In keeping up with the Clam alumni we bring you our first Clam Alumni Top 10 Performances for the 2017 season. Though only a handful of DIII teams have kicked off their seasons, many former Clams have already made an impact for their team at the Division I and III levels. A few performances may have even cemented a few former Clams as players to watch over the course of the 2017 season. We certainly hope you’re as excited as we are that the 2017 season is in full swing!
1. Larken Kemp, Sr. LSM Brown: Regarded as the best LSM in the country in 2016, Kemp is back for a senior campaign after a magical junior run for the Brown Bears. Against Quinnipiac, Kemp scored a goal, added three assists, scooped up seven ground balls and caused a turnover in a 25-9 win. It is safe to say that this will not be the last time you see Larken on a Clam Top 10 in 2017.
2. Matt D’Amore, Jr. Goaltender Salve Regina: After posting over 200 saves as a sophomore, D’Amore came back for his junior campaign hungry. In a 7-5 win over Emmanuel, D’Amore made 18 saves and posted a ridiculous 78% save percentage for the Seahawks. He will look to help Salve move to 2-0 this weekend, as Salve will host Clark University.
3. Tyler Powers, Jr. Attack Washington College: The junior picked up right where he left off, scoring five goals in a 13-4 win over Birmingham-Southern. In 2016, Powers ended the year second on the team in goals (25) and points (35) for the 7-8 Shoremen. WAC will have a big test this weekend, as the Shoremen host #20 Washington & Lee.
4. Rob Shaw, Jr. Goaltender Harvard: Shaw returned between the pipes for Harvard after leading the team to eight wins in 2016. In his first taste of action in 2017, Shaw made seven saves and posted a 64% save percentage in a 14-9 win over Umass-Lowell. Shaw will look to move the Crimson to 2-0, as Harvard travels to Holy Cross for an early week contest.
5. Danny Seibel, Jr. Attack Villanova: The Belmont Hill product scored two goals and added two assists, as Villanova fell to #8 Yale 11-16. Moving back to his natural position at attack (played 2016 at the midfield), Seibel is poised to add to his impressive resume as a goal scorer. Heading into the 2017 season, Seibel has notched 40 goals in 28 career games for the Wildcats.
6. Matt Ryan, Sr. LSM Harvard: The Crimson Captain scooped up four ground balls and caused two turnovers in a 14-9 win over Umass-Lowell. A four year contributor for Harvard, Ryan has enjoyed an impressive career in Cambridge. For his career (41 games) he has notched 10 points (7g,3a), scooped up 84 ground balls and caused 40 turnovers.
7. Parker McKee, Jr. Midfield Michigan: McKee has helped Michigan to their best start in program history, as the Wolverines are undefeated (4-0) heading into their matchup with Notre Dame. McKee notched two assists in a win over Detroit Mercy, and followed that up with one assist in a win over Bellarmine.
8. Collin Orr, Jr. Midfield Colgate: Orr had a career day for the Raiders, winning 14 of 19 draws and posting a 70% FO win percentage in a loss to Binghamton. With a big matchup with Patriot League rival Bucknell on the horizon, Colgate will look to get their first win in 2017.
9. Zach Ambrosino, So. Defense Virginia: After starting most of the season as a true freshman in 2016, Ambrosino returned to bolster a talented backline for the Cavaliers in 2017. Against Drexel, Zach scooped up four ground balls in an 18-14 win. Virginia will look to move to 4-0 with games against Siena and Penn this week.
10. Connor Hunt, Fr. Midfield Gettysburg: In his collegiate debut, Hunt won 8 of 10 draws, and helped spark Gettyburg to a second half comeback over Messiah. Hunt and the Bullets have a big week ahead, as Gettysburg takes on Goucher and #1 Salisbury.