In the fall of 1997, Ed Egan, Bill Messler and Andy Scott started youth lacrosse in the East Penn area. Lower Macungie Youth Association sponsored boys and girls lacrosse in the spring of 1998 for 7th and 8th graders and the "lacrosse craze" in the Lehigh Valley was officially underway. Our LMYA middle school teams enjoyed a successful year, winning 75% of their games in the first season. In 1999, we fielded LMYA high school boys and girls lacrosse. The kids paid their dues that first season, playing established programs from the Philadelphia suburbs. Ed Egan coached our boys team and Toni Torpey coached the girls during season #1. They deserve tremendous credit for their hard work, determination and patience in teaching a brand new sport to novice players.
As interest in lacrosse continued to grow, the
Emmaus Lacrosse Club was founded in 2000. Organizers felt that if the program was to thrive, a strong Emmaus High School affiliation was an integral part of such growth. Many individuals worked tirelessly to organize and successfully raise the funds necessary to support our school-affiliated club. Specifically, Andy Scott, Bill Messler, and Scott Tomkinson spearheaded the effort to make our school affiliation a successful one. Stu Speicher was our inaugural boys coach and Toni Torpey was our first girls coach. The boys had a great first season, sporting a 9-4 won/loss record. In 2001, the boys posted a 16-4 record and ended the season with a thrilling 9-8 OT win over Moravian Academy to win the PVLL championship. In 2003, the boys again advanced to the PVLL championship game but dropped a close game to Moravian Academy. The class of 2003 should be commended for their passion and determination in putting Emmaus Lacrosse "on the map." Christian Messler, Jeff Scott, Byron Coons, Josh Lichtenwalner, Mike Hennsinger, Ben Storms, Pat Livingston, Ryan Tomkinson and others stepped up to help Emmaus Lacrosse become successful in its early years.
2004 and 2005 were rebuilding years for our program. We maintained a winning tradition both years, posting identical 10-7 records. In 2006, John McCloskey (formerly the Lehigh Univ. head coach) became our head coach and we immediately improved as a team, advancing again to the PVLL championship game (against Perkiomen Valley). In 2007, Andy Scott took the program's reigns as head coach, and with a great nucleus of seniors, the Hornets captured the PVLL crown with a convincing 14-8 win over Easton. Seniors Tim Campbell, Todd Allegar, Jake Hubble, Nick Parks, James Anasti, and Stephen DeSandis led the way. Jef Hewlings took the reins of Emmaus Lacrosse in 2008. Coach Hewlings came with an impressive resume of building programs both in and out of the Philadelphia area (Malvern, Ridley, and Penncrest, as well as in Oneonta, NY). The Hornets came out swarming en route to a 16-3 record and finished the season as the best team in the Lehigh Valley by besting Easton 12-9 in the final PVLL championship game.

In 2009 the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) recognized boys' lacrosse as a sanctioned sport throughout the state, and the Hornets set out to win the first ever District 11 boys' lacrosse championship and advance in the inaugural PIAA state tournament. The Hornets captured the district championship and finished the season with a program best 19 wins (19-5), while winning its first ever state playoff game by outlasting Lower Merion 7-5. In 2010, the team repeated its 2009 performance, finishing the season as both LVC and District 11 champions and again advancing to the state quarterfinals, losing to eventual state champion Conestoga. The 2010 graduating seniors finished their high school careers with a 50-0 record in the Lehigh Valley, while advancing into the state playoffs in each of their 4 years as part of the program. With continued excellent coaching at the youth level, Emmaus Lacrosse will continue to set its goals high as the program prepares for the 2011 season - and beyond.