Colonial Clash

The extra weekend in November this year gave us a chance to try out an event we hadn’t attended before. Given the fact that we’d attended two national tournaments the weekend prior, and were set to attend another the weekend after, we decided the timing was right to stay local.

Unlike some other local events, our teams in attendance had a fair amount of our national-caliber talent on the rosters; so too did some of our opponents, especially in the older divisions. (I had one coach that told me one of our games he’d watched was played at a higher level than anything he’d seen out on the national circuit…more on that later.)

On balance, this event really filled a potential void very, very well. True to form, Prime Time did all the little things and the not-so-little things just right. Little things like plenty of balls on the sidelines and end lines were complimented by far bigger things like medals and banners for Champions, and carefully considered brackets and matchups to ensure parity. They also added an All-Tournament team, which is more of an organizational endeavor than one might imagine, especially in the stinging cold.

Performance-wise, our 11-6-2 record was strong, but almost every Clam team out there can think of a game they let get away. The day had a very good mix of great wins, very good ties, and a few close losses that should stoke the embers of mild frustration enough to keep everyone pushing hard through the winter…coaches included!

GAMES OF NOTE

Fighting Clams 2020/2021’s 6-6 tie vs. Coyotes (MA) – Against the eventual bracket Champions in the tournament’s toughest bracket, this interesting team of Clams (with even a few top ‘22’s playing up with juniors and seniors) played quite well. Face-off man/two-way midfielder/swiss army knife Conor Trant (Concord-Carlisle) led the scoring with 3 points to go along with a few really nice and pivotal face off wins; Joey Kraft (Rivers) was involved in the last two tallies as we maintained the tie until the final whistle. Seeing as the Coyotes beat the RI Bulldogs by one goal in the Championship, and the Bulldogs beat our Seasoned (or committed) Clams by one, then the transitive law says this team just might’ve been clicking better than our Seasoned guys on this day. And if you don’t know the transitive law, well, here’s your teachable moment. (Oh, and the game that was “better than any national game all fall” according to one coach referenced above…this was it.)

Seasoned Clams 7-8 loss vs. RI Bulldogs – After falling behind 4-1, the Seasoned Clams managed a spirited comeback that brought it all the way back to 7-7. Tucker Spencer (Trinity Pawling) managed 4 points in this game, as part of his torrid 10 goals and 13-point performance on the day. Zach Dimuccio (La Salle HS/Union), playing a team comprised mostly of his high school teammates, notched two goals, and Gregg Dennison (Rivers/Providence) was a force to be reckoned with throughout. Reese Hornstein’s (St. Mark’s/Conn College) multiple face off wins down the stretch propelled the comeback that fell just a little bit short, but on balance sure did consist of some outstanding and very competitive lacrosse.

Clams 2023 10-2 win vs. NH Tomahawks Gold – Normally I don’t highlight lopsided wins as Games of Note, but this one was particularly relevant because it showed our ’23 Clams getting a shot at redemption, and capitalizing on it. Last weekend at the Clash on the Charles, a somewhat similar version of our ‘23’s squared off against a somewhat similar version of the Tomahawks, and fell by one. Just one week later, we led wire to wire. Assertive midfield dodging was the norm in this game, as Jackson Young (Woburn HS), Tyler Robbins (BB&N) and Eric Brooks (St. John’s Shrewsbury) tallied two goals apiece. The aforementioned Brooks lost just one face off over the course of the game, tilting the field in our favor. Lastly, defensemen Aleco Buendia (Lincoln-Sudbury) and LSM Brendan Connolly (Acton-Boxboro) held firm on the defensive end, as did the duo of Matt Deedy (Acton-Boxboro) and Marc Gadbois (Fay), who turned all but a couple shots away.

Fighting Clams 2023 6-8 loss vs. Laxachusetts Navy – They say fall club lacrosse, for freshman anyway, is all about learning. In this game, we learned a lot. In the first half, we learned more of what we’d been learning throughout the day; when we’re playing smart, efficient lacrosse, we’re an outstanding Clam class. In the first half, attackmen Liam Flynn (Acton-Boxboro), Will Sawyer (St. John’s Prep) and Cam McGinty (Lawrence) were rolling, combining for 7 points, and it seemed like with their contributions and those of others, we’d achieve victory with ease. But we also learned the hard way that penalties must be avoided, and that they’re called differently in tournament lacrosse than in other settings. Lastly, we learned that certain strong programs will capitalize on your mistakes. A second half penalty, while seemingly non-egregious in nature, resulted in a 4 ½ minute non-releasable penalty, and our opponent capitalized, as strong opponents are ought to do. Coaches and players alike felt we were the better team in this one, but at least for a time, our regional opponent can point to the scoreboard and claim bragging rights.

Clams 2022 6-8 win vs. HGR 2022 Blue – This was the last opponent we had to get through before advancing to the Championship, and they proved a very worthy adversary. We jumped up 4-2 at the half in this one, behind the characteristically balanced offensive output that had typified this team all day. But HGR made a hard run at us in the second, and it took late goals by Liam Falvey (Weston HS), Jack Matthews (Acton-Boxboro) and Jack Henderson (Belmont Hill) to secure this hard-fought win. As he’d done all day long, Drew Streckenbach (Roxbury Latin) provided tenacious play on the defensive end, as did fellow pole Ryan Lebrun (Natick HS). After this hump game, the ‘22’s breezed to a convincing Championship game victory. While this team will never come together again exactly as it was constituted on this raw Saturday in Lancaster, it’s clear that something was special about the way this Mike Montenegro-led team came together from a chemistry perspective, even it was fleeting in nature.  

