HANOVER, N.H. – Behind eight points from junior attack Morgan Cheek, Harvard men's lacrosse (5-3, 1-1) cruised by Dartmouth, 14-7, Saturday afternoon at Scully-Fahey Field.
Cheek netted four goals and dished out four assists to pace the Crimson, while rookie Ryan Graff added four goals for his second hat trick of the year. Joe Lang and Nigel Andrews added two scores apiece.
Dartmouth (1-6, 0-1) utilized nine different point-getters, led by Jack Korzelius with two goals and Wiley Osborne with two assists.
Knotted at 1-1, the Crimson ripped off three-straight scores, capped by a laser from Nigel Andrews that snuck underneath the crossbar. Dartmouth answered with back-to-back goals to pull within one, 4-3, at the 6:32 mark. Harvard scored the final two of the quarter – including a great feed from Morgan Cheek to Carney Mahon.
Harvard scored four of the first five goals in the second quarter, starting with a snipe from Tim Edmonds to the top right corner of the net. The Big Green posted two scores over the final three minutes to pull within four, 10-6, at the half. For the half, Cheek finished with two goals and three assists.
Andrews used a swim move and Lang found Cheek in transition to double up the Big Green, 12-6, with 6:04 to play in the third quarter. The Crimson nearly shut out Dartmouth in the third, not allowing a goal for 14:42 and heading into the fourth ahead, 12-7.
Graff made a terrific catch in traffic off a feed from Cheek and Cheek followed with a bomb to account for the only tallies of the fourth quarter.
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The Crimson will play its third game over eight days when Albany visits Harvard Stadium Wednesday, March 29. The game will be broadcast live on Facebook Live and the Ivy League Digital Network.
Game Notes: Joe Lang extended his point-scoring streak to 25 games. Morgan Cheek extended his point-scoring streak to 26 games. Cheek extends his goal streak to 11 games. Harvard moves to 13-3 over the last two years when scoring 10-plus.