Top Gun Fighting Clams

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[07/20/19]   The 2022 Clams fell to the LB3 Thunder 7-5 in their final game of the day at NLF. A one goal game with a minute remaining, a penalty forced the Clams to press out to regain possession and the Thunder executed on a good individual effort to seal the win. Nick Bell led the way for the offense, notching two goals and adding an assist. Chad Palumbo (1g), Colin Eaton (1g), Brendan Poirer (1g,1a), Brady Martin (1a), Tom Goguen (1a) and Mick Frechette (1a) each contributed on an offense that had all five of their goals assisted. Next up Denver Elite at 10am on field 19.

[07/20/19]   Clams 2021 had a terrific come-from-behind win to beat the Roughriders 4-3. With the game tied at 3-3 with less than a minute remaining, Tim Blue buried a shot from the right wing from a Joey Kraft feed to give the Clams the victory. On the defensive end both goalies Ryan Skripps and Michael Marinello were terrific. Jimmy Freehill did it all for his team getting the game tied at 3-3 with a goal and also taking the ball away from his attackman, to get the ball back to our offense. Clams play at 9am tomorrow for the final game of the NLF championships, and the 2019 summer season.

[07/20/19]   The 2020 Clams rebounded from a tough loss this morning with a confident 12-4 win over the Roughriders. While the score indicates a dominant win, the first half was tight at all times in large part to the outstanding playing of goalie Pat Thomas who had 7 huge saves in the first half. The Clams offense finally got comfortable and showcased their skills in the second half - Jack Theriault has a big game with 3g 1a and Lampert had the helping hand with 3 assists. The Clams look to close out the weekend with a winning record with their last game at 1pm tomorrow.

[07/20/19]   The Clam 21s fight hard to the end in a tough OT loss to a talented Prime Time squad in the final game of pool play at NLF. The Clams got off to a 4-2 first half lead behind goals from Peter Cook (1,0), Daniel Addonizio (2,0), Caleb Chester (1,0), and Daniel Jones (1,0) but Primetime fought back to force OT and eventually take the contest. Graham Tyson was terrific at the X going 5/6 and the defense of Jimmy Freehill and Gregg Dennison was outstanding. Next up is Roughriders on field 8 at 1:40.

[07/20/19]   The Fighting Clams 2020’s lost a heartbreaking 9-10 game to Laxachusetts Yellow on the 7am game at NLF. After spotting our opponent 3 quick ones, we dialed and actually led by as many as 3. Michael Lampert’s 1 goal and 3 assists led the way; Tucker Spencer and Eric Raguin’s 2 goal apiece also came at huge moments. Face off men Aidan McDonough and Reese Hornstein definitely put us in a position to win, controlling 11 of 15 draws. But our opponent’s had an impressive late kick, and managed to catch us, and notch the overtime tally. Fun game. Tough to lose to local rival, but there was good lacrosse both ways.
2020’s look to end their summer - and for some, their Clam careers - on a 2-0 win. Coaches are optimistic this will happen.

[07/20/19]   The 2022 Fighting Clams fell to a solid Eclipse squad, 6-5 in an OT heartbreaker. It was an incredible effort by the Clam defense, as they locked down a talented Eclipse group for much of the second half. Rex Mabbs led the way with two goals, while Tommy Goguen, Jack Taylor and Carter Smith each notched one. Nick Bell, Brady Martin and Jack Taylor also notched assists. By far one our best efforts of the summer, as this group continues to find its footing on the national stage and is ready to breakout! #blubblub

[07/19/19]   The 2022 Fighting Clams rebounded with a gritty 7-4 win over Big 4 HHH at NLF. Colin Sullivan led the way with a hat trick, while Brendan Poirier, Nick Bell, Rex Mabbs and Jack Taylor each found the back of the net. Jackson Ehwa was big at the X, winning 5 of the 7 draws he took. The Clams end the day at 1-1 and look to keep the momentum going tomorrow morning with an early tilt against the Eclipse.

