CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Entering a midweek matchup winners of four straight, Harvard men's lacrosse will continue its three-game homestand on Tuesday, March 20 against Boston University at Harvard Stadium. The 7 p.m. contest will be broadcast on NESN and the Ivy League Network.
What to Watch For
• Morgan Cheek leads the Crimson with 23 points through six games, while Kyle Anderson and Ryan Graff lead four others in double figures with 20 and 17 points, respectively, this season. Anderson holds the team lead with 17 goals, and ranks 14th nationally in goals per game (2.83). Cheek, meanwhile, ranks eighth in assists per game (2.67).
• Senior goalie Robert Shaw has been one of the top netminders in the country, as he ranks third nationally in saves per game (13.67) and fourth in save percentage (59.4%). Shaw has made double-digit stops in every game, and has held each of the last two opponents to just eight goals.
• Harvard opened Ivy League play with a 10-8 victory over Brown, it's first conference-opening win since 2015. The Crimson is receiving votes in both the coaches & media polls, and was slotted at No. 18 by US Lacrosse Magazine.
Last Time Out
Kicking off Ivy League action with a win, Harvard men's lacrosse led from start to finish in a 10-8 victory over Brown on Saturday afternoon at Jordan Field.
Senior goalie Robert Shaw made a season-high 17 saves in goal to lead the way, while seven different players scored on the offensive end. Sophomore Kyle Anderson tallied his fourth hat trick of the season with three goals, while freshman Bryn Evans netted his first two career scores. Seniors Morgan Cheek and Joe Lang dished three assists apiece.
Rookie of the Week
Freshman Bryn Evans was named the Ivy League Rookie of the Week on March 19 after scoring his first two-career goals against Brown, including the game-winning score.
Evans netted a career-best two goals against the Bears, helping Harvard to its fourth-straight win and a 5-1 overall record. He gave Harvard an early 1-0 lead with an early strike, and added a third quarter goal that pushed the advantage out of reach.
Evans joins classmate Steven Cuccurullo with Rookie of the Week honors, as the face-off man collected two awards earlier this season.
Senior Morgan Cheek enters the weekend on a 37-game point streak that dates back to April 17, 2015. The stretch is the ninth-longest in the country, and the second-longest among Ivy League student-athletes. Over the 37-game span, Cheek has recorded 157 points on 85 goals and 72 assists.
Four the Merrier
Harvard is one of three teams this season to have four players score a hat trick in the same game, as seniors Morgan Cheek and Tim Edmonds and sophomores Ryan Graff and Kyle Anderson tallied the feat in a 16-11 win over UMass. Army West Point also recorded four with a hat trick against UMass, while Delaware accomplished the mark against Monmouth.
Lockdown on D
The Crimson limited Providence and Brown to eight goals apiece, the fewest Harvard has allowed this season. Robert Shaw made 14 saves against the Friars and a season-high 17 saves in the Ivy opener with Brown, sustaining his streak of double-digit saves in every game this season.
The Harvard defense was a perfect 3-for-3 on the Friars extra-man opportunities and forced eight turnovers, while Harvard went 3-for-4 against Brown with seven caused turnovers.
Scouting Boston University
The Terriers are 4-4 this season, with all four of its wins coming in the non-conference. BU has tallied two wins away from home, coming at Bryant (8-7) and Air Force (15-9).
Chris Gray leads the team with 31 points over eight games, coming on 14 goals and 17 assists. James Burr and Jack Wilson lead five others with double-figure points, tallying 25 and 22, respectively.
Joe McSorley has seen the most time in goal, posting a 10.61 goals-against average with a 51.5% save percentage. As a team, BU has won 42.6 percent of its faceoffs.
In the Back of the Net
Senior Morgan Cheek led five players with double-digit goal tallies in 2017, scoring 37 goals with a team-best 67 points. Sophomore Ryan Graff placed second on the team a year ago with 20 goals, while senior Joe Lang beat the goalie 19 times while dishing 10 assists.
In total, Harvard returns an astounding 141 of 142 goals scored last year (99.3%).
Climbing the Ladder
Seniors Robert Shaw and Morgan Cheek have started their ascent through the Crimson record books, with Shaw entering the weekend in seventh place with 419 saves at Harvard. Cheek, meanwhile, ranks 10th in program history with 164 points.
Lending a Hand
The Crimson ranks sixth in the nation in assists per game, dishing 7.83 per outing. Cheek leads the way with 2.67 per game, which ranks eighth in the country, while Joe Lang has found his teammates for 1.40 per game. The Crimson has dished eight assists or more in four of six games this season.
Ivy League Network
The Ivy League Network returns for a fifth season as the home for all live streaming and on-demand video content for each of the conference's eight institutions. Broadcast in full HD and featuring a live score bug and play-by-play and color commentary, the Ivy League Network provides fans with unprecedented access to the Ancient Eight. Full archives of every game on the Ivy League Network are also available.
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Harvard continues its three-game homestand with Boston University on Tuesday, March 20 at either Harvard Stadium or Jordan Field. The game will be broadcast on NESN and the Ivy League Network.