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Penguins Bulldog Brawl 2020 PrimeTime Lacrosse

Penguins at Bulldog Brawl

Penguins sent eight teams ranging from the Class of 2021 to 2029 to the 2020 Bulldog Brawl, which featured five sites in five New Hampshire cities from July 21-22, an excellent opportunity for all of its players to grow in a healthy competitive environment. The pandemic has made any chance at competition unique, and this event allowed Penguins teams and athletes to gauge where they are in their progression and what still needs to be done.

The 2021 squad played at The Holderness School in Holderness and went 1-3, defeating MXB Prep, 7-3, on July 22. The wins and losses weren’t the main objective for the team as getting on the field together again in of itself was crucial. But there were some great takeaways from the victory.

“It was good to play competitive lacrosse again after many months,” coach Marco Barbone said. “Started a bit rusty but eventually put it together with a great team win against Middlesex Bears. The midfielders stood out with their hard-nosed defense and finishing on offense. Adam Rabb with the save of the tournament, dove across the crease to stop one on the doorstep.”

The 2022 Orange team went 2-2 in Holderness, scoring 24 goals in its four games. The side played hard through the tournament, though early rust got them at the beginning. After the players shook that off, though, they were snapping the ball around and did a good job of burying it in the back of the net. Face-off specialist Max Fenn had a big couple of days, winning most of his face-offs throughout the four games, and Ivan Paus, a new addition to the Penguins defense, was a ground ball machine, cleaning up in front of the net and moving the ball up field. After reacclimating, the team played fast and focused on the little things, and it helped them win games.

The defense of the 2023 side did a great job of locking its opponents down and limiting the amount of shots on its goalie, allowing just 17 goals into its net through four games in Holderness. It translated to a 1-3 record, but two of those defeats were by one goal and a win over a strong Catamount team Wednesday, 5-4, illustrate clear progression. Lorenzo Costello anchored down the team’s clearing game after a rough start to the day. Andrew Hine put in another solid game at the face-off X. Will Fine showed what he’s been working on in quarantine, racking up several assists and breaking ankles dodging and toasting his man on his way to the cage to score.

Penguins 2024 went 2-2 at NH Soccer Complex in Pembroke, collecting wins against Hawks in back-to-back games to bounce back from a tough start to the event. On Tuesday, the team lost a tight one, 6-4, to a strong Arsenal side, with some positive play from Justin Hutnick and Jack O’Neill, both looking great in the cage and making some key saves. Against Hawks, John Orsbourne led the offense, scoring crucial goals the team needed at the perfect time.

The 2025 squad picked up two quality triumphs over Coyotes and HGR, recovering from opening the event with two losses to finish on a 2-2 record in Pembroke. The team was backed defensively by Charlie Holmes and Timmy Morin, who were important in Penguins allowing a third-best 21 goals in its group. Ray Gilkes took face-offs for Penguins and worked hard playing midfield all tournament long.

Penguins 2026 completed an undefeated 4-0 run at Bulldog Brawl in Pembroke, finishing atop its division and with the most goals (32). The team started off with a close win over Houlagans, 4-3, in a back-and-forth affair. Penguins started poorly, then picked it up to finish the game strong and take the W. The team went on to finish the first day with a huge victory against 4Leaf, 11-5, pulling away during a strong second half. Penguins opened day two with 3d NE South and started poorly, going down 4-1 at the half. A huge man-up goal soon after the break sparked the offense, and the team’s ride made the difference as it came back to take a 5-4 lead late in the game. 3d battled back to tie it at 5-5, but Penguins scored with fewer than two minutes remaining and held 3d off during a man-up as time expired to secure the win, 6-5. That set the tone for Penguins to handle Hawks in its final showdown, 11-2, to complete the unblemished record.

The 2027 team played its games on the first day in Pembroke, and it came out of the gates hot. Penguins opened the event with a 12-3 win versus Hawks, then played it close against Coyotes and Mountaineers to eventually finish 1-3, ending its tournament at Seacoast United Outdoor Complex in Epping. Leo D., Roman G., Miles G. and Owen M. stood out as strong offensive players, with Leo, Miles and Owen anchoring the midfield and Roman distributing from attack.

Penguins 2028/29 had a great tournament, going 2-2 in Pembroke. It had great team victories against Piatelli Lacrosse, 9-6, and Kings, 10-7. Nolen Merenda was all over the field, taking face-offs and winning ground balls left and right. Defensively, the team was backed by Colin Riley and Braylon Beville.

All Penguins teams that played at Bulldog Brawl had a great time getting back into lacrosse and measuring themselves against their local peers. No matter the record, goals were reached and knowledge was gained for every one of the club’s sides.

