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Penguins Select Lacrosse Program – 2019-2020 Season Welcome Night

Penguins Select Lacrosse program is excited to announce a Welcome Night for all Penguins players and families on Friday, October 18th at Apex Entertainment in Marlborough, MA.

Parents, players and siblings are invited to join coaches to celebrate the start of the 2019-2020 Penguins season. Appetizers and drinks will be provided as well as entertainment for players and siblings!

All players and age groups are invited to attend and we request that families RSVP using this link: CLICK HERE TO RSVP

Two 2020 Penguins Commit on the Same Day

The Penguins Select Lacrosse Club are proud to announce that two 2020 players have made their college choice. Teddy Willet (Norwood High School) has committed to NCAA Division II Assumption College, and Aidan Warrener (Bishop Hendricken High School) has committed to NCAA Division II Pace University. 

Willett, a standout defenseman and long stick midfielder from Norwood, was our first 2020 to commit. Teddy has been the backbone of the 2020 defense for 3+ years, and has excelled in the Penguins program. He can play both close defense and LSM, and is valuable for his tough play and hard work on the defensive side of the ball. Teddy is also great at clearing the ball, and a threat to score in transition. Teddy’s hard work has paid off, as he has chosen Division II Assumption College, where he will join 2017 Penguins alums Aidan Tefft and Adam Becker. 

Willett playing defense this summer at the PrimeTime Shootout

Later in the same day, we got word that Aidan Warrener, an attackman and midfielder out of Bishop Hendricken High School in Rhode Island, has decided to go to Pace University. Aidan has also been with the Penguins for the past 3+ years, and has been a constant force on the offensive end. Aidan has impressed the coaches with his smart playmaking and great shooting ability. He has been working really hard on improving his game, and we are super excited for his choice to go to DII power Pace. 

Warrener running the offense at the Bulldog Brawl

Penguins 2020 coach Alex Bunick had this to say about the commitments, “I am really proud of both Teddy and Aidan for committing to great institutions. Both guys have worked really hard on and off the field in this process to get to where they are today. I have enjoyed coaching both of them immensely, and I am really excited to see what they can do in the future!”

Penguins Fall Skills sessions start September 16th

The 2019 Fall Skills schedule is set to start on Monday, September 16th and pre-registration is required for all Position Specific sessions. To register, you can use this link Penguins Fall Skills Pre-registration CLICK HERE.

Please refer to team pages for all schedules or CLICK HERE

Going from September 16th – November, 22nd sessions will run Monday-Thursday each week at the PrimeTime Sports Center (5A Michigan Dr. Natick, MA).

How it all works…
Shooting and Defense Sessions are broken up into Youth, High School, and All Ages. The age group will be in the title when registering for a session. Youth sessions are for 2024s and younger, and High School sessions are for 2023s and older. All Ages sessions can be attended by anyone. 

Goalie Sessions are broken up into Younger (2025, 2026, 2027, 2028, 2029, 2030) and Older (2024, 2023, 2022, 2021)

New this fall are Mobility Training Sessions! These sessions will work on a player’s fundamental athletic movements. Two big focuses for these sessions will be injury prevention and conditioning. We will end sessions with mobility work that players can take this and use on their own. The middle school group is for 2026, 2025, and 2024 players and the high school group is for 2023, 2022, and 2021 players.

Lastly, we will have 5 spots each week in the Face-Off Factory Training on Monday nights. Players of all ages are able to register for these. 

To register, you can go to the link HERE. As a last reminder please do not register for every session immediately. We want to make sure that players sign up and can attend, so only register for what you know you can be at. If you register and learn you cannot make it, please email [email protected] and we’ll add someone off the waitlist.

Penguins say goodbye to longtime coaches

With the 2019 summer season officially over, the Penguins program will say goodbye to Chris Collison (2023 Penguins) and George Sellew (2025 Penguins) who will be moving out of state this Fall.

Chris was most recently the coach for the 2023 Penguins and was an Assistant Coach at Melrose High School. He was possibly the most tenured Penguins coach to date, having come to the program in 2010! Having coached multiple age groups during his time, he will be greatly missed as he is moving back to Connecticut with his wife and son. Chris is pictured here with 2024 Penguin Chad Robertson who he found at a small summer camp in Danvers, MA back in 2011. Big thank you to Chris for all the hard work and dedication and will be greatly missed!

