Lacrosse and the Spanish Flu- Will history repeating itself?
From 1917-1919 the nation was ravaged by the Spanish Flu Epidemic and World War I. College lacrosse was still played, despite some programs shutting down for a brief period. Harvard and Hobart didn’t field teams in either 1917 or 1918 while Johns Hopkins only played two games (Alumni & Carlisle Institute) and Yale didn’t play at all in 1917. Cornell suspended their program the longest, suspending play in 1917 and not returning until 1920.
2021 could very well see a repeat of what college lacrosse had from 1917-1919 during the Spanish Flu where the majority of schools in the southern half of the sports footprint play but many in the north decide to hold back.