to promote girls youth lacrosse in an environment that emphasizes fun while developing skills, teamwork, good sportsmanship, and integrity

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Program History

The current Marblehead Youth Lacrosse was founded in 1997 as BBYL (Black and Blue Youth Lacrosse) by Mark Bagnell and Rick Anderson, who at the time was the varsity lacrosse coach at Swampscott High School. Their mission was twofold: to teach lacrosse to the youth in town, and to develop talent for the high school program. In the beginning there was just a single Marblehead/Swampscott U-14 boy’s team that competed in the Mass Bay Youth Lacrosse League. By 2001 the program had expanded to 12 teams: two U-10, four U-12, three U-14 boy’s teams and three girls’ teams. In 2006 the girl’s program, continuing under the leadership of Nanny Noyes, split off to become NSML, or North Shore Mermaids Lacrosse. In 2010 the Swampscott boy’s program officially branched out on their own to become SNYL (Swampscott/Nahant Youth Lacrosse). At the same time, the girl’s program, while still including Swampscott and Nahant players, elected to merge back with the Marblehead boys under their newly renamed MYL (Marblehead Youth Lacrosse). For the 2011 season, SNYL is starting their own program for girls and will operate on their own at the levels where they have enough players to support a separate SNYL girls team.