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Penguins Box Lacrosse 2020-2021 Recap

2022 Penguins halftime vs. Knights on February 28th. Penguins came away with 7-6 victory.

The Penguins Box Lacrosse season officially came to close on Sunday, March 14th with intra-squad scrimmages to finish off a great season. Starting in November, the program saw over 135 Penguins practice and compete, learning and playing true box lacrosse under the direction of Penguins Director of Box Lacrosse, Greg Downing. In his first year, Greg took his 13 years of professional experience and looked to bring a deep knowledge of the game to Penguins players.

I truly enjoyed my coaching experience with the Penguins Lacrosse Program this past winter. We taught real box lacrosse principles and it was encouraging to see the players eventually understand and implement these principles in game play. An additional benefit to playing box lacrosse is significantly more drills focusing on stickwork during practice, so it was also great to see players of all ages improve their stick skills as this will translate over to field lacrosse very well.  

Greg Downing, Penguins Director of Box Lacrosse

It was the Penguins third season under USBOXLA guidelines and continues to be one of the only select programs in the state that runs a true box lacrosse season for its player. The Box program has players ranging from 3rd grade all the way to seniors in high school. Primarily operating out of the Canton Sportsplex and the Boston Sports Institute in Wellesley, the program had team and skills practices scheduled each week to further develop box specific principles.

Overall, I was extremely impressed with how our players were able to go straight from the Fall Season and starting playing box and grasping the concepts quickly. We are in our third full season and being able to see the progression that some of our players have achieved from the last few seasons is remarkable. We truly believe that this is a crucial part of becoming a well rounded lacrosse player and we have seen a dramatic difference in the players who have fully committed to playing box lacrosse each season.

Jason Wellemeyer, 2024 and 2029/30 Coach
Penguins 2025/26 competes against 3d in February.

Looking forward to next season, the program will continue to develop and look to add a weekly league component in addition to team practices and skills sessions.

Penguins at Colonial Clash

The Penguins wrapped up the Fall season at the Colonial Clash Tournament on November 14th and 15th at several locations throughout New Hampshire. The Penguins had 11 teams playing over the course of two days in what proved to be one of the most successful weekends of the Fall season.

The Penguins 2029 team had a tremendous day going 3-0 overall with a +17 goal differential against HGR, 4Leaf and Gorilla. The clean sweep on the day put the program at 7-2 overall this Fall.

I was really happy with how the team played this Fall season. This tournament in particular we came to every game with intensity and worked hard. The game against Gorilla was a back and forth game and what came down to our team possessing the ball for the last 3 minutes to win the game. Our defense was lights out with standout performances by Braylon, Graham and Westy. Goaltending from all of our goalies was outstanding and we got a lot of production from our attack of DJ, Austin and Kyle and our midfield was paced by Nolan. Most exciting and surprising was how Kellan played at the Face-off X, winning key draws and scoring some goals! It was and exciting season and one we can build on going forward.

Coach Jason Wellemeyer

The Penguins 2027/28 team had a great win against the Houlagans early in the day and then dropped two tough games later on. The Penguins 2026 team went 3-0 with an excellent 7-5 win against a very strong Kings White team late in the day.

The Penguins 2025 team continued their dominance again going 3-0 on the day. The team had decisive victories against the Kings, Houlagans and HGR to finish off the Fall season 6-0.

We continued with our aggressive defense and caused turnovers all over the field letting us push the ball upfield all day. I really think our offense came together and played as a team and it showed. This team has a different feel about them. There is an excitement in their play that hasn’t been there in the past. I’m proud of how much each player has grown in the past few months and I can’t wait to watch it continue. 

Coach Chris St. George

The Penguins 2024 Blue team went 0-1-2 but the Fall was highlighted by outstanding play in the final game against Laxachussetts White.

The final game on Saturday was best lacrosse this team has played in a year. Max Becker was outstanding in net, making jaw dropping saves throughout the game. Defensively the team battled and caused some key turnovers. I couldn’t have been more proud of how the team played and excited to keep working with this team.

Coach Jason Wellemeyer

The Penguins 2023 team continued a great Fall going 2-1 on the day with great wins against the Hawks and HGR Green. The Penguins 2022 Orange team came out with two ties against the Maine Mussels and HGR. The Penguins 2022 Platinum team also had two hard fought ties against 4Leaf and HGR Blue.