George Sellew, who mostly recently coached the 2025 Penguins will also be leaving and moving to Florida to pursue a teaching opportunity and work as a football and lacrosse coach. George was instrumental and working with the 2025 program and finding tremendous success this past season.

On behalf of the Penguins players, coaches and staff we would like to give a big THANK YOU to both Chris and George and wish them luck in the future!

Lake George Invitational Recap – 2022 Blue and 2027/28 win Championship

10 Penguins teams traveled to Lake George, NY to finish off the 2019 summer season. With what turned out to be the most successful tournament of the summer, three Penguins teams played in championship games to cap off an excellent summer.

The Penguins 2027/2028 team continued its dominance as it went to its second consecutive championship game of the summer. The team went 1-1-1 during pool play and managed to get into the playoffs on a tie-breaker. They saved their best for the playoffs as they quickly took care of a Falcons team by the score of 9-0. This set up a rematch against a very tough Unity Team which handed them a 10-2 loss the previous day. The game was back and forth throughout and saw the Penguins down by two goals with less than five minutes to play. They managed to tie the game with a minute remaining and the game went to a braveheart to determine the winner. The Penguins were able to win the face-off after a ground ball battle and went down for the game winning goal. Coach Weiss on the summer, “The team played tough all summer long and really came together these last two tournaments. To come away with not one but two braveheart victories is impressive. I am proud of the way the team played and its a testament to how hard they worked in practice all summer.”

The 2022 Blue team also saw itself in the championship game after going 4-0 in pool play. They faced a tough Rhino Syracuse Team and defeated them 7-3 to move on to the championship game against Team 802. The Penguins rose to the occasion and after a close first half managed to seal the victory and earn their first championship of the summer. Coach Spencer on a great end to the summer, “Overall I think the team improved at every event we played this summer. We had some dominating performances from James Carr in the cage and Colin Birch at the face-off X. Being able to finish the summer off with a championship is impressive and I am proud of how the team played all summer long.”

In addition to the two championship victories the Penguins had success as the 2024 Blue team went to the championship game and the 2025 Penguins lost a close playoff game. The summer concluded with multiple championship appearances and victories across all teams.

The Fall season will start back up after Labor Day and please view all team pages for information on schedules and events.

Legacy Tournament Recap – 2024 Penguins win Championship

The Penguins sent six teams to Devens, MA for what would be a very successful tournament for all teams. 

The highlight of the weekend came as the 2024 Penguins went a perfect 5-0 en route to a championship win. The team played strong competition throughout the day and ended their run by beating three Laxachussetts teams in a row to capture the title.

With a goal differential of +11, the weekend saw a very balanced offensive and defensive style of play which led to an overall team effort. 

Coach Leger on the weekend, “What a great weekend of lacrosse. The boys did a great job overcoming obstacles such as heat, fatigue, and weather delays. They did a great job sharing the ball and sharing time. All of the boys were unselfish and did everything in the teams best interest. They played the right way on both ends of the field and when we had lapses they adjusted and recovered to help maintain the progress of the weekend. I think they also learned what it means to let the scoreboard do the talking. It was a little chippy and we didn’t stay as composed as we should in the semis, but they made a big improvement in the finals by letting their game do the talking.”

The high school teams played on Thursday and Friday and did not disappoint. The 2020 Penguins continued their strong play from the weekend before with a great win against the NH Tomahawks and losing a close game to CT Valley Blue team.

The 2021 Penguins finished the weekend 3-2 defeating 4 Leaf Lacrosse, Seven Hills Lacrosse Club and 3d NE South. The 2022 Penguins finished 2-2-1 with impressive victories against Seven Hills Blue and True Illinois and lost a very close game to Eclipse 6-5. 

Coach Low on the tournament, “I was proud of the resiliency our guys showed after dropping a close game to start the tournament. Several players like Colibn Birch, Kyle Piersiak, and James Carr stepped up and provided much needed leadership in big moments”

The 2023, 2024 and 2026 Penguins played over the weekend as well and had a lot of success. The 2023 Penguins went 2-3 and but had multiple one goal losses and fell just short against a strong Laxachussetts team in the Semi-Finals.

