Tag: Penguins Accolades

HS Penguins Spotlight

Spring high schools seasons are nearing the halfway point and Penguins players are having tremendous success as they look to lead their respective teams to the playoffs. Several players have been showcased in various publications across the state.

James Carr – G – Natick HS (Penguins 2022/Bryant University)

Connor Henchey – A – Bellingham HS (Penguins 2022/Franklin Pierce University)

Nolen Beauregard – M – Walpole HS (Penguins 2022/UMass Boston)

Justin Cronin – M – Rockland HS (Penguins 2022/Coastal Carolina University)

Sean Murphy – A – Medway HS (Penguins 2022)

Brady Daylor – M – Sharon HS (Penguins 2022/Northeastern University)

Tyler Boucher – A – Malden Catholic (Penguins 2023)

Colton Chambers – A – Nantucket HS (Penguins 2024)

NELL Recap

The Penguins went into Week #2 of the NELL season playing some tough opponents at Bryant University on Saturday, November 7th.

The Penguins 2030/31 team beat the Houlagans decisively to start the day strong. The Penguins 2029 Orange team also had a great game winning 9-3 against the Houlagans 2029. Liam Schweiger played well in net to lead team. The Penguins 2029 Blue had their best victory of the season with a huge 9-5 win against the 2029 RI Bulldogs. Going down 3-0 early, the team rallied defensively and only allowed 2 more goals over the next three quarters. Kyle Remsen and Luke Rowe had some key goals and the entire defensive unit played strong to seal the victory.

This was the most complete game that this team has played. It has been great to see the development of the players and I am proud of how we came back to win this game against a very good opponent.

Jason Wellemeyer, Penguins 2029 Coach

The Penguins 2028 team also defeated the 2028 Houlagans 8-3 in a sound victory. The Penguins 2026 came from 3 goals down in under 2 minutes to tie the 2026 Houlagans 6-6 at the end of regulation.

16 Penguins Alumni competing in NCAA Tournament

Brackets for Division I, II, and III NCAA Men’s Lacrosse were released this past Sunday and the Penguins program has 15 Alumni competing in the Tournament across four teams.

Brown University – Division I — Adrian Enchill (Penguins 2017)

The Bears were awarded the #8 seed and will have a first round game against UVA who are the 2021 defending National Champions. Game will be played on 05/14 at 7:30PM and link to full DI bracket can be found HERE.

UMass Boston – Division III — Luke Murphy (Penguins 2019) + 10 other Penguins Alumni)

The Beacons secured their spot in the Division III tournaments bracket with a thrilling 7-6 quadruple OT victory against the Keene State Owls in the LEC Conference Championship. Luke Murphy scored the clinching goal to lead the Beacons to their second straight tournament appearance. Their first round game will be played on 05/11 against Stockton University in Galloway, NJ at 4:00PM. Full DIII bracket can be found HERE.

Western New England University – Division III – Jamaurie James (Penguins 2018), Tim Kolb (Penguins 2019), Ben Kolb (Penguins 2019)

WNEU also punched its ticket to the NCAA tournament by beating Endicott 18-10 in the Commonwealth Coast Conference Championship. Ben Kolb registered a goal in the victory and the Golden Bears will play a second round game on 05/14 against #11 Lynchburg College in Union, NY at 3:00PM. Full DIII bracket can be found HERE.

Catholic University – Division III – Liam Hill (Penguins 2021)

Catholic will face St. John Fisher on Saturday, May 14th at 4:00PM. Full DIII bracket can be found HERE.

Penguins in College: Conference Playoffs

As the 2022 college lacrosse seasons concludes, 28 Penguins Alumni are competing in conference playoffs for their respective NCAA teams at Division I, II and III.