[07/19/19]   The Fighting Clam 2022’s fell to a very strong Baltimore Crabs team 10-1 at NLF. Rex Mabbs (Middlesex) had the lone tally for the group, as the Crabs goaltending was phenomenal and shut the door on solid Clam offensive opportunities. The Clams will look to get back on track with a game against HHH on field 20 at 5pm.

[07/19/19]   2020 Fighting Clams bounce back in second game of NLF against a strong Edge 2020 team with a convincing 13-7 victory. John Alfano carried the offense with 3 straight goals while the game was still up for grabs. Tommy Miller joined in on the action with 2 goals and an assist. Defensively, Carter Hampson was stellar with numerous ground balls and an assist. A rare sight was two pole goals, one from Ryan Rahbany and another from Zack Mickle. Next up is Laxachusetts tomorrow morning bright and early at 7 am.

[07/19/19]   The 2020 Clams had a tough draw in their first game against the 91 Crush, the defending champs of this event. The Clams offense was unable to get comfortable, but Michael Lampert had some good takes, tallying 1g & 2a’s, and Von Mabbs had 2 goals from up top. The defense was up against the wall, but Hugh Curran showed some strong defensive play against some of the country’s best. Lastly, Aidan McDonough kept the game within reach going 5/7 at the X. The Clams ultimately fell 13-5 loss. Right back at it looking to rebound against a very good Edge Canada team at 11.

The Top Gun Fighting Clams are happy to announce that 2020 Clam midfielder Carson Blackshaw has committed to the admissions process at Connecticut College. The Lawrence Academy product becomes the 16th Clam to commit to the Camels in Clam program history. He will join a few former Clams during his time in New London, teaming up with twin brother Wyatt and 2019 Clam LSM Jack Venturelli (Duxbury), 2017 Clam Zach Gustafson (LSM, Dover-Sherborn) and 2016 Clam Matt Parent (Attackman, Pomfret). He will just miss Clam Coaches TJ Noonan (LSM, Wellesley HS, Clam Class of 2015) and Tommy Wynn (Attack, Belmont Hill, Clam Class of 2015). Carson becomes the 28th Clam who has announced his commitment in the 2020 class, he is the 13th Clam to commit to a Division II/III institution.

Carson will reunite with his twin brother Wyatt, but not after a year apart. Wyatt and Carson were both recruited by Conn College last year. Wyatt jumped at the opportunity to attend, and in so doing, decided to change his plans, which had been to do a post graduate year. Carson had the same post graduate plans, and decided to stay the course. As of now, he’ll head to Loomis Chaffee in Windsor, Connecticut before rejoining Wyatt in the fall of 2020.

Carson had a strong summer, drawing the attention of a number of NESCAC programs, including Wesleyan, Bates and Trinity (and several outside the NESCAC as well). There was a period of recruitment with each, but as things progressed, Conn emerged as the best spot. Only Carson knows how much of a draw the prospect of rejoining his brother must have been, but it’s difficult to imagine it wasn’t at least a factor.

Carson becomes just our 4th NESCAC commitment in the 2020 class, half our annual average of Clam commits to the conference. It’s been an interesting year in the NESCAC, as I’ve noticed the pace of recruitment being quite different than other years. There was the initial early July blitz, as is typical. In that surge, three Clams made their commitments rather promptly. Then things slowed to a bit of a crawl, and in that crawl it remains. A couple of the coaches in the conference have indicated the fact that the NLF Championship is in Massachusetts is a factor. The ultra-elite tournament to conclude the summer, which is designed to encapsulate the best clubs in the country, is for the first time easily accessible to the NESCAC schools. Given this fact, many coaches are waiting to fill their last spot or two until after attending this ideally situated event.

Right now, 14 Clams are still being actively pursued by schools in the NESCAC conference. Not all will matriculate to the always-coveted conference, but I strongly suspect quite a few still will, and I’m excited to be a part of this process in the coming weeks, and possibly months. Eight Clams to the conference is our decade-long average, and I’m confident we’ll meet or exceed that number.

