Tag: Penguins Accolades

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. 

2023, 2024, 2025 Penguins shine in NH

The 2023, 2024, and 2025 Penguins all traveled to Bow, NH to compete in their final box tournament of the season.

The 2024 Penguins started the morning off with a strong 8-3 win against the Hawks, using an impressive pick and roll game and consistency finding the back of the net. They finished regular pool play 2-1, losing to a strong 4Leaf team 6-3 and beating the TopGun Littlenecks 4-0. After finishing second in the standings they had one final game against the 4Leaf team for the championship.

After going down 3-1 the Penguins clawed their way back and tied the game up with less then a minute to play off a crucial inside finish by Jack Lania. In overtime the 2024 Penguins had some huge stops by Aaron Waller and finally put the game away with a goal by Tyler Quinn.

Coach Jason on the day, “The team played the best box lacrosse I have seen all winter. We used all of the skills we learned at practices and played true box lacrosse. I am excited to see how the team develops this summer and also going into next Fall for the next box lacrosse season.”

The 2023 Penguins also had a great day going 1-1-1 and narrowly missing the championship game. Their best performance came against the TopGun Littlenecks where to stormed back after being down 4-0. Will Buckley scored an underhand goal to tie the game with less than 30 seconds remaining.

The 2025 Penguins had a strong day as well with some close games throughout against the Hawks and Houlagans.

This marked the final weekend of the Penguins Box season. With 10 weeks of practices and multiple tournaments and play-days, the season was a tremendous success.

Box Director Alex Bunick on the season, “We are really proud of how the players were able to take these new box concepts and use them in tournaments and games. The players were always focused at practices and it really showed as the season went on. We are truly excited to see how next box season goes and keep learning more about the game.”

This marked the final weekend of the Penguins Box season. With 10 weeks of practices and multiple tournaments and play-days, the season was a tremendous success.

2027/2028 Penguins Finish Box Season Strong

The 2027/2028 Penguins finished their box season with very successful play-day against the Falcons and 4 Leaf Lacrosse on Sunday, March 10th at Teamworks in Canton.

The Penguins started off the day with a resounding 8-2 win over the Falcons Orange team. They then followed up with a close victory over the Falcons Navy team.

The Penguins ended the day with a back and forth game against a very good 4Leaf squad which resulted in a tie.

Coach Bunick on the day, “The team had a great day. Offensively we played really well. We utilized a lot of good picks to free guys up for goals. On defense, we played really hard, and won a ton of ground ball battles. Our goaltending was awesome all day, and Colin made some great saves to keep us tied in the last game”. 

The 2027/2028 Penguins box season came to an end after 10 weeks of practice and box specific skills and strategy. They will look to take everything they have learned this winter into their spring outdoor seasons!

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Penguins Box Lacrosse Program Debut Exceeds Expectations

New for the 2018-2019 season, the Penguins Box program has succeeded in giving players a strong foundation in the game of box lacrosse. Sessions have been a learning experience for players in understanding the game of box lacrosse and how the skill set will transfer over to spring outdoor seasons. 

The Penguins Box curriculum has been organized by Randy Fraser, who after a successful collegiate playing career at Springfield College (1986-1990), established himself as one of the most dominant American born box lacrosse players in the country. He amassed over 200 career points in 81 games through 13 NLL seasons with the Boston Blazers (1991-1997), New York Saints (1998-1999), and Buffalo Bandits (2001-2004). He was named Captain of US Men’s National Indoor Team (2003), scoring 1 goal and 10 assists at the FIL World Indoor Lacrosse Championship held throughout the province of Ontario Canada, ultimately leading to a Bronze Medal.

Coaching professionally, he has enjoyed tenures as an Assistant Coach for the (MLL) Boston Cannons (2006), New York Titans (2006), Boston Blazers (2007-2011), and US Men’s National Indoor (Box) Lacrosse Team, again leading to bronze at the 2007 and 2011 FIL World Indoor Lacrosse Championships in Halifax, Nova Scotia and Prague, Czech Republic, respectively.

Each week teams are working toward preparing for tournament play by implementing offensive/defense sets, transition, and becoming comfortable with the more physical style of play. Coach Alex Bunick on the progress thus far, “It’s been awesome to see how well the players have adjusted to the skills and concepts we are throwing out at them. Each week Randy is asking these players to retain a lot of knowledge about very new concepts and they have worked hard and stayed focused. We are excited to play in these tournaments in February.”

The Penguins 2020/2021, 2022, 2023, 2024 and 2026 box teams will compete in the Philly Founders Cup Tournament on February 9th and 10th in Reading, PA. The Penguins 2025 Team will play in the Jr. Blackwolves Box Lacrosse Championship on February 23rd. 

Penguins Position Training Starts Monday

Starting January 7th, 2019 Penguins players will have the opportunity to further their development and participate in position specific training sessions run by multiple coaches and outside programs. These sessions are FREE for all Penguins and pre-registration is required as space is limited. CLICK HERE to sign-up!

D-Factory Sessions will be run by Malcolm Chase (RPM Athlete) and will take place on Monday nights. 2026, 2025, 2024 and 2023 Penguins can sign-up from 6pm-7pm session and 2022, 2021 and 2020 Penguins can sign-up for 7pm-8pm. These are limited to 12 players per session!

Face-Off Factory sessions will also take place on Monday nights and will be run by Joe Nardella who is a current professional lacrosse player in the PLL and has participated on team USA. These sessions take place from 8pm-9pm and limited to 5 players from the Penguins.

Shooting Training sessions will occur on Wednesday nights and be led by Spencer Low (Penguins 2022 coach) and other coaches. This will be a great way to refine shooting technique and space is limited to 12 players.

Goalie sessions will be run by Chris St. George (Penguins 2025 coach) and work on goalie skill work and fundamentals. Sessions will be limited to 3 players!