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throughout the winter, mother nature’s impact on the fields delayed the start of the regular practice season. Coaches, families, fans, and especially the players, including novices and the nearly-aged-out of the program, were excited to finally get their sticks scooping up balls in true grass. GYLA is open to all kids from kindergarten through 6th grade, and for the second year has a program for 7/8 grade girls, as a supplemental opportunity for GMS players.

Youth lacrosse continues to expand geographically across the United States. GYLA and other volunteer driven, developmental, generally town-centered programs partner with the Maine Chapter of US Lacrosse, and US Lacrosse, the primary governing organization, to provide crossed-town-lines and wider regional competition. Several expansive tournaments are held in Southern Maine, and GYLA teams from 3rd grade upward participate in weekend events with dozens of teams such as the Cumberland Jamboree being held on June 10 at Twin Brook Recreation Area.

Photo credit Kristen Lehmann
Team Gaudreau, one of three squads in the Gorham Youth Lacrosse Association’s Boys 5/6 grade division, prepped in the season opener against Saco on April 30.
Photo credit Hal D’Amico
The multi-purpose fields at GMS were abuzz with skill building on May 9 as the girls in the 3/4 grade division raced for the scoop.