Fighting Clams Show They Can Play With The Best

Sweetlax Invitational- Pittsford, New York

2020

Team Record: 3-2

Games Scores: 

W: Fighting Clams 2020 10-7 Juiced Cherries 2020

W: Fighting Clams 2020 8-4 Team One North 2020

L: Fighting Clams 2020 9-8 Dukes 2020

L: Fighting Clams 2020 6-5 NH Tomahawks 2020

W: Fighting Clams 2020 5-3 STEPS 2020

Game of the event: Against the nationally renowned Juiced Cherries club, which pulls players from throughout the Midwest, the 2020’s led this one wire to wire. The extremely athletic and skilled Juiced Cherries team pulled within one goal in the second half before the Clams responded, reeling off three in a row and put the game out of reach. Eight separate players registered at least one point in the complete team win.

Moment of the event:
In The final game of the tournament, leading 4-3 with under 5 minutes in regulation, Hugh Curran (Needham) picked up a ground ball in the defensive half, went coast to coast, and then faked the goalie out to put the ball in the back of the net. The 2020 Clams won the ensuing faceoff and iced the game, beating a strong STEPS (NJ) program 5-3.

How will the team be remembered?
This 2020 version of the Fighting Clams was one of the more determined bunches we have seen, displaying noteworthy skill, and especially on the defensive end, toughness and grit. We saw some very good programs at Sweetlax this year, and our guys were determined to show that they could play with anyone. Seeing as each loss came by a lone goal, that mission was accomplished. 

Some of the Top players Identified by Their Coaches:

Tucker Spencer- Attack (Pingree/Vermont)

Tommy Miller- Midfield (Rivers/Villanova)

Zach Dimuccio- Midfield (La Salle)

Von Mabbs- Midfield (St. Marks)

Carter Hampson- LSM (Deerfield)

Hugh Curran- Defense (Needham)

Dan Donahue- Goalie (Nobles)

Team Stats:

NameSchoolGoalsAssistsPoints
Tucker SpencerPingree/Vermont7411
Tommy MillerRivers/Villanova819
Dylan MorganAshland HS145
Brady ChitkaraBelmont Hill314
Cam BarisanoWestford/Fairfield224
Von MabbsSt. Mark’s404
Pat MurphyProctor/Vermont314
Carter HampsonDeerfield202
John AlfanoWestford/Ithaca112
Nils HollandProctor/Furman112
Hugh CurranNeedham HS101
Zach DimuccioLa Salle101
Jack TheriaultNorthfield Mt. Hermon101
Aidan McdonoughGroton-Dunstable HS101
NameSchoolF/O %
Aidan McdonoughGroton-Dunstable HS69 %
Reese HornsteinSt. Mark’s68 %
NameSchoolSave %
Dan DonahueNobles67 %
Pat ThomasGunnery/Furman60 %

2021

Team Record: 4-1

Games Scores: 

W: Fighting Clams 2021 12-3 NJ Riot Chaos 2021

W: Fighting Clams 2021 14-4 Blue Chip National

L: Fighting Clams 2021 8-3 Sweetlax FL 2021

W: Fighting Clams 2021 10-6 STEPS 2021

W: Fighting Clams 2021 6-3 Orange Crush 2021

Game of the event: Our top and most complete performance of the weekend capped off our experience when we beat Orange Crush, a national power and a program we have struggled against in our few matchups in recent years. The team got started fast and got contributions from lots of players, including terrific riding efforts by the attack to create additional opportunities.

Moment of the event: Against Orange Crush, Sean Kelly scored a transition goal after a complete and imposing ride from the entire attack unit. Graham Brady helped by picking up the ground ball and Sean had a silky finish to cap off the type of play we had been challenging our attack to make throughout the weekend. 

How will the team be remembered? The 21’s this weekend will be remembered as a team that was tough in the middle of the field and stingy on defense. Starting with our riding, we were fast applying pressure on clearing players and were supported by a physical compliment of midfielders with some heavy shots. Our goaltending proved to give us the edge in several games as we were able to gain valuable extra possessions off of saves.

Some of the Top players Identified by Their Coaches:

Daniel Jones- Midfield (Aquinas College)

Pressly Mead- Midfield (Westford)

Michael Petitto- LSM (Wakefield)

Matthew Petitto- LSM (Wakefield)

Liam Alley- Defense (Middlesex)

Keegan Palmer- Defense (Central Catholic)

Graham Tyson- F/O Midfield (St. John’s Prep)

Michael Marinello- Goalie (Belmont Hill)


Team Stats:

NameSchoolGoalsAssistsPoints
Dan AddonizioBB&N8412
Chris CarrerasAlgonquin HS6511
Tim BlueSt. Sebastian’s4610
Joey KraftRivers178
Pressly MeadWestford617
Shaun PaddenXaverian/Quinnipiac606
Daniel JonesAquinas College UK415
Jimmy GibbonsWinchester HS325
Sean KellyActon-Boxboro HS224
Teddy LisaPhillips Exeter404
Graham BradyActon-Boxboro HS123
Caleb ChesterCambridge Ridge & Latin022
Carter SmithRivers011
Brandon LaveyWinchester HS011
NameSchoolF/O %
Graham TysonSt. John’s Prep88 %
Luke CurtinBelmont Hill62 %
NameSchoolSave %
Michael MarinelloBelmont Hill67 %
Chris PerriNewton North HS57 %

2022

Team Record: 2-3

Games Scores: 

L: Fighting Clams 2022 10-8 Juiced Cherries 2022

L: Fighting Clams 2022 7-4 FCA 2022

W: Fighting Clams 2022 7-5 STEPS 2022

W: Fighting Clams 2022 8-2 Baltimore Rock 2022

L: Fighting Clams 2022 12-0 Sweetlax FL 2022


Game of the event: 8-2 win over the Baltimore Rock. This was arguably the best game this group has played all summer. A lock down defensive effort matched with a patient and effective offense, this game was exactly the level of lacrosse IQ the 2022 coaching staff had been looking for.

Moment of the event: With STEPS lacrosse forging a comeback in the second half (an eventual 7-5 win for the 2022’s) , Peter Del Col (Nobles) shut the door, making a flurry of impressive saves to preserve the lead and give the 2022’s a win to close out Saturday.

How will the team be remembered? This 2022 Clam team will be remembered for its ability to play lock down defense against some of the country’s best programs.  Consistency is still a work in progress, but this group played the 2022 Bracket Champion Juiced Cherries to their closest game all tournament.  Though we fell 10-8, no other 2022 team came closer than 4 goals of the talented group from the upper midwest. 

Some of the Top players Identified by Their Coaches:

Rex Mabbs- Midfield (Middlesex)

Chad Palumbo- Attack (Nobles)

Tate Seeman- Defense (Nobles)

Cam Dick- Defense (Tyngsboro)

Peter Del Col- Goalie (Nobles)


Team Stats:

NameSchoolGoalsAssistsPoints
Chad PalumboNobles437
Mick FrechetteSt. Paul’s325
Hudson DurantPingree224
Rex MabbsMiddlesex404
Jack FatesPhillips Andover404
Colin EatonActon- Boxboro HS213
Brady MartinWinchester HS213
Brendan PoirierAMSA202
Cam DickTyngsboro HS101
Alex DixonLexington HS101
Jack LefebvreRivers101
Fitz FrechetteSt. Paul’s101
NameSchoolF/O %
Jackson EhwaBromfield59 %
Fitz FrechetteSt. Paul’s44 %
NameSchoolSave %
Peter Del ColNobles53 %
Carter O’BrienConcord-Carlisle HS41%

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