NameSchoolPenguins Team
Adrian EnchillBrown UniversityPenguins 2017
Conor LenfestUniversity of Massachusetts BostonPenguins 2017
Ryan BirchBentley UniversityPenguins 2018
Jarrod SweeneyNichols CollegePenguins 2018
Scott EhrenbergNichols CollegePenguins 2018
Kyle McEnirySpringfield CollegePenguins 2018
Chris PalinUniversity of Massachusetts BostonPenguins 2018
Matt PalinUniversity of Massachusetts BostonPenguins 2018
Darragh FaheyUniversity of Massachusetts BostonPenguins 2018
Jack RantaUniversity of Massachusetts BostonPenguins 2018
Sean LazzaroWentworth Institute of TechnologyPenguins 2018
Jamaurie JamesWestern New England UniversityPenguins 2018
Demitri PapoulisBabson CollegePenguins 2019
Trevor KoppyUniversity of Massachusetts BostonPenguins 2019
Padraig FlynnUniversity of Massachusetts BostonPenguins 2019
Luke MurphyUniversity of Massachusetts BostonPenguins 2019
Ben KolbWestern New England UniversityPenguins 2019
Tim KolbWestern New England UniversityPenguins 2019
Tucker CrowleyBentley UniversityPenguins 2020
Marc HirshomPlymouth State UniversityPenguins 2020
Otto KirleisUniversity of Massachusetts BostonPenguins 2020
Brendan KingWentworth Institute of TechnologyPenguins 2020
Liam HillCatholic UniversityPenguins 2021
Brady MorganNichols CollegePenguins 2021
Collin NorredSpringfield CollegePenguins 2021
Sean CullaghUniversity of Massachusetts BostonPenguins 2021
Max RantaUniversity of Massachusetts BostonPenguins 2021
Marty BarrettWentworth Institute of TechnologyPenguins 2021

NELL Recap

The Penguins started the NELL season in Wellesley this past weekend, kicking off what is shaping up to be a tremendous spring season for the newly formed New England Lacrosse League.

Penguin 2026 took a decisive 14-1 victory over True Boston 2026. Midfielder Levi Gagnon and attackman Josh Ciaglo both played well, leading the team in an outpouring of offense. The Penguins 2028 lost a back and forth game against the Houlagans 9-3. The Penguins 2029 Blue team had six different scorer that paced them to 11-1 victory over the Houlagans. Defensively the team played outstanding and JJ Wilder had a great day with two goals. The Penguins 2029 Orange team was tied at half-time against the True Boston 2029 but ended up losing 9-6. Kieran Smith paced the offense with one goal and one assist and Westy Willis and Evan Marzi both led solid defensive efforts in the loss. Finally, the Penguins 2030/31 team had a dynamic 9-3 win against True Boston 2030. Nick Hodges and Jude Cronin played great in the net and Ashton Nill and Joey Mazzola both had tremedous games on offense and defense respectively.

Week #2 of the NELL will be played at Bryant University on Saturday, May 7th, 2022. Full schedule, standings and statistics can be found at NELaxLeague.com.

Penguins in College – Mid Season Recap (Class of 2019, 2020, 2021)

Rounding out the mid season recap for Penguin Alumni in college are the Penguins 2019, 2020, and 2021 Teams. With some players very early in their collegiate careers, these classes are excelling and the future seems bright going forward.

Penguins 2019 Team

Brendan Kelleher – Post University (NCAA Division II) — Brendan ranks third on the Eagles with 10 assists, and has 17 points so far on the year. He also has 5 ground balls for the team so far this year.

Trevor Koppy – Umass-Boston (NCAA Division III) — Trevor has started 7 and played in 9 games in net for the Beacons putting up a 59% save percentage and has a 10.43 goals against average.

Luke Murphy – Umass-Boston (NCAA Division III) — Luke has played in all 10 games so far this season, starting 2 of them playing both offensive and defensive midfield. Murphy has 6 goals, 7 assists, 18 ground balls, and 5 caused turnovers doing everything in the middle of the field for the Beacons.

Ben Kolb – Western New England (NCAA Division III) — Ben has played in all 11 games for WNEU, starting 6 of them. On the season he has 9 goals, 6 assists, 16 ground balls and 5 caused turnovers as a midfielder for the Golden Bears.

Padraig Flynn – Umass-Boston (NCAA Division III) — Padraig has played in 7 games, starting 1 so far this year. He has 6 goals and 2 assists on the season for the Beacons .

Tim Kolb – Western New England (NCAA Division III) — Tim has appeared in 1 game so far this season.

Penguins 2020 Team

Teddy Willett – Assumption (NCAA Division II) — Teddy, the starting LSM for Assumption, is second on the team with 6 caused turnovers so far this year. He is also tied for fifth in ground balls for the Greyhounds with 13. 

Jabes Escalante – Felician (NCAA Division II) — Jabes is second on Felician in both goals and points, with 17 and 20 respectively. The sophomore midfielder also has 20 ground balls on the year.

Marc Hirshom – Plymouth St (NCAA Division III) — Marc leads the Panthers in caused turnovers with 18 so far this year, and is third in ground balls with 23. He has started all 9 games on defense for Plymouth St. and also had a goal against Plattsburg earlier this season. 

