CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Returning to Ivy play with its third-straight game at home, Harvard men's lacrosse will take on Dartmouth on Saturday, March 24 at 2 p.m. The contest will be broadcast on NESNplus and the Ivy League Network.
What to Watch For
• Morgan Cheek leads the Crimson with 36 points through seven games, while Kyle Anderson and Joe Lang lead five others in double figures with 28 and 21 points, respectively, this season. Anderson holds the team lead with 24 goals, and ranks fifth nationally in goals per game (3.43). Cheek, meanwhile, ranks sixth in the country in assists per game (3.43).
• Senior goalie Robert Shaw has been one of the top netminders in the country, as he ranks fifth nationally in saves per game (12.86) while stopping 54.9 percent of shots on target. Shaw has made double-digit stops in six of seven outing, and has held two of the last three 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
Capping a record-breaking performance with a sudden victory goal in overtime, senior Morgan Cheek set a program record with 13 points as Harvard men's lacrosse stormed back from a six-goal fourth quarter deficit to defeat Boston University, 19-18, on Tuesday night at Harvard Stadium.
Cheek led an explosive Harvard offense with 13 points on five goals and eight assists, while senior Joe Lang pitched in nine points (four goals, five assists) and sophomore Kyle Anderson tallied eight (seven goals, one assist). The 30 combined points between the starting attack group also set a program record. Freshman Steven Cuccurullo earned 20 wins from the faceoff X, including a series of clutch wins to help Harvard to the comeback win.
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 38-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 38--game span, Cheek has recorded 170 points on 90 goals and 80 assists.
In Harvard's 19-18 (OT) victory over Boston University, senior Morgan Cheek broke the program record for points in a game (13), and tied the mark for assists (8). Additionally, Cheek paired with senior Joe Lang and sophomore Kyle Anderson for 30 combined points - the most for an attacking trio in Harvard history.
At the X
Freshman Steven Cuccurullo has asserted himself as one of the top faceoff men in the Ivy League, as he ranks third in the league with a 52.8% winning percentage at the X. Additionally, he leads the league in total faceoff wins with 84, and ranks in the top-20 nationally in ground balls per game with 5.71.
The Big Green is 2-4 on the season, with Saturday's contest serving as its conference opener. The two wins came against Canisius and Wagner.
George Prince leads the team with 17 points, on seven goals and 10 assists, while Ben Martin as scored a team-leading 12 times. George Christopher has seen the most time in goal, where he has posted an 11.64 goals-against average and 48.9 save percentage.
Dartmouth has won 37.2 percent of faceoffs this season, and have converted 6-of-21 man-up opportunities.
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 sixth place with 427 saves at Harvard. Cheek, meanwhile, ranks fifth in program history with 177 points.
Lending a Hand
The Crimson ranks second in the nation in assists per game, dishing 9.00 per outing. Cheek leads the way with 3.43 per game, which ranks sixth in the country, while Joe Lang has found his teammates for 2.00 per game, which is the 19th-most nationally.. The Crimson has dished eight assists or more in five of seven games this season.
Pacing the Ivies
The Crimson boasts the top scoring offense in the Ivy League, as it is netting 12.71 goals per game. Harvard is also tied with Yale for the league's longest active winning streak at five games. The two Ivy programs trail only Albany, which is on a seven-game winning streak.
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.
Multiple subscription options are available to fans, including school-specific and league-wide passes. To learn more about the Ivy League Network or to sign-up today, click here, or download the Ivy League Network app! The #ILN is also available on Apple TV and Roku.
Harvard travels to No. 1 Albany for its final non-conference matchup on Wednesday, March 28 at 7 p.m. The contest will be broadcast on AmericaEast.tv.