Tag: Penguins Accolades

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

Penguins at Colonial Clash (11/14)

The Penguins high school program wrapped up the Fall 2021 season with a solid day at the Colonial Clash in Lancaster, MA. The Penguins had five teams participate with the Penguins 2022, Penguins 2022/23, Penguins 2023, Penguins 2024 Blue and Penguins 2025. Overall the program 8-5-1 and played in two championship games, taking home the title at the top 2022 division.

The Penguins 2022 were playing in their final tournament and had a tremendous day going 3-0 in pool play beating the Maine Mussells, Albany Stags and CT Valley. They reached their second consecutive championship game of the fall and squared off against the Coyotes in the championship game. In what was an early back and forth game, the Penguins pulled away in the second half and took home the crown to round out their careers as Penguins.

As a program, the team capped off an incredible career going 10-1 this Fall and taking home two championships including our final event as a group. Top to bottom everyone made big contributions that allowed us to have the success we did. I couldn’t be happier with how this group finished their final game as Penguins and looking forward to seeing their continued success as the NCAA level and beyond. I’ve been with some of these players since elementary school and to see how they have developed is truly remarkable.

Coach Spencer Low, Penguins 2022

The Penguins 2024 Blue also had a great day going 3-0 in pool play with wins against NH Tomahawks, CT Valley and Maine Mussels. They made their way to the championship game to have a rematch against CT Valley but were unable to close out the day. The Penguins 2023 went 2-1 and their only loss coming to a tough Express North team by the score of 3-2 and narrowly missed making the playoffs. The Penguins 2025 had a good win against Rip It and lost two back and forth games against 4Leaf and 802 Vermont. Finally, the Penguins 2022/23 had a great day, going 1-1-1 with a good win against Blaze Lacrosse early and and losing a one goal game in the playoffs to miss going to the championship game.

The Fall season officially closes for the Penguins and Winter Box Lacrosse sessions start up on December 5th and run through March.

Penguins at Colonial Clash (11/13)

The Penguins wrapped up the fall season at the Colonial Clash tournament held at Progin Park in Lancaster, MA on November 13th and 14th. The Penguins had nine teams participating and competed in three championship games and winning two titles. The Penguins 2026, 2027/28, 2029 and 2030/31 teams played on Saturday and the Penguins 2022, 2023, 2022/23, 2024 and 2025 played on Sunday.

The Penguins 2026 team went 1-2 on the day with a great team win against 802 Lacrosse and a close game against HGR Blue. The Penguins 2027/28 team also went 1-2 with a dynamic victory against the Maineiax. The Penguins 2030/31 had a great day going 1-1-1. The lost a hard fought semi-final game against Gorilla and lost in a Braveheart to narrowly miss a back to back finals appearance. The Penguins 2029 team went 2-0-1 in pool play with tremendous wins against Coyotes Blue and Gorilla. The team was the number 1 seed and had a rematch with 4Leaf Army in the championship game whom they previously had tied earlier in the day. This game did not disappoint as the Penguins game back from a 4-2 deficit at half to tie the game in the closing minutes and send to a Braveheart to determine a champion. Nolan Merenda won the face-off and Austin Keyser drew a penalty to give a man advantage. That was all that was needed as DJ Jenkins passed to Austin Keyser who found Nolan Merenda who notched the game winning goal.

We had a gritty comeback in the second half of the championship game which was anchored by great goaltending from Bobby and Evan. Even though we were down, the group never gave up and it took a total team effort to defeat 4Leaf in overtime. It was excellent being able to coach this team this weekend and I am happy with how the team played.

Alex Bunick, Penguins 2026 Coach



Penguins at Fall Brawl (11/07)

Three Penguins teams participated in the Fall Brawl at Bryant University on Sunday, November 7th in what was a brisk and sunny day in Rhode Island. The Penguins 2027/28, Penguins 2029 and Penguins 2030/31 went a combined 8-3 on the day and played in two championship games to round out a great weekend.

The Penguins 2027/28 team went 1-2 losing close game against the Littlenecks and Coyotes and getting a good team win against HGR. The Penguins 2029 team went 3-0 in pool play with decisive victories against the Houlagans, Littlenecks and Coyotes. The played in their third championship game of the fall season, losing to a very strong RI Bulldogs team.

