Penguins at Legacy Invitational

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

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