While Wyatt drifted back and forth between midfield and attack, Carson has remained a middie, and has gotten better and better at the position. A hard downhill dodger with tremendous speed and a powerful shot, Carson has become nearly ambidextrous, a trait that consistently keeps defenders on their heels. With another year of polish at the prep school level before arriving in New London, Carson should be in a position to push for playing time.

Please join us in congratulating Carson and the Blackshaw family. I must admit I found it interesting when two very close brothers decided to part ways, despite the opportunity to stay together. Now that it’s just a temporary part, it feels somehow like all’s right in the world. Despite periodic varying haircuts and slightly divergent playing styles, in our mind’s eye, when you see one, the other is nearby. With the year apart, perhaps the two will grow closer still. Can’t imagine that’ll be a bad thing for the Camels’ on-field offensive chemistry.

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Top Gun Fighting Clams | Championship Run at Lake George

Lake George Recap! #blubblub

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topgunlax.com July 18, 2019 in General Team Record: 3-1 (2nd Place Finisher)Games Scores: W:  Clams 2022 4-3 vs. the ADK Mountainmen W:  Clams 2022 7-0 vs. HGR 2022 Green W:  Clams 2022 7-2 vs. SGB Lacrosse 2022 L: Clams 2022 3-11 vs. Phoenix 2022Game of the event: The opening game against the Adirondack Mount...

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Top Gun Fighting Clams 2021, 2022 teams log impressive weekend

Fighting Clams summer success featured in the New England Lacrosse Journal!

https://www.laxjournal.com/top-gun-fighting-clams-2021-2022-teams-log-impressive-weekend/

laxjournal.com The Top Gun Fighting Clams had strong performances at both the Trilogy Providence tournament and Philly Summer Invitational.

The Top Gun Fighting Clams are happy to announce that 2020 Clam defenseman Dalton Church (Proctor) has committed to Franklin & Marshall. Church becomes the 27th Clam in the 2020 class to announce his commitment to a NCAA program, and is the 5th Clam in program history to make his commitment to become a member of the Diplomats. Dalton also becomes the 12th player from the 2020 class to commit to a DII/DIII institution. He is the first Clam to head to Lancaster, PA since St. John’s Prep LSM Chris Casey (Clam Class of 2014). Casey had a solid career for F&M, starting for three seasons and ending his career with four goals, 60 ground balls and 18 caused turnovers. He also helped the Diplomats to a 12-4 record and a #10 national ranking in 2018. 2011 Clam attackman Will Ballantyne also fared well in Lancaster, notching 41 points (34g,7a) during his senior year in 2014.

Dalton is a tough, outspoken defenseman who has the respect of all his teammates. Regardless of the season, regardless of the venue, regardless of the tournament, Dalton always brings a level of energy and vocal leadership that makes the defense immediately more cohesive and charged up.

In addition to the intangibles, Dalton has a frighteningly accurate over-the-head check that may at times draw the ire of our more conservative defensive coaches, but always exhilarates his teammates and draws contented grins from our more permissive Clam coaches. He also has extremely soft hands, and is a proverbial vacuum off the ground. Both these attributes, coupled with Dalton’s physical strength, makes him a force to be reckoned with on the defensive end.

This past spring season had its ups and downs for Dalton and his Proctor teammates. An in-season coaching change rattled the Proctor program, but the players soldiered on. One might’ve expected a decrease in enthusiasm in summer given the trials and tribulations of spring. But Dalton came into the summer as his same old self.

We’ve been in a bit of a matriculation drought with ol’ F&M, and I love that Dalton will break the drought. The drought’s a little tough to figure, and is based more on happenstance I suspect than anything else. Fact is, all our former F&M guys – and especially the two most recent – have had strong careers. The Clam program is a fan of F&M, and we both hope and suspect Dalton will reopen the matriculation spigot. Guys follow Dalton; here’s to hoping some will follow him to Lancaster.

Please join us in congratulating Dalton and the Church family on a very fitting placement that has us brimming with optimism!

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Top Gun Fighting Clams | Championships and Playoff Runs for All!

Philly and Trilogy Recaps! #blubblub

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topgunlax.com July 17, 2019 in General This past weekend was by far the program’s best of the summer. Consider these facts: * At 22-7, the program won more than 3x as many games as they lost. * Of the six Clam teams competing, two won Championships, one advanced to a Championship game, and two more advanced to ...