PrimeTime Shootout 2020 Penguins

Penguins at PrimeTime Shootout

Penguins entered eight teams ranging from the 2021s to the 2028/29 squad in the 2020 PrimeTime Shootout, which had games played at five sites in five different New Hampshire cities from July 23-24. The event gave Penguins sides another big opportunity to see how they continue stack up against nearby competition after getting a small taste at Bulldog Brawl in the couple days before. With that in their rearview, PrimeTime Shootout offered a second chance to show growth and development.

The 2021 team went 2-2 at The Holderness School in Holderness. It opened with a 6-3 defeat to Clams, then picked up a great, hard-fought victory over MXB Prep, 6-5, to close the first day of action. On the second day, Penguins fell to EB Lacrosse, 7-3, before responding against RI Bulldogs, 7-3.

Penguins 2022 Platinum had a tough first day but recovered in the end to finish 2-2 in Holderness. Outstanding goaltending from James Carr and a gritty performance at the face-off X and on both ends of the field by Colin Birch helped the team get early leads in both of its two victories from the second day against 4Leaf Army and CT Valley 2022 Blue. Brady Daylor helped put both games out of reach with his ability to play shutdown defense and put the ball away on the offensive end of the field.

It was a 3-1 showing for the 2023 squad, which had decisive victories against HGR, CT Valley and Shoreline Sharks in Holderness. Great team defense and strong goaltending propelled Penguins to score 25 goals and only allow 13 in its own net through all four games. In its three wins, the team outscored its opponents 22-6, including a shutout of HGR, illustrating just how well it came together for this event. The 3-1 mark was a good recovery from the 1-3 showing at Bulldog Brawl earlier in the week.

The 2024 team pulled off an undefeated ride at PrimeTime Shootout, going 3-0-1 at NH Soccer Complex in Pembroke. Penguins picked up three key victories against NH Tomahawks, Kings and Hawks, winning all three by at least four goals. The team tied with Laxachusetts White, 4-4, in the second game of day one to round out the unbeaten run. Will Abplanalp was dynamic at the face-off X all tournament long, and Colton Chambers and Jake Lania shined in attack. The midfield was led by two-way middie Tyler Grant.

Penguins 2025 finished its week with a 0-3-1 record in Pembroke. The team opened the event with an even 6-6 draw versus Kings 2025 Green, then suffered some tough losses to Laxachusetts White and NE Twisters 2025 Orange. Carson Eutsay led the way offensively, and Timmy Morin continued to play lockdown defense and do a great job of pushing the ball in transition.

The 2026 squad started PrimeTime Shootout with a 2-0 rain-shortened win in Pembroke over NH Tomahawks 2026 Gold behind a great performance from the defense. Next, the team took care of Laxachusetts White, 5-4, after going down early, then coming back and forcing a back-and-forth game. The defense held strong again, and some clutch late scoring secured the W. In the final game of the first day, Penguins had a tight battle with 4Leaf all the way through, but the team scored two important goals in the final minutes of the game to emerge the victor, 5-3, to continue its winning ways. The next day, a 3-3 tie with Kings confirmed Penguins unbeaten record for the event, though some missed opportunities early on could have meant a fourth win out of four games.

Regardless, it was a great week for the team, following up its 4-0 showing at Bulldog Brawl with this performance, concluding an undefeated eight games in four days. The kids played hard all week, rode extremely hard and were able to get some great goals off the ride. Offensively, Penguins moved the ball well and had some great tic-tac-toe goals. Defensively, it played well as a unit and scooped a ton of ground balls. Great individual and team defense, backed by strong goaltending, headlined an awesome week for this team.

Penguins 2027 faced a difficult PrimeTime Shootout schedule, coming up just short a couple times in an 0-4 showing in Pembroke and at Back River Sports Complex in Bedford. The team kept up the hard work and competitive fight despite falling short on the scoreboard, with a strong defensive effort anchored by Ray D., Garo G. and Tyler B. Chase L., Jack F. and Miles G. did excellent two-way work from the midfield as well.

The 2028/29 team went 1-3 at PrimeTime Shootout, but that doesn’t reflect how hard fought the games were. In Pembroke, Penguins started the tournament off with a nice win over Kings 2028/29 White, 8-2. On Friday morning, the team played its best half of lacrosse against a very tough 4Leaf team, then rallied well against a strong NH Tomahawks side on the back-to-back. The highlight of the tournament was a coast-to-coast goal by Mikey Philbin.

Each of the Penguins teams that participated in PrimeTime Shootout grew even more after having the two extra days and four more games of experience under their belts. It has been a lacrosse-starved time for months, and getting back out there provided all players and teams with another chance to accomplish goals, set milestones and keep working hard on their games.

Lake George Invitational Recap – 2022 Blue and 2027/28 win Championship

10 Penguins teams traveled to Lake George, NY to finish off the 2019 summer season. With what turned out to be the most successful tournament of the summer, three Penguins teams played in championship games to cap off an excellent summer.

