2018 Clam Alumni Top 10 Performances Week #10

1. Josh Kirson, Redshirt Fr. Goaltender Ohio State: In his biggest collegiate start to date, Kirson was tasked with taking on #1 Maryland in a must win scenario for the Buckeyes.  Tied 6-6 at halftime, Kirson was electric in the second half, as he made seven saves (four in the 4th quarter) to lead Ohio State to the upset. The win sets up the Buckeyes for a win and your in scenario with their final regular season matchup with BIG 10 rival Rutgers.  Ohio State will likely need to win the BIG 10 tournament and earn the NCAA AQ to earn a spot in the NCAA Tournament.

 

2. Sam Cleveland, Jr. Midfield Colgate: The junior quarterbacked the Raiders to a Patriot League Tournament postseason berth with a win over Lafayette.  Against the Leopards, Cleveland scored two goals and assisted on three others, as Colgate made the Patriot League Tournament playoffs for the first time since 2015. Cleveland’s 29 assists are now good for sixth all-time in Colgate single season history.  He is now only six assists shy of tying the program record of 34 assists set in 1985. He will look to keep Colgate’s NCAA Tournament hopes alive on Tuesday against Lehigh in the Patriot League quarterfinals.

 

3. Tyler Powers, Sr. Attack Washington College:  The senior finisher had a career week, helping the Shoremen to a 1-1 week in Centennial Conference play.  He began the week on fire, scoring a career best seven goals, as the Shoremen downed Muhlenberg 14-8. He then scored a hat trick and added two assists, as WAC fell to #10 Franklin & Marshall 20-13.  Powers and his WAC teammates are currently clinging to the final spot in the Centennial Conference standings (only the top four teams make conference playoffs).  They will end their season against Swarthmore and Gettysburg this week.

 

4. Collin Orr, Sr. Midfield Colgate: The Colgate Captain has been one of the best face-off specialists in the nation during his final season in Hamilton. Against Lafayette, Orr won 14 of 26 draws and scooped up five ground balls in a 17-9 win.  Currently ranked #13 in Division I and #1 in the Patriot League (187 for 311 60% FO win percentage), Orr has been a huge reason in helping Colgate punch their ticket to the Patriot League playoffs for the first time since 2015.  He will look to keep his magical senior season going against Lehigh Tuesday.

 

5. James Burr, Jr. Attack Boston University: In an up and down season, Burr has been a consistent form of offense for the Terriers in 2018.  In a must win scenario to make the Patriot League playoffs, Burr scored two goals in a 9-4 win over Holy Cross.  With 35 goals and at least two games to go, Burr is only four goals away from breaking the single season record for goals scored for the Terriers. Burr and his BU teammates will now focus on the Patriot League playoffs, as the Terriers head to Bucknell for a quarterfinal matchup on Tuesday.

 

6.  AJ Vazquez, Sr. Midfield Connecticut College: The senior two way midfielder has been a huge reason for the success of the Camels in 2018.  In his only game of the week, Vazquez scored a goal, dished out three assists and scooped up 4 ground balls in a 13-6 win over Stockton University. At 10-4 and with one game remaining against Wesleyan, Connecticut College is primed for their deepest run since 2012 in which they made the NCAA Tournament as an at large bid.  A win over Wesleyan on Wednesday would be the Camels most wins in a season since the 2013 season.

 

7. Danny Seibel, Sr. Attack Villanova: In a BIG EAST matchup against St. John’s, Seibel scored two critical goals in a 10-8 win over the Johnnies. At 2-2 in BIG EAST play, the senior Captain is looking to help Villanova to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since  2011.  Though the BIG EAST conference does have an automatic qualifier for their conference champ, early season victories over Yale and Penn State could help the Wildcats earn an at large bid if they should fall in the BIG EAST playoffs.  They will first have to take care of business in their final regular season against Providence this weekend.

 

8. Kerry Lyne, So. Attack Union: Lyne continued to assert himself as one of the top scorers in the nation, scoring multiple goals for the ninth time this season for the 9-4 Dutchmen.  Against Vassar, Lyne scored four goals to lift Union to an 11-6 win.  After leading the Dutchmen in goals in 2017, Lyne has been again the top scorer for Union in 2018.  His career high 34 goals are eleven more than his next closest teammate with one regular season game remaining. The Dutchmen will look to knockoff #1 ranked RIT in a midweek matchup before the Liberty League playoffs begin this weekend.

 

9. Jon Nassif, Sr. Attack Keene State: After scoring 11 goals in his first six games, Nassif has exploded for 25 goals over his last six contests.  Against Umass Boston, Nassif scored four goals and assisted on another in a 20-10 win. The senior has now more than doubled his career point total with his 36 goals and four assists in 2018.  He will look to keep his hot streak going, as the Owls look to extend their LEC conference win streak to 47 with matchups against Western Connecticut and Southern Maine this week.

 

10. Johnny Hincks, So. Midfield Williams: Hincks and the Ephs entered April on a three game losing streak and desperate to right the ship heading into the make or break portion of their NESCAC schedule. Riding a three game winning streak, Hincks scored a goal and added an assist, as Williams topped Bowdoin to move to #4 in the NESCAC standings.  With one game remaining against Tufts, a Williams win would guarantee the Ephs a home game next Saturday in the NESCAC quarterfinals.

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