We’ve stressed to the 2021’s that this will be a very big fall season for a majority of our players. This is on its surface an obvious statement, but for our program it seems particularly true. This past summer was a solid one for the class, but especially at national events, certain teams and certain players felt they had stronger performances in them.
Our directors felt the same, so we took a hard look at the squad to ensure we’d be peaking at just the right time. We looked at everything, and pursued ways in which the team could tweaked here and there. We didn’t want to change much, because all the pieces were there. We decided we just needed minor modifications to give us the best chances at success.
If early indications are to be read into, some of our tweaks look promising indeed. The teams played faster, looser and more aggressive than they did at almost any point during this past summer, a point of emphasis that we’ve been stressing. Granted the competition was not equal to what we’d seen – and will see – at national tournaments. But going into this event, we felt it was more about us than our opponents. And leaving Weymouth early Sunday afternoon, every participant had earned the right to feel encouraged, optimistic and excited.
The day was a victory on two fronts. Not only did we score a combined 30 goals, tripling the output of our opponents, but we also managed to raise a lot of money for charitable pursuits important to our players and their parents. It’s a remarkable list (see below). Our players and parents raised $1390, and the Clam program decided to double three charitable donations to organizations we’re particularly passionate about, bringing the total raised to $1725.
We don’t want to go too deep into final scores or opponents’ performances, for this was not a tournament and represented a more scrimmage-like atmosphere than we’ll see in November. That’s said, it’s impossible not to mention players like Graham Tyson, who only lost 3 face offs all day (vs. 30+ wins), Gregg Dennison and Trevor Brooks, who paced an outstanding defensive efforts, and Graham Brady, Tim Blue, Paul D’eramo and Teddy Lisa, who each exploded for more than 3 points per game.
Back to where we started, Sunday represented to start of a very big season for our ‘21’s. And while just a start, it was indeed the break from the gate we were hoping for!
American Cancer Society
Coral Reef Foundation
Heart Brothers Foundation
Make a Wish
Natural Resources Defense Council
Sodexho Stop Hunger Foundation
St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital Research
Zachary Mcleod Supplemental Needs Trust