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Harland W. Meistrell

Hall of Fame


Inducted 1962


Princeton University

Meistrell, better known as Tots, was educated in Brooklyn and graduated from Erasmus Hall High School in 1919 where he helped organize the school's first lacrosse team in 1916. He was captain of the 1919 team.

In 1920, Tots went to Rutgers University and played on the varsity football team as a freshman. His outstanding ability gave him the opportunity to reorganize lacrosse at Rutgers by setting up a team and coaching.

In 1921 Tots transferred to Princeton University, where he organized, assisted in coaching and arranged a schedule of games. This was the first lacrosse team at Princeton since 1883. In 1958, "The Tots Meistrell Bowl" was awarded to the winner of the annual Rutgers-Princeton lacrosse game for the first time.

After leaving Princeton, Tots played for the Crescent Athletic Club, helped organize and coach the squadron "C" Cavalry team, and played in many club games including the Olympic trials in 1932. Tots was one of the original organizers of the Metropolitan Lacrosse Association and was its first president. He officiated for ten years, coached for eight and was an active player over a period of nineteen years.

After his college life at Princeton, Tots went on to get a law degree from St. John's University in Brooklyn. Tots' main occupations were as a real estate broker, and owner and director of the Great Neck Dog Training Center, a world renowned dog training school. Tots has written and published many articles and books on the subject of dog training.

Tots Meistrell passed away in 1963.