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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  • Springfield Cougars Lacrosse Club - Providing A Tournament Level Summer Lacrosse Experience for the Youth of Springfield Since 2013 
Welcome to the Springfield Cougars Lacrosse Club!

SCLC 2015......Fightin The Patriot Games Heat


What is SCLC? See the "About SCLC" tab above for an explanation of who we are and the purpose and goals of our Club.  See "2016 Summer" for the official 2016 Calendar, Coaching Staff and Fees and to review our Invitation to Tryout and Register Online.

2016 Summer Lacrosse Program – Club wide tryout was held on Sunday, October 18th. Two make up tryouts were held Sunday, October 25th & Sunday, November 8th. 2016 rosters were posted end of November.  See "Teams" tab above.  Click on "Rosters" from the left hand navigation after selecting your team. 

**UPDATE** Our tournament calendar has been updated to include Hershey Laxfest, new for 2016. We have announced 2 group hotel options (see below news) and we are now selling discounted Hershey Park tickets for our members. See our official calendar from the "Summer 2016" menu tab above for details on all our 2016 tournament commitments. See "Documents" at left for the Hershey Park - 2016 Family Ticket Order Form. 

**UPDATE** Our second and final uniform fitting will be on Sunday, February 21st @ 9:30 am from SHS @ the Gold Gym Entrance. See news item below for complete uniform details.

**NEW** We are working to arrange a free Goalie/Faceoff Clinic for our members, tentatively set for Monday, June 13thMany other details about next Summer, including scrimmage dates, are also available. Check out our General Events Calendar!

 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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Final Club Uniform Fitting - Sunday, Feb 21st
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Tournament Hotel Options
Parents & Members - As the last of the heavy snow falls...
Year End Club Update
As we close out 2015, we'd like to thank all our members for...
2016 Summer Rosters Now Posted
Thanks to many who registered and paid early.   Just a reminder...
Other Club Opportunities
-------UPDATE 10/20/2015------- -------- Original Message...
What is SCLC and Oct 18th Tryout
-------------OCTOBER 18TH UPDATE-------------- Please dress warm,...
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...
Pre Super Bowl Update

This message is to share some Club news and a few reminders:

  • Club Director Tom Lemieux is hosting our first of two Uniform Fittings on Sunday, February 14th @ 9:30-11:00 a.m. from the entrance to either the Blue or Gold Gym at SHS.  See our website for complete details.  The Google Doc collection form will be available at that time to register your player’s selections. We’d appreciate anyone who is able to lend a hand getting the kids through the Fitting.


  • The next installment payment of $150 for tournament participating players is due by Monday, February 29, 2016.  Payment can be made by cash, check or credit card. Details online.


  • Reminder - SCLC has reserved a limited block of hotel rooms at two properties, each about 10-15 minute drive from the Hershey Laxfest and Hershey Park. The blocks are filling up so don’t miss out. Details online.



  • We are working hard to organize a variety of Club events for June/July, including: U9D and 2024 scrimmages with West Chester Lacrosse and free members-only Goalie and Faceoff Clinics. More details to come. In meantime, keep an eye on our General Events Calendar online for specifics.

Questions, concerns… us at

Be The Best!


by posted 02/06/2016
Final Club Uniform Fitting - Sunday, Feb 21st

Reminder - Club Director Tom Lemieux is hosting our second  and final Uniform Fitting on Sunday, February 21st @ 9:30-11:00 a.m. from the entrance to Gold Gym at SHS. See below for complete details. The Google Doc collection form will be again available on Sunday to register your player’s selections.

We’d appreciate anyone who is able to lend a hand getting the kids through the Fitting.


Reminder - Club Director Tom Lemieux is hosting our first of two Uniform Fittings tomorrow Sunday, February 14th @ 9:30-11:00 a.m. from the entrance to Gold Gym at SHS. See below for complete details. The Google Doc collection form will be available on Sunday to register your player’s selections.

We’d appreciate anyone who is able to lend a hand getting the kids through the Fitting.


Just a quick update on summer uniforms.

  • A full uniform is provided, including customized jersey, short, shooting shirt and socks, to all tournament players and developmental members who selected the uniform option upon registering. All members, regardless of status, are entitled to receive a shooting shirt and socks.
  • The first of two scheduled fittings (for the jersey, short and shooting shirt) is coming up on Sunday, February 14th in the SHS Gold Gym.
  • As in prior years, it is up to each member to select sizes and, for the jersey, to select a number preference, via a Google Doc collection form.

Questions, comments, concerns....... 



Uniform Timeline:

Uniform Fitting #1 – Sunday, February 14, 2016 (9:30-11:30 am) @ SHS Gold Gym

Uniform Fitting #2 – Sunday, February 29, 2016 (9:30-11:00 am) @ SHS Gold Gym

Uniform Fitting #3 - [TBD, if needed]

Uniform #/Size Designations Due From Parent – Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Club Uniform Order Date – Friday, April 1, 2016

Uniform Pickup (if paid in full) - Monday, June 6, 2016 @ 6:00 p.m. Halderman Field

by posted 01/23/2016
Tournament Hotel Options

Parents & MembersAs the last of the heavy snow falls and your trapped indoors, you may want to consider reserving a room for Hershey Laxfest, our 2nd summer tournament running Saturday, June 25th - Sunday, June 26th.