The Penguins 2027/2028 team continued its dominance as it went to its second consecutive championship game of the summer. The team went 1-1-1 during pool play and managed to get into the playoffs on a tie-breaker. They saved their best for the playoffs as they quickly took care of a Falcons team by the score of 9-0. This set up a rematch against a very tough Unity Team which handed them a 10-2 loss the previous day. The game was back and forth throughout and saw the Penguins down by two goals with less than five minutes to play. They managed to tie the game with a minute remaining and the game went to a braveheart to determine the winner. The Penguins were able to win the face-off after a ground ball battle and went down for the game winning goal. Coach Weiss on the summer, “The team played tough all summer long and really came together these last two tournaments. To come away with not one but two braveheart victories is impressive. I am proud of the way the team played and its a testament to how hard they worked in practice all summer.”

The 2022 Blue team also saw itself in the championship game after going 4-0 in pool play. They faced a tough Rhino Syracuse Team and defeated them 7-3 to move on to the championship game against Team 802. The Penguins rose to the occasion and after a close first half managed to seal the victory and earn their first championship of the summer. Coach Spencer on a great end to the summer, “Overall I think the team improved at every event we played this summer. We had some dominating performances from James Carr in the cage and Colin Birch at the face-off X. Being able to finish the summer off with a championship is impressive and I am proud of how the team played all summer long.”

In addition to the two championship victories the Penguins had success as the 2024 Blue team went to the championship game and the 2025 Penguins lost a close playoff game. The summer concluded with multiple championship appearances and victories across all teams.

The Fall season will start back up after Labor Day and please view all team pages for information on schedules and events.

Legacy Tournament Recap – 2024 Penguins win Championship

The Penguins sent six teams to Devens, MA for what would be a very successful tournament for all teams. 

The highlight of the weekend came as the 2024 Penguins went a perfect 5-0 en route to a championship win. The team played strong competition throughout the day and ended their run by beating three Laxachussetts teams in a row to capture the title.

With a goal differential of +11, the weekend saw a very balanced offensive and defensive style of play which led to an overall team effort. 

Coach Leger on the weekend, “What a great weekend of lacrosse. The boys did a great job overcoming obstacles such as heat, fatigue, and weather delays. They did a great job sharing the ball and sharing time. All of the boys were unselfish and did everything in the teams best interest. They played the right way on both ends of the field and when we had lapses they adjusted and recovered to help maintain the progress of the weekend. I think they also learned what it means to let the scoreboard do the talking. It was a little chippy and we didn’t stay as composed as we should in the semis, but they made a big improvement in the finals by letting their game do the talking.”

The high school teams played on Thursday and Friday and did not disappoint. The 2020 Penguins continued their strong play from the weekend before with a great win against the NH Tomahawks and losing a close game to CT Valley Blue team.

The 2021 Penguins finished the weekend 3-2 defeating 4 Leaf Lacrosse, Seven Hills Lacrosse Club and 3d NE South. The 2022 Penguins finished 2-2-1 with impressive victories against Seven Hills Blue and True Illinois and lost a very close game to Eclipse 6-5. 

Coach Low on the tournament, “I was proud of the resiliency our guys showed after dropping a close game to start the tournament. Several players like Colibn Birch, Kyle Piersiak, and James Carr stepped up and provided much needed leadership in big moments”

The 2023, 2024 and 2026 Penguins played over the weekend as well and had a lot of success. The 2023 Penguins went 2-3 and but had multiple one goal losses and fell just short against a strong Laxachussetts team in the Semi-Finals.

The 2026 Penguins went 2-1 in pool play beating the NE Twisters and Eclipse CT. They lost a one goal game to Laxachussetts Green and narrowly missed the playoffs in a tie-breaker. 

Bulldog Brawl Tournament Recap – 2027/28 Penguins win Championship

The Penguins had a very successful weekend at the Bulldog Brawl on the campus of Bryant University. The Penguins had 11 teams competing in 13 brackets and were able to advance three to the playoffs and two to championship games. 

The weekend was capped off by an impressive championship run by the Penguins 2027/28 team. The braveheart victory came as they defeated a strong Billerica team to take home the medals.

“The boys worked hard all weekend and we were able to get into the playoffs through a tie-breaker,” Coach Weiss said. “We had a strong semi-final performance which put us against the same Billerica team we had lost to earlier in the weekend. It was a great back and forth game and to win in a braveheart was something else.” 

During the weekend the 2020 Penguins went 2-1 in pool play and made their way to the championship game where they faced a tough Topgun Clams team. Though they ended up falling by a score of 5-3, which saw them in the Bulldog Brawl championship game for the second consecutive summer.

The 2024 Orange team also had a strong showing as they went 2-1 in pool play and advanced to the semi-finals of their bracket. The lost 4-3 in a very tight contest to close out their tournament.

