On Sunday November 5th, the Penguins program competed in the annual Umass Mid-Fall Classic on the Campus of UMass-Amherst in front of many NCAA lacrosse coaches. The 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021 Penguins all participated and had a tremendous day going 7-5 combined against some very good competition from across New England.
The 2018 Penguins, who are current seniors and coached by Tyler Low had one of their final tournaments as a team going 2-1 overall, soundly beating Titletown and 1X and losing a very close game to the RI Bulldogs.
Coach Low on the day, “Overall it was a great day for the 2018’s. Our uncommitted guys generated a ton of interest from the college coaches in attendance, and we were especially grateful for a very competitive game with the RI Bulldogs, who we have been competing with a ton over the last few years and it has always been back and forth. Defenseman Joe Hegarty from Bedford, MA was a guy that I thought had a breakout day and really set the tone for us on defense.”
The 2019 Penguins also went 2-1 during the day with excellent wins against the Cape Cod Kings and Top Strung Blue. The 2020 Penguins played a close game early against the RI Bulldogs and came out 1-2 the day with a quality win against Titletown. Coach Bunick, “We had solid play on both ends of the field. Offensively, we played great in transition and were able to capitalize on some key turnovers. Our man down unit played excellent and did a tremendous job killing penalties all day long. Overall I was happy with our effort and I hope that we can continue to improve going into the next tournament.”
Finally, the 2021 Penguins did their part going 2-1 with tough wins against Hudson Valley and a come from behind win in the final game against the Upstate Salt Kings. Their only loss came at the hands of the NH Tomahawks where they had six answered goals in the second half only to lose by a single goal. Coach Marco on the a great Sunday, “I felt as though that except for the first half of the first game, we played well as a team and gave great effort all over the field. This is a great group of players and we are excited to keep it going at our next tournament.”
The high school Penguins will be back in action on Sunday, November 19th at the Bryant Brawl at Bryant University in Rhode Island.