Playing one man short throughout almost the entire game, the Crimson rugby team lost its first league match to Princeton, 9 to 5, at Vassar Saturday, but maintained its lead in the Eastern Rugby Union standings.
The Crimson fifteen, which became the Crimson fourteen after Larry McQuade injured his leg in the opening five minutes, pressed the Tigers throughout the contest and was deep in Princeton territory with a chance to win when the final gun sounded. A three-point try and the two-point conversion would have been enough.
As it was, Ted Kennedy scored the only try for the varsity, and Bill Frate converted, after the team had trailed Princeton, 9 to 0, in the second half.
The loss dropped the Crimson to a 2-1 record in the league and raised Princeton to a 1-1 standing.