In classic form, the Harvard laxmen extended their beaten streak to four games with a 21-5 loss to Brown yesterday afternoon, in the team's best single-game scoring effort to date.
"Well it's cold out," coach Bruce Munro said at the game's completion, as the team's blistering five goal attack failed to single the blazing Bruins.
The gray day hadn't seemed that way with 6:47 left in the first period, as Tom Hagerty and Bruce Bruckman each had tallied to tie the score at two apiece. But the 9-3 halftime score revealed the ghastly shadows of approaching doom.
A seldom seen ray of sunshine shone in the second period as sophomore Kevin McCall, the team's top scorer, stole the ball from the Brown defense at midfield and pumped it past their unintimidated goalie for the third goal.
Regaining his poise, he didn't permit a single Crimson score in the third period. McCall again gave the team a fourth quarter last gasp with the fourth goal, and Bill Tennis, after falling down on a fast break, slid through the Brown defense and scored the fifth point, breaking the previous best scoring performance of four goals.
Brown, ranked tenth in the nation, has lost only one of its five games to third seated Johns Hopkins. Harvard's record is now 0-4, although all losses have been to teams ranked in the top eleven.
Harvard's laxmen have this Saturday off, but resume their season next Wednesday against MIT for the unofficially designated 'Cambridge City Championship.'
"We didn't play well, we're a better team than this," Munro said. "Next week we should prove ourselves."
The freshman lax squad, on the other hand, extended its undefeated streak to three games by defeating Yale yesterday, 9-5.
Attackmen Bill McKenzie and Dave Anish and Middie Tony Chase paced the Crimson offense with two goals apiece. McKenzie now is the team's top scorer with 13 points.
Phil Kemp, Bill Boeschenstein and Mark Doherty each tallied once to round out the attack.
Tempers rose high in the game, and it took 15 penalties to keep things under
The Crimson scored all its points in the first three periods and succumbed to a slight Yale rally in the fourth quarter. "The score jumped from 9-2 to 9-5 and it had us a little worried," Mark Mahoney, the manager said yesterday.
The frosh resume their season next Wednesday against perennially strong Andover.