With practically every position on the team wide open,-Coach George Hanford's lacrosse charges will get their first taste of combat Wednesday when Tufts invades the Crimson bailiwick.
Though they have had only a week of outdoor practice, the stickmen have been working out for the last month in Briggs Cage, and have already shown flashes of mid-season form, especially around the enemy cage. Dink Donahu and Jay Hurley, veterans of last year's medicore team, will be first in line when starting attack posts are handed out, and, Jack Roemor and Brackett who doubles at midfield, lead a host of other attack aspirants.
Captain Tom Bridge, Rush Overholt, and Mac Broderick, three more veterans, have first claim on defense positions, but they have a fight on their hands to keep from giving way to Don Page and Ed Dav s, two' big and talented Freshmen.
In the midfield there is even less certainty about quarters. Prominently mentioned are veterans George Angell and Ed Barber, as well as Bracket, Jim Conway, and Dave Thompson, up from last year's Freshman squad. The situation is further complicated, in a pleasant sort of way, by the improvement shown by many of the newcomers to the Varsity, among them Bud Lane, Newt Peabody, and tom Allen.
Jerry Levy, first string goalie of the '45 team, holds, a slight edge by dint of his experience, over Norm Cameron, who has been out of action for two years.
Coach Hanford explained that experience would probably be the determining factor for starting assignments in the Tufts clash but new face will be popping up during the season as the newcomers realize their potentialities. Things in general looked in Saturday's slambang, two hour scrimmage, but "we don't know how we'll stack up against another team," asserted Hanford, Enthusizsm is one quality that the stickmen are long on, as became painful obvious Saturday when several men limped off the field after close-contact skirmishes.
Hanford stressed the spectator appeal of the sport, which combines some of the more spectacular features of hockey, basketball, football, and tennis, together with a dash of old-fashioned mayhem.
The intensive schedule calls for eight contest in less than four weeks. In keeping with the University's recent ruling, all of the tiffe will be with near-by teams, eliminating the annual southern spring trip.
April 14, Tufts; 17, M. I. T. away; 19, New' Hampshire away; 21, Tufts away; 24, Exeter; 28, Andover; May 1, M. I. T. 5, Yale away; 8, Springfield away.