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.