FIGHTING CLAMS 2022 (3-1-1)
4-8 L vs. West Coast Starz
6-6 T vs. Bucktown
7-6 W vs.Tri State
9-5 W vs. Resolute (OH)
6-5 OT W vs. True (OH)
Nick Bell – 7 goals, 4 assists, 11 points
Jack Taylor – 6 goals, 2 assists, 8 points
Hudson Durant – 1 goal, 6 assists, 7 points
Mick Frechette – 1 goal, 3 assists, 4 points
Colin Sullivan – 7 goals, 7 points
Parker Collins – 2 goals, 2 assists, 4 points
Alex Dixon – 2 goals, 2 assists, 4 points
Tom Goguen – 2 goals, 1 assist, 3 points
Jack Cunningham – 2 goals, 2 points
Jack Lefebvre – 1 assist, 1 point
Peter Del Col – 59% save pct
Owen Bewley – 49% save pct.
Jackson Ehwa – 66% FO pct
Fitz Frechette – 60% FO pct.
It was a very strong start to the 2022 season, no two ways about it. After a competitive loss to an outstanding West Coast Starz team to start the event, and a tie to an above average Bucktown team, the youngest Clam team started to roll.
We always say we want to get better in every game. Down at the Adrenaline, this team truly did.
Offensively, this squad showed right away that it has some surprisingly heavy shooters among its ranks. Nick Bell (Rivers), whose production was significant throughout the fall, started right where he left off, leading the team with 7 goals and 11 points. The ISL’s top scoring freshman was joined atop the scoring leader list by one of the ISL’s top scoring midfielders, newly reclassified Lawrence Academy Spartan Jack Taylor (needless to say, Jack was as missed with his prior team, the 2021’s, as he was welcomed by the ‘22’s). Rounding out the top point getters was the clutch goal scorer Colin Sullivan (St. John’s Shrewsbury), who scored most of his seven powerfully delivered goals at key times, and Hudson Durant (Pingree), whose ability to distribute the ball made the offense flow, and the man up group flourish.
The defense was steady on this team as well. Two clear leaders on the defensive side of the ball were Tom Goguen (Belmont Hill), who had to have led the team in ground balls, and pushed transition with skill and ability well beyond his years. The Belmont Hill starter was at-times downright dominant playing with players his own age, which was not surprising. Equally strong was the recently reclassified Tate Seeman (Nobles), who looked every bit the Nobles starter he is, and may just be the most improved player in the Clam program over the course of the past year.
Both goalies played well, but Peter Del Col (Nobles) provided some of the more memorable saves, and managed to put forth a better save pct. throughout the event. That said, there was very little notable difference between the two goaltenders, Del Col and Owen Bewley (Pomfret); each played well enough to win games every time they stepped between the pipes.
Though they weren’t missing nearly as many prominent contributor as their 2021 counterparts, the 2022’s will welcome back lefty scorer Chad Palumbo (Nobles), who will complement Nick Bell’s heavy shot on the right side. Cam Dick (Tyngsboro), Teddy Delisio (Manchester-Essex), and the always-sturdy Lincoln-Sudbury netminder Ben Garozzo will sturdy the 2022 defense even more.
FIGHTING CLAMS 2021 (1-4)
2-12 L vs. Texas Mustangs
5-3 W vs. Bucktown
0-5 L vs.Tri State
1-10 L vs. Denver Elite
5-10 L vs. NJ Riot
Dan Addonizio – 4 goals, 1 assist, 5 points
Joe Kraft – 3 goals, 1 assist, 4 points
Gregg Dennison – 1 goal, 1 assist, 2 points
Jimmy Freehill – 1 goal, 1 assist, 2 points
Tim Blue – 1 goal, 1 assist, 2 points
Jon Cayer – 2 assists, 2 points
Matt Park – 1 goal, 1 point
Tommy Dekin – 1 goal, 1 point
Malcolm Steegstra – 1 assist,1 point
Magnus Miller – 1 assist, 1 point
Anthony Marinello – 58% save pct
Ryan Skripps – 53% save pct.
Luke Curtin – 38% FO pct
The Adrenaline Platinum Cup in Delaware is always a difficult one for our older squads because so many of our best players are still competing with their High School teams in the MIAA playoffs. The competition at this event is so strong we came to the decision that this would be a great opportunity for our Prep school players, along with players not in the playoffs, to compete and go toe to toe with some of the nation’s best club teams. Adrenaline always draws a large contingency of college coaches and because it is in early June they are chomping at the bit to hit the recruiting scene. Though the team’s overall record was not what we were looking for, there were some individual performances that made good impressions with college coaches.
Offensively, no midfielder was able to produce more than a goal on the weekend. And with that void in production, consistent offensive success proved elusive.But this tournament had its share of positives. And generally speaking, they started on the defensive end. Michael Marinello (Belmont Hill) made some of the more acrobatic saves we’ve seen in recent Clam history, keeping some potentially lopsided games within reach, at least for a while; also steady throughout was fellow netminder Ryan Skripps (Rivers). The defense, which was expected to be the team’s strength, definitely was. Jimmy Freehill (St. Sebastian’s), Gregg Dennison (Rivers), Liam Alley (Middlesex) and Quinn Miller (Groton) all received notable and well-deserved praise throughout the day. Their contributions extended beyond the defensive side of the ball, as the long poles matched the goal total of the team’s ’21 middies.
The attack unit certainly had their chances, and managed a few nice goals on the weekend. But on balance, far too many would-be goals ended up striking a pipe or in the goalie’s stick. Dan Addonizio (BB&N) and Joey Kraft (Rivers) provided a few memorable offensive moments, and the two literally carried the team to their lone win (the duo accounted for all of the team’s 5 goals in the victory vs. Bucktown). But still, some time repping out shots will be needed for this group, and assurances and promises were made at the tournament’s closing talk that this will be done in earnest throughout the coming week.
And just like that, the ‘21’s are off and running. A couple of the class’s top-producing middies return this weekend, along with a couple new midfielders to the program who are expected to provide some pop. At the same time, some middies who were down in Delaware last weekend and will be returning for a second straight weekend have indicated a strong motivation to put forth a better performance. Ditto that for that attack.
Improvement has always been a central theme in the Clam program’s early season endeavors. At this point in time, it’s what we know we’ll see during our second trip to Delaware in as many weeks.