The 2022 Penguins capped off a strong fall showing with one sided victories over Maine Select (the top 2022 ME players) and Hawks as well as a 6-6 tie against the top 2022 HGR team. Lockdown defense and excellent goaltending from both Tobasky and Carr, along with 10+ goals in 3 of the final 4 games of the season made for a great end to Fall 2020.

Coach Spencer Low

Penguins at Fall Brawl

The Penguins program continued the Fall season the Fall Brawl on Saturday, November 7th. Eight teams were spread out across four locations in New Hampshire and the Penguins continued their winning ways going a combined 14-8-1.

The Penguins 2029/30 continued an already impressive Fall going 2-1 with huge wins against 4Leaf and HGR. The final game of the day proved to be the toughest as the team lost in the final seconds to a strong Coyotes team. 

“I was very proud with how our team played all day. We had great goaltending with Bobby and Liam in net and our defense played exceptionally backed by Braylon, Graham and Westy. We had consistent play from our attack all tournament and DJ Jenkins came up with some clutch goals all day. My biggest takeaway was how we were able to implement what we leaned in practice and bring it over to the game. Overall I was very happy with how the team competed.”

Coach Jason Wellemeyer

The Penguins 2022 Platinum team enjoyed two decisive victories beating the NH Tomahawks Gold and 4Leaf Orange and going 2-1 overall at the Fall Brawl. The wins began in cage with tremendous goaltending from James Carr and they were able to build multi goal leads early in both games. David Pacella, Nolen Beauregard, Sean Murphy, Brady Daylor, and Mike McLaughlin led the way offensively while Colin Birch’s play at the faceoff x and the lockdown defense of Jaden Cronin, Andrew Walsh, Colin Shea, Hunter Maher and the Brini brothers and 2023 Bruno Batty allowed us to close out games going away.

The Penguins 2027/28 had a strong win against the Houlagans with a solid defensive effort all day long. The Penguins 2026 went 2-0-1 with decisive victories against HGR Blue and RI Bulldogs. They tied a back and forth game with a strong 4Leaf Army team 4-4 and overall had a very positive day of lacrosse.

The Penguins 2024 Blue had key victories against Tomahawks Purple and RI Bulldogs. The team was led by strong goaltending from Max Becker and outstanding defensive effort from Liam Schaker and Dylan Rogers. Will Abplanalp was great at the Face-off X giving the team much needed possessions finishing 2-1 on the day. 

The Penguins 2024 Orange team also went 2-1 with strong team wins against NH Tomahawks Gold and Harlem Lacrosse. 

“We had a tough first game against the Coyotes but the team bounced back for the final two. We again had excellent goaltending from Jack O’Neill and Justin Hutnick. Matt and Mike Pomer boosted our midfield along with Hayden Kearney. Our defense was lock down in the final two games with strong play by Jack Cuddy and Jake Riley.”

Coach Jason Wellemeyer

The Penguins 2023 continued a strong Fall going 2-1 overall and beating the NH Tomahawks Gold and Catamount. The 2022 Penguins Orange team went 1-2 with great win against Rip It and lost a close game to the Coyotes. 

Penguins at Battle at Barracks

The Penguins program continued an impressive fall season with a great weekend at the Battle at the Barracks tournament in Epping, NH.

Saturday, October 31st saw four teams play against strong competition throughout the day. The 2024 Penguins Orange team racked up 3 wins on the day against Rip It (CT), Seven Hills and HGR.

I was overall very happy with how the team played. We had a strong defensive showing with consistent performance out of Jake Riley, Liam Schaker and Riley McCann. Our goalies played well all day and I was impressed with how we cleared the ball. It was great to see this group come together and I was proud that even with cold temperature in morning, we competed hard.

2024 Coach Jason Wellemeyer

The 2023 Penguins went 2-1 on the day with key victories against Catamount and Seven Hills. They dropped a tough game at the end of the day to CT Valley but overall played well. The 2021 Penguins went 1-1-1 with a great win against HGR and tied Catamount earlier in the day. The 2022 Penguins Orange team went 2-1 with a decisive victory against the Coyotes and Rip It (CT). The 2022 Penguins Orange team came on Sunday to again go 2-1 with strong team wins against CT Valley and Blaze.

