NXT PHILLY SHOWCASE
Last weekend the 2020 Fighting Clams travelled to Downington, PA to compete in the NXT Philly Summer Invitational. The team faced a challenging slate of games on the first day of the tournament and dropped three close contests. While the Clams were not victorious on this day, they played each team tightly and improved over the course of the day. The highlight of the tournament was the 6-5 loss to an elite Predators squad. The boys battled until the final whistle and came up one goal short in this tightly contested game. The Clams played 4Leaf on Sunday and was winning that game 5-1 before thunder and lightning ended the day and the tournament for the team.
Von Mabbs created offense from the midfield throughout the tournament and scored four goals to lead the team at Philly. Connor Mulvaney (2g, 2a) and Cam Barisano (3g, 1a) also paced the offense. Mulvaney took the majority of faceoffs while Barisano was a constant threat with powerful dodges and great finishes.
Defensively, Hugh Curran harassed opposing players all weekend and even took faceoffs during the Predators game. He and Tripp Clark anchored a solid defensive unit that kept the Clams in every game of the weekend. Michael Nassif made some impressive saves, but his leadership and intensity were his most notable contributions to the weekend.
The 2020 Fighting Clams travel to Lehigh University to compete in the NLF Club National Championship this weekend. This will be the final tournament of the summer for the impressive 2020 class.
L 6-3 v. PLC 2020
L 8-6 v. Patriot 2020
L 6-5 v. Predators 2020
W 5-1 v. 4Leaf Daniels
The 2021 Clams ended the Philly NXT tournament with a record of 2-1-1. Within this record there were two decisive wins over United and Blackbear along with a hard fought tie against a talented and physical DC Express team. This group of 21’s showed a lot of resilience and this was never shown more than in this tie to the DC Express. The Express jumped out to a 3-0 halftime lead, but the Clams never faltered and clawed their way back and then went on to tie the contest within the last seconds of the game. With this tie and a 2-0-1 record coming out of Saturdays games, the Clams earned the 6th seed in the playoffs for the following morning. After a chaotic Sunday morning where thunderstorms pushed back and shortened the playoff format, the Clams eventually fell 3-2 in the shortened 30 minute running time game. Chances were there to win the game, but a few good saves by their goalie and a flurry of late penalties from our side resulted in the loss. Overall this ’21 class continues to improve and has started to cement their identity as a hard working and resilient group. There is no doubt that this group will continue to make splashes in the high level national tournaments.
Defenders Jimmy Freehill and Gregg Dennison continued to be dominant forces at the defensive end of the field. Both were able to take the ball away, and also add a physical dynamic that set the tone not only in certain games but also for our team as a whole. These defenders complemented our two outstanding goalies Ryan Skripps and Michael Marinello. Both of these young men were outstanding in the net, and allowed our team to be in every game at the tournament. Midfielders Jack Fates and Jack Taylor continue to be do it all players for this class. Jack Fates scored two huge goals in the DC Express tie and Jack Taylor scored the eventual tying goal in the contest. At attack Jon Cayer continues to be the calming force that paces the play on that end of the field, while also producing for his team at the same time.The Clam 2021’s will finish the summer campaign down at Lehigh University for the NLF Championships. This will be one of the premier events for this class on the summer, and we look to continue our run against this strong competition. As this class continues to form and cement their identity, events like these allow our players to grow and further their lacrosse abilities.
W 9-2 v. United 2021
W 14-1 v. Blackbear 2021
T 4-4 v. DC Express 2021
L 3-2 v. Pioneer Kings 2021 (playoffs)