The 2021, 2020, 2019 and 2018 Penguins all competed in the Fall Brawl at Bryant University on Sunday, November 19th. On a day that saw rain, sunshine and strong winds, over 40 college coaches were in attendance to recruit. Overall, it was a great day for the program as the 2019 Penguins took home a championship and the 2018 Penguins had a strong showing at their final tournament as a team.
The 2020 Penguin had a strong day with a big win against the Maine Mussels by a score of 8-3. They had two very tough contests against Blackhawks 19/20 and lost a close game to the eventual runner-up Swarm team. Coach Bunick on the day, “Defensively we played solid all day and Sean Henderson was exceptional in net for our final two games. We came up against some very good teams and I believe that our players competed each game. This fall we made some huge strides and I am looking forward to the summer with this team.” Similarly, the 2021 Penguins had some great games and played some tough competition. They came from behind to tie the NH Tomahawks early in the day and really played hard throughout the day.
The 2019 Penguins went 2-1 in regular play beating the Maine Mussels 9-5 and HGR 5-1. A four way tie ensued to make the championship game and both the Penguins and the Clams moved on for what proved to be a great game. The 2019 Penguins ended up edging out the Clam 5-4 and claiming the coveted Brawl medals. Coach Leger on the championship day, “The Fall Brawl was a great way to end our fall season. The boys really came together as a unit in such a short period of time to put together a very successful 2017 fall season. It was a true evolution this season as we had several new faces and the returners really put in the effort to come together quickly to shed the rust off and find success. They are a great group of young men and I really look forward to our continued success in the 2018 summer season.”
Finally, the 2018 Penguins officially competed in their last tournament as a team. The core of the team has been together for close to six years and this chemistry was on display as they played some great lacrosse to finish their careers as Penguins. They handily beat the Maine Mussels and Team Dirigio and lost a 5-4 contest to eventual tournament runner-up 4Leaf. Overall they outscored opponents 21-6 in a great day of lacrosse.
Coach Low on the final tournament as 2018 Penguins, “This year’s Fall Brawl was an incredibly bittersweet event for Brendan, Spencer and myself. This is a group that has competed together for 5+ years in some cases, and to play for the last time together was definitely an emotional experience. It is so rare in the club lacrosse world to have a group that to a guy puts the team first and competes as hard as the 2018’s have. They are and have always been team first guys and have been so committed to playing winning lacrosse above personal accolades. I am proud not only of the legacy of championship lacrosse that this group leaves, but also the example that they have set for the next generations to wear the Penguins Lacrosse jersey.”
The Fall Brawl was the final tournament this season for the 2021, 2020, 2019 and 2018 Penguins and capped off an impressive showing this fall for the Penguins high school program.