Boys' and girls' youth lacrosse, serving Amherst, Milford, Mont Vernon and the Souhegan Valley area.

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Welcome to 2019 Souhegan Valley Lacrosse

On behalf of all of our Board Members and Coaches,

Welcome to the 2019-2020 Souhegan Valley Lacrosse season. As the “River Hawks” enters its 31ST year, we are getting ready to kick off another great season with our 2nd Annual Spring Jamboree being held at Souhegan High School – Calvetti Field this coming weekend.  Rosters are being filled and uniforms are getting ready to be handed out.  (Separate communication being sent out by the Board)

A couple of pieces of information to assist you with communications for the season.  All information about fields, teams, events, teams, rules etc. can be found on our website.    We will also provide updates and fun information on our Facebook site.

Your coaches and team parent will use SI Play that you can download to your smart phone to provide team schedules, team updates, scores, photos etc.  Please make sure you have the most updated contact information on our website.

Please make sure you check out lots of places on our website with your player, as we try to make it a place to learn more about this great game and find fun stuff out about lacrosse.

SVL is committed to serving the children who are interested in learning to be well rounded individuals and who are willing to learn the great sport of Lacrosse as well as be taught life lessons along the way.  All players will follow the "ROOTS" approach to the game as outlined by U.S. Lacrosse and the Positive Coaching Alliance.

R = Respect the game
O = Respect the Officials and Coaches
O = Respect your Opponent
T = Respect your Team
S = Respect yourSelf

All members will follow this Philosophy as it is the cornerstone for success in sports and life.

Our league is called the New Hampshire Youth Lacrosse Association.

Since its inception NHYLA has promoted and supported boys and girls lacrosse with members increasing in number each year in both areas. NHYLA currently has over 36 towns/programs participating in the NHYLA with approximately 310 teams (approximately 35% girl’s teams and 65% boy’s teams) from the ages of 7 through 15 years old.

Your child’s coach should never sacrifice your child’s playing time for the sake of winning a game.  Although SVL does not teach coaching to lose, neither does it stress winning as the only goal of the program. The goals are to help kids learn the game, to respect the sport and each other, and to have fun. This philosophy does not mean NHYLA games are not competitive. Anyone who has seen a close U12 game come down to the wire knows the League produces competitive players.

The SVL philosophy enables players to learn in a supportive environment free from undue pressure in which an honest, educational mistake may “cost” the team a game or championship. This approach also empowers coaches to focus on developing and supporting all the players and not on worrying about winning youth championships.

Updated 2020 Season rules will be/are also posted on our website to view and to learn more about the game.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. MikeHannon@AmherstLacrosse

We are going to have a great time and lots of fun this year with in season family events, Tournaments, SVL Team weekend, Family Picnic and the end of the year NHYLA Festival again being held at SHS where over 25,000 families and 5,000 players hit the fields to close out the season. 

I look forward to seeing you all on the fields and having fun watching your kids play this great game and having fun!


Michael Hannon

President Souhegan Valley Lacrosse



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Winter Skill Opportunity
Winter Skill training is important for young athletes who want to...
SVL - Sponsors for 2020 Season
Souhegan Valley Lacrosse is looking for sponsors for the 2020 Season. ...
Winter Skill Opportunity

Winter Skill training is important for young athletes who want to prepare for the upcoming Spring season. As mentioned earlier SVL will no longer offer indoor winter skill sessions. However we are pleased to inform you of great local offerings below.  The partnership of GSE and Evolve Lacrosse were brought together by local high school and middle school coaches McKinley Curro and Domenic St.Laurent specifically to help members of our community. 

Session 1: January 8- February 5

Session 2: February 12- March 11

Boys Learn to Play Session for Grades 3-8 Dec. 4th - 18th

Location: Hampshire Dome

Girls can learn more about GSE and register by clicking here

Boys can learn more about Evolve Lacrosse and register by clicking here

by posted 11/07/2019
SVL - Sponsors for 2020 Season

Souhegan Valley Lacrosse is looking for sponsors for the 2020 Season.   Besides offering a great lacrosse program for over 30 years to girls and boys in the Souhegan Valley, we are also the host of 2 festivals.  The NHYLA festival we host at Souhegan High School attracted over 20k in fans, but also 5k in players to the weekend event.

