Four Players Record Hat Tricks as Men’s Lacrosse Downs Massachusetts, 16-11

Photo by Gil Talbot
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Five players had multi-point games (Gil Talbot).

AMHERST, Mass. – Led by four hat tricks and a blistering start, Harvard men's lacrosse earned its first victory of the season on the road, 16-11, over Massachusetts on Saturday afternoon at Garber Field.

Sophomores Ryan Graff and Kyle Anderson scored four goals each – a career high for both players – while seniors Morgan Cheek and Tim Edmonds tallied hat tricks of their own. The game marked the first time under Chris Wojcik, The Frisbie Family Head Coach for Harvard Men's Lacrosse, that four players have recorded a hat trick in the same game. Senior Robert Shaw eclipsed double-digit saves for the third time in three games, making 11 stops.

The Crimson scored early and often in the first half, as Cheek, Edmonds and Graff each recorded first-half hat tricks. Harvard scored the first eight goals of the game, coming over the first 14:27 of the opening quarter, as six different players scored to give Harvard a 13-6 lead at the intermission.

The scoring slowed down in the second half, as Harvard weathered every UMass run to secure the victory. Harvard regained an eight-goal advantage midway through the third after Cheek found Graff with one of his three assists in the game, but the Minutemen responded with four-straight goals to make it a four-goal game for the final quarter. Excelling in a defensive period, Anderson punctuated the win with his fourth score in the final minutes.

Harvard Highlights

  • Harvard had three players with a hat trick for the first time since last season against UMass Lowell (Feb. 18, 2017), and four players with a hat trick for the first time under head coach Chris Wojcik.
  • Cheek extended his points streak to 34 games, while posting his 15th-career hat trick. He caps a week with 13 points over two games.
  • Graff picked up his fourth-career hat trick, and has scored at least three points in each of the Crimson's first three games this season.
  • Edmonds also notched his fourth-career hat trick, finishing with a career-best five points on three goals and two assists.
  • Shaw tallied 11 saves between the posts, giving him double-figure saves in all three contests this season.

Game Notes

  • Harvard earned its fourth-straight win over Massachusetts, and its 17th in program history.
  • The 16 goals were the Crimson's most this season.
  • Cheek is now one assist away from breaking into the top-10 in program history, while Shaw is three saves from climbing to ninth on Harvard's all-time list.

What's Next?
Harvard returns to Jordan Field for a 1 p.m. clash with Hartford on Saturday, March 3. The game will be broadcast on the Ivy League Network.