The team played great all day long and I was especially excited at how we competed against the Littlnecks in our second game. We’ve made huge strides this fall and being able to play in another championship game was rewarding. We came up against a very tough RI Bulldogs team but overall I was happy with our effort all day and looking forward to wrapping up at the Colonial Clash next weekend.

Jason Wellemeyer, Penguins 2029 Coach

Finally, the Penguins 2030/31 team continued it fantastic fall season, going 3-0 in pool and outscoring opponents by 27 goals. They met up with the Coyotes team again in the championship game and came away on top, winning 10-7 in a back and forth contest. Wick Luckzow, Ethan Dearborn and Tommy Gentile shined and goaltending was solid with Nock Hodges and Jude Cronin having good days in the cage.

Today was a great team win for the 2030/31 program. It was a long day but the players stayed focused and being able to win the championship under the lights of the Bryant turf was pretty special. It’s been a great fall with this group and looking forward to keep it rolling.

Matt Murphy, Penguins 2030/31 Coach

Penguins at 3d Fall Classic (11/06-11/07)

The Penguins had six teams competing over the weekend at the 3d Fall Classic at the Forekicks in Taunton, MA. Starting off on Saturday was the Penguins 2029 Skippers and Penguins 2026 Pirates who competed in the AA bracket.

The Penguins 2026 Pirates team played three tough games and worked hard all day long. They lost two close games to 3d NE White and the Warriors. The Penguins 2029 Skippers team went 1-1-1 on the day with a great win against the Tomahawks Purple and tie against the Kings Blue. The only loss came against 3d New England Red in what was a back and forth contest and ending in a last second goal.

I was very happy with the how the team played on Saturday. Each game was a battle and it was good to test ourselves against top end competition. Our defense played great being anchored by Braylon Beville and Preston Cabana. Our clearing struggled but we made some adjustments going into Sunday.

Jason Wellemeyer, Penguins 2029 Coach

On Sunday, the High School teams played and went a combined 7-6 record. The Penguins 2022/23 Flyer and 2022/23 Hornets had strong team wins against Tomahawks Purple 2022, 3d New England South 2023 and Piatelli 2023 teams to round out a 4-2 record overall. The Penguins 2024 Knights had a tough start to the day dropping some back and forth games but game to play in their final game with a 8-7 win against a strong Piatelli 2024 team. Finally, the Penguins 2025 Panthers went 2-2 with quality wins against two different Piatelli teams.

Team names were changed to reflect the passing of Stew Curran, who was a friend and mentor to the Penguins. You can learn more about Stew and his battle here and below is the original email we sent describing team names for the weekend.

Without question, PrimeTime Lacrosse and our Penguins teams do not exist without Stew and his contributions. There is no question we would not be involved in lacrosse in any capacity without Stew’s introduction to the game. 
We will be taking many steps now and in the future to honor Stew and the impact he has had on our families and the game of lacrosse. We trust that our players will play hard in Stew’s honor, and above all else cherish the time that we have together as players and coaches, and the opportunity we have to play this game. 
This weekend, we are naming our teams in honor of the places and teams that were important to Stew and his family. Please see below for a brief explanation of each program. 

Thank You, Tyler, Jason, Spencer, Alex, and the PrimeTime Lacrosse Family


Skippers: Stew served as Head Coach of Cohasset High School winning three Massachusetts State Championships including one alongside Assistant Coach Jason Wellemeyer
Pirates: Stew founded the Hull Youth Lacrosse program, serving as their director from 2001-2006. 
Seawolves: Stew’s son, Garrett, competed at Tabor Academy prior to embarking on a Hall of Fame career at Lynchburg. 
Bulldog: 
Stew’s son Charles attended The Citadel in Charleston, SC before embarking on a career in the United States Marine Corps. 
Tigers: Stew served as the Head Coach of Thayer Academy, capturing an ISL Championship in 2014. 
Flyers: Stew grew up in Framingham, MA, competing for the Framingham South High School 
Hornets: Stew’s sons, Garrett and Vin, competed for the Lynchburg College Hornets, elevating the program to national prominence in their time there. 
Knights: All three of Stew’s sons attended Catholic Memorial in West Roxbury, MA for a period of time.