Your sponsorship will go a long way in providing equipement, Hampshire Hills Dome time, scholarships, training that our player registration does not cover.  We are trying to keep costs down for our families to make sure all kids have the oppotunity to play this great game.  Some of the benifits of being a sponsor are.

  • Increase awareness of the company's products and services. Each sponsorship package has benefits for the sponsor built in: field signage, website advertising, company name on T-Shirts for NHYLA Festival. Through a sponsorship, a company's brand will be in front of the youth sports market of parents, coaches, program organizers, players and fans.

  • A welcomed form of advertising. In most settings consumers are inclined to tune out advertising. Although many traditional ways of reaching consumers are failing, youth sports sponsorships are a positive and engaging way to market a brand. Parents like to see the companies that are supporting local sports.

  • Help keep the cost of youth sports programs lowPlayer participation fees cover the majority of the costs of a youth sports program but support from sponsors provides additional resources which can help keep participation fees low. With lower fees, more families are able to afford to sign up and that means more children being able to receive the many benefits of sports.

  • Outstanding value for the dollars invested. Although sponsorship package costs vary from organization to organization, they commonly range from $100 up to $500 or more locally. When comparing the cost of other marketing outlets like print, television and billboard advertising, youth sports sponsorships can be a great value and a smart option to include into the marketing mix. (We are also looking for sponsorships our festival. (Food,  20ft.Storage Trailer, Tents, Dumpsters etc. Which will off set cost at time of NHYLA Festival)

  • Build goodwillCompanies that sponsor youth sports programs make a positive contribution to their community. Overall this can evoke a community wide feeling that a company understands the impact and importance of sports for their youth. This feeling can instill loyalty among a business' current and future patrons.

  • Possible tax incentive. Many youth sports organizations are registered nonprofit groups. If that is the case, businesses can get a tax break for making a charitable donation. That is just another added benefit of sponsoring youth sports.

For more information to support SVL, please contact:

Michael Hannon - President SVL.

by posted 08/20/2019


Youth sports will have a big impact on young players/athletes. Please do not underestimate the life lessons youth sports can offer all of us.


“My responsibility is leadership, and the minute I get negative, that is going to have an influence on my team.” Don Shula, Positive Coaching Alliance (2019).


1)    Be positive:


2)    R.O.O.T.S. Respect Officials, Opponents, Teammates and Self. SO important. A coach MUST be a role model for players when coaching and making comments about officials calls.


Today (5/4/2019), while I was officiating a youth game, a coach on the sideline FAR from the play exclaimed “That was the worst call I have ever seen!”. The coach was 70 yards from the call/foul. The official was 10 yards. Bottom line: Near or far; what message are you sending to student-athletes when you exclaim such a frustration?


Manchester Union Leader, Sunday May 5, 2019: Credit to coach Brad Stevens (Boston Celtics) for saying, “I don’t complain about officials. We have a lot of things we have to work on.”

3)    Athletes must learn to respect ALL participants in a sporting event. Please, as an administrator, a coach of a NHYLA team, or a parent on the sideline, be the best role model you can be for everyone involved in our game.




NHYLA is looking for sportsmanship nominations! If you see a team/league that exemplifies sportsmanship - please email  with your comments and recommendations!


Thank you again for ‘volunteering’ to fill a lacrosse role this season!

Please feel free to reach out to the VP of Girls and/or Boys at for resources when challenged with a situation and/or concern.

VP of Girls - NHYLA


Cathreen Stearn

by posted 07/15/2019
Contact Us

Souhegan Valley Lacrosse 
P.O. Box 1013
Milford, NH 03055

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Field Status
Hampshire Dome - Milford OPEN (11/13) 
Milford - N River Road - Milford TBD (11/13) 
Milford High School - Milford TBD (11/13) 
Souhegan Calvetti - Amherst TBD (11/13) 
Souhegan High School 1 - Amherst TBD (11/13) 
Souhegan High School 2 - Amherst TBD (11/13) 
Wilkins School (Front) - Amherst TBD (11/13) 
Wilkins Upper Field #1 - Amherst TBD (11/13) 
Wilkins Upper Field #2 - Amherst TBD (11/13)