Clams to make All Tournament Team

2020 All Stars:

Hugh Curran- Defense, Needham
Zach Mickle- Defense, Rivers/Holy cross
Ian Jackson- Midfield, Portsmouth Abbey/Trinity
Tucker Spencer- Attack, Trinity Pawling
Charlie Paras- Goalie, Brooks/Ithaca

2021 All Stars:

Joey Kraft- Attack, Rivers

2022 All Stars:

Anthony Stillwell- Attack, Algonquin
Jack Henderson- Attack, Belmont Hill
Logan Pecora- Defense, Norwell
Tate Seeman- Defense, Nobles
Jaiden Wilde- LSM, Algonquin
Aidan Walsh- FO Midfield, Nashua South

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Seasoned Clams (2-1)

W 7-2 vs. 3d Bears 2020

L 7-8 vs. RI Bulldogs 2020/21 White

W 12-7 vs. MXB College Prep 2020

NameSchoolGoalsAssistsPoints
Tucker SpencerTrinity Pawling10313
Pressly MeadWestford224
Zach DiMuccioLa Salle/Union213
Dylan MorganAshland/St. Michael’s213
Jon CayerArlington123
Tommy MillerRivers/Villanova202
Ian JacksonPortsmouth Abbey/Trinity112
Gregg DennisonRivers/Providence101
Jon AlfanoWestford/Ithaca011
Pat ThomasGunnery/Furman011
NameSchoolFO Win %
Reese HornsteinSt. Mark’s/Conn. College71 %
Aidan McDonoughGroton-Dunstable/Endicott60 %
NameSchoolSave %
Pat ThomasGunnery/Furman68 %
Chris MeinholdAB/UMass Boston67 %

Clams 2020/2021 (1-0-2)

W 9-1 vs. Albany Top Dog 2020 Purple

T 5-5 vs. Coyotes 2020/21

T 9-9 vs. NH Tomahawks 2020 Purple

NameSchoolGoalsAssistsPoints
Anthony StillwellAlgonquin617
Conor TrantConcord-Carlisle426
Joey KraftRivers314
Jack FatesPhillip’s Andover134
Nicolo MazzoccaPomfret112
Tommy DekinRivers202
Jon BouvierSt. John’s HS202
Jaiden WildeAlgonquin101
Jack TaylorLawrence101
Tim BlueSt. Sebastian’s101
Will MunroeWayland101
NameSchoolFO Win %
Conor TrantConcord-Carlisle75 %
Will MunroeWayland71 %
NameSchoolSave %
Charlie ParasBrooks/Ithaca55 %
Dom PasqualeRivers51 %

Clams 2021 (0-3)

L 0-8 vs. Gorilla 2021

L 1-5 vs. 4Leaf 2021

L 4-7 vs. Laxachusetts 2021 Navy

NameSchoolGoalsAssistsPoints
Nick CampagnoneEast Catholic314
Preston BriggsWells101
Josh ManickamTilton101
NameSchoolFO Win %
Graham RayAlgonquin55 %
Luke CurtinBelmont Hill45 %
NameSchoolSave %
Chris PerriNewton North67 %
Andrew LawrenceLexington59 %

Clams 2022 (4-0, Bracket Champions)

W 8-5 vs. Penguins 2022 Blue

W 5-3 vs. 3d NE South 2022

W 7-5 vs. HGR 2022 BLUE

W 9-1 vs. RI Bulldogs 2022 Black (Championship Game)

NameSchoolGoalsAssistsPoints
Liam FalveyWeston538
Remi CreightonOliver Ames448
Joe LombardiHolliston257
Carter SmithSt. Paul’s314
Liam BakerXaverian314
Jack MatthewsActon-Boxboro314
Parker CollinsRoxbury Latin224
Luke LetteriConcord-Carlisle303
Jack HendersonBelmont Hill213
Jack CunninghamLawrence213
Hudson DurantPingree011
NameSchoolFO Win %
PJ O’RourkeDexter61 %
Aidan WalshNashua South55 %
NameSchoolSave %
Owen BewleyPomfret69 %
Davis LambertConcord-Carlisle61 %

Fighting Clams 2023 (2-1)

W 9-1 vs. HGR 2023 BLUE

W 5-2 vs. NH Tomahawks Purple

L 6-8 vs. Laxachusetts 2023 Navy

NameSchoolGoalsAssistsPoints
Cameron McGintyLawrence516
Will SawyerSt. John’s Prep325
Liam FlynnActon-Boxboro314
Josh SeiplePhillip’s Andover303
Chris MunroeWayland202
Parker GreeneWachusset112
Ryan ChoActon-Boxboro022
Jon ByrneActon-Boxboro101
Jack DalySt. Sebastian’s101
Cam MakiWachusset101
NameSchoolFO Win %
Owen JohnstonPomfret63 %
NameSchoolSave %
Logan ReedLawrence67 %
Aidan PetersonWestford66 %

Clams 2023 (2-1)

W 7-1 vs. CT-Shoreline Sharks 2023

W 10-2 vs. NH Tomahawks 2023 Gold

L 2-7 vs. 3d Bears 2023

NameSchoolGoalsAssistsPoints
Eric BrooksSt. John’s HS426
Max KosickiConcord-Carlisle213
Alex FooksonRivers213
Jack PoulinActon-Boxboro202
Jackson YoungWoburn202
Ryan BouvierSt. John’s HS202
Anthony PerroneSt. John’s HS112
Wyatt FritchmanOliver Ames112
Jack OhanianConcord-Carlisle022
Luke FremaultWestford101
Tyler RobbinsBB & N101
NameSchoolFO Win %
Eric BrooksSt. John’s HS82 %
NameSchoolSave %
Matt DeedyActon-Boxboro65 %
Marc GadboisFay65 %

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