Hardware won at Primetime Shootout Babson

This weekend is an official start of sorts for the Clam program. This past weekend, over three-quarters of the players in the program were in action in two different states. On balance, the teams played hard and showed well, even though the minimal practice and game time we’ve had together left some T’s not crossed and some I’s not dotted.

This year’s 13-7 record at the Prime Time Shootout was an improvement over last year’s overall 12-8 mark. And unlike last year, when two of the four teams finished in the top three but no one took home the hardware, this year we managed to win a Prime Time Championship, which our 2020 team earned in a thrilling, back and forth affair. The Championship game concluded with an overtime stanza that was one for the ages. The fact that we’d fallen to the same team earlier in the day made this victory all the more memorable. Another extraordinary happening over the course of the past weekend was the fact that the semi-final game in the events toughest bracket, the 2020 AA, has two Clam teams square off to determine who’d advance to the final. As expected, the elder team won handily, but it was exciting just to the see the 2020/2021 team make into the semis, especially given the fact that 17 of the younger team’s players were 2021’s. To call that a harbinger of positive things to come might be an understatement.

As referenced above, the 2020 team carried the baton very capably, as they should have. Eight players averaged more than a point per game in the tournament, and every attackman and middie tallied points. The ball movement made every player look strong; all in all this team was a blast to watch. Jack Theriault (Northfield Mount Hermon) and Connor Sullivan (Hopkinton/UMASS) tallied 13 points to lead the team, but a nice bump was given on day two, when Eric Raguin (Acton-Boxboro/Brown) arrived on Sunday morning and put up seven points over the course of the day, one of which was the Championship game overtime game-winner. Dan DeLaus (St. John’s Prep) led all middies in scoring with 8 points, and Von Mabbs (St. Mark’s) and Carson Blackshaw (Lawrence) chipped in with 6 apiece. The defense, led by Hayden Zellar (Weston) and Cam Souza (Wakefield/Hartford), and backstopped by Charlie Paras (Brooks) and Connor Theriault (Northfield Mount Hermon/Brown), was the most tenacious and physical of any team at the tournament.

As mentioned earlier, the 2020 class had players on two teams, both of which participated in the event’s top bracket. Had it not been for the top 2020 team, it’s hard to say whether the 2020/2021 team would have been stopped. Prior to meeting up with our 2020’s, this team had not only not lost, but had outscored their opponents 46-13. It was one of the team’s elders who provided quite a spark, as Brian Souza (St. John’s Prep) managed a program high 17 points. Fellow Acton-Boxboro teammates Graham Brady (Acton-Boxboro) and Sean Kelly (Acton-Boxboro) also put up 11 points apiece on an attack unit that was as smooth, unselfish and efficient on the fast break as any I can remember seeing this early in the summer in the Clam program. The midfield, led by newcomer Zach Auble (Burlington HS), managed their share of points, but it was more their ground ball work, hustle, and ability to hit the lead man that made things click between the lines. Add to that the capable face off play from face off man Will Munroe (Wayland)(66% at the X), and you had all the trimmings for a group that really hummed. Defensively, leaders such as Sean Malone (Burlington) and Jed Hoggard (Acton-Boxboro) held it down with toughness, competitiveness and grit.

The younger teams fought their way to a slightly sub .500 record, both while competing in an older bracket, as is always our choice for nearly all local events. The team that actually managed the sub .500 record, at 2-3, was counter-intuitively also the team that made the playoffs. The 2021/2022 AFC advanced to the semi-final before falling to the Gorillas 2021 AA team. Tied at the half, the Gorillas showed their strength and separated in the 2nd half of this game. Afterward, the ‘21/’22’s had a chance to grab a 3rd place finish, but were outlasted in a less convincing but similar manner by EB Lacrosse ‘21’s. The teams three leading scorers, Joe Lombardi (Holliston), Liam Falvey (Weston) and Colin Sullivan (St. John’s Shrewsbury), as well as its standout defensemen on the weekend, Tom Goguen (Belmont Hill), Dante Strong (Lawrence) and Brian Delduchetto (Weston) were all ‘22’s, playing up in age, and playing as if they more than belonged. The same can be said (and then some) about face off man Jackson Ehwa (Bromfield), who won 64% of his draws.

At 2-2, the ‘21/’22 NFC squad had the better record, but did not make the playoffs. Like their AFC counterparts, this squad competed capably over the course of the weekend. Attackmen Grady Abban (Duxbury) and Jack Matthews (Acton-Boxboro) led all scorers, while Grady St. John (Holliston) and Jack Lefebvre (Rivers) provided quite the 1-2 punch out of the midfield. On the defensive end, Peter Gourdeau (Hamilton-Wenham) was identified for his strong play, as was goaltender Andrew Lawrence (Lexington), who came up with some key saves in some big moments to keep all the games close.

