The story behind the Mount Anthony Lacrosse Association

Welcome! The Mount Anthony Lacrosse Association is a youth lacrosse club serving Bennington, North Bennington, Pownal, Shaftsbury, Woodford, Vermont and the surrounding area. MALA consists of 4 boys’ teams at the U9, U11, U13 and U15 level. MALA also has 4 girls’ teams at the U9, U11, U13 and U15 level.

MALA was founded by Scarsdale, New York native Chris Shea, in the Spring of 1996. He continues to coach lacrosse and is active in the organization to this day. In 1996 MALA started with two boys’ teams consisting of 26 boys from the sixth to eight grade. The Spring of 1997 saw the addition of the boys’ high school club team. Breakthrough for girls’ lacrosse happened in the Spring of 1998 with a middle school and high school club team. By the Spring of 2000 the boys and girls JV and Varsity teams became a full fledged school sponsored program and is no longer part of MALA. It is the Mount Anthony Union (MAU) High School Patriots! 2001 saw players starting younger and younger when we added the U11 boys’ team and it got even younger when we established the U9 instructional program in 2005.

MALA’s mission is to teach the rules and game of lacrosse, to develop strong competitive players in a fun and positive environment and to focus on individual development as well as team strategies. MALA is a volunteer non-profit organization dedicated to young lacrosse players and families of all backgrounds. Every one of our organizers, coaches and team managers contribute to our organization as a volunteer. MALA practices and adheres to the U.S. Lacrosse Code of Conduct. The code states “players, coaches, officials, parents, and spectators are to conduct themselves in a manner that honors the game and demonstrate respect to other players, coaches, officials, parents, spectators and fans.” MALA expects all of our participants to approach the game with sportsmanship, honesty and integrity.

MALA prides itself keeping the registration fees low and being able to provide equipment for those who can’t afford to pay for equipment such as gloves, elbow pads, shoulder pads and helmets. But that being said, it can’t be done without the extensive fundraisers we do year round. Funds raisers are done by soliciting sponsors, bottle drives, cash calendar, donations, etc. MALA’s expenses consist of Scholarships/equipment for players, US Lacrosse membership ($25/player), referee costs/tournament fees, field rental fees, website development, uniforms, miscellaneous equipment (goalie equipment, nets, goals, paints, balls, mouth guards, cones, clocks, horns, first aid supplies, storage containers, etc), apparel for coaches, coach appreciation gifts and general fees (Legal fees, office supplies, copying, postage, etc.)

MALA will never turn a player away who cannot afford the cost of registration and equipment. We understand that the cost of this game is prohibitive to some under these tough economic times. We have scholarships and equipment available. If you need assistance, please contact Barbara Morrissey at morrlax@comcast.net. All requests for assistance will be kept private.