Wissahickon Lacrosse Club (aka "Wisslax " or "WLC") is a nonprofit Community program whose purpose is to introduce the great game of Lacrosse to children in Grades K-8 residing in Wissahickon School District and neighboring townships without programs.
Wisslax was founded by Mike and Lisa Washabaugh in 1999 when Upper Dublin's community program, Crooked Crosse Lacrosse Club, had grown so large it could not accommodate players from other townships.
Lacrosse has been played in the Philadelphia area for many years, but the game was concentrated mainly in Inter-Ac and Delaware County Central League High Schools. It was not until the late 1990's / early 2000's that the game's popularity soared to record levels, and youth programs exploded in areas where lacrosse was either not played or not played very well!
In 2003, Tom Gannon took over the program and has worked diligently to preserve the legacy started by Mike and Lisa. Wisslax programming has continued to grow at every level. One of the clubs greatest successes was the decision to start K-2 programs from scratch in 2006. This has helped feed our 3rd-4th program with healthy numbers of fundamentally sound players. Wisslax has also worked hard to offer many offseason opportunities for our children to play in the fall and winter when it doesn't interfere with other sports. Tom turned the program over to Stephanie Horning and Chuck Wurzbach in 2013.
Wisslax is a feeder program for the Wissahickon HS Girls and Boys Lacrosse programs as well as many other local private schools. Wisslax alumni have been major contributors at WHS, GA, LaSalle, Penn Charter, Mount St. Joseph's Academy, and Gwynedd Mercy Academy. The first Wisslax class graduated college in 2008! Players from our program have played collegiately at Yale, Boston College, Princeton, Old Dominion, Mount Saint Mary, Georgetown, Temple, Dickinson, and the US Naval Academy to name a few. Lacrosse has helped open doors for these kids, and with the reputation of PA lacrosse at an all-time high, our children have the opportunity to use this great game as a stepping stone to a fine education.
Wisslax has been fortunate to be the beneficiary of wonderful partnerships with the WSD Buildings & Grounds Dept. and the Whitpain Twp Parks & Rec folks. Without question, Wisslax boasts the nicest fields in the area. Wissahickon HS fields are home for the 1st/2nd and 3rd/4th grade programs while the 5th/6th and 7th/8th grade program utilizes Center Square Park.