Six Former Clams Advance to Championship Weekend

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Division I

 

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5/23
#1 Notre Dame vs. #4 Denver 1:00PM ESPN2

#1 Notre Dame

First Round: 12-10 win over Towson

Quarterfinals: 14-10 win over Albany

Austin Gaiss, Fr. Midfield
*Gaiss is a member of the 2014 Clam class that saw 23 players commit to the Division I level.  He is also one of several Clams to start as a Littleneck, and moved through the Clam ranks as a AA Clam.  He comes to Notre Dame after having a stellar career at Phillips Andover as a midfielder.

 

#4 Denver

First Round: 15-9 win over Brown

Quarterfinals: 15-13 win over Ohio State

Connor Donahue, Fr. Attack
*Connor joined the Clams as a freshman (after the urging of Bishop Guertin teammate and now Clam Coach Matt Thistle) and was one of eight 2014 Clam attackmen to commit to a Division I program. Donahue is no stranger to winning; he garnered All-American honors twice and won four New Hampshire State Championships.

 

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5/23
Johns Hopkins vs. #6 Maryland 3:30PM ESPN2

Johns Hopkins

First Round: 19-7 win over #7 Virginia

Quarterfinals: 16-15 win over #2 Syracuse

Will Ryan, Jr. Goalie
*The Avon Old Farms graduate gathered Under Armour and US Lacrosse All-American honors as a senior in 2012. He also received MVP honors in the Under Armour Underclass Tournament as a junior in 2011. He helped guide Hopkins to two wins over Big 10 rivals Penn State and Maryland in 2015. Will initially gave his verbal commitment to the University of Delaware before deciding to instead attend Hopkins late in the process.

Division III

 

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5/24
Tufts vs. Lynchburg 4:00PM

Tufts

First Round: 21-6 win over Emmanuel

Second Round: 13-8 win over Bates

Quarterfinals: 17-10 win over Amherst

Semifinals: 19-12 win over RIT

Conor Helfrich, Jr. Midfield (59% FO / 13 gb’s vs. Amherst) (62% FO / 7 gb’s vs. RIT)
*Helfrich returned to Tufts after a breakout sophomore year at the face-off X in 2014.  As a sophomore, Helfrich was named an Honorable Mention All-American and scooped up an astounding 189 ground balls.  Surprisingly, Conor played his entire Clam career as an attackman, though he played both midfield and attack at Lawrence Academy. At Tufts he became the full time face-off specialist he is today.

Tucker Mathers, So. Defense
*Mathers (SJP) was a member of the 2013 Clam class that had six Clam defensemen head off to Division I programs. Instead of being the 7th, Mathers decided to play college football and lacrosse for the Jumbos.  His decision landed him a 2014 National Championship ring as a freshman. He was also a starting defensive end for the Jumbos this past fall.

 

Lynchburg

First Round: 13-4 win over Sewanee

Second Round: 19-8 win over Aurora

Quarterfinal: 13-11 win over Salisbury

Semifinals: 11-9 win over Gettysburg

Colin Fahey, Fr. Defense
*Fahey spent four years in the Clam program, following in his brother James’ (Umass/Clam Coach) footsteps.  He was a member of the St. John’s Prep football and lacrosse teams, and garnered All-Catholic Conference honors as a senior in lacrosse.  Lynchburg is heading to their first NCAA Championship game in program history.

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