Otto Kirleis – UMass Boston (NCAA Division III) — Otto has played in 4 games for the Beacons making 7 saves so far this season.

Penguins 2021 Team

Jack Board – Wheaton (NCAA Division III) — Jack has 2 goals in 8 appearances for the Lyons so far this season. He also has picked up 6 ground balls.

Mike McLaughlin – Wheaton (NCAA Division III) — Mike has played in all 11 games this year with 5 goals for the freshman midfielder. Mike also has 14 ground balls on the season.

Sean Cullagh – UMass Boston (NCAA Division III) — Sean has played in 8 games for the Beacons at LSM and Defense with 8 ground balls and 6 caused turnovers on the year.

Harry Leduc – Clark (NCAA Division III) — Harry has played in 9 games this season for the Cougars picking up 9 ground balls and causing 4 turnovers as a defensive midfielder.

Max Ranta – UMass Boston (NCAA Division III) — Max has played in 6 games for UMass Boston scoring 1 goal so far on the season.

Brady Morgan – Nichols (NCAA Division III) — Brady has started 9 and appeared in all 12 games so far for Nichols this year. He has a goals against average of 8.95 and is saving 55% of his shots.

Penguins in College – Mid Season Recap (Class of 2017, 2018)

Penguins Alumni from the 2017 and 2018 Teams are having tremendous results at the collegiate level during the 2022 season. Roughly the halfway point of the college season, these former Penguins have continued their lacrosse careers at highly ranked NCAA Division I, II, and III institutions across New England. This is part 1 of 2 and next week will recap Penguins Alumni from the 2019, 2020, and 2021 Teams.

Penguins 2017 Team

Adrian Enchill – Brown University (NCAA Division I) — Adrian has started 2 and played in all 9 games for the Bears at LSM. He is tied for fourth on the team with 14 ground balls to go along with 4 caused turnovers, which is good for fifth on the team. 

Penguins 2018 Team

Ryan Birch – Bentley University (NCAA Division II) — Ryan was named a captain for Falcons during the 2022 season. Through 8 games he is tied for the team lead in assists with 11, to go along with 9 goals. His 20 points are good for third on the team.

Kyle McEniry – Springfield College (NCAA Division III) — Kyle has 5 goals, 5 assists, and 17 ground balls as a midfielder for the Pride in 11 games so far this year.

Sean Lazarro – Wentworth Institute of Technology (Division III) — Sean has started 8 of 9 games at defense for Wentworth this season. He currently sits 3rd in both ground balls and caused turnovers with 24 and 10 respectively.

Darragh Fahey – Umass Boston (NCAA Division III) – Darragh has played both attack and midfield for the Beacons this season. He is third on the team in goals, assists, and points with a 20-16-36 stat line. He also has 25 ground balls for the Beacons who are averaging almost 17 goals per game.

Scott Ehrenberg – Nichols College (NCAA Division III) — Scott has an impressive 90 ground balls for the Bison so far this season, while winning 68% of his face-offs. Scott currently ranks 13th in DIII in face-off winning percentage.

Jack Ranta – Umass Boston (NCAA Division III) — Jack has 14 ground balls and 5 caused turnovers as the starting LSM for the Beacons. He has also has tallied 1 assist on the season.

Jamaurie James – Western New England University (NCAA Division III) — Jamaurie has played in 10 of 11 games so far this season and has 3 assists, 6 ground balls, and 5 caused turnovers.

Kyle Hirshom – St. Michael’s College (NCAA Division III) — Kyle was a named a captain for Purple Knights during the 2022 season. He has 14 assists this year, and is second on the team with 24 points. Kyle has also scooped up 14 ground balls and cause 5 turnovers so far this season.

Jason Vickery – American International College (NCAA Division II) — Jason is third on the Yellowjackets in goals, assists, and points with 6-4-10 so far on the season. He also has 18 ground balls, tied for 4th on the team

Shawn Wise – Hood University (NCAA Division III) — Shawn has appeared in 3 games for Hood this season.

Jarrod Sweeney – Nichols College (NCAA Division III) — Jarrod has 3 goals and 1 assist while appearing in 4 games for Nichols this season.

Chris Palin – Umass Boston (NCAA Division III) — Chris has battled injuries all season and has appeared in 1 game and has 1 assist and 2 ground balls on the season.

Matt Palin – Umass Boston (NCAA Division III) — Matt has played in 8 of the 10 games for the Beacons picking up 8 ground balls and causing 3 turnovers this season.

