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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.

Two More 2020 Penguins Commit to Division II Schools

The Penguins are proud to announce that 2020 players Jabes Escalante and Tucker Crowley have committed to play Division II college lacrosse. Escalante, an attackman/midfielder from Boston has committed to play at Post University. Crowley, a midfielder from Lexington has committed to Bentley University.

Tucker has been a member of the Penguins throughout high school, and has been a consistent top midfielder for them. He had a stellar fall, which saw him lead the Penguins to a championship game at the Colonial Clash tournament. For the past 4 years, the Penguins have relied on Tucker for his incredible playmaking from the midfield. A threat to both score and feed, he was consistently making great plays for the Penguins. While Tucker excels on the offensive end, he is also a top defensive midfielder, and great in transition. Penguins 2020 Coach Alex Bunick says, “Tucker was one of our hardest working and most skilled players. Tucker consistently came to practice, worked hard, and improved his game to get to where he is today. We are really proud of Tucker and his commitment to Bentley!”. Tucker will be joining former Penguins Cam Egan (’17), Owen Hunter (’17), Kiras Persky (‘17), and Ryan Birch (’18) at Bentley. Also, Tucker’s 2020 Penguins Coach, Brendan Grant is a Bentley alum, class of 2012. Tucker will also be a captain for Lexington High School this year as a senior.

2020 Penguin Tucker Crowley who committed to Bentley University

Jabes Escalante has committed to Division II Post University, to play for former Penguins coach Anthony Fitti. Jabes has come on strong in the past few years as a top attackman and midfielder. Jabes strength and shot have been a consistent threat to opposing defenses. Recently, Escalante began playing more in the midfield, and has been a nightmare matchup for short stick defenders. Escalante has worked really hard on his game, improving tremendously in his past three years with the Penguins. Coach Bunick said “Jabes has been awesome to coach. He always works extremely hard and does it with a smile on his face. Watching his game develop these past few years has been amazing, and it has been a pleasure to coach him. I think he will have success at Post under Coach Fitti!” Escalante will join former Penguins John Carr (’18), Brendan Kelleher (’19), and Martin Silverman (’19) at Post.

2020 Penguin Jabes Escalante has committed to Post University

The Penguins would like to congratulate both Tucker and Jabes on their commitments, and we wish them the best of luck as they continue their lacrosse careers!

HS Teams finish fall at Colonial Clash

In what was a cold day at Progin Park in Lancaster, MA, the Penguins 2023, 2022, 2021 and 2020 teams all competed in what would be their final fall tournament for the season. 

The Penguins 2020 team finished their tenure as Penguins by going 3-0 in pool play and making it the Championship. The game was tied 3-3 at the end of regulation and went to a braveheart sudden death. Though they ended up losing in a back and forth battle, the Penguins 2020 team finished their careers off as Penguins in thrilling fashion. Coach Alex on finishing up with the 2020 team.

“It was a pleasure working with the 2020’s for the past few years. I really enjoyed coaching them and watching them grow as players and people. They were a really fun group to be around, and I appreciated every day I got to work with them. We had a lot of great games and have been through a lot as a team. I am going to miss working with them, and I am excited to see their successes moving forward. “

Penguins 2020 – Fall Brawl 2018 Champions

With 50+ college coaches in attendance, the Colonial Clash was a great way for the Penguins to end the Fall season. The Box season officially started in November and full schedule can be found on team pages and the app.

Penguins Youth Teams finish off Fall season at the Brawl

Penguins Youth Teams finish off Fall season at the Brawl
The Penguins program had six teams competing at the Fall Brawl Tournament hosted at Bryant University in Smithfield, RI. There was a lot of great lacrosse being played and it was a great way to cap off the fall season and head into the winter months.

Colin Riley – Penguins 2028/29

The youngest team in the Penguins program, the 2028/29 Penguins came out firing going 2-1 on the day. First game of the day saw the team battle and beat a tough Hawks team 4-2. Next up was Gorilla where at half the team was down 3-0 but surged in the second half to come from behind and win 4-3. They finished their day losing to a strong 4Leaf team 3-1 and losing a tie-breaker to go to the championship game. Coach Wellemeyer on the day, “I was really proud of how the team battled all day long. The Gorilla win was one of the most exciting games I have coached in a while and the team did a great job of keeping their heads up and fighting to get a victory. Though we lost a close game to 4Leaf, I thought the day was a tremendous success and really excited to see what this group can do in the future.”

