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This weekend we have a handful of Clams making their debut for the 2021 season. To start, on Sacred Heart, we have Dillon, Liljedberg, Bartkus, Weiss, King and Frank. Today, they take on Stony Brook at noon. Also at noon, Addeche and Hofstra against Klein and Carreras and St. Johns. With an inter-state game, we have Van Duzer and Jones from Bryant’s take on Providence. These are the Clams making their debut today! There are a handful of other Clams who will be continuing their season as well, Lampert (Denver), Manown (Duke), Spencer (Jacksonville), and McCarthy (Mercer).

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Good luck to Jacksonville University and #66 Tucker Spencer. For his college debut, the Dolphins take on Bellarmine at 12:30. Spencer from Essex, MA attended the Pingree School and then attended Trinity Pauling for a post graduate year. Tucker is a silky attackman and we look forward to watching him start his college career today!

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As we head into week 2 of the 2021 lacrosse season, we have three Clams that will be playing.
Michael Lampert (Denver)- Friday at 3:00 p.m. against Duke and Sunday at 11:00 a.m. against UNC
Will McCarthy (Mercer) - Saturday at 4:00 p.m. against Lenoir-Rhyne
Joey Manown (Duke)- Friday at 3:00 p.m. against Denver and Sunday 4:00 p.m. against Robert Morris
After week 1, Michael Lampert and Denver took down Utah with a score of 9-8, while Will McCarthy notched a goal in Mercer’s lost 9-7 to Bellarmine. With the start of Duke’s schedule, we look forward to seeing Manown back in action. Manown #31 is a graduate student at Duke and has had a successful career so far. Throughout his career, he has played in 63 games and has had 84 goals and 34 points, totaling 118 points. Notably, Manown had 14 points in 8 games last year before the season was cut short. We look forward to seeing Joey Manown and the talented blue devils squad start their 2021 season. We are excited to see these three Clams compete this week!

The Top Gun Fighting Clams are happy to announce that 2021 Clam midfielder Remi Creighton (Oliver Ames) has been accepted to and will play lacrosse at the University of Tampa. Remi becomes the 5th Clam in program history to commit to becoming a member of the Spartans, and is the 55th player in the Clam in the 2021 Class to announce his commitment. Remi will join classmate Paul D’eramo, an attackman out of Burlington HS, as well as current Spartan freshman and St. John’s Prep. defenseman Harry Trout during his time in the Sunshine State. To date, the most successful Clam with Tampa ties is another St. John’s Prep. pole, Clam Class of 2013 member Bryan Uva. In 50 career games at Tampa, Uva finished his career with one goal, two assists, 33 ground balls and 16 caused turnovers. He was also a member of squads with four straight NCAA Tournament appearances and three Division II Final Fours.

Remi is another example of an "unreclassified" player. Put another way, he is a player who intended to PG, played with the 2022 class for an extended period of time, and then decided that he did not want to PG after all. Once a rare phenomenon, we’re now seeing it at least a couple times per class. I’d be quite surprised if our current situation didn’t increase the amount this happens; there has been an uptick in reclassification, and the decision won’t stick for all.

Remi went down and attended a recent prospect day in one of the few places where such things are still happening, beautiful ol' Florida. Up this way, the concept of a prospect day seems far enough off that it hardly warrants discussion (much to the dismay of players, coaches, parents…pretty much everyone). But down there, for better or worse, such things remain refreshingly commonplace.

And so it was that Remi went down and proved to the staff that he had what it took. Knowing Remi as I do, I’m sure they noticed his creativity, his quick first step, and his assertiveness, particularly on the offensive side of the ball. During Remi’s time as a Clam, there have been quite a few memorable moments, and if even a few of those flashed down in Florida, then I can see how he checked more than enough boxes to be recruited to play there.

Please join us in congratulating Remi and the Creighton family on his decision to attend the University of Tampa. This school represents a very competitive spot to play college lacrosse, and an outstanding spot to be a college student, especially now. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t at least partially jealous. I strongly suspect I’m not alone!

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College Lacrosse is back! With the season cut in short last year, teams are more then ready to prove what they have in 2021. Today there are two games, Mercer plays Bellarmine and Denver against Utah. Clams have players on both Mercer and Denver. Will McCarthy, #22 for the bears is a senior midfielder/attackman has accumulated 30 goals and 15 assists over the course of his collegiate career. Will is looking to have a strong final season with the Bears. Michael Lampert, #2 for the the Denver Pioneers, will be making his debut today! After a very successful, record-breaking high school career at Wayland, we are eager to watch Michael don the crimson and gold and hopefully find his way onto the field. After a strong fall, the sky is the limit for Michael. We look forward today to watching two of our Clams compete after the long wait. Mercer vs. Bellarmine stats link in bio!

The Top Gun Fighting Clams are happy to announce that 2021 Clam long stick midfielder Nico Bowden (Groton) has been accepted to attend and will play lacrosse at MIT. Nico becomes the 54th Clam in the 2021 class to announce his commitment. He is the fifth Clam in program history to commit to be a member of the Engineers, joining midfielder Ryan Welch (Deerfield, Clam Class of 2020), midfielder Bennett Stankovits (Deerfield, Clam Class of 2019), face off midfielder Aidan Van Duzer (Rivers, Clam Class of 2017), defenseman Robert DeLaus (Phillips Andover, Clam Class of 2016) and defenseman Andrew DeNucci (Newton North, Clam Class of 2015).

The fact that there’s been only one Clam class in the last seven where haven’t sent a Clam to MIT is something we’re very proud of. The recruiting process at MIT is a whole different animal than really any other school. It requires players to forego numerous additional opportunities while they await the normal admissions process. The coach has some support, albeit both minimal and different in its application than other schools. But because of the extraordinary difficulty of gaining admission to the school, and being able to keep one’s head above water academically while attending, a player must basically gain admission just as any other applicant would. At MIT, it’s academics first; this is a fact they’re perfectly clear about.

At last check, less than 8% are accepted to the school in some years. Gaining admission to this school is an extraordinary feat for anyone. To be able to handle the workload and play what amounts to be a pretty darned competitive schedule for a rapidly improving team is very special achievement.

Nico possesses that rare combination of academic and athletic excellence that I knew would make him an excellent candidate for MIT. As risky as it is for any player, I advised Nico to go for it. On the field, he was improving at a rapid clip. And off the field, his academic performance matched. It’s very rare indeed for there to be a scenario where I’d be surprised if a player didn’t gain admission to MIT, but such was the case with Nico.

Joining the program somewhat late in the process as Nico did can be challenging. But Nico’s strong personality and confident demeanor allowed him to fit in seamlessly. He was – and is – extremely well liked on the sideline, and his on-field contributions were nothing short of game-changing. And of course, coaches took notice.

We feel fortunate to have a strong relationship with the MIT coaches, and were in contact with them regularly about a few members of the 2021 class. But at no point in the process were we in contact about any ’21 more than Nico. From quite early on, I felt he was my best horse in the MIT race, and made that just about as clear as I could (though to be fair, I’m not sure I even needed to…the staff saw the same things I saw throughout).

I could not be happier for Nico and the Bowden family, and I feel fortunate to now have the opportunity to work with Nico’s very talented brother Tyler in our very promising ’23 class. Those are very big shoes to fill, but if I learned anything in the last couple years, it’s to not bet against a Bowden!

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