2019 Fall Recap: Class of 2022

2018 Records

Overall Record of teams with 2022’s on the roster (blended teams always play in older bracket):  5-10

Overall Record of team comprised entirely of 2022’s:  3-6

2019 Records

Overall Record of teams with 2022’s on the roster (blended teams always play in older bracket):  16-13-2

Overall Record of team comprised entirely of 2022’s:  9-6-1

Fighting Clams 2022 (4-0)* at Colonial Clash
Bracket Champion*

Clams 2022/2023 (2-1) at Colonial Clash

Fighting Clams 2022 (3-0) at NALA

Fighting Clams 2021/2022 (3-0) at FLG

Clams 2022 (0-3) at Bulldog Bash

Clams 2022/2023 (1-2) at Clash on the Charles

Clams 2021/2022 (0-3) at Colonial Clash

Fighting Clams 2022 (1-2) at NXT Philly

2022 Fighting Clams (1-1-1) at Mayflower
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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:

Jack Taylor (Lawrence Academy): It surprised no one in the Clam program that Jack stood out this fall. Put simply, he tends to stand out whenever and wherever he plays. The fall season was, by Jack’s standards, quite good overall. But on one weekend, his play was truly exceptional, and not by chance, it also coincided with the best lacrosse the 2022 team played overall (often as Jack goes, so does the team). At the NALA tournament on November weekend #2, Jack managed 7 total goals, many of them explosive in nature. He was the only midfielder on his team to score more than 2 goals on the day, and the balance he created at the midfield allowed the team to flourish all the while proving they belong among the nation’s elite.

Tate Seeman (Nobles): The 2022 Fighting Clam coaches raved about Tate’s play over the summer, and challenged him to fine-tune his game and come back even better for the 2019 Fall circuit. He clearly took this challenge to heart. Tate ended his Fall just like he started it, on an All-Star team at another very competitive event (Mayflower & NXT Individual Events). A guy that seems to be at every skills session, it is evident that the work put in is paying dividends come game time. A fundamentally sound defender, Tate also has a great stick and can be a problem for opposing teams in transition. Most notably, Tate plays with confidence and a leadership style that inspires his teammates, pleases his coaches, and exhilarates those from the opposing sidelines when watching him play.

Sam Duffy (Newton South): Similar to the aforementioned Seeman, Sam is a guy I cannot remembering missing many skills sessions on Tuesday Nights. The hard work and effort that Sam puts forth truly defines his game. An always-revving motor and a tenacity when the ball hits the carpet, Sam has a knack for coming up with one tough ground ball after another after another. A strong and imposing defenseman some might call a physical specimen, Sam has deceptively good lateral quickness that allows him to keep up with smaller, more fleet-footed attackman.  Both Sam and Tate are reclassified players who have taken on a leadership role with this class, and they have both gone above and beyond expectations. We are very proud of their progress thus far, and are extremely optimistic about their futures.

Jack Sullivan (Medfield): Jack had the unenviable task of not only working himself into a new club, but onto a new club’s top team. There’s a heightened degree of difficulty one faces when having to carve out a niche among a preexisting and well-functioning hierarchy of some type. Jack appeared to do this seamlessly, finding in a very three-little-bears way how to not be too assertive, not too passive, but just right. He was chosen for national play out of the chute over more experienced and very talented players at his position because of what our coaches felt it would mean from a chemistry perspective. Seems they nailed it, and so did Jack.

Jack Matthews (Acton-Boxboro): Another player who seems to be eyeing an ascent up the ’22 depth chart. Jack put forth a strong fall season that certainly ended on a high note. On an increased midfield-centric offense, Jack provided some balance from the attack adding a much needed spark. Among his 4 points at the Prime Time Colonial Clash were some really key ones, which allowed his team to cruise to its 4-0 Championship run, and to feel the glory of the hardware around their neck at day’s end.

Chad Palumbo (Nobles): Chad came out of the gates firing this fall, topping his team in points scored at the Mayflower Invitational on the opening weekend, and leading the entire program – meaning he was the top scorer among all four Clam teams competing in two different tournaments – on weekend #2 down in Delaware. After taking a weekend off, his torrid streak continued right where it had left through the individual day down in Philly, where he was one of a remarkable six total Clams in the ’22 class named as an All Star, a total which blew away our previous record at that event. The fall’s final day of fall play was subdued statistically by Chad’s standards (just as it was for the entire team), but we know that will only serve to motivate him in the off-season.

