The Penguins kicked off box tournament play at the Galactic Games held in Hampton, NH on the weekend of January 23rd and 24th. Now in its 4th season, the Penguins winter box program had tremendous success, competing against teams from across New England in true box lacrosse games.
Saturday, January 23rd saw high school teams participate in the Varsity and JV brackets against some tough opponents. The Penguins Varsity went 2-1 with great wins against Gorilla and the Buzzards. Their only loss came against the Knights HS Gold in a shootout as the game was tied in regulation. Outstanding performances were turned in by Brady Daylor (Sharon HS, Penguins 2022) and Nolen Beuregard (Walpole HS, Penguins 2022). Brett Tobasky (Dexter, Penguins 2023) was outstanding in net all day long.
The Penguins JV team had a very similar outcome going 2-1 with their only loss coming against a tie and shootout. The team fought hard all day long and got good wins against the Houlagans and Harlem Lacrosse. Jake Riley (Arlington HS, Penguins 2024) had some keys goals throughout the day and the defense was backed by Riley McCain (Grafton HS, Penguins 2024) and Phil Ellis (BB&N, Penguins 2025) made some huge saves all day long.
I was really happy with how the team came together today to play true box lacrosse. Some of our players have been practicing in the box program for years and it really showed how much they have developed in the game. It was exciting to see the Riley brothers (Brett 2026 and Jake 2024) working together on the floor. Overall it was a great day of lacrosse and I was proud of how the team competed.Coach Jason Wellemeyer, Penguins 2024 Coach
Sunday, January 24th was for youth teams and the Penguins had three teams competing.
The Penguins 2030/31 team started the day off early going an emphatic 2-0 against the Houlagans and RI Bulldogs. Nick Hodges was outstanding in the net and JJ Yan and Ethan Dearborn had some key goals and defensively the team had a strong showing from Joey Mazzola and Will Sherwood. Eddie Rothwell was a ground ball machine and dynamic at the face-off x.
The Penguins 2029 team picked up where they left off in the fall and went 3-0 on the day beating the RI Bulldogs and Houlagans. The most exciting game came against 3d Lacrosse where Austin Keyser was able to score the game winning goal with only seconds remaining in regulation.
This was a great day of lacrosse for this group. Evan Marzi and Kellan Quinlan played outstanding in the cage all day. DJ Jenkins, Nolan Merenda and Marty Rochford had some clutch goals and Kellan Schuler was all over the place getting ground balls and running in transition. It was great seeing them play box lacrosse at the level we see in practice and looking forward to getting some more gamed in this winter.Coach Jason Wellemeyer, Penguins 2029 Coach
Finally, the Penguins 2026/27 went 2-1 with decisive wins against 3d New England and Houlagans. Their only loss came against the Knights Bantam Black team by a score of 5-3.
We played really well in our first two games with big victories. We went down early against the Knights, but had a very gritty comeback to get back in the game. Unfortunately we came up short, but I was really impressed with the team’s hard work and determination to stay in the game after going down early. Bretty Riley was dominant all day long. Sean Collins played awesome in net and Dom Sperrazza had a big goal against the Knights.Coach Alex Bunick, Penguins 2026