The 2021 Penguins ended going 2-2 on the weekend and narrowly missed making the playoffs. 

Overall it was a tremendous weekend for the program and six Penguins Blue teams will be attending the Legacy Tournament at the end off June in Devens, MA. 

2019 Shootout Tournament – Penguins Recap

The 2019 summer season kicked off this past weekend at the PrimeTime Shootout as the Penguins had 14 teams participating from 2029 to 2020. 

The 2021 Penguins had a great weekend, going 4-0 in regular pool play and losing a very close semi-final game to 4Leaf Lacrosse by a score of 5-4.

“The team played really well on Saturday and Sunday and was focused for our playoff run,” Coach Marco said. “We came up against a good 4Leaf team in the playoffs. We are excited to keep it going this coming weekend.”


The 2022 Penguins Blue team also had a great weekend going 2-2 with great wins against a strong Canadian team called the SMOKEselects and also beating Laxachussetts White 9-2 in an excellent all around team performance.

The 2022 Penguins Orange team also did well with multiple one goal games.

“The 2022’s had a solid start to the summer season going 2-2 in the AA bracket and 1-1-2 in the A bracket,” Coach Spencer said. “Both teams saved their best lacrosse for the final day of the tournament which included a 9-2 win over Laxachusetts and a 4-3 win over the RI Bulldogs. The group as a whole improved a ton from the first game to the last and we’re very excited about the success that’s to come for the 2022 Penguins.”


The 2024 Penguins Blue had key victories against the RI Bulldogs and the 2024 Penguins Orange had a great win against an Albany Power team.

Coach Wellemeyer on the Shootout performance: “Overall, we were very happy with how both teams played this weekend. All goalies played great and defense was working hard to keep shots to the outside. The competition was very strong and we are excited to continue working at practice this week and get going for the Brawl.”


The 2025 Penguins started the tournament off with an excellent 5-2 win against the NE Blackwolves. They also played a strong game against the NH Tomahawks Purple who were the eventual division winners. 

Overall it was a great weekend for Penguins teams and all teams will continue their summer as they will travel to Rhode Island for the Bulldog Brawl at Bryant University. 

Penguins in College: All-Conference Selections

The Penguins had several players who were selected to all-conference teams for the 2019 season.

Pete Navarro (Roger Williams ’21/Penguins ’17) – Finished fifth on the team with 25 points and helped lead the Hawks to a 12-5 record. They lost a tough 3OT game to Endicott in their conference semi-finals. Pete was named 3rd team All-CCC for the season

Conor Lenfest (UMass-Boston ’21/Penguins ’17) – Conor recently scored his 100 point in just 30 career games. Connor led the Beacons in scoring this year with 41 goals and 59 points and was named 2nd team All-LEC at the end of the season

Matt Murphy (UMass-Boston ‘19/Penguins ’15) – Matt was a senior captain of the Beacons and leader of the defense. He finished second on the team in caused turnovers with 20 and fourthin ground balls with 41. Matt capped his senior year by being named 2nd Team All-LEC and named to the NEILA All-Academic Team. 

2023, 2024, 2025 Penguins shine in NH

The 2023, 2024, and 2025 Penguins all traveled to Bow, NH to compete in their final box tournament of the season.

The 2024 Penguins started the morning off with a strong 8-3 win against the Hawks, using an impressive pick and roll game and consistency finding the back of the net. They finished regular pool play 2-1, losing to a strong 4Leaf team 6-3 and beating the TopGun Littlenecks 4-0. After finishing second in the standings they had one final game against the 4Leaf team for the championship.

After going down 3-1 the Penguins clawed their way back and tied the game up with less then a minute to play off a crucial inside finish by Jack Lania. In overtime the 2024 Penguins had some huge stops by Aaron Waller and finally put the game away with a goal by Tyler Quinn.

Coach Jason on the day, “The team played the best box lacrosse I have seen all winter. We used all of the skills we learned at practices and played true box lacrosse. I am excited to see how the team develops this summer and also going into next Fall for the next box lacrosse season.”

The 2023 Penguins also had a great day going 1-1-1 and narrowly missing the championship game. Their best performance came against the TopGun Littlenecks where to stormed back after being down 4-0. Will Buckley scored an underhand goal to tie the game with less than 30 seconds remaining.

The 2025 Penguins had a strong day as well with some close games throughout against the Hawks and Houlagans.

This marked the final weekend of the Penguins Box season. With 10 weeks of practices and multiple tournaments and play-days, the season was a tremendous success.

Box Director Alex Bunick on the season, “We are really proud of how the players were able to take these new box concepts and use them in tournaments and games. The players were always focused at practices and it really showed as the season went on. We are truly excited to see how next box season goes and keep learning more about the game.”

This marked the final weekend of the Penguins Box season. With 10 weeks of practices and multiple tournaments and play-days, the season was a tremendous success.