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The Great Fire

In the spring of 1912, lacrosse captain and team founder Ed Powell led the team to a 1-6 season. Despite the record, classmates hailed “Eddie” as the force behind the one of the newest sports on campus.  The three-year-old team faced strong opponents, including Harvard — whose collegiate history in lacrosse extends back to 1885 — and Mt. Washington — a club team comprised of stars from Johns Hopkins, Swarthmore, and several Canadian teams.  Their final game of the season also became their first win, a 6-0 tromping against Baltimore Polytechnic Institute.  The team’s “thrilling plays and excellent team-work” helped contribute to the win in the face of their earlier season losses.

The following fall, Powell, a member of the Class of 1913, witnessed the Great Fire as well as the rebuilding process that took place in the aftermath.  His pictures of the blaze help us document this integral time…

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