Jack Henderson (Belmont Hill): Despite a non-extraordinary 3 points at the Colonial Clash (a total of 8 players had more), the Prime Time evaluators selected Jack onto the All-Tournament team. This might’ve been a chin-scratcher for me had I not been physically present on the sidelines for the games evaluated. Squaring off against a very talented and hard-working HGR team, and needing the W to advance to the Championship, Jack managed to score what was likely the team’s most momentous goal to secure the huge win. More than just that one goal, he scrapped and grinded throughout, managing some key GB’s and big rides in the win as well. His play and effort goes far beyond the story the stat book tells.

Jaiden Wilde (Algonquin): This Fall with the Fighting Clams was the first for Jaiden, and positive feedback came flying into Top Gun World Headquarters from Clam and College Coaches alike. Another player that came our way later in the process than some others, he did not waste any time in making an immediate impact. Jaiden is an undersized LSM but what he lacks in size he surely makes up for with hustle, grit, toughness, quickness, and heart. Jaiden displays the ladder of those characteristics almost every time he steps on the field, and it’s a joy to watch him hunt opposing midfielders and cause chaos in between the lines. He caused several jaw-dropping takeaways, and some equally impressive ground ball play after the fact. What a great first fall put forth for a player who’s impossible not to really, really like!

Tom Goguen (Belmont Hill): Tom and Jaiden are nearly polar opposites when it comes to physical attributes, but they certainly display very similar playing styles on the defensive end. Tom is your prototypical LSM, rangy, long, fast and super athletic. However, he plays more like a pit bull than many of your average, rangy LSM’s, who tend to be more passive. He does a great job of harassing opposing ball carriers and makes their life as difficult as he possibly can. Just like Jaiden, he is a monster once the ball hits the ground…if he is not coming up with it himself, he is most likely boxing out the opposing player so his teammate can get the ball. One of the smarter poles we have seen at such a young age, Tom has an extremely bright future.

Peter Del Col (Nobles): For some of these writeups, I like to be more general and season-encompassing. I could certainly do that with Peter too, as his entire fall was indeed strong. But as I think about the entire fall season, there are several truly extraordinary performances that left a searing impression on my weathered and tough-to-impress lacrosse memory. One of these belonged to Peter. In the final game against a very strong Richmond Hawks team, in the win-and-go-undefeated final game that is most fall tournament’s version of a Championship, Peter managed some of the most exceptional, almost logic-defying saves of the fall to secure the victory. And boy did we need them, as the Richmond Hawks came at us with all they had. Without Peter’s performance, I doubt we secure that memorable W, which was for that team, and the class, a true high point.*

Ben Garozzo (Lincoln-Sudbury): Stopping just under two-thirds of the shots he faced this fall, it certainly cannot be argued that Ben was strong throughout. More than just a stopper, he emerged as a vocal leader, and a truly outstanding team member. But our statistics don’t entail what may have been Ben’s shining moment of the fall…his play down at the Philly individual day. Ben and fellow ’22 netminder Peter Del Col shined throughout, both earning All-Star nods. And as anyone who understands the fall recruiting circuit knows, an All-Star nod down at the NXT individual day is quite the feather in the cap, especially when heading into such a big recruiting year.*

Owen Bewley (Pomfet): If the stats aren’t lying – and they rarely do – Owen was the goaltender in the 2022 class with the highest overall save pct. This is not necessarily an apples-to-apples comparison, as all goalies attend different tournaments throughout a given season. But the fact is, Owen had himself a very, very good fall season. And as the trio of goalies here continue to jostle for some of the most coveted national team spots, and others such as Andrew Lawrence (Lexington) and Davis Lambert (Belmont Hill) very much worked themselves into the discussion, it certainly lays down the framework for an exceptionally spirited competition between the pipes in this class for years to come.*

*As an aside, it seems the Clam program has become the club world’s version of “Goalie U”. We’re not totally sure why, though we feel the instruction we provide and our insistence on sticking with more conventionally sized goals in the off-season are major factors. In just the last three years, 17 graduating goalies have gone onto play college lacrosse. Here’s where they’ve gone: Brown, Colby, Colorado College, Dartmouth, Emerson, Furman Hofstra, Ithaca, Keene St., Kenyon, Quinnipiac, Roger Williams, St. Lawrence, UMASS Boston, Union, Vermont and Wheaton. And our first 2021 has just committed to Hofstra, meaning when he gets there he’ll be one of two Clam keepers on roster; two other ’21’s are on visits to D1 schools this coming week, so the momentum shows no sign of stopping

Aidan Walsh (Nashua South): Aidan’s play at the face off X improved steadily throughout the fall, and peaked in weekend #3, on the ’22 team that brought home the hardware on the frozen tundra at Progin Park in Lancaster on November 16th. Along with fellow draw man, PJ O’Rourke (Dexter), the duo managed to earn the team key possessions in crucial moments throughout. Though a certain number of the program’s top ’22 either took this weekend off or played up, this team’s performance showed that the ’22 class is very strong from top to bottom. Nowhere is that depth more pronounced than at the face off X.