The program went 10-4-1 overall on the weekend and will look to continue the strong play at the Fall Brawl on November 7th.

Penguins at Fall Classic

On another beautiful day in New Hampshire, the Penguins program continued tournament play with 2025, 2026 Orange, 2027/28 and 2029/30 Penguins all competing at the Fall Classic. The program went 7-4-1 overall with several one goal losses and games that saw all teams compete at a very high level. 

The 2025 Penguins shined going 3-0 on the day with decisive victories against Rip It Bucks, HGR,  and Maine Mussels.  The team let up just nine goals on the day and had a goal differential of 18 overall. The 2025 Penguins were backed by strong goaltending and defense all day long. 

“I have to say how proud I am of the team and the growth we have made as a program. The energy and attitude of all the players was amazing to see and it showed in their play. We played aggressive team defense causing turnovers all over the field, not allowing other teams to feel comfortable. Our midfield played great both ends of the field running past teams and pushing it every chance they had. Our attack played great taking every opportunity they got and capitalized on their chances.” 

Coach Chris St. George

The 2029/30 Penguins also had a great day going 2-1 overall. After struggling for the first game of the day, the team picked up some key wins against the Bulldogs and Houlagans. 

“I was very happy to see how the team rebounded from the first loss of the day. We had great goaltending in the second two games with Graham Wachtendonk and Evan Marzi in the cage. Our defense was excellent and was backed by Braylon Beville all day alongside Chase Quandt and Colin Riley. DJ Jenkins and Nolan Merenda boosted our offense and we got a lot of production out of Nolen Hartman and Austin Keyser as well. Overall I was really excited how the team played especially as this was our first tournament for our youngest group!”

Coach Jason Wellemeyer

The 2027/28 Penguins went 1-1-1 with a great win against the Mountaineers and tied a tough HGR team. There only loss came at the hands of the Houlagans who came from behind to claim a one goal victory. The 2026 Orange Penguins had a great team win against Rip It Chimps and lost a tough back and forth game to the Battlehawks to close out the day. 

Penguins at NH Fall 64

The Penguins program kicked off the fall tournament season on Saturday, October 17th at the NH Fall 64 Tournament. The 2021, 2022 Blue, 2023, 2024 Orange and 2026 Penguins all battled and picked up some key programs wins throughout the day. 

The 2023 Penguins shined as they went 2-1 on the day with an impressive 7-5 win against the Clams 2023. They finished the day with another win against the Houlagans and tight game against the 2023 Kings Red team.

The NH Fall 64 was a good day for the boys, and the progression of our offense.  Will Buckley and Julien Proia got the day started with strong goals against the Clams and the Houlagans. We had a slow start to our final game of the day, and after a strong second half we were unfortunately unable to close the gap and ended the day with a 2-1 record. 

Coach Jeff Heater

The 2021 Penguins played strong and secured a 5-5 tie with the RI Bulldogs as well as dropping a close game to the Kings 2021. The 2022 Blue Penguins had a great 6-5 team win against Gorilla 2022. The 2024 Orange Penguins had a dynamic victory against Houlagans to start the day as well while dropping back and forth games against the Kings 2024 Red and the RI Bulldogs. 

us club lax rankings

Penguins 2022 Platinum ranked #60/#99 Nationally

The Penguins 2022 Platinum team capped off an impressive 2020 summer season by being ranked #60 (#11 in New England) in the Inside Lacrosse National Rankings and #98 in the US Club Lax rankings. Their 7-3-1 record included a 10-6 win over the #95 US Club Lax ranked team as well as an 8-8 tie with the #76 ranked US Club Lax ranked team. The Penguins finished the year as the #11 / #13 ranked team in New England for the summer.

Penguins at NH 64 Session 2

The Penguins brought three teams to what would be the final weekend of summer lacrosse for the program. The 2022 Platinum, 2024 Blue and 2024 Orange all competed at the NH 64 Tournament Session 2 across two locations in New Hampshire. 

The 2022 Platinum team looked to build off an already impressive summer during their final weekend of lacrosse. The team went 3-1 with decisive victories against 3d New England South, Seven Hills and Performax from Buffalo. They faced a tough HGR Blue team in the final contest, dropping a back and forth game in the last minute of play. James Carr held down the defensive side of the field making crucial saves throughout the day. Colin Birch was dynamic from the face-off x and the offense was paced by Aidan Webb and David Pacella. Jaden Cronin played lock down defense as LSM and also scored from 18 yards out in transition during the final game. 