The tournament is roughly a 1 hour and 40 minute drive from Springfield. We understand that all nearby hotels sellout by the spring. SCLC has reserved a limited block of rooms at two hotel properties, each about 10-15 minute drive from the tournament and Hershey Park. While supplies last. Details related to reserving rooms for Hershey Laxfest through our Club are available here:

Coaches - We have you covered for an overnight stay on Saturday, June 25th @ Wyndham Garden Hotel. A message will be sent under separate cover to share details.

Questions, comments, concerns.......


----------original message 12/31/15-------------

Several members have been asking about hotel options for the Hershey Laxfest on June 25-26 and/or the Patriot Games on July 16-17.  

We are working to secure multiple group discount options for members and expect to announce details in early January. Additionally, there is possibility of a discounted ticket option for Hershey Park. 

Stay tuned, more to come.


by posted 12/31/2015
Year End Club Update

As we close out 2015, we'd like to thank all our members for another great year with Springfield Cougars Lacrosse Club. In 2016, we hope to grow our Summer Tournament Program and bring even more opportunities to grow and learn the sport we love.

A few notices follow for members to be aware of:

- Our 2016 Summer Tournament schedule is now fixed and we are pleased to announce that, new for 2016, we expect to attend the Hershey LaxFest on June 25-26th ( See our updated official calendar from the "Summer 2016" menu tab at our website.


- Our 2016 Summer rosters are posted. Thanks to a majority of members who both registered on our website and paid the deposit. Though we did our best to lower the deposit this year, we still have a number of members who have NOT registered online and paid. We have over fifteen thousand dollars in payments due very soon. In order to stay on budget and avoid a loss, we need everyone to step up and share the commitment. Tournament participating members who are NOT current (and have not otherwise made arrangements) have until this Thursday, Dec 31st to avoid a $30 late fee and potential loss of participation.


- There is still time to register for the SJU Hawks Holiday K-8 Lacrosse Camp at MSI on Dec 30th. Several of our members attended this shooting clinic last year and it got rave reviews. See the following link for more info and to register:


- Sponsorship opportunities with SCLC for 2016 are now available. If you have a business or know of a local business who would like to partner with the Springfield Lacrosse community, please spread the word. Inquiries are welcome at


- Speaking of good partners, please keep our friends at Jack Clark Rubbish Removal in mind as you think ahead to your spring cleanup needs. Jack has been a founding sponsor with SCLC since 2013.


Wishing everyone a safe, happy and healthy New Year!


by posted 12/28/2015
2016 Summer Rosters Now Posted

Thanks to many who registered and paid early.  

Just a reminder that our registration and deposit deadline is this Tuesday, Dec 15th.

Questions, concerns.......message us 

Happy Holidays!


---------Original Message 11/30/15--------


Thank you to everyone for their cooperation, enthusiasm and patience as the Springfield Cougars Lacrosse Club (SCLC) conducted try outs on 3 separate weekends in October and November. We are pleased to report we again received 100 try out requests.

We’re pleased to announce the official Team Rosters for our 2016 Summer Travel Lacrosse Program.  Rosters can be viewed from each of our 4x Team pages organized by grade.  See

In case you missed it, our Club website now contains a detailed calendar of events, coaching designations and extensive program fee details (including installment payment options, extended payment options, financial need, etc.) among other useful information.

 Additionally, the online registration process is now available to you.  In order to secure your spot and avoid added registration fees, you must proceed to register each child online and process an initial deposit** no later than Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Unchanged from prior year, your child must be a member of U.S. Lacrosse, details/links are available upon registering.

The Register Online process has 3 registration options available to each child: 1> Regular Player, 2> Developmental WITH Uniform and 3> Developmental NO Uniform. The Register Online process can be found here -

You may wonder why we need your commitment so far in advance. With likely over 100 members expected and tens of thousands of dollars in program expenses to commit to by early Spring 2016, we simply cannot afford to wait for your “Yes” until after the Holidays. New for 2016, we are asking for a smaller up-front deposit. Please understand that SCLC has set its base program fees as low as possible to avoid an overall loss. Your understanding and cooperation is greatly appreciated.

Lastly, should you have any questions about our program, roster designations, program fee details, website or registration, etc. do not hesitate to contact us at .


Board of Directors – Springfield Cougars Lacrosse Club, Inc.

 ** We’d like to encourage everyone to consider the “Bank Transfer” payment option through our Club website, in lieu of credit cards. For those who regularly access their banking data online, the Bank Transfer option (powered by Dwolla) is a simple and secure way to help our Club save a meaningful amount of fees. For reference, a bank transfer through Dwolla is typically less than $1.00 versus ~3% on credit card transactions.

by posted 11/30/2015
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
---------- Forwarded message ----------

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
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