We would recommend to the attention of the Lacrosse Team the tactics employed by the University Foot-ball Eleven in most of their games last fall. Their principal object was to gain as much as possible in the first few minutes of the game before their opponents had time to gauge their strength. With this in view they started out with a brisk, driving game and nearly every time succeeded in demoralizing their opponents and scoring inside of fifteen minutes.
It was plain to all who witnessed the game of lacrosse with the University of New York last Saturday that if our men had put forth their full strength at the beginning they would easily have scored. But by the delay the New York men had time to estimate our strength and quickly decided on a "block-game," by which they gave up hope of winning but succeeded in repulsing our most vigorous assaults.
With such a strong team as Harvard has this spring, it is not likely that she will be required to resort to the defensive game to any great extent. But while the men are practising to strengthen their assaults on goal, it will be well for them to try from time to time a systematic advance of the whole team, neglecting their defence to a certain extent, and using all possible means to strengthen their assault. In the excitement and nervousness of the first few minutes of a game, and with the disadvantage of a strange ground, none but a decidedly superior team could withstand such an attack. But after the first excitement has passed, a much inferior team can block their opponents and prevent scoring, though tacitly acknowledging their fear of defeat by massing around goal and playing only on the defence.