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2019 July IL Invitational: 2020, 2021 All-Tournament Teams

Congrats to 2020 Clam defenseman Anders Pineau (Wellesley HS/St. John's) and 2021 defenseman Keegan Palmer (Central Catholic) on being named to the July IL Invitational All-Tournament Team!

https://www.insidelacrosse.com/article/2019-july-il-invitational-2020-2021-all-tournament-teams/55064

insidelacrosse.com (Inside Lacrosse Photo: Craig Chase) The 2019 Inside Lacrosse Invitational July Session saw champions crowned across four divisions —

[07/17/19]   Fighting Clams Practice CANCELLED Tonight!!!

We're making the difficult decision to cancel tonight's practice. We've been monitoring the forecast, checking in with multiple Doppler radar projections, and it is nearly impossible to see how strong thunderstorms don't arrive at some point during our practice time.

Because of this unfortunate cancellation, we'll ask everyone headed to UMass to arrive even earlier prior to your first game this Friday. Much of the offensive and defensive concept reviews can be adequately handled if we all get there early. We'll have a shaded area where we can gather one hour before the start of your first game.

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National Championship AA Preview: Fighting Clams – National Lacrosse Federation

NLF Preview! Excited to take on the following ranked teams 👍

2020-Clams
First three games:
1. 91 Orange Crush- defending NLF champion, ranked #1 in the country in club lax rankings, won Naptown Invitational in 2018 and 2019
2. Edge Canada- often unranked because you never know who they’re gonna pull in, but when at their best, often no one is better offensively.
3. Laxachusetts Yellow- ranked #36 in the country

2021- Clams currently ranked at #27 in the country
First three games:
1. Sweetlax Florida- ranked #3 in the country, won 2019 Sweetlax Invitational Tournament
2. DC Express- ranked #2 in the country, defending NLF champion, won 2019 Crabfeast
3. Primetime- ranked #13 in the country

2022- Clams ranked as #22 club team in the country
Their first three games:
1. Crabs- ranked #11 in the country
2. Big 4HHH- ranked #17 in the country
3. Eclipse- ranked #32 in the country

http://bit.ly/NLFChamp19Clams

nationallacrossefederation.com National Championship AA Preview: Fighting Clams Follow the NLF on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. This is the Fighting Clams 2020 and 2021 preview for the 2019 NLF Club National Championships. We’ll be profiling some of the top players from every 2020 AA and 2021 AA teams who will be in attendan...

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Fairey, Mohr, Gunter Jr. and Kuhl Impress Among ’20s, ’21s at IL Invitational: July

2020 Clam midfielder Cam Barisano (Westford Academy/Fairfield) and Will Mohr (Shawnee Mission East, Missouri...playing with his hometown club this weekend), mentioned for their play at the IL Invitational!

https://www.insidelacrosse.com/article/fairey-mohr-gunter-jr-and-kuhl-impress-among-20s-21s-at-il-invitational-july/55042

insidelacrosse.com The Inside Lacrosse Invitational: July Session is in the books, and the player evaluations are starting to flow in. Check back as this will

Congrats to the 2021 and 2022 Clam teams on their @trilogylacrosse Championships! Congrats is also in order to rising Clam freshmen 2023 Green and 2023 Orange on their Championship wins at Lake George! #blubblub #gonecks

[07/14/19]   The 2021 Fighting Clams beat TRUE Michigan by a score of 6-4 to become the Trilogy Tournament Champs! The group finished the weekend 5-0 and were led by the fantastic goalie play of Chris Perri (Newton North) & Sean Henderson (Lawrence Academy) and face-off play of Will Munroe (Wayland) & Aidan Young (Maynard HS).

[07/14/19]   2022 Clams defeated Harvest in the Trilogy Championship 3-2, to improve to 5-0 on the weekend. The defense held their own , causing multiple turnovers in settled situations. Peter Del Col made 5 saves to secure the team win and shut the door late in second half. Great work! #blubblub

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