The 2024 Penguins had two teams competing and worked hard throughout the day. The 2024 Blue team had a strong win against the Topgun Little Necks by the score of 4-3. The  Orange team played a great game against Seven Hills narrowly losing the game with a few minutes remaining. The 2025 Penguins had an excellent day as well going 2-1 and missing the playoffs through a tie-breaker. Coach Chris on the teams performance, “The team played hard all day and Coach Whittemore and I were impressed with our ability to take what we had learned in practice and use it in games. This was a great way to end the fall and we are excited to move into the Box season. 

The Fall Brawl the last tournament of the season. The Penguins Box season is right around the corner and scrimmages have already started at Canton on Thursday nights.  

Youth Fall Brawl

Penguins find success at Battle at the Barracks

On Sunday, November 3rd, the Penguins 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023 teams competed at the The Battle at the Barracks Tournament located in Devens, MA. All teams found success in what proved to be an excellent day for the Penguins Select Lacrosse program.

Continuing their winning ways the Penguins 2022 team went a combined 4-0 on the day enroute to their second championship of the Fall season. The team outscored their opponents 23-10 and saved their best for last as they scored the game winning goal against the RI Bulldogs with a minute remaining in the championship game. Coach Spencer on the championship, “We were very impressed with how the boys battled in each of our four wins including a second win over a very strong RI Bulldogs team in the championship. Excellent goalie play from James Carr, including a save in the last minute of the championship led to the eventual game winner in transition from David Pacella. Top to bottom the team rose to the occasion twice having to overcome a Bulldogs lead.”

The Penguins 2020 team, who will be competing in their last season with the program. They won a close contest against the Maine Mussels to start the day but ended up with with a win against the RI Bulldogs and tie to end the weekend. Coach Bunick on the tournament, “I thought the team played really hard and though we came out a little flat in the first game we were able to rally for the last two games and finish strong.”

The Penguins 2021 team had a great day as well with a win against the Hawks and then tying the Clams and CT Valley. They would go on to make the championship game but fell to CT Valley to finish the day.

The Penguins 2023 team went 2-1 beating the Maine Mussels and NH Tomahawks. They lost a close 6-4 game against event champions CT Valley to finish their day. Coach Heater on the day, “I felt as though the team really came together for this tournament. The last game was back and forth and we weren’t able to pull out the victory but overall I am very proud of how the team played all day.”

Continuing their winning ways the Penguins 2022 team went a combined 4-0 on the day enroute to their second championship of the Fall season. The team outscored their opponents 23-10 and saved their best for last as they scored the game winning goal against the RI Bulldogs with a minute remaining in the championship game. Coach Spencer on the championship, “

Penguins capture two championships at Fall Classic

The Fall season started off strong for the Penguins at the Fall Classic in Lancaster, MA on Saturday, October 26th. In what turned out to be a beautiful day at a great venue, the 2022 and 2023 Penguins were able to take home championship medals. The Penguins program had seven teams competing throughout the day ranging from 2022 to 2028.

The Penguins 2022 Orange started off the winning with a 5-2 victory against a strong Maine Mussels team and then a 5-1 defeat of the Buzzamounts. They then played the Prospectors losing a close game by the score of 4-3. This would set-up a rematch in the championship game against the Prospectors and the Penguins found a way, winning by a score of 8-5. Coach Low on the success of the first tournament.

“I was extremely proud of the effort that our 2022 group brought this weekend in winning the Fall Classic. We challenged our guys in the huddle after a tough loss to The Prospectors and they really rebounded with an awesome effort right out of the gate in the Championship game coming out to a hot start. We had guys make tremendous improvements over the course of the day across the board. Most notably our three close defensemen Dan Berton, Jake Brini, and Mac Brini had standout performances in all three of our games and set the tone for the rest of the group.”

Penguins 2022 Orange Team

The Penguins 2023 Orange started off pool play at 1-1-1. The first game of the day was a close contest where they fell to the Houlagans 7-5 in a great back and forth game. They ended up tying a solid NH Tomahawks Gold team and would win their final pool play game.  They would enter the championship game by winning a tie-breaker and would end up playing the Houlagans again in a rematch of the first game. The 2023 Penguins were able to make some half-time adjustments and came out victorious 6-3. 

Overall, it was a great day of lacrosse for all teams. The Penguins tailgate was packed all day long and players looked great in their new 2019-2020 uniforms.

The 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023 Penguins will be back in action at the Battle of the Barracks on Sunday, November 3rd in Devens, MA. 

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