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About fifty candidates for the University and Freshman lacrosse teams attended a meeting held in Sever 11 last evening. Various aspects of the game were discussed by W. F. Garcelon '95, C. E. Marsters '07, a former president of the Intercollegiate Lacrosse League, F. C. Alexander '10, captain of the team in 1910, and P. Gustafson '12, captain of last year's championship team.
Mr. Garcelon spoke of his personal interest in lacrosse and of its great value as a sport in which any style or build of athlete can win success. As a minor sport, lacrosse has developed amazingly during the last few years, and the result of last season's games in the eyes of the Athletic Association fully atones for and justifies the deficit of $2000 caused by the sport.
Marsters discussed the better and cleaner aspect of the game in recent years and said that Harvard teams had now attained a standard of excellence where the defeat of Johns Hopkins was most to be desired and worked for. This University has been undefeated for five years and every effort must be made to secure a victory for Harvard this season.
Gustafson devoted his attention chiefly to the practical side of the game and stated that the reason for past successes lay in the existence of a "family feeling" among all members of the team. Every man must apply himself diligently to learning the rudiments of the game, and Freshman candidates particularly should devote themselves to securing a mastery of the rules. Alexander was the last speaker, and after mentioning the success of the University teams in the last six years spoke of the formation of a Boston Lacrosse Club.
Prospects for Season Bright.
There are seven regular players back from last year's team and also a number of substitutes who will form a splendid nucleus for this year's twelve. In view of the large number of new candidates, prospects for a successful season are very bright. A southern training trip has been arranged for next month including games with Maryland, Mt. Washington, Annapolis, and Johns Hopkins. During May a trip has been planned to include games with Hobart and Cornell.
Candidates for both the University and Freshman teams will practice at Soldiers Field tomorrow at 4.30 to prepare for the class games which will be held on March 26, 27, and 28.
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