Cougar Lacrosse is a non-profit Summer Travel Lacrosse Program established for Springfield Youth and High School players with the following goals: Provide a cost-effective and competitive tournament lacrosse experience for all kids in the SAA and Springfi
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Welcome to the Springfield Cougars Lacrosse Club!

What is SCLC? See the "About SCLC" tab above for an explanation of who we are, the purpose and goals of our Club and for preliminary 2016 Fees, Coaching Staff and Calendar.

2016 Summer Lacrosse Program  Planning for our 2016 Program is now underway.  Club wide tryout was held on Sunday, October 18th from 4-5:30 @ Halderman Field. The first make up tryout was held Sunday, October 25th. The 2nd and final make up tryout was held Sunday, November 8th.  We expect to announce rosters prior to Thanksgiving.

Many other details about next Summer are now available. Check out our site!

 If you have any questions or comments regarding registration, payments or the Club in general, please email the Board of Directors at the following e-mail address:

To send anonymous feedback, use the "Feedback to our Board" option from the menu at left.

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SHS LAX Web Store Now Open
Hello members, just wanted to share an invitation from Tom Lemieux to...
Don't Miss Upcoming SAA Travel Tryouts - G3-8 Boys and Girls
BOYS TRAVEL LACROSSE Travel Boys Lacrosse Try-outs for 2016 Spring...
Other Club Opportunities
-------UPDATE 10/20/2015------- -------- Original Message...
What is SCLC and Oct 18th Tryout
-------------OCTOBER 18TH UPDATE-------------- Please dress warm,...
Don't Miss Winter Lacrosse
Winter Lacrosse Leagues!!!!!   The SAA will be putting teams...
Message From Club Director Lemieux
Hello All,   As our second Cougars Lacrosse summer program...
Sweeney Alumni Event - THANK YOU KYLE!!!
Lets get Nacho Strong!
UPDATE 8/9/2015 - SCLC is proud to donate $1,000 to the Baratelle...
SHS LAX Web Store Now Open
Hello members, just wanted to share an invitation from Tom Lemieux to participate in the SHS LAX web store now through November 8th. See below.
----------Message from Tom Lemieux---------
Hello all
The SHS LAX webstore is open from now until November 8th.  Our estimated ship date is 12/17/2015.
*Please note the player package will NOT include the socks (All players MUST wear white socks).  (Nike changed the sock this year and we did not like them.)
If you have any questions call or text Stacey Venit - 610-357-5587,

Thomas Lemieux
Head Lacrosse Coach
Springfield High School
(631) 457 0744
@sprlax - Twitter

by posted 10/28/2015
Don't Miss Upcoming SAA Travel Tryouts - G3-8 Boys and Girls

Travel Boys Lacrosse Try-outs for 2016 Spring lacrosse season are Nov 8th & 15th


A team (7th and 8th grade) 2:30pm- 4pm, Memorial Park top field
B team (5th and 6th grade) 4pm - 5:30pm, Memorial Park top field 
C team (3rd and 4th grade) try-outs will take place in February.


Last year over 150 girls played SAA travel lacrosse in grades 3-8.  It gets bigger every year.  Attend one of the evaluation dates below to be eligible for the spring 2016 program*.  Depending on numbers, tryouts might be required in February 2016 for some teams.   


Bring stick, mouth guard, goggles and water.  No payments or website registration is required until 2016. 


Sat. Nov 7 @ Sabold
3:00 - 3:45 (Grades 3/4/5)
4:00 - 4:45 (6/7)


Sat. Nov 14 @ Sabold
3:00 - 3:45 (Grades 3/4/5)
4:00 - 4:45 (6/7)


*There are no Fall evaluations for Grade 8.  There will be a 2016 Grade 8 team headed by Michelle Pace.  If you did not play on this team previously and are interested in playing next season, please send a note to 


Volunteers needed!!!!


