2019 Fall Recap: Class of 2021

2019 Records

Overall Record of teams with 2021’s on the roster (blended teams always play in older bracket):  18-11-4

Overall Record of team comprised entirely of 2021’s:  12-2-1

2018 Records

Overall Record of teams with 2021’s on the roster (blended teams always play in older bracket):  12-15-5

Overall Record of team comprised entirely of 2021’s:  4-3-2

2021 Fighting Clams (3-0) at Mayflower

2021 Fighting Clams (2-1) at Mayflower

2021 Fighting Clams (1-1-1) at NALA

2021 Fighting Clams (3-0) at FLG

2021 Fighting Clams (3-0) at NXT Philly

Seasoned Clams (2-1) at Colonial Clash

Clams 2020/2021 (1-0-2) at Colonial Clash

Clams 2021 (0-3) at Colonial Clash

Clams 2021 (1-2) at Bulldog Bash

Clams 2020/2021 (1-2) at Battle of the Barracks

Clams 2021/2022 (1-1-1) at Battle of the Barracks
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Players identified for excellence at multiple events by either Clams coaches, college coaches, or both:

Dan Addonizio (BB&N) – More often than not, Dan is either atop of our scoring leader list, or right behind whoever the leader may be. But rarely does Dan triple the output of the next top goal scorer, as he did at Mayflower to start the fall. Not surprisingly, Dan was tied atop the goals scored and points scored list on the next weekend at the NALA tournament as well. Clam coaches and college coaches definitely noticed Dan this fall…it was impossible not to.

Joey Kraft (Rivers) – Another attackman who could be counted on to be among the top scorers at every event he attended. Joey ended his fall campaign with a cannon blast, notching a Clam program-high 8 points (meaning it was more than any other Clam playing on the weekend, on any team). It was telling that as Joey was playing his best lacrosse, so was the team. On his undefeated team at Philly, he not only scored, but beautiful and tactfully distributed the ball, leading to a display of the best team lacrosse the Fighting Clam ‘21’s have displayed.

Conor Trant (Concord-Carlisle) – A new member of the Clam family, Conor impressed well before the Clam season even started. In the CELL league, which began in September, his offensive output was so pronounced that numerous Clam coaches were left scratching their chins, asking themselves “is this really a face off guy”. Numerous college coaches asked us the same thing, which led us to avoid the FOGO title like the plague with Conor. By the fall season’s end, he was taking regular offensive shifts, something we plan to continue throughout the coming summer.

Pressly Mead (Westford Academy) – I was reviewing last fall’s writeups, and not surprisingly, Pressly was identified for standing out in many of the same ways he stood out this fall. While a bit wild at times, when Pressly shot lands, it is as jaw-dropping a sight as you’re gonna see at the high school level. At no point in the fall did he land it at a bigger time than in the final minutes of heated, highly competitive contest vs. Harvest to end the 3d in FLG tournament. Knotted at 4 and needing a goal, we found ourselves man up. The play we drew up worked to perfection, Pressly caught the ball coiled and ready to snap off a shot, which he did with so much velocity that it was clear the goalie saw nothing. The snap of the ball hitting the net told him, and everyone else, all you needed to know.

Michael Marinello (Belmont Hill) – I’d put our pair of national goalies against anyone else’s pair in the country, and both are likely deserving of mention here. But in reviewing the save percentages, Michael’s came out noticeably higher, so he gets to see his name in lights this time. In three highly competitive national tournaments, Michael’s save percentages were 75%, 82% and 77%. If those extraordinary percentages don’t put the team in a position to win, then I don’t know what does. Wow!

Peter Cook (Concord-Carlisle) – Peter has always been among the ’21 class’s elite talents, but because of a combination of factors, we haven’t seen him as much as some others. The biggest reason is because Concord-Carlisle is making a deep run in state playoffs every season, Clams on that team miss what amounts to almost half their summer club season. Players and coaches wouldn’t have it any other way, but because of this, standout public school guys really have to make their club time count when they have it. Peter did this and then some this fall, showing increased speed, quickness and strength throughout the season. It’s fitting that Peter’s best tournament was his last, as he notched 4 goals, which was second only to the aforementioned Joey Kraft at the event

Will Munroe (Wayland HS) – We are loaded with strong face off men in this class, there’s simple no two ways about it. And throughout the fall season, Will consistently and convincingly made a case for a national play, as did fellow X-mate Luke Curtin. Will won more than three-quarters of his face-offs throughout the fall, displaying pronounced strength and assertiveness in the process. What was once a borderline weakness of the Clam program has become a major strength especially in the 2021 class, and Will is clearly part of this extremely capable unit.

Zach Auble (Burlington HS) – Zach has quickly become a Clam coaches favorite after joining the club last spring. In his second season, he displayed the same toughness and tirelessness that he showed all through his initial summer. Not always the most aesthetically pleasing midfielder, Zach is instead just a flat-out, get-it-done grinder. Watch him in warm ups, and you wouldn’t think he’d score with as much frequency as he does. But his borderline reckless north-south style almost always places him in a position to score, just as his ever-present hustle seems to put him near every ground ball. I’d imagine it’d be tough to lump more attributes that coaches love into one mini-writeup than what I’ve just done, and that in turn, is probably why he’s become a favorite so quickly.

