Fighting Clams Class of 2021 Recap for the Fall of 2017
Overall Record of teams with 2021s on the roster: 17-11
(Undefeated Umass 2021 team, led by Coaches Luke Ferreira and Reid Shilling)
Overall Record of team comprised entirely of both 2020’s and 2021’s*: 9-4
*Note – every time teams consist of blended grad years, the Clam program places them in the older bracket
Players identified for excellence at multiple events by either Clams coaches, college coaches, or both
Jack Duffy, Attackman/Midfielder, Newton South HS (MA) – Jack book ended his fall with two outstanding performances, first with a team-high 8 point outing for his undefeated team at the UMass Mid-Fall Classic, followed by his quieter 1 point outing that saw the nature of contributions shift to more of the hustle variety. Also notable was the fact that Jack started the fall playing mostly attack, and ended playing mostly midfield; regardless of position, he was a coach’s favorite.
Jimmy Gibbons, Midfielder, Winchester HS (MA) – Jimmy’s a powerful and explosive midfielder who generates tremendous power and torque on his shot. He also makes significant contributions on both ends of the field, getting the ball off the ground with consistent effectiveness, and powerfully pushing transition.
Malcolm Steegstra, Midfielder, Pingree (MA) – The blazing fast midfielder uncovered a skill that he had little experience with coming into the fall. Finding his squad without a true face off man at times this fall, Malcolm stepped in and capably dueled at the X whenever and wherever it was needed. But his contributions were far from limited to the X, he also managed 8 goals and 10 points over the course of the fall, including a team-high 7 points (6G, 1A) at the PrimeTime Fall Brawl to close out the season.
Jed Hoggard, Defenseman, Acton-Boxboro HS (MA) – A new defenseman to the program this fall, Jed made an immediate impact, and has rapidly risen up our depth charts. At each of his first two tournaments, Jed was singled out by his coaches for his toughness, hustle, and overall dynamic play all over the field. His most memorable moments came between the restraining lines, but his on-ball mechanics were very good too. This coming summer, we’ll expect Jed’s impacts to continue, on what will most likely be even bigger stages.
Jimmy Freehill, Defenseman/LSM, St. Sebastian’s (MA) – An absolutely dynamic pole who plays wherever we need him, Jimmy does it all. He’s the ’21 classes best takeaway guy, our best pole in transition, our most offensively minded pole, and, frankly, our cornerstone. By the conclusion of the fall, Jimmy managed to rein in his aggressiveness a bit (to the pleasure of his coaches). This resulted in an All Star nod at the Philly Individual Showcase, and despite a clearly nagging injury, a very successful team event on Sunday.
Players identified for excellence by either Clams coaches, college coaches, or both
Joey Kraft, Attackman, Rivers (MA) – Joey Kraft is a big, strong attackman who can definitely get to the cage. But what impressed coaches even more was his lax IQ and his ability to make the quick, smart pass in transition. He was at his best at Mayflower, where he led the team with 3 timely assists.
Jon Cayer, Attackman, Arlington HS (MA) – Jon started off his fall quite well, leading his team’s attack unit with 3 goals and 2 assists at Mayflower. He then led the entire team in scoring at the FLG in 3d Fall Shootout; in fact, his 6 points (5G,1A) were twice as many as any other player on his team at the event.
Luke Curtin, F/O Midfielder, Belmont Hill (MA) – Luke had a strong first season as a Fighting Clam. His best tournament, according to coaches, was the Mayflower Tournament in Taunton. Luke fought his way to a 74% win pct., allowing us to go on the attack time and time again.
Jack Fates, Midfielder, Shore Country Day (MA) – An extremely athletic midfielder, Jack paced his team’s transition play, leading either directly or indirectly to many scoring chances. When the competitive level was at its highest, Jack was at this best, as coaches thought he really rose to the occasion at the Philly Showcase.
Teddy Lisa, Midfielder, Phillips Exeter (NH) – Teddy and his hard, heavy shot buoyed the 2021 class’s offensive unit this fall. At both Mayflower and again at Harvard, Teddy led the team in points scored (5 goals and 1 assist, 6 points at Mayflower; 3 goals and 2 assists, 5 points at Harvard). He was also named an Individual Day All-Star at the Philly Freshmen Showcase.
Trevor Brooks, LSM, St. John’s Shrewsbury (MA) – Trevor was tenacious this fall. He consistently hounded the ball carrier, and could be relied upon to cleanly field the loose ground balls. Coaches thought Trevor played some of his best lacrosse at the FLG in 3d Fall Shootout, where his team was one play away from going undefeated, largely on the back of its defensive corp.
Michael Marinello, Goaltender, Belmont Hill (MA) – Michael had a very strong fall season. He stopped 72% of the shots he faced at UMass. Then, at the FLG in 3d Fall Shootout the following weekend, he stopped 13 shots. Because goalie switch times weren’t clearly kept, we can’t tell exactly what his save percentage was. But opposing teams only scored 4 goals against his team all day, so it couldn’t have been any lower than 76% (and chances are it was far higher).
Ryan Skripps, Goaltender, Acton-Boxboro HS (MA) – Ryan is quite a presence in the cage, and he consistently turns back a lot more shots than he lets by. He stopped 60% of the shots he faced at UMass, then had 12 saves at FLG in 3d Fall Shootout, and (like Marinello above) had a save percentage we can’t complete with 100% accuracy, but know was well above 70%.
Others who excelled
Brendan Peters, Defenseman, Fenn (MA) – “Steady”, “reliable” and “consistent” are terms that were used to describe Brendan this fall. According to his coaches, his best tournament was the Philly Showcase, where he clearly rose to the occasion.
Paul D’Eramo, Attackman, Burlington HS (MA) – Paul came out of the gate flying this November, tallying a team-high 5 goals and adding an assist at the UMass Tournament.
Graham Brady, Attackman, Acton-Boxboro HS (MA) – Graham steadily improved throughout the fall, and finished with a flourish at PrimeTime, leading all attackmen with 6 points.
Ben O’Rourke, Midfielder, Concord-Carlisle HS (MA) – Ben was singled out for his play at Harvard, where he scored 2 goals, added 2 assists, and came up with a good number of GB’s.
Chris Perri, Goaltender, Lawrence Academy (MA) – Chris had a nice fall, but he saved his best for last, stopping 16 shots at the PrimeTime Fall Brawl to go along with the noteworthy leadership he displayed.
Chris Carreras, Attackman, Algonquin (MA) – A big, capable left-handed finisher, Chris found the back of the net with regularity, including notching a team-high 4 goals at Harvard.
Peter Cook, Attackman, St. Mark’s (MA) – Peter was solid throughout the fall, and coaches felt he shined most brightly at Mayflower, where he put up 4 points on 3 goals and 1 assist.
Remy Creighton, Midfielder, Oliver Ames (MA) – Remy showed his versatility playing at attack and midfield and even taking faceoffs at times. He displayed athleticism and good speed to go along with it.
Tommy Dekin, Midfielder, Rivers (MA) – Tommy was a consistent presence through the fall, and had his best day at Harvard, where he tallied 3 points. His most impactful plays were often clutch groundballs and smart transition decisions.