Coaches, Training Coordinator, Equipment Coordinator, Field Coordinator, Schedule Coordinator.  Send email to russdath@springfiedaaorg. 


by posted 10/21/2015
Other Club Opportunities

-------UPDATE 10/20/2015-------

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Fwd: Dukes Young Guns 2022 Tryouts 10/25 2-4PM
From: Tom Lemieux
Date: Tue, October 20, 2015 2:19 pm
Please read below regarding Dukes tryouts this weekend
Thomas Lemieux
Head Lacrosse Coach
Springfield High School
(631) 457 0744
@sprlax - Twitter
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Begin forwarded message:
From: Rob Forster < >
Date: October 20, 2015, 1:37:39 PM EDT
To: Rob Forster < >, jack Forster < >
Subject: Dukes Young Guns 2022 Tryouts 10/25 2-4PM

Please Send out to any 6th grade lacrosse players

Welcome to young guns middle schools  programs for players in the 6th, 7th & 8th grades where our focus will be on practice and training, introducing and preparing you for the recruiting process, competing in High Level Invitational, Tournaments and preparing you as a player and person for High School and beyond. 


We want to share in your growth and enhance that Experience so you will always be able to look back at School and Dukes Lacrosse as a Very Special time.

Dukes Young Guns Forster 2022 Tryouts


Sunday October 25th 2-4PM


Academy of the New Church Athletic Fields

1285 Buck Road Bryn Athyn PA 19009

Tryout Info:

Tryout Fee $20

Please arrive by 1:30 for registration
Team Information:
Practice Year Round on Sundays @ Academy of the New Church Athletic Fields
12-2Pm or 2-4Pm
We will play in 1 Fall (November 14th @ Lehigh) and 2-3 Summer Tournaments
Payment for Team- TBD 


Dukes Young Guns Coaching Staff Info is attached

Thank you very much,
Rob Forster
Academy of The New Church                                                                            
Camps Director/ Head Boy's Lacrosse Coach
Office- 267-502-4514


Hello all,

Some of you have reached out asking for alternative club info - Below are two clubs that I have close relationships with:
Dukes LC will be having tryouts this coming Sunday - Director Ebe Helm, is a close friend and is expecting a good Springfield contingency at the tryout on Sunday at Shipley School Please find info here -
MSI/Baggataway lacrosse club - I have spoken to Joe Karpinski - Director -
I informed him that we have some 2020 players and 2021 players looking for an opportunity to play club lacrosse next summer. Feel free to send Joe an email - .
If Dukes LC or MSI/Baggataway are not appealing to you, feel free to contact me directly, and we can figure out another club opportunity for your son.
Thomas Lemieux
Head Lacrosse Coach
Springfield High School
(631) 457 0744
@sprlax - Twitter

by posted 10/18/2015
What is SCLC and Oct 18th Tryout

-------------OCTOBER 18TH UPDATE--------------

Please dress warm, bring water and arrive 15 minutes early to find parking, dress, checkin and orient.

All players, regardless of arrival time  must checkin at registration table and get a sticker.

Brief parent information session at ~4:30 with Coach Lemieux followed by brief into of Ebe Helm, Head Coach of The Dukes Lacrosse Club.

Tryout makeup dates are detailed online.  Pasted below for reference.

Make Up Tryout #1 - Sunday, October 25, 2015 @ 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. (Sabold Field, Springfield)

Make Up Tryout #2 - Sunday, November 8, 2015 @ 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. (Sabold Field, Springfield)


-------------OCTOBER 16TH UPDATE--------------

Over 100 boys have now registered, thank you.  Keep spreading the word, especially among our younger/newer families.

Ebe Helm, Head Coach of The Dukes Lacrosse Club and a friend of SCLC will be on hand at our tryout this Sunday to discuss opportunities for players beginning in Grade 7 and up. Please feel free to stop up, even if your child is not trying out for SCLC.

-------------OCTOBER 12TH UPDATE--------------

Just a brief reminder to please register for 2016 Summer tryout this Sunday @ 4 p.m.  There will be a brief parent meeting during the tryout, beginning ~4:30, to share details about next years program and to answer any questions you might have.

Even if you have a conflict with tryout date/time (or if you just expect to be developmental status next year), we strongly encourage you get your name on our list.  It only takes about 2 minutes to complete Google Doc at:

Cougar Lacrosse - Summer 2016 Club Teams

Also, we are excited to announce we have published our draft 2016 Coaching Staff, Club Calendar and Fees. See the "About SCLC" menu tab on our homepage @

Looking forward to seeing all prospective members in action this Sunday!


