The Penguins entered eight teams ranging from the 2021s to the 2028/29 squad in the 2020 PrimeTime Shootout, which had games played at five sites in five different New Hampshire cities from July 23-24. The event gave Penguins teams another big opportunity to see how they continue stack up against nearby competition after getting a small taste at Bulldog Brawl in the couple days before. With that in their rearview, PrimeTime Shootout offered a second chance to show growth and development.
The Penguins 2021 team went 2-2 at The Holderness School in Holderness. It opened with a 6-3 defeat to the Clams, then picked up a great, hard-fought victory over MXB Prep, 6-5, to close the first day of action. On the second day, Penguins fell to EB Lacrosse, 7-3, before responding against RI Bulldogs, 7-3.
Penguins 2022 Platinum team had a tough first day but recovered in the end to finish 2-2 in Holderness. Outstanding goaltending from James Carr and a gritty performance at the face-off X and on both ends of the field by Colin Birch helped the team get early leads in both of its two victories from the second day against 4Leaf Army and CT Valley 2022 Blue. Brady Daylor helped put both games out of reach with his ability to play shutdown defense and put the ball away on the offensive end of the field.
It was a 3-1 showing for the Penguins 2023 team, which had decisive victories against HGR, CT Valley and Shoreline Sharks in Holderness. Great team defense and strong goaltending propelled Penguins to score 25 goals and only allow 13 in its own net through all four games. In its three wins, the team outscored its opponents 22-6, including a shutout of HGR, illustrating just how well it came together for this event. The 3-1 mark was a good recovery from the 1-3 showing at Bulldog Brawl earlier in the week.
The Penguins 2024 Blue team pulled off an undefeated ride at PrimeTime Shootout, going 3-0-1 at NH Soccer Complex in Pembroke. Penguins picked up three key victories against NH Tomahawks, Kings and Hawks, winning all three by at least four goals. The team tied with Laxachusetts White, 4-4, in the second game of day one to round out the unbeaten run. Will Abplanalp was dynamic at the face-off X all tournament long, and Colton Chambers and Jake Lania shined in attack. The midfield was led by two-way middie Tyler Grant.
Penguins 2025 continued the summer with a competitive showing at the Shootout against tough opponents. The team opened the event with an even 6-6 draw versus Kings 2025 Green, then suffered some tough losses to Laxachusetts White and NE Twisters 2025 Orange. Carson Eutsay led the way offensively, and Timmy Morin continued to play lockdown defense and do a great job of pushing the ball in transition.
The Penguins 2026 squad started PrimeTime Shootout with a 2-0 rain-shortened win in Pembroke over NH Tomahawks 2026 Gold behind a great performance from the defense. Next, the team took care of Laxachusetts White, 5-4, after going down early, then coming back and forcing a back-and-forth game. The defense held strong again, and some clutch late scoring secured the W. In the final game of the first day, Penguins had a tight battle with 4Leaf all the way through, but the team scored two important goals in the final minutes of the game to emerge the victor, 5-3, to continue its winning ways. The next day, a 3-3 tie with Kings confirmed Penguins unbeaten record for the event, though some missed opportunities early on could have meant a fourth win out of four games.
Regardless, it was a great week for the team, following up its 4-0 showing at Bulldog Brawl with this performance, concluding an undefeated eight games in four days. The kids played hard all week, rode extremely hard and were able to get some great goals off the ride. Offensively, Penguins moved the ball well and had some great tic-tac-toe goals. Defensively, it played well as a unit and scooped a ton of ground balls. Great individual and team defense, backed by strong goaltending, headlined an awesome week for this team.
The Penguins 2027 team faced a difficult PrimeTime Shootout schedule and kept up the hard work and competitive fight despite falling short on the scoreboard, with a strong defensive effort anchored by Ray DeVincent, Garo Gebeyan and Tyler Bernier, Chase Leblanc, Jack Fox and Miles Gilkes and did excellent two-way work from the midfield as well.
The 2028/29 team went 1-3 at PrimeTime Shootout, but that doesn’t reflect how hard fought the games were. In Pembroke, Penguins started the tournament off with a nice win over Kings 2028/29 White, 8-2. On Friday morning, the team played its best half of lacrosse against a very tough 4Leaf team, then rallied well against a strong NH Tomahawks side on the back-to-back. The highlight of the tournament was a coast-to-coast goal by Mikey Philbin.
Each of the Penguins teams that participated in PrimeTime Shootout grew even more after having the two extra days and four more games of experience under their belts. It has been a lacrosse-starved time for months, and getting back out there provided all players and teams with another chance to accomplish goals, set milestones and keep working hard on their games.