Congrats to Penguins ’22 James Carr (Natick High School/Natick, MA) on his commitment to play Division 1 Lacrosse at Bryant University in Smithfield, RI!
The Penguins 2022 Platinum and Penguins 2024 Blue teams traveled to UMass-Amherst on July 16th-18th to compete in the NLF National Championships. Weather played a major role as the second half of Saturday and all of Sunday was canceled due to the rain. The Penguins 2022 Platinum team played some strong competition against Eclipse 2022 AA, Primetime 2022, Denver Elite Silver and VLC 2022. They played tough games against Primetime and Denver Elite and came away with a great win against VLC for their final game. The Penguins 2024 Blue only played LI Express, 4 Leaf and Team CT and all other games were canceled to finish the tournament. Max Becker played great in the net and the team had a strong showing against Team CT to finish Saturday.
The Penguins Select Lacrosse program traveled to Columbia, MD and competed at the 2021 IL Invitational against some of the top teams in the country on July 12th-14th. The Penguins 2022 Platinum and Penguins 2024 Blue secured some great team wins at an event with top level talent across the board. The Penguins had three players selected for the All-Star game which was played on Tuesday morning and had dozens of college coaches in attendance. John Seero (Tabor) was mentioned in the Inside Lacrosse write-up following the game HERE. Jake Lania (Walpole HS) and Luci Lewandowski (Rivers) were also recognized and played in the All-Star game.
The Penguins 2024 Blue started the tournament with a back and forth game against City Side (Washington State) before eventually losing 12-6. The next game of the day saw the team play a very strong FCA 2024 team and the game was all but even until a pair of last minute goals secured the victory for FCA 8-6. The team started Tuesday with a great win against Iron Horse Austin 2024 where man-up was dynamic and defense played hard until the end. Rounding out the day was a strong 3D Colorado and the offense was not able to get going and a strong defensive effort closed the game out 6-1 in favor of 3D. The playoff seeding saw the Penguins play one of the strongest teams in the tournament, the West Coast Stars, who would go on to be the runner up in the tournament. Max Becker was exceptional and kept the dynamic Stars offense from pulling away.
“Overall, being able to bring our team and see the amount of high end talent in this region was crucial for us. All tournament long we played hard in some extreme heat. Max was playing great in the net and that allowed us to find a good game plan and control the tempo against some of these teams. We had a slight let down on Wednesday for our final game but I think overall this tournament was a great experience and I am proud of how the team played.”
The Penguins 2022 Platinum team competed against many of the top programs in the county and came away with two wins over highly touted National programs. A consistent team effort offensively and scoring from each of our shortsticks contributed heavily to our success and Jaden Cronin and James Carr’s dominant performances at LSM and Goalie gave us a chance to win every game. The team came up short in the quarterfinals against a very talented Team 91 Maryland team who currently sits 8th in the country. Jonny Seero was selected to the All Star game where he performed well and contributed a goal in his All Star teams overtime loss.
The Penguins Select Lacrosse program competed at the NH Invitational in Plymouth, NH on Saturday and Sunday, July 10th and 11th. The program had 8 teams competing and went 17-14-1 overall on the weekend.
The Penguins 2029/30 had two teams competing in both brackets of the tournament. The Penguins 2029 team was able to secure a great win against the Houlagans and played two Laxachusetts teams strong in what would be a pair of losses. The Penguins 2029/30 team went 2-2 overall with an excellent team win on Sunday against the Maineiax, 4-3.
“I was very happy with how both teams played throughout the weekend. We played some very tough competition and while some games we came up short, it was a good tournament to see how we stacked up against some local teams. How our teams have progressed this summer has been pretty impressive and I am excited to continue on.”Coach Jason
The Penguins 2024 Orange and Penguins 2025 both went 3-1 with great team wins against CT Valley, HGR Green and 802 Lacrosse. The Penguins 2023 team went 2-1-1 with two wins against the Maine Mussels and Seven Hills. The Penguins 2022 Orange went 2-2 with convincing wins against the Blaze and Maine Lakers.
“Our first game of the tournament we got off to a slow start but as we got into a rhythm I thought the team played well and we were able to go 3-0 to finish off the tournament. It’s been great to watch this team develop all summer.”Coach Marco
Finally, the Penguins 2026 team went 3-0 in pool play beating the Kings and Coyotes before losing to a strong Laxachusetts team in the playoffs . The Penguins 2027/28 had a good win against the Mainiax and a close game against 802 Lacrosse to round out the tournament.