-------------OCTOBER 4TH ORIGINAL MESSAGE--------------

Hello. This message is to re-introduce the Springfield Cougars Lacrosse Club, Inc. (SCLC) to the Springfield youth lacrosse community and invite everyone to join our free tryout on Sunday, October 18th.

With the growth of the summer tournament format over the past several years, lacrosse is increasingly a year-round sport and more popular than ever. However, there are only a few summer club teams for our boys to choose from and these club teams are “for-profit,” quite expensive and, in certain situations, do not provide the teaching younger players need.

The SCLC was established as a PA non-profit Corporation in 2013. The primary goal of SCLC was to operate a summer travel club team that provides all boys in the Springfield school district (SSD) with numerous benefits, including:

  • a cost-effective and competitive tournament lacrosse experience;
  • allow Springfield teammates to play together in a more intense/competitive format;
  • instructing players, year-round, in a consistent way; and
  • integrating Springfield’s exceptional alumni as coaches and advisors.

Our second summer season in 2015 was quite a success, as our Club expanded to accommodate >120 members where we fielded four teams to compete over a six-week period in three local, high-quality, multi-day tournaments. We are excited to invite all boys in the SSD currently in grades K-6 to join our free tryout on Sunday, October 18th from 4:00 to 5:30 pm.

The tryout is in a group format, operated like a clinic and takes place at Halderman Field in Springfield @ 570 West Springfield Road. Full gear is required to attend the tryout. The only thing we need you to do before the tryout is to complete the below Google Doc sign up form so that we know who you are and that you are coming.

Cougar Lacrosse - Summer 2016 Club Teams

Concerned because you have a conflict with the tryout date/time? For those who want to tryout but cannot attend the date/time offered, the Google Doc has fields to capture your preference for a makeup tryout. Nobody will be left out.

Concerned that your son may not be ready for tournament play?  The SCLC summer travel lacrosse program is specifically designed to provide everyone with an opportunity to participate. No cuts will be made and everyone gets to be part of the Springfield team! For those who may not be ready for competitive tournament play, we offer a Developmental option at a substantially reduced cost. The Developmental option allows your son to attend all 12 practice sessions and receive a complete uniform package (Jersey, Shorts, Shooting Shirt & Socks).

Concerned about team size and playing time? In 2015, we fielded four team ranging in size between 18-22 players each. In 2016, we expect to organize at least four teams by graduation year, i.e. 2022, 2023, 2024 & 2025/26. Though we anticipate strong demand, we are committed to controlling team size for the benefit of our members. We expect all teams in 2016 to have no more than 22 Regular players and we may employ a waitlist feature.

Unsure about the financial & time commitment? We are a non-profit organization and many of us have our own children in the summer program. We understand the demands on your time and money and we are doing everything to balance quality and value. Though we have not yet published our membership fees for 2016, they are expected to be consistent with 2014/15 rates @ $550/Regular and $250/Developmental ($200 w/o uniform). For reference, regional summer club teams often charge $1,000 or more. We intend to publish our 2016 rates, payment schedule options and a detailed 2015/16 calendar before anyone is asked to make a financial commitment. In the meantime, please make every effort to attend our free tryout so we can reserve your spot.

Springfield Lacrosse has a long history of success. Through SCLC-sponsored programs, our boys will have even greater opportunities to develop their lacrosse skills at an early age. Facilitating a bond between our alumni and the youth is a key initiative. We believe the success of SCLC is vital to our ability to continue and build upon the proud tradition of Springfield Lacrosse.

Please visit our website where we will be posting updated content regularly @

Please share your comments and feedback with us by contacting any of our Board members directly or by emailing us at

The Springfield Cougars Lacrosse Club, Inc. Board of Directors:

Tom Lemieux (Club Director)

Jason Orlando (Club Assistant Director)

