It is almost impossible to herald the coming importance of one of Harvard's weakest minor sports without arousing, a great deal of skeptical protest. It is perhaps equally difficult to give lacrosse the serious consideration that it merits at present. But the game of lacrosse is rapidly ceasing to be such a colossal joke as many have thought it in the past. It commands the sympathy of a long suffering under-dog.
Just now no athletic organization of minor importance is working quite so hard as the lacrosse team under a young and enthusiastic coach to live down ten years of universal contempt. On last Saturday it suddenly was brought to public attention by robbing Princeton of its annual victory, as the newspaper headlines so ironically put it.
Unfortunately there still remains the stigma of those long years when lacrosse was regarded more as a delusion than an activity. Undoubtedly the winning Harvard team received far less commendation than those who lost for Princeton. At Princeton lacrosse is a firmly supported sport.
When a team has brought unexpected honor to Harvard, when it has shown by its consistent energy that it is willing to sustain that honor, then it at least deserves a trial by jury, a serious reconsideration. Such is the new status of Harvard lacrosse.