FLG In 3d Fall Shootout & NALA Invitational

Last weekend at the Mayflower Invitational, we saw overwhelming improvement when we compared last year’s performance on the national stage of weekend #1 vs. this year’s performance. This past weekend, our improvement continued. It could be said that these continued at a more incremental pace, but at the same time, the competitive level heightened considerably, so it could also be argued these improvements were even more impressive.

Last year, our Fighting Clams 2021 team that headed down to the FLG in 3d tournament on Saturday went 2-1. This year, we swept it, going 3-0. Undefeated runs are always quite a feat on the national stage (and this wouldn’t be our only one, more on that later), but the way in which this one occurred was also very fitting, and a great way to cap the weekend. After two convincing wins vs. manageable opponents, it took a late goal to top a strong Harvest opponent, ranked #64 in the country heading into the fall (according to the most credible club rankings available), against the toughest opponent of the day, we rose to the challenge.

At the North American Lacrosse invitational (NALA), our overall record nudged upward as well, going from a combined 3-4-2 in 2018, to 4-4-1 in 2019. The 2023’s, light on numbers and seeing their first competition of this caliber, learned some hard lessons, just as our 2022’s had last fall. But it’s exciting to see both our sophomores and juniors playing exceptionally well. The ‘22’s were the proverbial belles of the ball, not just managing a 3-0 record but doing so with surprising polish, smoothness and poise; at times, their play was downright beautiful. Squaring off against three clubs among the top 50 nationally, this group handled each without the need for too many last-minute heroics (the Richmond Hawks game was the closest, but even in this game, we had a feeling of control throughout). The 2021’s also squared off against three clubs ranked in the top 50 nationally. And while they managed a .500 record, the final game showed that this is a team clearly still on the ascent. Against a Blue Star team ranked one notch above us in the most credible rankings, we exploded for 14 goals, indicating that our new offensive coach’s teachings are leading to results in real time (just as our defensive coach’s teaching have been for as far back as I can recall).

So notable improvement clearly took place. Again. Last year’s combined 5-5-2 at these two events goes to 7-4-1. That improvement is incremental and noteworthy all at once. And if the amount of coach correspondence I’ve received in the days since is any indication, it was noticed!

Games of Note

Fighting Clams 2021/2022’s 5-4 win vs. Harvest (NY) at 3d in FLG – The game we needed to get to go 3-0 fittingly against the strongest opponent we saw at this event – was against Harvest, a team that would require our best effort. We gave just that. Midfielder Pressly Mead’s late man-up goal gave us the one goal lead, and the defense withstood a couple end-of-game errors by the offense and did their part to hold the line and retain the win, just as they’d done all day long.

Fighting Clams 2021’s 14-1 win vs. Blue Star (NJ) at NALA – Normally I don’t identify lopsided games as Games of Note. I’m doing so in this case for a couple reasons. First off, this opponent was good, posting similar scores against the same opponents they’d face as we had previously (in fact, they lost to Sweetlax by just one; we’d lost by three). Second, coming out of summer, this was a team considered to be slightly stronger than us, according to the national pundits. Seems there’s a new sheriff in town. Teddy Lisa led to way offensively with 4 goals; face off men Conor Trant and Will Munroe combined for just two losses, vs. 12 wins.

Fighting Clams 2022’s 11-5 win vs. Orange Crush (NY) at NALA – Of the three games the ‘22’s played, all vs. strong opponents, this is the one people seemed to be talking about as being particularly relevant beforehand. If it was, it was for the right reasons for our program. Behind 3 goals apiece from Jack Taylor and Chad Palumbo, and dominance at the X, we managed to control the game against this highly skilled opponent throughout. Click here to see the US Club Lax Post about this being one of the games to watch at NALA!

Fighting Clams 2022’s 5-3 win vs. the Richmond Hawks (VA) at NALA – It seems the game we needed to grab the 3-0 record is always the toughest. And this one was no exception. And if the offense carried much the day to this point (and with two double digit outputs, it’s hard to argue they didn’t), the defense clearly dug in and carried this one. Both goalies, Peter Del Col (7 saves) and Ben Garozzo (5 saves), were exceptional, as were poles Sam Duffy, Tate Seeman and newcomer Jaiden Wilde. The end was heart stopping at times, but somehow we seemed in control, which is a testament to coaches, the defense, and the entire team.

NALA Invitational

Fighting Clams 2021 (1-1-1)

L 3-6 vs. Sweetlax-NY

T 6-6 vs. Predators

W 14-1 vs. Blue Star

Dan Addonizio BB & N516
Teddy LisaPhillips Exeter516
Jon BouvierSt. John’s HS314
Brian GonsalvesRivers303
Charlie AlfieriDover-Sherborn123
Nico MazzoccaPomfret123
Matthew ParkBC High202
Graham Brady Acton-Boxboro022
Pressly MeadWestford112
Ben O’RourkeConcord-Carlisle112
Teddy O’RourkeConcord-Carlisle101
Conor TrantConcord-Carlisle101
Pat AtkinsSt. John’s Prep011
Keegan PalmerCentral Catholic011
Michael PetittoWakefield011
NameSchoolFO Win %
Conor TrantConcord-Carlisle87 %
Will MunroeWayland65 %
NameSchoolSave %
Michael MarinelloBelmont Hill82 %
Ryan SkrippsBrewster67 %

Fighting Clams 2022 (3-0)

W 11-5 vs. Rising Sons

W 11-5 vs. Orange Crush

W 5-3 vs. Richmond Hawks

Chad PalumboNobles9110
Jack TaylorLawrence707
Colin EatonRivers347
Hudson DurantPingree213
Joe LombardiHolliston033
Anthony StillwellAlgonquin303
Alex DixonLexington112
Colin SullivanSt. John’s HS202
Luke LetteriConcord-Carlisle011
NameSchoolFO Win %
Jackson EhwaHolderness73 %
Graham RayAlgonquin67 %
NameSchoolSave %
Ben Garozzo Lincoln-Sudbury65 %
Peter Del Col Nobles55 %

Fighting Clams 2023 (0-3)

L 5-6 vs. Rising Sons

L 4-8 vs. Richmond Hawks

L 1-13 vs. Igloo

Emmett HarrisHolderness303
Cam MakiWachusset202
Chris MunroeWayland202
Nicholas BeakeyRivers101
Jon ByrneActon-Boxboro101
Parker GreeneWachusset011
Brogan ChitkaraBelmont Hill011
Ryan ChoActon-Boxboro011
Nick MooreActon-Boxboro101
Anthony PerroneSt. John’s HS011
NameSchoolFO Win %
Owen JohnstonPomfret65%
NameSchoolSave %
Logan ReedLawrence63 %
Aidan PetersonWestford55 %

FLG In 3d Fall Shootout

Fighting Clams 2021/2022 (3-0)

W 12-1 vs. PLC 2021 Gold

W 6-3 vs. LI Outlaws 2021

W 5-4 vs. Harvest 2021

Teddy LisaPhillips Exeter617
Pressly MeadWestford505
Malcolm SteegstraProctor404
Paul D’eramoBurlington033
Jon BouvierSt. John’s HS213
Nick Campagnone
East Catholic 202
Nico MazzoccaPomfret112
Conor TrantConcord-Carlisle112
Ben O’RourkeConcord-Carlisle112
Jack Kinsella Blackstone Valley Tech101
NameSchoolFO Win %
Conor TrantConcord-Carlisle80 %
Chris MunroeWayland79 %
NameSchoolSave %
Dom PasqualeRivers75 %
Sean HendersonLawrence67 %