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.