Tag: Penguins Accolades

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

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.