The Penguins Select Lacrosse program continued the summer season by attending the Legacy Invitational Tournament in Devens, MA. The youth teams played over the weekend of June 26th and 27th and both the 2026 and 2025 teams had strong campaigns. The 2022, 2023 and 2024 teams all played on Tuesday and Wednesday, June 29th and 30th.
The Penguins 2025 team went 3-2 overall and started the tournament off with a 7-6 loss to a strong Albany Power team. With some minor adjustments the team played well the rest of the way and had impressive victories against Team CT, the NE Oaks and 4 Leaf NH Navy. The Penguins 2025 team was backed by a strong defensive effort and great goaltending. Play in the middle of the the field continued to be dynamic and the team showed a lot of chemistry all weekend long.
The Penguins 2026 team continued where they left off after the previous tournament and had a back and forth win to start the tournament by beating the Albany Power 9-8. They dropped a close contest to a very good Eclipse CT team before rebounding and securing a 7-5 victory against Laxachusetts Green. Overall they went 2-3 on the weekend but played well throughout the heat.
“In our last game of day 1 we got down 5-1 at halftime against Laxachusetts Green. We had a huge second half comeback led by Clark Nau and Jack Hauck at the face-off X. Attackman Josh Ciaglo led a strong second half attack to help put us in the lead. We didn’t give up a second half goal thanks to strong play from Brett Riley and James Dornburgh. Henry Engelman played great in goal and Levi Gagnon gave us a spark at the midfield. I was very impressed with our team’s heart and effort all weekend. To battle to a tough victory in game 1, and comeback from a 4 goal deficit against Laxachusetts showed the kind of heart we have. I am very excited for what we can bring for the rest of the summer.”Coach Alex Bunick
The Penguins 2023 team had their strongest performance of the summer going 3-0 in pool play with victories against Team CT, LI Express, and 4 Leaf NH. Their pool play goal differential was +18 and gave them a head of steam for their semi-final match-up against Eclipse CT. Starting late because of brave heart the Penguins got right to work. It was a back and forth game with multiple lead changes. Bruno Batty had a stellar goal in transition and Colin Fiske was exceptional between the pipes all tournament. In the end the team lost 6-5 but the performance could not be understated in what was a great tournament result for the Penguins.
“I felt the Defense anchored the team while Colin Fiske was a standout in the cage. Decker Hardin and John Walshe led our Midfield with Tyler Boucher stringing together some great dodges from behind the cage. We had a lot of guys making plays all over the field and we really came together as a team for this tournament.”Coach Jeff Heater
The Penguins 2022 Platinum had similar success, playing strong throughout and getting a pair of ins against 802 Lacrosse and Kraken 2022 (FL). They dropped a close game to Laxachusetts Yellow by a score of 8-7.
“We had an up and down week at the Legacy Invitational as guys reacclimated to playing with one another after returning from their high school teams. Face-off and goalie play once again served as the most consistent area of our game, and Sean Murphy and Jaden Cronin paced the offense and defense respectively, setting the tone in the games that we had the most success in a challenging AA bracket. Aside from a dominant win over 802, our most complete game came in an 8-7 loss to a talented Laxachusetts AA team. We had several opportunities to force overtime in the final minute of play, but we were unable to convert. We are eager to build off of the positives from the event with a solid week of practice before this team heads to IL Invitational in Maryland next week.”Coach Tyler Low
The Penguins 2024 team had a great tournament as well but came up short on a couple of one goal games and going 1-2-1 tie overall. Starting the tournament off was a 2-2 tie against Eclipse CT where Max Becker played exceptional to force a tie in the final seconds. The team ended up losing a 6-5 game to Laxachusetts Navy and finished the day with 5-4 loss to a strong NJLC team.
“We had a lot of areas of our game that we can improve on but I am proud of how we played overall. Max Becker was outstanding all tournament and our defense did a great job of keeping shots to the outside. Will Abplanalp gave us possessions at the face-off X on both days and Zach Langevin had some pivotal goals for us.”Coach Jason Wellemeyer
The Penguins Select Lacrosse program continued the 2021 summer season with an impressive showing at the Bulldog Brawl tournament on the beautiful campus of Bryant University in Smithfield, Rhode Island. The program had six teams competing over the weekend of June 26th-27th and had an overall record of 14-10-1. The Penguins 2027/28 team continued their winning ways and several teams made the playoffs to close out successful tournament.
