Outplayed for a period and a half, the varsity lacrosse team suddenly shook its lethargy Saturday and scored six goals before Cornell could again penetrate its defense. That devastating spurt carried the Crimson to a 13-9 victory--its fifth straight and first in Ivy League competition.
Trailing 4-3 in the second period, Harvard was left a man short when Tink Gunnoe incurred a one-minute penalty. Cornell attacked, but Crimson midfielder Larry Palmer recovered the ball and raced with it to the Cornell one. He passed to Lou Williams, who neatly eluded all defenders until the penalty was over.
The Crimson was stirred by the manpower. Gunnoe returned to the game, and with some agile stickwork drew two defenders to him. He flipped to Palmer near the crease, and the fleet sophomore tied the score with a hard shot to the corner of the goal.
Two minutes later Gunnoe--whose feed feeding and ballhandling were superb al afternoon--combined with Dex Newton on an identical play and Harvard led 5-4 at halftime.
In the third period the Crimson played its best lacrosse of the season. The defense checked closely and the weekend Cornell attack disintegrated. Harvard dominated play and scored its third straight when Dick Ames converted a pass from Ted Leary. Ames fed Williams and Leary hit captain Pete Wood for two more goals before the quarter ended, and Harvard led 8-4.
Wood scored again at the start of the final period, and when Nick Carroll finally tallied for Cornell the Big Red had been without a goal for almost two full periods. They scored several more against Crimson reserves in the final minutes but were never closer than three goals.
Gunnoe made two goals and three assists, and fired the team with his stick-handling, but he was not the only hero. Dick Ames collected four goals and an assist, despite a bad knee that hampered his movement. He consistently dodged his defenseman, a ponderous fellow named Arthur Birnkrant, to equal his season output of goals.
Leary, the third attackman, also had his best game of the year as he assisted on three goals and recovered numerous loose balls. Wood and Williams scored two goals apiece; in addition to Palmer and Newton, Mike Bassett also tallied once to complete the scoring.