The 2024 Blue team came up against some strong competition and ended the tournament with a win against Summit Lacrosse and tied the Coyotes. The team dropped a one goal game against the South Shore Kings 6-5 earlier on Saturday. Max Becker played great in net and was backed defensively by Dylan Rogers and Riley McCann. Colton Chambers pushed the offense throughout the weekend. 

The 2024 Orange team came one goal away from claiming the title of the A bracket but fell just short going 2-1-1 on the weekend. Saturday saw them go 2-0 with a strong wins against Piatelli Lacrosse and Catamount Tan. On Sunday they dropped a back and forth, one goal game against Seven Hills and then tied the Hawks 6-6 in the final game of the tournament. Defensively the team was backed by Paddy Webb and both goalies,  Jack O’Neill and Justin Hutnick. Matt Pomer did it all from the midfield, taking face-offs and winning groundballs. Twin brother, Mike Pomer scored some crucial goals at attack alongside Ryan Jones.

“Overall, I was very happy with how the team played throughout the weekend. I think defensively we played our best team defense of the summer and our goalie play was outstanding. It was great to see the team come together as every game we played was a one goal game.”

Coach Jason Wellemeyer

Penguins at NH 64 Session 1

The Penguins Select Lacrosse program had four teams competing at the NH 64 Session 1 in Pembroke and Epping, NH. The 2021, 2022 Platinum, 2023 and 2024 Blue teams had some great victories amidst a summer of already impressive showings.

The 2021 Penguins participated in the AA bracket, competing against some very tough teams and dropping close games. The combination of Graham Wesel and Dalton McKinnon was dominant at the face-off X. Jack Norwood, Mike McLaughlin, and Max Ranta led the way on the offensive side of the field. Colin Norred shined in the cage with strong defensive showings.

The 2022 Platinum team went 2-0-1 with great wins against the RI Bulldogs and Seven Hills. They tied a very strong Kings team in a exciting back and forth game.

We were proud of the toughness and compete level showed by our guys all weekend — we pride ourselves on being a hard team to play against and the way that we rode set the tone all weekend. Colin Birch, Nolen Bearegard, and Aidan Webb led the way with physical play, and James Carr and Jaden Cronin set the tone for the Penguins on the defensive half. It was great to get wins over two tough opponents, and our Kings game was a great up and down game with several lead changes.

Coach Matt Murphy

The 2023 Penguins had an impressive day going 3-0 with solid team wins against HGR, CT Valley and the Maine Mussels. Lorenzo Costello and Max Sian were dynamic on defense. Decker Hardin, Alec Enchill, and Will Buckley propelled the offense forward on a day that saw the team have a goal differential of +11.

The season has been dominated by great defensive play, and it was showcased again in our last 3 games. The Boys shutout HGR as a program for the summer season and only allowed 5 goals by two other teams. Saturday was also coupled by solid offensive play by the mids and attack. It was great to see how much they shared the ball, which lead to the most scoring chances we have had this year.

Coach Jeff Heater

The 2024 Penguin Blue team went 0-2-1 with close games against the Cape Cod Kings and 4 Leaf Army. Similar to weekend before, they tied a Coyotes team 4-4. Max Becker played lights out in the net with strong defensive showings from James Hanley and Dylan Rogers.

“I was very happy with how the team got better after each game we played. We started strong against the Kings but couldn’t find the back of the net in the second half of the first game. The second game we had issues at the face-off x but made it work and managed to come away with a hard fought tie. The final game was our best all summer as we took on a very strong 4 Leaf Army team and competed the entire game. Overall, I was proud of how the team came together and looking forward to our final tournament on the 15th-16th.”

Coach Jason Wellemeyer

Penguins at NH Invitational

The Penguins program continued the 2020 summer season with 10 teams participating over the course of the weekend in Pembroke, NH.

The Penguins 2021  went 2-1-1 at the NH Invitational continuing an impressive summer season with impressive team victories against 802 Lacrosse and Coyotes.

“We got great play from our midfielders all weekend with standout performances by Jackson Tabors and Jack Norwood. Sean cullagh played his best lacrosse of the summer, shitting down the opponents best offensive weapon. On attack, Max Ranta continued to put the ball in the cage and had some key assists.”