John Cugini

Mike DePetris

Brian Gougler

Ed Grafstrom

Kevin Keenan

Jim Kennedy

Rob O'Brien

by posted 10/04/2015
Don't Miss Winter Lacrosse

Winter Lacrosse Leagues!!!!!
The SAA will be putting teams into Winter Leagues at both Maple Zone and Ampro for boys in grades 1st-6th. These leagues give our kids the opportunity to play against many teams from the neighboring towns. If you are interested in having your son play this Winter, below are the details:
5th/6th Grade
Maple Zone
Cost - $160
Monday Nights from November 16 - January 25
4th Grade
Maple Zone
Cost - $160
Friday Nights from November 20 - February 12
1st/2nd/3rd Grade
Cost - $90
Sunday Mornings from Janruary 9 - February 27
Please sign up by Sunday night 9/27/15 by clicking on the link below:
Payment is due October 15th. If you need extra time please just let me know. Please mail a check for league fee made out to "Ed Grafstrom" to:
Ed Grafstrom - Winter Lax
155 N Highland Rd
Springfield, PA 19064
Please e-mail me with any questions.
Ed Grafstrom
Springfield Lacrosse

by posted 10/04/2015
Message From Club Director Lemieux

Hello All,


As our second Cougars Lacrosse summer program comes to an end, a quote comes to mind that I think is fitting for what we are doing…."Culture eats strategy for breakfast." The “culture” that we are trying to instill here in Springfield is one of Family, Tradition and Community.


There are good reasons that very few programs in the country can do what we routinely do here. It is a ton of hard work and the parents of most programs do not buy into the culture philosophy. Ours is a very special program to be a part of and I want to thank the parents especially for embracing the bigger picture. I always say that we have the best parents in Springfield, and I mean it. None of this would be possible without you all. Thank you!


To the Board of Directors of Springfield Cougars Lacrosse Club, the countless hours you all put into this is unbelievable! Thank you all! Special thanks go out to Mike & Deb DePetris. Without them, there is no way this club happens. If it does, it is a complete unorganized mess. I can't even begin to tell you all how much time those two dedicate to our Club.


To the Coaches, it is such a special opportunity to have so many alumni coaching our current Cougars. That was our main goal from day 1, and it has been awesome to see so much Cougar Pride on one field all summer long!


Finally, to the Players. You are the reason we do this. We want you all to have the best possible experience, one filled with opportunities, during your time in Springfield. The improvements I saw on each team from the first practice were remarkable. I'm proud to be the head coach of this program and would not trade my seat for any other in the country!!


The future is bright here in Springfield - Let's continue to show our sense of community and pride by supporting each other throughout the next ten months. Make sure we are all doing the right thing on and off the field!! Enjoy the rest of the summer!!


Thomas Lemieux
Head Lacrosse Coach
Springfield High School
(631) 457 0744

@sprlax - Twitter


by posted 07/20/2015
Sweeney Alumni Event - THANK YOU KYLE!!!




On Wednesday, July 8th, we are holding a special recognition event to honor Kyle Sweeney, our 2015 Campbell Alumni Award recipient. The award ceremony will begin at ~6:15 p.m. and we hope ALL members will attend. Please wear your 2015 Sweeney shooting shirts.

Our Club announcement includes exceptional quotes from Kyle’s teammates and can be found here:

Here are a few links to help educate our members about Kyle’s accomplishments:

by posted 06/23/2015
Lets get Nacho Strong!

Are you Nacho Strong?

UPDATE 8/9/2015 - SCLC is proud to donate $1,000 to the Baratelle family. 

UPDATE 7/5/2015 - Continuing our efforts to raise several thousand dollars for the Baratelle family, we are excited to announce you can still order NACHO STRONG tee shirts, especially in Youth Large size.  Look for Jess McBride at most major Club events.

UPDATE 7/4/2015 - Together the Springfield Lacrosse community has raised ~$2,000 to date.  SCLC expects to make an additional donation of excess dues following the conclusion of our 2015 season.


Nick "Nacho" Baratelle, a recent graduate and lacrosse player at Springfield High School and an Assistant Coach with the 2015 C2 Team, is currently battling cancer. Here is a recent article about Nacho: Boys Lacrosse: Baratelle's battle an inspiration for Springfield

A special T-shirt featuring the Nacho Strong logo has been designed to honor Nacho and to allow the Springfield Lacrosse community to support the Baratelle family. 
T-shirts for $15 continue to be for sale at most SCLC events. All net proceeds directly benefit the Baratelle family.
Please join the entire Springfield Lacrosse Community in being Nacho Strong!

by posted 06/10/2015