Clams 2020 Team Record: 5-1

Games Scores:

W: Clams 2020 (10) vs. NH Tomahawks Gold (5)

W: Clams 2020 (12) vs. MXB 2020 Navy (1)

W: Clams 2020 (11) vs. Albany Power U18 Gold (3)

L: CT Valley 2020 Blue (6) vs. Clams 2020 (5)

W: 2020 AA BRACKET SEMI-FINAL : Clams 2020 (12) vs. Clams ‘20/’21 (1)

W (OT): 2020 AA BRACKET CHAMPIONSHIP: Clams (7) vs. CT Valley 2020 Blue (6)

Team Stats:

Connor Sullivan – 10 goals, 3 assists, 13 points
Jack Theriault – 9 goals, 4 assists, 13 points
Dylan Morgan – 5 goals, 5 assists, 10 points
Dan DeLaus – 5 goals, 3 assists, 8 points
Eric Raguin (Sun only) – 5 goals, 2 assists, 7 points
Von Mabbs – 4 goals, 2 assists, 6 points
Carson Blackshaw – 2 goals, 4 assists, 6 points
Shaun Padden – 2 goals, 4 assists, 6 points
Brady Chitkara – 2 goals, 3 assists, 5 points
Connor Mulvaney – 2 goals, 2 assists, 4 points
Matt Curran – 4 goals, 4 points
Loch Sheridan – 2 goals, 2 assists, 4 points
Jackson Hammersley – 1 goal, 2 assists, 3 points
Matt Costantino – 2 goals, 1 assist, 3 points
Hayden Zellar – 1 assist, 1 point
Dylan Mentis – 1 assist, 1 point
Cam Souza – 1 goal, 1 point
Will Crowley – 1 goal, 1 point

Charlie Paras – 69% save pct.
Connor Theriault – 66% save pct.

Austin Ray – 74% F/O win pct.
Aidan McDonough – F/O 70% win pct.

Clams 2020/2021 Team Record: 4-1

Games Scores:

W: Clams ‘20/’21 (12) vs. Prospectors (5)

W: Clams ‘20/’21 (9) vs. Penguins 2020 Blue (3)

W: Clams ‘20/’21 (8) vs. MXB 2020 Carolina (4)

W: Clams ‘20/’21 (17) vs. HGR 2020 Green (1)

L: 2020 AA BRACKET SEMI-FINAL : Clams ‘20/’21 (1) vs. Clams 2020 (12)

Team Stats:

Brian Souza – 12 goals, 5 assists, 17 points
Graham Brady – 6 goals, 5 assists, 11 points
Sean Kelly – 5 goals, 6 assists, 11 points
Seth Bello – 5 goals, 5 assists, 10 points
Zach Auble – 2 goals, 3 assists, 5 points
Christian Willett (Sun only) – 3 goals, 1 assist, 4 points
Pat Atkins – 3 goals, 1 assist, 4 points
Teddy O’Rourke – 4 goals, 4 points
Ben O’Rourke – 2 goals, 1 assist, 3 points
Michael Tyler – 3 goals, 3 points
Nick de Valpine – 2 goals, 1 assist, 3 points
Henry Antino – 2 goals, 1 assist, 3 points
Zach Watson – 1 assist, 1 point

Dominic Pasquale – 52% save pct.
Connor Nyedegger – 44% save pct.

Will Munroe – 66% F/O win pct.

Clams 2021/2022 AFC Team Record: 2-3

Games Scores:

L: 3d New England 2021 Blue (10) vs. Clams ‘21/’22 AFC (4)

W: Clams ‘21/’22 AFC (5) vs. Laxachusetts Green (4)

W: Clams ‘21/’22 AFC (6) vs. NH Tomahawks 2021 Gold (5)

L: 2021 AA BRACKET SEMI-FINAL: Gorillas 2021 (9) vs. Clams ‘21/’22 AFC (4)

L: 3rd PLACE GAME: EB Lacrosse 2021 (6) vs. Clams ‘21/’22 AFC (4)

Team Stats:

Joe Lombardi – 4 goals, 2 assists, 6 points
Colin Sullivan – 5 goals, 5 points
Liam Falvey – 3 goals, 2 assists, 5 points
Hudson Durant – 3 goals, 1 assist, 4 points
Remi Creighton – 2 goals, 2 assists, 4 points
Thomas Michaud – 3 goals, 3 points
Colin Hatton – 1 goal, 1 assist, 2 points
Thomas Skolnick – 1 goal, 1 assist, 2 points
Tim Rogers – 1 assist, 1 point

Owen Bewley – 46% save pct.
Carter O’Brien– 39% save pct.

Jackson Ehwa – 64% FO win pct.

Clams 2021/2022 NFC Team Record: 2-2

Games Scores:

L: RI Bulldogs (7) vs. Clams ‘21/’22 NFC (3)

W: Clams ‘21/’22 NFC (6) vs. HGR 2021 Green (4)

L: 4 Leaf 2021 Navy (6) vs Clams ‘21/’22 NFC (4)

W: Clams ‘21/’22 NFC (6) vs. CT Valley ’21 White (4)

Team Stats:

Jack Matthews – 3 goals, 4 assists, 7 points
Grady Abban – 3 goals, 4 assists, 7 points
Jack Lefebvre – 3 goals, 1 assist, 4 points
Grady St. John – 2 goals, 2 assists, 4 points
Jack Cunningham – 3 goals, 1 assist, 4 points
Austin Fitts – 2 goals, 2 points
Lukas Letteri – 2 goals, 2 points
Connor Arcara – 1 assist, 1 point
Evan Harting – 1 assist, 1 point

Andrew Lawrence – 55% save pct.
Aidan Peterson– 53% save pct.

PJ O’Rourke – 42% F/O win pct.
Sam Cioffi – 38% F/O win pct.