The Spring 2012 season will begin approximately the first week of April and run until the middle of June. We are attempting to secure indoor facilities in the event of inclement weather in the opening weeks.
Teams will practice or have games at least two times per week. The newly created instructional division will practice once per week. Schedules will be set by coaches as soon as registration is complete. Families can expect contact from coaches as practice times and locations are finalized.
We hope to enroll in a minimum of one tournament per team. Details to follow from the team managers. Most tournaments are a single day on weekends. Cost of tournaments is not included in the Pomfret Youth Lacrosse registration fee.
The History of Pomfret Youth Lacrosse:
In the Fall of 2004, Pomfret resident, Rob Morton and Recreation Director, Barbara Gagnon explored the possibility of a youth lacrosse program for boys in northeast Connecticut. The pair consulted with Pomfret School lacrosse coaches, Jon Sheehan and Rod Eaton. After months of planning Owaneco Lacrosse was founded in January of 2005 to begin play that spring. The name was chosen to honor the Native American origins of the sport and to acknowledge Chief Owaneco who deeded the land that is now known as Pomfret. The first season of Owaneco fielded two teams and provided instruction to 35 boys. The first three seasons of Owaneco Lacrosse were strictly an instructional program.
In the 2006 season, a girls instructional program was added.
In the 2008 season, the boys senior team played 2 games against opposing town teams.
In the 2009 season, the travel program was expanded to provide competition with other towns for the boys junior program as well as the senior team. The town of Woodstock could no longer support a lacrosse program and Owaneco absorbed their boys teams effective doubling the size of our program. Owaneco provided a quality lacrosse program to over 100 youth in the area. The Owaneco senior boys participated in the Somers Tournament and were the recipients of the Tournament Sportsmanship Award.
In the 2010 season, Owaneco lacrosse became Pomfret Youth Lacrosse. In an effort to expand our travel teams, it became evident that our program reflect the town where the program is based. This makes scheduling and program recognition much easier. A Director of Coach Education was added to the program. The boys junior team reveived the Sportsmanship Award at the Bowers Tournament in Somers. The girls senior team played several games against local teams.
In the 2011 season, PYL expanded to over 130 participants. The girls program experienced a resurgence, guided by newly appointed Director of Girls Lacrosse, Erin Fisher. Under Fisher’s guidance, three distinct program were created on the girls side. The junior and senior teams played a full schedule of travel games, while the bantam team practiced weekly and added several travel games.
The boys program continued the momentum of previous seasons. The instructional program (grades 2-4) was the largest in the organization history. Under the guidance of coach Pete Gillin, the instructionals learned the basics of the game while playing inter-squad scrimmages.
The boys junior B program, coached by Jon Sheehan, Bruce Paro, and Claude Bosio, played a full schedule of CVYL games. In their first season in the league, the juniors rebounded from two early season losses to win their conference championship. The majority of the team were new to the game and the future looks bright for the older boy programs.
The senior B team competed for the second season of scheduled games, but their first as bona fide members of the CVYL. Coached by Kevin Johns and Rob Phaneuf, the seniors consisted of more experienced lacrosse players. Similar to the junior team, the seniors advanced to the conference tournament and hosted the first ever home playoff game. Riding an overtime win, the seniors advanced to the finals and earned their division championship.
In 2011, PYL benefited greatly from the relationship with Pomfret School. Pomfret donated their fields to the program and PYL certainly enjoyed exclusive use of the new double turf fields.
In the 2012 season, the girls program continued to see excellent expansion as over 40 girls joined the program from the local community. The senior girls, coached by Erin Fisher, Julie Kremer, and Lisa Corrigan played a 10 game schedule and competed in several tournaments. The bantam / instructional program, coached by Kelly Sheehan and Martha Horst, played several games and competed in two end-of-season tournaments. The highlight for the girls program was new uniforms to match the boys program. The girls benefited from the involvement of the Pomfret School girls program.
The boys program experienced continued expansion as 40 boys participated in the instructional/ bantam program as boys had their first opportunity play against opposing towns. Pete Gillin continued to oversee our youngest lacrosse players. The Junior team, coached by Jon Sheehan and Henry Large, jumped to the CVYL A level and performed admirably at a higher level. The Senior boys, coached by Kevin Johns, Bruce Paro, and Claude Bosio, finished the regular season undefeated. With the top seed in the CVYL B playoffs, the Senior boys brought home the second league title.