Robert Colburn – Franklin Pierce University (NCAA Division II) — Robert has started all 7 games on defense for FPU. He is second on the team with 24 ground balls, and leads them in caused turnovers with 14.

John Carr – Post University (NCAA Division II) — John has started 4 and appeared in 5 games so far this year for the Eagles. He has a 52% Save percentage and made 58 saves so far this season.

Penguins playing in NELL for Spring 2022

Penguins 2026, 2027/28, 2029, 2030/31 teams will be participating in the newly formed New England Lacrosse League (NELL) for the spring 2022 season. Comprised of the Penguins, RI Bulldogs, Houlagans, and True Hawks, the league will take place in various locations across New England. Games will be played on Saturday afternoons starting in May with regular season weeks and a championship on May 21st.

Saturday, April 30th –  NELL Week #1 (Location: Babson College)

Saturday, May 7th – NELL Week #2 (Location: Bryant University)

Saturday, May 14th – NELL Week #3 (Location: Dunning Fields, Canton, MA)

Saturday, May 21st – NELL Playoffs/Championships (Location: Seacoast United, Epping, NH)

 www.NELaxLeague.com will have up to dated schedules, news, and stats as the season progresses. 

Penguins at Galactic Games (1/23 – 1/24)

The Penguins kicked off box tournament play at the Galactic Games held in Hampton, NH on the weekend of January 23rd and 24th. Now in its 4th season, the Penguins winter box program had tremendous success, competing against teams from across New England in true box lacrosse games.

Saturday, January 23rd saw high school teams participate in the Varsity and JV brackets against some tough opponents. The Penguins Varsity went 2-1 with great wins against Gorilla and the Buzzards. Their only loss came against the Knights HS Gold in a shootout as the game was tied in regulation. Outstanding performances were turned in by Brady Daylor (Sharon HS, Penguins 2022) and Nolen Beuregard (Walpole HS, Penguins 2022). Brett Tobasky (Dexter, Penguins 2023) was outstanding in net all day long.

The Penguins JV team had a very similar outcome going 2-1 with their only loss coming against a tie and shootout. The team fought hard all day long and got good wins against the Houlagans and Harlem Lacrosse. Jake Riley (Arlington HS, Penguins 2024) had some keys goals throughout the day and the defense was backed by Riley McCain (Grafton HS, Penguins 2024) and Phil Ellis (BB&N, Penguins 2025) made some huge saves all day long.

I was really happy with how the team came together today to play true box lacrosse. Some of our players have been practicing in the box program for years and it really showed how much they have developed in the game. It was exciting to see the Riley brothers (Brett 2026 and Jake 2024) working together on the floor. Overall it was a great day of lacrosse and I was proud of how the team competed.

Coach Jason Wellemeyer, Penguins 2024 Coach

Sunday, January 24th was for youth teams and the Penguins had three teams competing.

The Penguins 2030/31 team started the day off early going an emphatic 2-0 against the Houlagans and RI Bulldogs. Nick Hodges was outstanding in the net and JJ Yan and Ethan Dearborn had some key goals and defensively the team had a strong showing from Joey Mazzola and Will Sherwood. Eddie Rothwell was a ground ball machine and dynamic at the face-off x.

The Penguins 2029 team picked up where they left off in the fall and went 3-0 on the day beating the RI Bulldogs and Houlagans. The most exciting game came against 3d Lacrosse where Austin Keyser was able to score the game winning goal with only seconds remaining in regulation.

This was a great day of lacrosse for this group. Evan Marzi and Kellan Quinlan played outstanding in the cage all day. DJ Jenkins, Nolan Merenda and Marty Rochford had some clutch goals and Kellan Schuler was all over the place getting ground balls and running in transition. It was great seeing them play box lacrosse at the level we see in practice and looking forward to getting some more gamed in this winter.

Coach Jason Wellemeyer, Penguins 2029 Coach

Finally, the Penguins 2026/27 went 2-1 with decisive wins against 3d New England and Houlagans. Their only loss came against the Knights Bantam Black team by a score of 5-3.

We played really well in our first two games with big victories. We went down early against the Knights, but had a very gritty comeback to get back in the game. Unfortunately we came up short, but I was really impressed with the team’s hard work and determination to stay in the game after going down early. Bretty Riley was dominant all day long. Sean Collins played awesome in net and Dom Sperrazza had a big goal against the Knights.

Coach Alex Bunick, Penguins 2026