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by posted 11/13/2019

GORILLA LAX CONTINUES ITS FALL ROLL

For second week in a row, Gorilla Lax proved that fall is a season for winning! Over a period of two days, Gorilla teams combined for an astounding 21 wins against some of the top teams in all of New England.

On Saturday, the 2021 team began the weekend with a 3-0-0 record at the Clash on The Charles High School Tournament held at Harvard University. The very next day, seven more Gorilla teams took part in two tournaments and combined for 18 wins.

Fall Brawl Youth Tournament Highlights

Gorilla Lax sent five teams to the Fall Brawl at Bryant University this past weekend. In what was another dominating performance by the youth players, the 2024, 2025, 2026, 2027 and 2028/29 teams combined for 13 wins in the one-day fall tournament. A highlight from the day included a 4-0-0 finish by the 2026 team which outscored its opponents by a 36-11 margin en route to capturing the tournament championship.

The 2026s capped off a victorious day with an 8-4 win over Billerica in the final game. Also impressing on Sunday were the 2027 and 2028/29 teams that both advanced to the championship game where they just missed out on the top prize. The 2024 team – one that just one week ago claimed a tournament championship title at the Rhode Island Fall Classic in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, finished second in the 2024 AA division with a 3-1-0 record.

The 2025 team just missed out on a chance to advance to the finals after posting two solid wins over the CT-Shoreline Sharks 2025 and the Rhode Island Bulldogs. In a two-week span at two marquee New England youth tournaments, Gorilla Lax sent a total of eight teams to the championship finals and came home with three tournament championship titles. Well done, Gorillas!

Clash on The Charles & Rhode Island Fall Classic Highlights

Also in action this past weekend were the high school Gorilla players who put on a display against top competition and in front of college coaches. On Saturday, the 2021 team went 3-0-0 at the Clash on The Charles High School Tournament, which was held at Harvard University. This talented squad – which last June captured a championship title at the 2019 Liberty National Elite Classic and Showcase – will next be in action on November 16th when they will compete at the Colonial Clash. In Taunton on Sunday, the Gorilla 2023 and 2022 teams took part in the Rhode Island Fall Classic against top New England teams and posted a 5-0-1 record. Highlights from that event will be posted shortly.

In addition to having all four teams advance to the finals, the 2024 and 2027 teams claimed tournament championships. And perhaps equally impressive, however, were the 2025 and 2026 Gorilla teams who showed some incredible grit, desire and heart as they had to finish the day with back-to back-to back games. The championship game was the third in a row for both teams who had little to no rest between.

A Gorilla team made up of 2021 and 2022 players also traveled this past weekend to The Proving Grounds in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania where they competed in front of more than 75 NCAA coaches at the nationally-regarded Liberty National Elite Classic.

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by posted 10/09/2019

NEWTON'S NICK PFEIFER JOINS GORILLA LAX COACHING STAFF

Posted: September 16, 2019

Newton, Mass – Gorilla Lax is excited to announce the addition of Newton North Head Lacrosse Coach Nick Pfeifer to our coaching staff. In his new role, Nick will be working closely with Coach Jim Connolly and overseeing all of the Gorilla elementary school teams which includes the 2027, 2028 and 2029 teams.

“I am excited to become more involved with Gorilla Lax and focus my efforts on helping to develop our youngest teams,” said Pfeifer, a native of Newton. “I have seen the growth and incredible work that Gorilla has been doing in our communities over the past few years, and I could not wait to become a part of an organization that is developing young talent the right way.”

Nick, who is also a teacher at Newton North High School, was named head coach of the Newton North boys lacrosse team for the 2019 season and led the team to a Carey division title in his first year.

In just four years, Gorilla Lax has grown from three to 14 teams spread across two geographic locations – Metro and North. Just last season, the program recorded eight championship titles including an undefeated run by the 2021 team at the Liberty Elite National Tournament where they defeated teams from across North America. It marked the first time that a Gorilla Lax team had competed in a national-caliber event.

The addition of Nick complements the role of Ryan Connolly, the former head coach of the North Andover boys lacrosse team, who served as Gorilla High School director during the 2019 season and was the lead coach for the 2021 team that enjoyed national success in Delaware.

“Our growth is allowing us to have our coaches like Ryan and Nick focus their attention on the specific training and development – both on and off the field – that each age group needs to succeed,” said Jim Connolly, who continues to serve as director of coach and player development. “I am now able to work hand in hand with both Ryan and Nick and continue to oversee our middle-school aged teams heading into the new season.”

Gorilla players have already started to work with Nick at the Fall Training sessions, and he looks forward to accompanying all elementary-aged teams to the upcoming Fall Tournaments.

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