Tag: Penguins Accolades

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!

Penguins Kick Off 2018-2019 Box Lacrosse Program

The first Penguins Box practice took place this past Sunday at Teamworks in Canton. Over 85 Penguins suited up in full box gear and participated in what was, for most, their first experience with the game of box lacrosse. Director of Penguins Box Lacrosse Alex Bunick on the first day, “We could not have been more thrilled with how the players grasped the concepts of box lacrosse. There were a lot of drills and ideas that were brand new to these players and by the time they scrimmaged they were already implementing what they had learned.”

The practice sessions were run by Kroy and Clay Arnold who have extensive box and field experience including playing for the Onondaga Redhawks Sr. B Team, and this past they Saturday were selected for the Peterborough Timbermen in the Arena Lacrosse League (ALL) which has just partnered with the National Lacrosse League (NLL). Both Arnold’s graduated from UMass-Boston in 2018 having also had great field careers. Clay’s box experience was a major factor his earning the honor of 2018 NCAA Division III Statistical Champion for shooting percentage. Both Arnold’s also competed at Onondaga Community College where they won NJCAA National Championships.

This coming Sunday, all sessions will be run Randy Frasier who is the current USLacrosse U20 Coach and operates the Boston Box Lacrosse League (BBL). Randy was a member of the original Boston Blazers (NLL) and helped coach the Boston Rockhoppers in the North American Lacrosse League (NALL).

Fall Brawl High School Recap: Thank You 2019’s!

The Penguins 2019 and 2020 both competed on Sunday, November 18th in what was a cold but excellent day for both teams.

The Penguins 2020 went 3-0 on the day took home the Championship by beating the NH Tomahawks, MBX and 4 Leaf Lacrosse. The Championship was the first for the 2020 program and one that has come after numerous visits to Championship games. Coach Alex, “I was really proud of the team and how we competed throughout the whole day. Coming off the UMass Tournament we really wanted to make a statement and we especially did that in the last game against 4 Leaf.”

The Penguins 2019 team competed in their final tournament going 2-1 and narrowly missed taking home a Championship. They lost a competitive game against HGR and then beat MXB and Buzzards convincingly to close out their Penguins careers. A majority of the Penguins 2019 team has played together for over 7 years and it was a great way to end their road as Penguins. We wish them luck with the remainder of the senior year and look forward to watching them compete at the NCAA level soon!

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3d Mayflower Tournament Recap

 

The 2023, 2024,2026 and 2027/28 Penguins all competed at the Mayflower Tournament hosted by 3d Lacrosse on Saturday, November 10th. It was a big weekend for the Penguins as they had back-to-back tournaments and started off at the Taunton Forekicks.

Overall it was a great day for the Penguins. The2027/28 Penguins went 2-1 with some good wins against the NH Tomahawks and FCL. Coach Nick on the strong morning, “The team played really well and worked hard each game. It was a fun morning of lacrosse and one of our best tournaments this Fall.”

The 2024 Penguins also went 2-1 with some huge wins against the Kings and 3d New England South. The 2026 Penguins finished 1-2 with a good win against the NH Tomahawks and the 2023 Penguins had some tight games against the Boston Kings and Coyotes.

All teams also competed at the Youth Fall Brawl at Bryant University and full recap can be found HERE.

Penguins Fall Brawl Youth Recap

The Youth Fall Brawl took place on Sunday, November 11th as over 50 teams competed on a cold day at Bryant University.

The 2024 Penguins had an excellent day going 2-0 in pool play and getting the #1 seed heading into the semi-finals against the Little ‘Necks. The games was hard fought and ended up tied at the end of regulation. The Braveheart didn’t go the Penguins way falling 4-3. Coach Jason on a great day of lacrosse, “We started the day very strong and had good wins early. I told the players we had to step it up for our play-off game and they definitely did. I can say we played our best lacrosse of the fall season during that game and though we didn’t come out on top it still was a great day.”

Both the 2025 and 2026 Penguins went 1-2 on the day against some tough competition. Coach Alex on the day, “Overall it was a good day of lacrosse and something we can learn a lot from. We started the day with a big win against the Bulldogs. Our last two games we needed to play better and there is definitely some things we can work on going forward.” The 2023 and 2027/28 Penguins came up against stiff competition and played hard throughout the day.
The 2023, 2024 and 2026 Penguins will compete on Saturday, November 17th at Yale University. The 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022 will all be at Bryant University for the HS Fall Brawl on Sunday, November 18th.
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Penguins Kick Off 2018-2019 Season at Fall Classic

The Fall 2018 Penguins season kicked off at the PrimeTime Fall Classic Tournament at Rogers Fields in Devens, MA on Sunday, October 28th.

The Penguins 2025 team had a strong tournament appearance going 2-1 in pool play and making the Championship game. Though they fell 4-3 in a great back and forth game with CT Valley, the team played competitively and worked hard all day long. Coach Chris on a great day, “The team played with great energy and showed some toughness and grit throughout the day. We ended up playing in our first Championship game as a team and look forward to competing in the next tournament.”

Massachusetts LacrosseThe Penguins 2024 also made the Championship game of the 2024AA bracket. They went 2-1 in pool play and were defeated by a formidable Laxachusetts team in the Championship game. Coach Jason on the tournament, “The team played really well in the first two games and worked well on the offensive and defensive side of the ball. Max Becker was exceptional in the net making big saves in the final two games. Overall it was a good day of lacrosse and we’ll look to improve at the next tournament.”

Both the Penguins 2023 and Penguins 2027/28 went 1-2 on the day beating 802 Lacrosse and FCL respectively. The Penguins 2026 team went 2-1 and had a pivotal 4-1 win over a strong Laxachusetts team. They fell just short of reaching the 2026AA bracket Championship game.

Overall is was a great day for the Penguins who competed in AA brackets and played some tremendous competition.

The Penguins will be back in action this weekend at UMass-Amherst playing in the Mid-Fall Classic on Sunday, November 4th. Penguins 2022, 2021, 2020 and 2019 will all be in attendance for their first tournament of the Fall season.

Penguins Named Top 20 Program in Northeast

The Penguins Lacrosse program has earned some well-deserved recognition on a regional level.

It has come in at No. 19 on the U.S. C lub Lacrosse’s top 20 teams in the Northeast.

This a tremendous honor for the program and is a testament to everyone involved from full-time staff, coaches, players, and families dating back to its inception in 2009.

The rankings are based on overall program performances at tournaments nationwide during the 2018 summer events season.

“We are grateful for this recognition alongside some of the best club programs in the country. It speaks volumes to the efforts put in by our coaches and players on a day to day basis — Penguins families should be proud of this accomplishment.” said Penguins program director Jason Wellemeyer.

The Penguins take pride in player development not only on the field, but off it as well. It takes pride in focusing on the fundamentals and the staff makes sure each player truly understands the game of lacrosse and the commitment that it takes to play at the game’s highest levels.

The program will participate in several events this fall, beginning with the PrimeTime Fall Classic on Oct. 28.