CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Closing its three-game stretch on the road, Harvard men's lacrosse looks to cement its place in the Ivy League Tournament at Penn on Saturday, April 14 at 3 p.m. The game will be broadcast on ESPN3 and the Ivy League Network.
What to Watch For
• Morgan Cheek leads the Crimson with 49 points through 10 games, while Kyle Anderson and Joe Lang lead six others in double figures with 34 and 24 points, respectively, this season. Anderson holds the team lead with 29 goals, and ranks seventh nationally in goals per game (2.90). Cheek, meanwhile, ranks seventh in the country in assists per game (3.20).
• Senior goalie Robert Shaw has been one of the top netminders in the country, as he ranks sixth nationally in saves per game (12.40) while stopping 52.8 percent of shots on target. Shaw has made double-digit stops in nine of 10 outings, and has held three of the last six opponents to just eight goals.
• Harvard opened Ivy League play with 10-8 victories over Brown and Dartmouth, giving Harvard its first 2-0 start since 2014. The team's 7-1 start was its best overall since 1990, when the team went 12-3 with a second round NCAA Tournament appearance.
Last Time Out
Dropping its first contest in Ivy League play, then-No. RV/19 Harvard men's lacrosse fell on the road to then-No. 13/10 Cornell, 15-11, on Saturday afternoon at Schoellkopf Field.
Senior Morgan Cheek led the Crimson with five points, on two goals and three assists, while classmate Carney Mahon netted his first-career hat trick with three goals. Senior Robert Shaw tallied double-digit stops for the ninth time this season, making 11 saves.
The Ivy League Picture
Through four weeks of Ivy action, Harvard sits in third place, tied with Brown, with a 2-1 record. Harvard can clinch its spot in the Ivy League Tournament with a win over Penn on Saturday, coupled with a Dartmouth win at Princeton.
Leading the League
Forward Kyle Anderson leads the Ivy League with 2.90 goals per game, while Harvard as a team sports the best clearing percentage in the Ancient Eight at 89.8 percent.
National Player of the Week
After a record-breaking performance against BU and an Ivy League win March 20-24, senior Morgan Cheek of the men's lacrosse team was named the US Lacrosse National Player of the Week for March 18-24. He was also named the Baltimore Sun National Player of the Week on Tuesday.
The Wellesley, Massachusetts native broke the Harvard record for points in a single game with 13 against Boston University, scoring five goals with a program-best eight assists, in a 19-18 (OT) victory over the Terriers. Cheek scored the game-winning goal in overtime, which capped a six-goal comeback in the final seven minutes of the fourth quarter, and scored or assisted on six of the final seven Harvard goals to give the Crimson the win.
Cheek was also named a midseason All-America selection by Inside Lacrosse, and the senior has 44 points on 15 goals and 29 points in 2018.
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.
Penn is 5-6 on the season, including a 1-3 mark in Ivy play. Early in the season the Quakers upset then-No. 1 Duke, but have dropped three-straight entering Saturday's bout.
Simon Mathias leads the team with 37 points and 22 goals, while Kevin McGeary, Tyler Dunn and Adam Goldner have each scored at least 18 goals. Reed Junkin has seen the most time in goal, posting a 9.67 goals-against average wwith a .493 save percentage.
Penn has won 40.2 percent of face-offs this season, and is 7-for-17 on the man-up while allowing 13-for-37 while a man down.
Lending a Hand
The Crimson ranks third in the nation in assists per game, dishing 7.90 per outing. Cheek leads the way with 3.20 per game, which ranks seventh in the country, while Joe Lang has found his teammates for 1.56 per game, which is the 36th-most nationally. The Crimson has dished eight assists or more five times.
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 461 saves at Harvard. Cheek, meanwhile, ranks fifth in program history with 190 points.
The Crimson's magic number is 10, posting a 20-5 record over the last two-plus years when reaching double-digit goals. Harvard is 1-11 when scoring nine goals or less over that time. This year, Harvard is 7-0 when reaching double figures.
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 returns to Harvard Stadium for Senior Day and its home finale against Princeton on Saturday, April 21. The game will be broadcast on ESPN3 and the Ivy League Network.