Brian Gonsalves (Rivers) – Another newcomer that seemed to immediately bolster the offense, Brian’s statistical output only scratched the surface of the contributions he made. With an ability to defend, ride, feed, score and advance the ball in transition, Brian was a proverbial utility knife, which is the perfect thing to be when breaking onto a new club. Come summer, with his seemingly instant ingratiation into the Clam program, it’s safe to say the sky’s the limit for this player, and by extension that team that he’s served to improve so much in such a short time.

Sean Henderson (Lawrence) – Earlier we talked about another player who played more locally than nationally, but who clearly made a case for more of the latter in the coming season. The same can definitely be said about Sean due to his performance between the pipes. With an outstanding 71% save pct. for his undefeated team to start the fall at Mayflower, and with a season-long percentage that didn’t dip much from there, Sean will find a way to play with our best in the coming season. When he does, we’ll expect no drop off at all.

Gregg Dennison (Rivers/Providence)- Gregg has been on an upwards trajectory for quite some time and his development from the start of high school career until the present is astonishing. A recent commitment to Providence College seems to have given Gregg even more confidence on the field which leads to an increased level of play out of him. An area that Gregg excels at is his leadership and how he directs his teammates to be in the right place more often than not. His lacrosse IQ continues to improve and impress Clam coaches and college coaches alike. His one on one defense is a sight to behold as he constantly put his opposing attackmen in vice grips and it has become a rare sight to see someone get the best of him. Even when Gregg played against 2020’s this Fall, an argument could be made that he was one of the top players on that field. We do not think Gregg has reached his potential or even come close to it for that matter, with his intensity and passion for the game, the sky is truly the limit fot Gregg.

Michael Petitto (Wakefield)- Coming off an extremely strong summer we were excited to get Michael and his brother Matthew back for the Fall circuit, and boy did they impress. Michael plays with a ferocity that is nearly unmatched, from the opening whistle to the last. He has a motor that is constantly running at a very high level, it is rare to see someone outwork him when he gets in-between the lines. Michael still has enormous potential, and with his brother pushing him along the way, both brothers have a very bright future.

Matthew Petitto (Wakefield)- Just like his twin brother, Michael, Matthew plays with a certain grit and tenacity that is often hard to find in the Summer & Fall circuits. A machine on ground balls, Matthew loves to push the ball in transition. But don’t let his 6 foot pole deceive you, he is a threat whenever he is on the offensive side of the ball. Matthew is even more of a threat on the defensive end, constantly out muscling and being more physical than opposing attackmen and midfielders alike. Watch out for these two twins as they continue to fine-tune their game and continue to wreak havoc (in a positive way) every time they step on the field.

Teddy Lisa (Phillip’s Exeter)- Teddy is a big, strong midfielder who terrorizes opposing goalies with his powerful shot. A constant threat on offense and especially on man up, Teddy has found a knack for putting the ball in the back of the net with a strong and hard over hand shot. With his size, Teddy forces tough matchups for short stick defenders, making the defense slide and have to respect his shooting and dodging abilities. Teddy has come a long way this past year or so developing into more of a feeder, which causes the defense even more headaches in trying to guard him.

Keegan Palmer (Central Catholic)- Keegan has been somewhat overshadowed by some of the other poles in this 2021. That being said, he has the potential to be just as good if not better than any other pole in his Clam class. A very cerebral defenseman, Keegan is often barking out the defensive calls and is constantly directing his teammates in both settled and unsettled situation alike. Keegan has a knack for scooping tough groundballs in traffic, and at the next level this will be his calling card as ground balls win games at even the highest levels. 

Jack Kinsella (Blackstone Valley Tech)- Out of all the Clams in the 2021 class, an argument could be made that Jack is the most improved. Jack is not as physically imposing as some of his Clam teammates on the defensive end, but what he lacks in size he surely makes up for with brains and heart. A very smart defenseman with a similar game to the aforementioned Keegan Palmer, Jack excels at picking up contested ground balls and getting the ball into the offensive end. Jack has an extremely promising future if he continues his upward trajectory and keeps improving at the rate he has been of late.

Graham Tyson (St. John’s Prep)- Graham was coming off one of the best Summer campaigns we have seen in quite some time from a faceoff man. Although his percentage may have dropped slightly from the Summer, Tyson was still winning draws at better than a 70% clip and was still one of the top face off men in the 2021 class. Graham was a huge factor in the success the 2021 class had this Fall, winning key faceoffs when his team desperately needed a win or a possession. With the addition of another very good faceoff man in Conor Trant (Concord-Carlisle) and the emergence of Will Munroe (Wayland) as well as the improvements of Luke Curtin (Belmont Hill), the 2021 faceoff situation is one of the best in all of the Clam program at the moment with so much skill and depth at one position.