The story behind the Mount Anthony Lacrosse Association

Welcome! The Mount Anthony Lacrosse Association is a youth lacrosse club serving Bennington, North Bennington, Pownal, Shaftsbury, Woodford, Vermont and the surrounding area. MALA consists of 4 boys’ teams and 4 girls’ teams.

MALA was founded by Scarsdale, New York native Chris Shea in the Spring of 1996. He is still active in the organization to this day. In 1996 MALA started with two boys’ teams consisting of 26 boys from the sixth to eight grade. The Spring of 1997 saw the addition of the boys’ high school club team. Breakthrough for girls’ lacrosse happened in the Spring of 1998 with a middle school and high school club team. By the Spring of 2000 the boys and girls JV and Varsity teams became a full fledged school sponsored program and is no longer part of MALA. It is the Mount Anthony Union (MAU) High School Patriots! 2001 saw players starting younger and younger when we added the U11 boys’ team and it got even younger when we established the U9 instructional program in 2005.