are looking to avenge a 13-10 regular season setback to the Blue Jays in the beginning of April.


9. Stephen DeLeo, Jr. Attack Haverford: The big junior helped Haverford earn a spot in the Centennial Conference playoffs for the first time since 2011, as the Fords stormed back to beat rival Swarthmore 7-6.  DeLeo’s goal and assist were both pivotal points in the second half.  His assist started the second half 5-1 rally, while his goal gave Haverford their first lead of the day in the fourth quarter.  Haverford will square off against #3 Gettysburg on Wednesday in the Centennial Conference semifinals.


10. Weston Nolan, Jr. Goaltender Roger Williams: Nolan turned in his best performance of the 2018 season, helping the Hawks to a CCC playoff upset of Curry.  The junior made a season high 19 saves, as the Hawks avenged a late season loss to the Colonels 12-10. The win sets up Roger Williams to take on #2 seeded Endicott in a CCC semifinal matchup in Beverly, MA on Tuesday. Nolan has made double digit saves in 9 of his 13 starts for the Hawks in 2018 and now sits ninth all-time in career saves with 287.


Honorable Mention:

JT Kelly, Jr. Attack RPI: (3g in a loss to St. Lawrence)

AJ Vazquez, Sr. Midfield Conn. College (3a in a loss to Wesleyan)

Tommy Wynn, Jr. Midfield Conn. College (2g,1a in a loss to Wesleyan)

TJ Noonan, Jr. Defense Conn. College (1GB/3CT in a loss to Wesleyan)

Jack Belluche, So. Defense Swarthmore: (6gb/2CT in a win over WAC)

Matt D’Amore, Sr. Goaltender Salve Regina: (12 saves in a win over UNE)