OVERVIEW

BOYS HIGH SCHOOL LACROSSE
Until 2009, The Eastern Pennsylvania Scholastic Lacrosse Association (EPSLA) was the governing body for boys lacrosse in the PLA Chapter area. The EPSLA included public, private and parochial school teams, which reflects the history of the growth of the game at the high school level in Pennsylvania.

In October 2006, however, the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) voted to sanction boys lacrosse in Pennsylvania, effective July 1, 2008. Beginning with the 2009 spring sports’ season, all schools sponsoring lacrosse and their players were required to comply with all PIAA standards. This development has altered the boys high school lacrosse landscape, but has potentially helped expand the boys game in schools that used non-PIAA status as the reason to withhold support for the sport.
The PIAA held its first state championship game in 2009. Non-PIAA schools have been making adjustments to thrive in the new PA lacrosse world order. The Inter-Ac started its own post-season tournament in 2009 and the tournament has become a highly respected and prestigious end-of-season invitational.

The EPSLA LEAGUES as an organization is expected to continue to evolve in the PIAA era and is expected to remain intact as a US Lacrosse "Area" for purposes of allocating post-season honors, including All-American, Academic All-American, All-EPSLA, Coach of the Year, Man of the Year, George Kruse Sportsmanship awards, League MVP and other honors.
 

OVERVIEW

LEAGUES
All high school teams in the PLA Chapter area remain organized into the following leagues within EPSLA:
Click here for public schools schedules and scores. Click here for private/IAC schedules and scores.
 
 

Bicentenial
Catholic
Central
Chesmont
Independant Lehigh Valley interscholastic athletic conference (LVIAC)
Pioneer Athletic Conference (Pac-10)
Philadelphia Public League (PPl)
Suburban One (American | Continental | National) Friend School Leage (FSL)
interac (IAC)
Independant
Tri-city

 
Bicentenial
Catholic
Central
Chesmont
Independant
Lehigh Valley interscholastic athletic conference (LVIAC)
Pioneer Athletic Conference (Pac-10)
Philadelphia Public League (PPl)
Suburban One (American | Continental | National)
Friend School Leage (FSL)
interac (IAC)
Independant
Tri-city
 
Yearly awards for all-league selections can be found at Phillylacrosse.com.
 
OTHER PENNSYLVANIA LEAGUES
High schools in other parts of the state are organized under either the Central Pennsylvania Scholastic Lacrosse Association (CPSLA) or the Western Pennsylvania Scholastic Lacrosse Association (WPSLA). The CPSLA teams used to comprise the "Mid-Penn" League within the Pennsylvania Scholastic Lacrosse Association (EPSLA's predecessor), but re-organized themselves as a separate league in 2003 to coincide with the formation of the Central Pennsylvania Chapter of US Lacrosse from several regions formerly in the PLA Chapter area. The growth of the high school game in Central PA in part reflected the effort of the PSLA and the PLA to provide financial assistance, including grants from the PLA's New Start program, to support both youth and high school lacrosse in the Harrisburg, Lancaster and York areas, including Ephrata, Lampeter-Strasburg, Central Susquehana, Conestoga Valley, Hershey, Garden Spot, Penn Manor and others. You can follow some of the Mid-Penn action on the following website, PennLive.com.
 
 
STATE CHAMPIONSHIP
The PIAA ran its first post-season tournament in 2009. In a game that featured two nationally ranked teams, LaSalle topped Conestoga to claim the title—see Explorers Claim 1st PIAA Title. The PIAA conducts only one state championship division for boys and girls—the PIAA will not sponsor class designations (i.e., AA, AAA, AAAA) until a certain number of teams across the state play the game. More information will follow as the PIAA makes it available.

Until 2009, the champions of the three leagues in Pennsylvania—the EPSLA, CPSLA and WPSLA—played every year in early June for the Keystone Cup, which was awarded to the best boys' high school in the Commonwealth. Through 1968, the Pennsylvania boy’s lacrosse state champion was selected by the coaches. From 1969 until the establishment of the Keystone Cup in 2000, the PSLA conducted the Pennsylvania High School Boys State Championship Tournament, which involved a playoff system. The State Champion was awarded the Avery Blake Memorial Trophy.