After six consecutive games on the road Harvard's itinerant lacrosse team comes home this afternoon to engage Brown at the Business School field. Game time is 3 P.M.
Things have not been going well for the Crimson. Last Saturday it was penalized 15 times and gave up eight goals with a man in the penalty box while losing to Cornell, 12-10. Defeat might still have been avoided if the Crimson's first attack unit had been functioning more effectively.
The trio could manage only two goals all afternoon, and Coach Bruce Munro has spent this week trying to pull things together.
The principle trouble is still inexperience. Lou Williams is a seasoned crease man, but Tink Gunnoe is still learning his new position after moving up from the midfield. And Dick Ames, a sophomore, has typical sophomore problems.
Gunnoe has racked up a number of assists, but most have been passes to mid-fielders, not attackmen. Munro has been driving the boys hard, trying to develop more cohesion in the attacking unit around the goal. He is optimistic, but admits the team needs more practice.
Fortunately Brown does not count as an Ivy opponent. The Bruins instituted lacrosse only recently, and did not enter the league this year. Nevertheless, they can be a formidable foe.
Bruins Known for Roughness
First of all, they are coached by Cliff Stevenson (who also handles the Brown soccer team), a fellow reknown for his rugged style of play. Secondly, the Bruins have won at least three games thus far, including a 20-1 pounding of Franklin and Marshall. Last year Harvard scored a 11-7 victory, and today's game will be no pushover, especially if Munro does some experimenting.
For the time being, however, Munro will at least keep his midfields set. The first trio is Pete Wood, one of the team's top scorers, Tink Leroy and Mike Tyler.
The second midfield, which was particularly outstanding against Cornell, contains Wally Whitney, Sam Barton, and Joe Prahl. Barton scored three times and Whitney twice against the Big Red. The third unit is comprised of Mike Bassett, Bruce Caputo, and Charles Light. Munro has indicated he might give his fourth group a chance to play more against Brown, than in past games.