Around The Crease: Nov. 29, 2011

ESPNHS continues its weekly feature, Around the Crease, which takes a look at players, teams and high school lacrosse news from around the country.

Look Who’s Playing

Alexandra Lista may not be a household name just yet, but if the junior goalie from Mount St. Joseph’s (Villanova, Pa.) continues her play from the Girls’ Philly Lacrosse Showcase into the season, that will change.

The junior was named the overall MVP at the Girls’ Philly Lacrosse Showcase in November – not bad for a player who only started playing goalie as a freshman.

“Freshman year I tried out as a field player, but our team needed a goalie,” Lista said. “Our coach saw that I was athletic and quick enough and she decided to throw me in goal for a practice. She told me if I didn’t like it I didn’t have to continue. It just took off from there, I told her that I wanted to keep doing it.”

Lista is aggressive in goal, preferring to attack opponents rather then wait for them to make the first move. That aggressiveness stems from her days as attack player at the youth level.

The goalie has taken unofficial visits to George Washington, Cornell and has attended clinics at Yale and Johns Hopkins.

Going Clubbin’

The Top Gun Fighting Clams are located in Massachusetts and have 250 athletes in the program.

Currently, 40 Clams are committed to play in college at some level.

Top Players You Probably Know: Tyler Breen, Soph., Taft School (Watertown, Conn.), Virginia; Nick Desisto, Rivers School (Weston, Mass.), Loyola; Blair Friedensohn, Sr., Phillips Exeter (Exeter, Mass.), Dartmouth; Ryan Macri, Jr., Governor’s Academy (Byfield, Mass.), North Carolina; Dan McDougall, Jr., Avon Old Farms (Avon, Conn.), Delaware; Johnny McNamara, Jr., Brewster Academy (Wolfeboro, N.H.); Will Ryan, Sr., Avon Old Farms (Avon, Conn.), Johns Hopkins; Conor Van Duzer, Sr., Rivers School (Weston, Mass.), Army; Nick Weston, Aquinas Institute (Rochester, N.Y.), Syracuse.

Recent Travels and Performances: Fighting Clams 2012 Blue won the Brown Big Dawg Challenge; Fighting Clams 2013 Blue won the Rutgers MXP tournament; Fighting Clams 2013 reached the championship game of the Tri-State Mid-Summer Classic; Clams Orange won their bracket at the Yale Bulldog Bash.

Team Information and Website: To learn more about the Clams, visit them at TopGunLax.com.

What’s Hot

Top Story: It will not come as a shock that the Girls’ ESPNHS 100 was the No. 1 story last week. Our selections for the Top 100 seniors in the nation was highlighted by our choose for No. 1 – Taylor Cummings from two-time POWERADE National Champions McDonogh (Owings Mills, Md.).

Top Boys’ Commitment: Lake Highland Prep (Orlando, Fla.) junior, Devon Lewis’ commitment to Georgetown comes in No. 1 for the week. The No. 41 player in the ESPNHS Top 50 Juniors list helped lead the Highlanders to the Florida state championship last season.

Top Girls’ Commitment: Stuart Humphrey, a junior midfielder from Summit (Summit, N.J.), committed to play women’s lacrosse for Duke.