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Norris C. Barnard

Hall of Fame


Inducted 1959


Swarthmore College

Barnard was born in 1897 in Westfield, N.J. and attended Manual Training High School in Brooklyn, N.Y., graduating in 1915. He went on to Swarthmore College where he graduated with an AB degree in 1919 and a mechanical engineering degree in 1923.

In high school, Barnard played football as well as lacrosse, and while at Swarthmore he lettered in lacrosse from 1916-19.

After college, Barnard moved on to the Crescent Athletic Club where he played for seven years, from 1920-26, and captained the team for its last three years in 1923, 1925, and 1926.

During Barnard's career at the Crescent Athletic Club, the team was always one of the best in the country and much of the credit should be given to Barnard's excellent goal keeping.

After moving to Philadelphia, he joined the Philadelphia Lacrosse Club and played with them in 1927 and 1928. He then went on to the Penn Athletic Club of Philadelphia, where he played for six years from 1929-34, and was captain of the 1930 and ‘31 teams.

After that, Barnard joined the Montclair (N.J.) Athletic Club and played for this club from 1935-37, and he captained the 1937 team. For eight years, from 1921-28, Barnard was one of the leading lacrosse officials and refereed many games at Cornell, Hobart, Lehigh, New York University, Princeton, Rutgers, Syracuse and Yale.

Barnard organized two different teams to play against the Crescent Athletic Club in a three-game series in July in both 1934 and 1935 at the Balsamas Hotel in Dixville Notch, N.H. In 1934, the Trent Athletic Club beat the Crescent Athletic Club two out of three games, and in 1935, the Montclair Athletic Club beat the Crescent Athletic Club two out of three games, and these games will long be remembered by the players and the guests of this famous hostelry.

Barnard was a member of the USILA Executive Committee in 1937 and is an honorary life member of the U.S. Lacrosse Coaches' Association.