The Organization and its History
Back in 1993, quite a few Yardley, Newtown and Langhorne lacrosse players played for Hopewell Valley Lacrosse, the only lacrosse program close to the Yardley/Langhorne area. Jerry Middlemiss was the men’s lacrosse coach at Trenton State College, and also was a coach at at Hopewell. The Hopewell Valley Lacrosse League finally convinced their high school to start up a varsity lacrosse program.Their high school club program would be shuttering its doors, leaving the Lower Bucks players out in the cold.
“Hey, Jerry, with all the players from your area, why don’t you start a lacrosse club in Yardley,” they said. And so, Lower Bucks Lacrosse was born, the first lacrosse club in the entire area. Paul Deppi, Doug Hopkins, Jerry Middlemiss, Kenneth Burko, Jerry Swartwood, Larry Genna, Harry Worral, Dennis Strobel, Jack Reeves, Ken Butko, Don Evanson, Rob Peterson, Don Johnson, and Jeff Tucker were the founding fathers, so to speak.
There was a scramble to secure coaches, fields, insurance, and even teams to play. But would the players come?
Come they did. That first season, spring of 1994, 80 players had registered, a rousing success by any measure. Enrollment steadily increased each year thereafter. In the early years, Lower Bucks competed in the South Jersey Lacrosse League; there were no area teams in Pennsylvania to play.The first teams were very successful, and even a handful of these inaugural LBL players went on to college lacrosse careers.
Not satisfied to simply grow their own program, the core LBL group then turned its target on area high schools. Dennis Strobel, one of the founders, was boy’s lacrosse coach at Conwell Egan High School. He was anxious to help establish other local high school lacrosse programs for his boys to compete against; everyone in LBL was anxious to have high level competition for their players beyond 8th grade. LBL began to work closely with the area high schools, pointing out that the LBL feeder program was already established, and high schools would have a great pool of talent from which to draw. It was this core group of LBL founders who are really responsible for the establishment of our area high school programs, which now compete with the best in the area and beyond.