Please read below and help if you can. I would also like to take a minute to thank all of you who have helped Exeter Youth Lacrosse with our fund raising efforts. It has been inspiring to watch folks step up and do what they can. To date the efforts of various Exeter Lacrosse folks have resulted in donations that total over $70,000. Thank you all for everything that you have done and let’s keep Heather and the girls in our hearts and prayers has they move forward.
A Memory Book about Steve Arkell
There is a group of folks working on a project for Heather and the girls that will involve putting together the community’s stories about Steve into a book. I’m trying to get the word out. They would like to have stories by August 1st so they can put the book together before the girls are back at school. There will also be submission boxes at the Bartlett Library and Pilgrim Church for those who want to leave a hard copy.
For those of you who have vignettes and stories you would like to share with the Arkell family about your relationship with Steve, please start writing. We ask that you keep your writing and photos to one 8.5 X 11 inch page. We would like to receive your submissions by August 1st. Steve’s generosity of spirit and compassion lives on through all of our stories.
Last call for the final local camp of the summer. The Ultimate Lacrosse Camp is still accepting registrations. The camp is run in Stratham by former coaches and players of the Exeter Youth Lacrosse and Exeter High School programs. Registration is held at the Stratham P&R office. This camp is co-ed and begins July 21st and goes through the 24th. Camp times are 9:00am to 3:00pm for the boys and 9:00am to 1:00pm for the girls. For more information contact Lee Gunst at
Well, the season is over but it’s not time to put the gear away for the summer. This is a final reminder about three local lacrosse camps that I recommend every summer. I support these camps because they are operated by local coaches and former Exeter Youth Lacrosse and Exeter High School players but more importantly I support these camps because I have received very positive feedback from parents and players who have participated in these camps in the past.
The girl’s camp, led by Coach Preneta (the girl’s varsity coach at EHS) began this past Monday and continues through Friday. There was no camp on Tuesday so you have only missed 1 night. Contact the Exeter High School Athletic office to see if you can still get in. Camp times are 6:00 to 8:00 pm.
The boy’s camp, led by Coach Holly (the boy’s varsity coach at EHS) begins next Monday, June 23 and goes through Thursday the 26th. Camp times are 5:00 to 7:30pm.
You can register for these camps at the Exeter High School Athletic office. There is more information at the EHS web site. Go to Athletics then Summer Camps.
A third camp that I promote is the Ultimate Lacrosse Camp and it is held in Stratham by former coaches and players of the Exeter Youth Lacrosse and Exeter High School programs. Registration is held at the Stratham P&R office. This camp is co-ed and begins July 21st and goes through the 24th. Camp times are 9:00am to 3:00pm for the boys and 9:00am to 1:00pm for the girls. For more information contact Lee Gunst at
Have fun this summer and keep a stick in your hand. Watch our web site in the fall for indoor game and clinic opportunities over the fall and winter.
Wayne M. Demers
Exeter Youth Lacrosse
As you begin your spring cleaning keep the Exeter Youth Lacrosse program in mind. Each year we outfit a small group of new players with equipment. Without this equipment they would not be able to afford the game. This year we have depleted our supply of gently used gear. As you clean out the garage or closet in the playroom please keep us in mind. If you have any equipment that you feel would benefit a new young player please consider passing it on to the Exeter Youth Lacrosse program. If you have used equipment you may drop it off at 7 Granite Street in Exeter. Just leave it on the front steps if no one is home.
Also, if you have an old goal sitting in your back yard that you would like to get out of the yard please let me know. I will happily make arrangements to come by and pick up the goal. This season we have 278 players playing on U9, U11, U13, & U15 boys and girls teams. We also have an additional 55 Little Guys (K-2) playing our Saturday morning program. We need more playing space and more goals than ever before.
Thank you for your consideration and come watch our teams play at their home field behind the old Exeter High School. The NH Youth Lacrosse Association season (U11 – U15) begins on April 14th this year and the U9 season begins on April 20th.
Nike sticks are made by STX so basically the same, just different colors.
The final analysis seems to be that when purchasing a girl’s stick you are better off buying a better stick. The better stick will make catching and throwing easier and unlike the boys sticks which get broken on a regular basis the girls sticks can last for a number of years. The boy’s game is much more physical with more stick checking which results in more broken sticks.
On May 4th the Exeter High School varsity girls hosted the Exeter Youth Lacrosse girls teams and the CMS team to a night of excellent lacrosse and a clinic after the game. A good time was had by all!!!
2010 Exeter High School
Girls Youth Lacrosse Night
Each year the players from the EYLA girl’s teams are invited to attend a special high school varsity lacrosse game. After the game the youth players are invited onto the field to participate in drills conducted by the varsity girls. All players are welcome and we hope to have a full turnout for the 2011 High School Youth Night. Game date will be announced in the spring once the team’s schedule has been announced. A boy’s night will also be scheduled.
Once again this season Dr. Churchill is offering Custom made Mouth Guards free as a community service to any player in our program. I cannot stress the importance of using mouth guards to protect against concussions. If your player is baulking at wearing a mouth guard because it doesn’t fit correctly, this may be for you.
You should also be aware that league and US Lacrosse rules require all players to wear mouth guards. A change to the rule this year requires all mouth guards to be colored – so that officials can easily determine whether a player does, in fact, have a mouth guard in place.
I have talked to one parent who took advantage of this last year and she was very pleased with the service that she received.
My name is Dr. Katherine Churchill and I am a dentist in Exeter. I have just recently started a youth mouth guard community service program that has been approved by the ExeterParks and Recreation department. I know that the Exeter Lacrosse program is an independent organization and would like to invite your program's athletes to join as well. The program provides one free custom fit mouth guard to each athlete age 5-18 per year. Additional mouth guards and or duplicates are $10 each within the same year. To have a custom mouth guard made, a quick impression of their upper teeth takes approx. 5 minutes. We make the mouth guards in our office so turn around is fairly quick. We can even make mouth guards that can be attached directly to helmets as well. Please let me know if you would like to participate in this program. You can call me any questions at my office or discuss details at: (603) 772-3351 (M-Th 8am- 5pm). Thank you for your time. I hope to hear from you soon.