Coach Marco Barbone

The Penguins 2022 Orange team had an extremely competitive weekend at the NH invitational. Goalies Colin Connors and Brett Tobasky played a huge roll in keeping the teams energy up making big time saves. After tying both games Saturday, the boys came out flying Sunday morning earning their first win of the tournament. Defenseman Andrew Walsh tallied three goals Sunday along with his shutdown defense. Andrew Maher scored a big time goal in the final minutes of Sunday’s second game to put the team in a position to go for the win.

The Penguins 2023 team played competitively against some strong competition with a great team victory against 802 Lacrosse and dropped a one goal game against the Clams 2023. 

“This past weekend brought us another very competitive weekend of lacrosse. The boys played hard and I believe learned some very valuable lessons regarding the mental aspect of the game. While all of the outcomes may not have been what we wanted, we do believe the experience we got over the weekend was invaluable. We were able to get a strong win on Sunday followed by another great, competitive game against the Clams to close out the weekend.”

Coach Jeff Heater

The Penguins 2024 Blue team had an impressive weekend as well, going 2-1-1. The team had dynamic wins against 802 Lacrosse and HGR and tied a strong Coyotes team 5-5 in a great back and forth game. Max Becker played outstanding all weekend long and Eddie O’Brien paced the offense with some key man-up goals. 

The 2024 Penguins Orange team had a positive weekend going 2-2 with great team wins against HGR. Lachlan Hartshorn played exceptional at LSM and Matt Pomer was dynamic at the face-off x winning key draws. John Orsbourne and Ryan Jones balanced the attack scoring key goals each day. 

The Penguins 2025 team finished the summer with a 3-1 record at the NH Invitational. On the defensive side of the field Charlie Holmes and Wyatt Langway played lockdown defense with Tyler Zilinski and Ciaran Walshe both rotating in at close defense and LSM. Timmy Morrin closed up the group causing havoc at LSM and pushing the ball in transition. 

“Our offense really started coming together and it showed in this final tournament. Sam Linberg and Carson Eutsay organized the offense and with playing together in three tournaments in two weeks we started to have an offense that worked hard off-ball getting open for great looks. Blake was always finding the open space behind the defense and was always causing problems in the ride. Our midfield played great two way lacrosse working hard on defense and pushing every opportunity we had to make early offense in transition. Austin Hine, Alex Quinn  and Hamish Kemp settled down our team when we needed a good possession of the ball. Ray Gilkes II was a beast on faceoffs dominating teams with his physicality and gaining control of the ball. He even gave us energy on the team with key goals in situations. Phil came up huge with timely saves in the last game of the tournament and getting us possessions to close out the game.”

Coach Chris St. George

The 2026 Penguins started off the tournament strong with a high scoring 10-7 win over the Littlenecks. The offense was fast and furious scoring early and often to lead the team to victory. The second game of the tournament was a hard-fought 8-6 loss to the Coyotes. The Penguins played well, but had a tough second half where they couldn’t get any momentum going. Day 2 started with an 8-4 win over 802 Lacrosse. After a close first half, the Penguins offense exploded in the second half, while the defense made up for some early mistakes, and almost shut 802 out in the final half. The Penguins finished the tournament with a 10-2 victory over HGR. The Penguins came out firing and didn’t look back all game. The defense shut HGR out in the first half, and finished with a strong second half to finish the tournament at 3-1. 

The Penguins 2027 team had their best tournament of the summer at the NH Invitational, going 2-1-1 on the weekend. The defense anchored a strong performance, with Ray DeVincent, Tyler Bernier, and Garo Gabeyan helping limit opponents to four goals per game. Offensively, Leo Dischino, Chase Leblanc, and Jack Fox led the way with some strong two way play, and Roman Grilli dished out key assists in the Sunday victories.

The Penguins 2028/29 team closed out their summer in dramatic fashion by coming from behind against a strong 802 Lacrosse team and tying the game with only seconds remaining. The team played great all weekend dropping two close games against Gorilla and HGR. Defense played exceptionally, with strong performances by Colin Riley, Chase Quandt and Braylon Beville. Austin Keyser played great on attack and the midfield was balanced with 5 different middies finding the score sheet.