Thanks to months of dedication and perseverance, the 2023 Penguins were able to take home the 2023 Black championship at the Bulldog Brawl at Bryant University.
“The win was awesome, its definitely a validation of all the hard work the boys have been putting in,” head coach Jeff Heater said. “We challenge them everyday to work as hard as they can to get better. I believe that they know that this isn’t so much about winning but about playing the game the right way. Doing the little things that make us better players, as they have embrace this mindset the winning has followed.”
The squad went a perfect 3-0 in pool play, which set up a rematch against Venom in the semi-finals where the Penguins rolled to a 7-1 win after a 6-5 win in pool play. This set up a championship game against Gorilla and it was able to come away with a thrilling 6-5 win to take home the title.
“It was great, the boys have worked so hard for this for a long time,” Heater said. “We have had many opportunities but have come up short a few times, so its fantastic that we were able to help them get a championship. I couldn’t be happier for them.”
Standouts included Tyler Boucher, Decker Hardin, Sam Tavitian, Thomas Connoly and William Vote at midfield, and also Christian Grosso who was a constant force on offense and defense throughout the weekend.
“Most of our success has come on the backs of our defensive unit,” Heater said. “They gave up a division-best of allowing 16 goals all weekend, thus allowing our offense to counter with a division-best scoring of 35 goals. Having a “wall” between the pipes in Aaron Waller in the championship game gave us the boost and confidence to keep working hard and find that extra look to take the lead with only a few minutes left in the game.”
The team will look to ride the momentum the rest of the summer.
“The boys love to compete, they are learning what it takes to be great and they are doing it together,” Heater said. “We are looking them to bring the same intensity to each practice as they have been. Our end goal is to get better as individuals and work as a team to achieve our goals together.”