The Penguins 2029/30 team had a excellent weekend going 3-1 overall. The team started the tournament strong with a pair of emphatic wins against the Kings and Coyotes. Sunday would bring on the semi-finals with a rematch against a very strong RI Bulldog team. The first half was all tied up but the Bulldogs pulled away to secure the victory. The team ended Sunday with another energizing win against the Kings.
“I thought the team had a great week of practice and leading up to this tournament I was excited to compete. The team played hard in some intense heat and I was proud of how we battled all weekend. We had a strong effort out of Evan and Bobby in the net. Walter came out with some great face-off wins and DJ paced our offense. Overall I was proud of how the team played and excited to keep progressing this summer.”Coach Jason Wellemeyer
The Penguins 2027/28 team went 4-1 overall and earned a trip to their second consecutive championship game this summer. During pool play, the team had decisive victories against the Kings, Little Necks, and CT Wolves. They played 2Way North in the semi-finals and would go on to lose to East Bay Lacrosse in the Championship game.
Being able to compete in two championship games this summer has been a positive step forward for our team. Stephen played great in the cage and our defense did an excellent job all weekend. It was a lot of lacrosse in some extreme heat but overall a great tournament for us.Coach Ian McPhail
The Penguins 2022 Blue team went 2-2 beating CT Rip It and the Oaks LC while losing a very close game to the Clams 6-5. The Penguins 2022 Orange went 3-1 with key victories against Gorilla, CT Rip It and Summit Varsity. The team made it to the semi-finals where they lost to the CT Wolves, who were the eventual tournament runners-up in 2022 bracket. The Penguins 2023 team had a great win against the CT Cougars and dropped a pair of one goal games on Sunday. The Penguins 2024 Orange had a great win against the Houlagans and a good back and forth game against the Oaks LC which resulted in a 3-3 tie.
The Penguins Select Lacrosse program kicked off the Summer 2021 season this past weekend at the PrimeTime Shootout in Lancaster, MA. The Penguins had eight teams participating, ranging from the class of 2022 all the way to the class of 2030. Over the course of a very hot and sunny weekend, the program exceeded expectations and got the summer season rolling in a positive direction.
Highlighting the tournament was the Penguins 2027/28 team which went 4-0 in regular pool play and impressive wins against CT Rip-It, New England Twisters, NH Tomahawks, and 4Leaf Army. The team rolled into the semi-finals against a tough RI Bulldogs. After regulation the score was tied which lead to a Braveheart to decide a winner. Owen Mix won the ensuing face-off and Alisdair McDonough sealed the victory. The team went on to play 3d New England Blue and lost in the Championship game to a tough opponent.
“We went undefeated in pool play behind a huge offensive output from Alisdair McDonough, Shea Hagwood, and Cole Chase before a thrilling Braveheart victory in the semis with a clutch faceoff victory by Owen Mix. Steven Matheos had a monster weekend in cage staying well over 60% saves. Even though we came up a little short against a strong 3d New England team in the final the boys fought hard all weekend to earn a great result and we’re going to have a strong summer with that effort level!”2027/28 Coach, Ian McPhail
The Penguins 2022 Orange went 2-2 on the weekend with an emphatic 12-6 victory against the Clams on Sunday as well as a strong team effort against CT Valley.
“A dominant performance at the face-off x allowed us to put up a solid team effort in our last two games of the weekend. The team made a commitment to winning 50/50 battles and playing with grit and toughness which put us in a position to win every game.”2022 Coach, Tyler Low
The Penguins 2029/30 had two teams playing over the weekend. Both teams had a successful run with quality wins against 3d New England Blue, Houlagans, and 4Leaf.
2029/30 Coach, Jason Wellemeyer
“I was really happy with the way both teams played this weekend. We have a lot of new players in the program and to see the level of talent and commitment is very impressive at this age. Our performance against 3d New England Blue on Saturday was decisive and we looked pretty unstoppable. Sunday we battled back from an 8-1 halftime deficit against the RI Bulldogs and almost pulled off the comeback. I am excited to continue to work with this group and see what we can come up with the rest of the summer.”
