Message From Our Founder:
The Spartan Lacrosse Club was founded in 1999, hosting its first summer camp in July of that year. The inaugural season of 2000 saw the Club enter the Southeastern Pennsylvania Lacrosse Association (SEPYLA). The Club entered 2 teams in the 5th and 6th and the 7th and 8th grade divisions. The Club also began its first 3rd and 4th grade intramural program that year. The first season saw about 80 boys register.
Registration numbers rose steadily for the next few years. The Club was then able to enter 4 teams in each of the competitive SEPYLA divisions. The Clubs enjoyed such an abundance of players in 2005 that Matt Higgins, founder of the Spartan Club, helped a few parents from Plymouth Whitemarsh township start their own program, which became the Conshy Bulldogs.
In the winter of 2001, the Spartan 3rd and 4th graders had an opportunity to play a halftime exhibition at one the Philadelphia Wings games. After scoring a goal, 4th grader Kevin Farrington celebrated with a head-spinning break dance bringing the drunken Wings fans to their feet screaming for more. Kevin was thus nicknamed “Flashdance” Farrington. This episode was the genesis of the now world-famous Spartan nickname tradition. (Nicknames that have included such memorable monikers as: “Hollywood” Higgins, “Rocket Pocket” Resch, “Concussion” Concannon and of course, the pasta twins “Linguini” and “Fettuccini” Fillipini).
In 2011 the Club began it’s first season with 1st and 2nd graders. The number of players in that age group has steadily risen and the Club will begin another new group in 2020, this time including kindergartners.
The Club was founded to simply give the boys in Springfield Township and Chestnut Hill an opportunity to play “the fastest game on two feet”. The goal of the coaches and the Program Director is to teach the boys the fundamental skills of an incredibly exciting sport, while having a lot of fun. The modest aspiration of the Club is to enable those skills to help the boys make and play on their high school teams. Instilling respect for: The Native American traditions of the game, the coaches, teammates and opponents is an overarching objective of every practice.
The Club has experienced steady growth throughout its 20 years. Many players have gone on to play in local high schools, some have gone on to play in college (including winning national championships) and even professionally.
Let's Go Spartans!
- Matt Higgins