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These four boys worked hard all season, and were our best leaders on the field and off. They had great attitudes and showed their skills off on Saturday with the MBYLL Select All-Star games.

  • 2026 - Brady Sloper
  • 2027 - Andrew Hopkins
  • 2028 - Carter Havemeyer
  • 2029 - Liam Cavanaugh

2022 MBYLL All-stars from North Andover Youth Lacrosse



by posted 08/08/2022
Girls rule, boys drool!



by posted 06/16/2022

NALAX Frequently Asked Questions


When does registration open?

Registration for the SPRING 2022 season begins on October 4th, 2021. While registration is open, the nalax.net website has a “REGISTER NOW” icon on the home page; all payments are made via credit card through the website. Questions about registration can be sent to


When does the season start?

The season begins in March with weekly indoor sessions (approximately four per season), typically on Sundays at Home Grown Indoor Sports (400 Osgood St., North Andover, MA 01845). These are informal practices designed to get sticks in, or back in, kids’ hands. The cost for indoor sessions is included in the spring registration fee.


How long does the season last?

Once the indoor sessions are underway, teams move outside as the weather permits. When Mother Nature is kind to us, we are outside at the end of March. The Town of North Andover makes the decision as to when the fields are playable, as is the case throughout the season. Games start in the last weekend of March / early April and end in mid-June. Typically teams participate in the Jamboree for the girls, or the MBYLL Jamboree for the boys (which is the largest boys’ lacrosse jamboree in the nation), which occur in mid-June.


How are the teams created?

Each league (MBYLL [www.mbyll.org] for the boys’ program, and Founder's North League [www.fgll.org] for the girls’) mandates that we field teams of equal strength within each level. The coaches use the indoor sessions and early outdoor practices to gauge each player’s skill level, then work together in order to create balanced teams.


Team rosters and final practice schedules are set typically in late March.


When are games scheduled? Are all of the games played in town?

Games are on Sundays; times vary week to week. Both Founders and MBYLL are a “travel” league. We play opposing teams in the Merrimack Valley, Cape Ann, and North Shore regions. Average travel time for away games is 30 minutes. Our home games are typically at NAHS or Carter Field.


When and how long are the practices? When is the schedule determined?

Typically teams practice twice per week for 60 - 90 minutes each session. Most practices are on weekday afternoons, and some teams have Saturday morning practice. In the girls’ program, the entire level (for example, 3/4 girls) practices at the same time and place each week. In the boys’ program, most practices are group practices where multiple teams of the same level will practice together, allowing for more scrimmage opportunities and in-game tactical instruction. The practice schedule for both programs is determined by field availability and coaches’ availability and usually finalized with teams at the end of March (after the indoor sessions).


Which level is appropriate for my child?

NALAX uses a grade-based system for division of levels. 1/2 is 1st/2nd grades; 3/4 is 3rd/4th grades, 5/6 is 5th/6th grades, and 7/8 is 7th/8th grades. We also take into account an age-based system designed by US Lacrosse. If you have concerns or questions about which level is most appropriate for your child, please don’t hesitate to let us know (email addresses for boys’ and girls’ program directors are below).


Do I need to purchase a uniform or other special gear?

New players will be provided a reversible game jersey as part of their 2022 registration fee. If a replacement jersey is needed, it can be ordered at registration time for $30. Players provide their own shorts and socks, preferably black. Players also provide their own cleats or sneakers.


Each player is responsible for having appropriate equipment.

  • Girls need a women’s-game stick, protective goggles, and mouthguard.
  • Boys need a men’s-game stick, helmet, shoulder pads, arm/elbow guards, gloves, mouthguard, and a protective cup.


Is there a “Select” program?

Yes, both the boys’ and girls’ programs at the 5/6 and 7/8 levels offer the opportunity to play on a Select team. There is a tryout and there is an additional fee for this team. An additional practice and game each week is expected of these players. Select games are usually on Fridays, sometimes Saturdays. (There is no Select program for 1/2 or 3/4.)


Can my daughter/son play an additional sport in the spring?

For families that choose to participate in multiple sports, it is inevitable that there will be some conflicts. Our coaches understand this and our policy as a recreational program is to not penalize players with less playing time in games due to absence at practices. We certainly encourage attendance at all lacrosse practices in order for each player to improve and therefore have more fun; however, we know that players have a variety of commitments. When conflicts arise, we ask that parents keep the coaches informed so that practice plans and game plans can be altered if necessary. Our number one goal is to provide a great experience with the game of lacrosse for all participants.


I don’t see the answer to my question here. Whom can I ask?

Thanks for taking the time to learn more about NALAX!

For questions regarding the girls’ program, please contact Jim at .

For questions regarding the boys’ program, please contact Eric at .

For questions about NALAX in general, please contact .

by posted 08/11/2015
Field Status
Brooks School - North Andover TBD (9/26) 
Carter Field - North Andover OPEN (9/26) 
NAHS Upper Turf - North Andover OPEN (9/26) 
NAHS Walsh Practice - North Andover OPEN (9/26) 
NAHS Walsh Stadium - North Andover OPEN (9/26) 
Sharpner's Pond Field - North Andover TBD (9/26) 

We received this kind email through our website: "I had the pleasure of officiating the Pentucket Memorial Day tournament and I was so impressed with the North Andover coaches and athletes. Their hearts and minds are in the right place."

NAHS schedule

Click here to jump to the Merrimack Valley Conference page where you can select the NAHS schedule that you want to see (boys or girls)