The Penguins 2026 had a tremdous run over the weekend compiling a record of 2-1 in pool play and making it to the semi-finals. Playing a strong 3d New England Blue team the Penguins came up just short losing 6-5 in a back and forth game.
2026 Coach, Alex Bunick
“Our defense played strong all tournament and I was especially happy with quality performances by Brett Riley and James Dornburgh. Offensively were led by Parker Valero and Arann Hanlon who steadied the scoring all weekend. Overall, I was very happy with our team play and looking forward to building on this as the summer progresses.”
The Penguin 2023 team went 2-1-1, making it all the way to the semi-finals against the NH Tomahawks. With possibly the most impressive win by a Penguins team all weekend, the 2023’s beat the LI Express North 7-6 with a key last second save by Chris Brusie to seal the victory. Decker Hardrin and Tyler Boucher led the offense all weekend while Bruno Batty and Cam Gillis held down the defensive side. The Penguins 2024 had a key victory against CT Valley on Saturday and lost a close game to the Clams on Sunday. The Penguins 2025 played hard all weekend and came away with a good win against Seven Hills.
The Penguins are back in action at the Bulldog Brawl this coming weekend, June 26th and 27th.
In what has been a non-traditional start to the 2021 spring season, the Penguins program had spring practices for the first time to get players prepared for a long awaited return to high school seasons. The Penguins had eight teams participating at Deven, MA and played some competitive lacrosse all day long at the Spring Launch.
The Penguins 2022 program had two teams playing throughout the day. The Varsity 1 Team went 2-0 with convincing wins against Summit Lacrosse and Bridgeton Academy. The Varsity 2 Team went 1-1 on the day with a hard fought 5-4 victory against Winchester. The Penguins 2023 also went undefeated on the day and the Penguins 2024 went 1-1 with a great win against Summit Lacrosse and tough loss against and older Pembroke High School Team.
I was really impressed with how all of our high school teams played on Sunday. We had some great practices in Weymouth leading up to the day and we were excited that we could get some competitive lacrosse games for our teams before they tried out for their town high schools the following week. It’s the first time we have scheduled practices in the spring but we felt with seasons canceled last year it would be important to get off on the right footProgram Director and 2024 Coach, Jason Wellemeyer
The Middle School and Youth Penguins also had a great day as they achieved a combined winning record overall. The 2025 and 2029/30 Penguins went undefeated with an epic comeback win against the RI Bulldogs 7-6. The 2027/28 Penguins picked up a great win early in the day.
After the Spring Launch, the 2025, 2026, 2027/28, and 2029/30 will continue competing during the spring with games scheduled Saturday afternoon in May against a variety of New England clubs.
The Penguins Box Lacrosse season officially came to close on Sunday, March 14th with intra-squad scrimmages to finish off a great season. Starting in November, the program saw over 135 Penguins practice and compete, learning and playing true box lacrosse under the direction of Penguins Director of Box Lacrosse, Greg Downing. In his first year, Greg took his 13 years of professional experience and looked to bring a deep knowledge of the game to Penguins players.
I truly enjoyed my coaching experience with the Penguins Lacrosse Program this past winter. We taught real box lacrosse principles and it was encouraging to see the players eventually understand and implement these principles in game play. An additional benefit to playing box lacrosse is significantly more drills focusing on stickwork during practice, so it was also great to see players of all ages improve their stick skills as this will translate over to field lacrosse very well.Greg Downing, Penguins Director of Box Lacrosse
It was the Penguins third season under USBOXLA guidelines and continues to be one of the only select programs in the state that runs a true box lacrosse season for its player. The Box program has players ranging from 3rd grade all the way to seniors in high school. Primarily operating out of the Canton Sportsplex and the Boston Sports Institute in Wellesley, the program had team and skills practices scheduled each week to further develop box specific principles.
Overall, I was extremely impressed with how our players were able to go straight from the Fall Season and starting playing box and grasping the concepts quickly. We are in our third full season and being able to see the progression that some of our players have achieved from the last few seasons is remarkable. We truly believe that this is a crucial part of becoming a well rounded lacrosse player and we have seen a dramatic difference in the players who have fully committed to playing box lacrosse each season.Jason Wellemeyer, 2024 and 2029/30 Coach
Looking forward to next season, the program will continue to develop and look to add a weekly league component in addition to team practices and skills sessions.