The 2026 Penguins went 2-1 in pool play beating the NE Twisters and Eclipse CT. They lost a one goal game to Laxachussetts Green and narrowly missed the playoffs in a tie-breaker. 

Bulldog Brawl Tournament Recap – 2027/28 Penguins win Championship

The Penguins had a very successful weekend at the Bulldog Brawl on the campus of Bryant University. The Penguins had 11 teams competing in 13 brackets and were able to advance three to the playoffs and two to championship games. 

The weekend was capped off by an impressive championship run by the Penguins 2027/28 team. The braveheart victory came as they defeated a strong Billerica team to take home the medals.

“The boys worked hard all weekend and we were able to get into the playoffs through a tie-breaker,” Coach Weiss said. “We had a strong semi-final performance which put us against the same Billerica team we had lost to earlier in the weekend. It was a great back and forth game and to win in a braveheart was something else.” 

During the weekend the 2020 Penguins went 2-1 in pool play and made their way to the championship game where they faced a tough Topgun Clams team. Though they ended up falling by a score of 5-3, which saw them in the Bulldog Brawl championship game for the second consecutive summer.

The 2024 Orange team also had a strong showing as they went 2-1 in pool play and advanced to the semi-finals of their bracket. The lost 4-3 in a very tight contest to close out their tournament.

The 2021 Penguins ended going 2-2 on the weekend and narrowly missed making the playoffs. 

Overall it was a tremendous weekend for the program and six Penguins Blue teams will be attending the Legacy Tournament at the end off June in Devens, MA. 

2019 Shootout Tournament – Penguins Recap

The 2019 summer season kicked off this past weekend at the PrimeTime Shootout as the Penguins had 14 teams participating from 2029 to 2020. 

The 2021 Penguins had a great weekend, going 4-0 in regular pool play and losing a very close semi-final game to 4Leaf Lacrosse by a score of 5-4.

“The team played really well on Saturday and Sunday and was focused for our playoff run,” Coach Marco said. “We came up against a good 4Leaf team in the playoffs. We are excited to keep it going this coming weekend.”

The 2022 Penguins Blue team also had a great weekend going 2-2 with great wins against a strong Canadian team called the SMOKEselects and also beating Laxachussetts White 9-2 in an excellent all around team performance.

The 2022 Penguins Orange team also did well with multiple one goal games.

“The 2022’s had a solid start to the summer season going 2-2 in the AA bracket and 1-1-2 in the A bracket,” Coach Spencer said. “Both teams saved their best lacrosse for the final day of the tournament which included a 9-2 win over Laxachusetts and a 4-3 win over the RI Bulldogs. The group as a whole improved a ton from the first game to the last and we’re very excited about the success that’s to come for the 2022 Penguins.”

The 2024 Penguins Blue had key victories against the RI Bulldogs and the 2024 Penguins Orange had a great win against an Albany Power team.

Coach Wellemeyer on the Shootout performance: “Overall, we were very happy with how both teams played this weekend. All goalies played great and defense was working hard to keep shots to the outside. The competition was very strong and we are excited to continue working at practice this week and get going for the Brawl.”

The 2025 Penguins started the tournament off with an excellent 5-2 win against the NE Blackwolves. They also played a strong game against the NH Tomahawks Purple who were the eventual division winners. 

Overall it was a great weekend for Penguins teams and all teams will continue their summer as they will travel to Rhode Island for the Bulldog Brawl at Bryant University. 

Penguins in College: All-Conference Selections

The Penguins had several players who were selected to all-conference teams for the 2019 season.

Pete Navarro (Roger Williams ’21/Penguins ’17) – Finished fifth on the team with 25 points and helped lead the Hawks to a 12-5 record. They lost a tough 3OT game to Endicott in their conference semi-finals. Pete was named 3rd team All-CCC for the season

Conor Lenfest (UMass-Boston ’21/Penguins ’17) – Conor recently scored his 100 point in just 30 career games. Connor led the Beacons in scoring this year with 41 goals and 59 points and was named 2nd team All-LEC at the end of the season

Matt Murphy (UMass-Boston ‘19/Penguins ’15) – Matt was a senior captain of the Beacons and leader of the defense. He finished second on the team in caused turnovers with 20 and fourthin ground balls with 41. Matt capped his senior year by being named 2nd Team All-LEC and named to the NEILA All-Academic Team.