Graham Ray (Algonquin): The 2022 Clam class has been blessed with not one elite faceoff man, but instead they have at least three that proved they can compete with anyone this Fall. Graham continues to prove that he is one of these elite faceoff men in the Clam program and that his success over the Summer was not just lucky. One area Graham has improved on since the summer is his ability to be a threat after he wins the draw. Over the Summer he played more timid and looked to get off the field right after winning the draw. This Fall we saw multiple occasions where he won the draw clean and attacked the goal causing the defense to slide prematurely, resulting in a textbook fast break goal for the Clams attack. If Graham continues to win draws at a 75% clip or better, his team will cause more than just a few headaches for opposing clubs.

Jackson Ehwa (Holderness): An argument could be made that one reason for Graham Ray’s continued success is simply because of Jackson Ehwa. Having the ability to throw different faceoff men, and very talented ones at that, on each draw is a massive advantage. Jackson and Graham have done a great job piggybacking off of one another and are starting to become known as that two headed monster, (and just as at the goalie position, there is fierce competition from the likes of Fitz Frechette (St. Paul’s), PJ O’Rourke (Dexter) and the aforementioned Aidan Walsh. Jackson has done an equally impressive job of improving his offensive game just like Ray, which can take added pressure off everyone from the attack to the defense and everyone in between. To put it simply, both Graham and Jackson play a pivotal role in the successes and failures of the 2022 class.

Logan Pecora (Norwell): Logan is an extremely rangy defenseman who is just beginning to find his game, and this fall he arguably had his best season yet as a Clam. His best event was his last, at the Colonial Clash, he got the nod as an All- Star selection where he helped anchor the defense in route to a 4-0 record and crowned as bracket champs. Logan is just starting to scratch the surface on reaching maximum potential, and we are excited to see him continue his current trajectory as he heads into the Summer circuit.

Liam Baker (Xaverian): According to his Clam coaches, this was Liam’s most productive season with the Clams to date. Similar to the aforementioned Pecora, Liam is starting to hone his game and utilize his strengths more and more. Another Clam who puts in the work at skills sessions and also on his own, Liam has the potential to be a really solid offensive weapon, and is turning this potential into reality with more and more frequency. At the Battle of the Barracks and at the Colonial Clash, Liam was one of the catalysts for his offensive unit, scoring 8 points in the two events combined (3,1 at Colonial & 1,3 at Barracks). The point production highlights the balanced game he provides when he is in between the lines.

Alex Dixon (Lexington): Alex is one of the most athletic midfielders in the Clam program, let alone in the 2022 class. One big step he took this fall was becoming more than just an athlete whenever he took the field. Alex developed an offensive touch and some finesse to his game, and his point production this Fall was clear evidence of those progressions. At Battle of the Barracks, Alex was one of his team’s leading scorers, tallying 4 goals and 1 assist. Then at one of the country’s most competitive fall events, NALA, Dixon’s athleticism showed as a two way midfielder, making countless plays that don’t necessarily show up in the stat book.

Anthony Stillwell (Algonquin): Another guy that joined the Fighting Clams this Fall wasted no time asserting his place on the depth chart early. Stillwell is a smooth, crafty, left handed attackman who has a knack for getting to the front of the goal. A guy that seems to always be dodging full speed, has a great feel for opposing defensive schemes and does a great job of attacking with his head up. Dodging at full speed with his head up means that he is always a threat to either score or pass to someone in a scoring position which puts an extreme amount of stress and pressure on opposing teams. Over the course of the Fall his biggest challenge was building chemistry with his new Clam teammates and it was exciting to watch this unfold as the Fall progressed. With a whole season under his belt and some existing chemistry coming off a succesful Fall, we are thrilled to see what the Summer circuit has in store for Anthony.

Tyler Howe (Pingree): Another player new to our program, Howe stepped in immediately as one of the top close defensemen for the 2022 Class right out of the gate. Howe certainly has the build of a dominate DI defenseman, but it’s his off ball play that was noticed during tournaments this fall. Rarely out of position, Howe was able to tag team with fellow standout Tate Seeman to create timely doubles and create havoc on opposing offenses. With fellow classmate Brian Delduchetto (Weston HS) expected to return from injury this spring, the 2022 Clams defense is poised to be it’s strongest in recent memory this upcoming summer.