CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Celebrating its 15-member senior class while hosting its final contest of 2018 at Harvard Stadium, Harvard men's lacrosse welcomes Princeton for a pivotal Ivy League clash on Saturday, April 21 at 1 p.m. The game will be broadcast on the Ivy League Network.
What to Watch For
• Morgan Cheek leads the Crimson with 53 points through 11 games, while Kyle Anderson and Joe Lang lead six others in double figures with 37 and 25 points, respectively, this season. Anderson holds the team lead with 32 goals, and ranks seventh nationally in goals per game (2.91). Cheek, meanwhile, ranks seventh in the country in assists per game (3.00).
• Cheek became the 10th player in program history to score 100 goals on Saturday at Penn, and he is six points away from becoming the fifth Crimson student-athlete to eclipse 200 points.
• Harvard is tied for third in Ivy League play with a 2-2 record with Brown, and closes the season with matchups vs. Princeton and at Yale. A win on Saturday would knock the Tigers out of postseason contention, while a win coupled with a Penn loss at Dartmouth would secure an Ivy tournament spot for the Crimson.
Last Time Out
Falling in a strong defensive battle, Harvard men's lacrosse was topped by Penn, 11-7, on Saturday afternoon at Franklin Field.
Senior Morgan Cheek and sophomore Kyle Anderson scored three goals each, giving them their third and sixth hat tricks of the season, respectively. Cheek's third goal was his 100th-career goal, making him the 10th player in program history to reach the mark. Senior Carney Mahon added a goal and an assist, while senior Robert Shaw made 15 saves between the posts.
The Ivy League Picture
With two weeks remaining in Ivy play, only Yale has secured its spot at the Ivy League Tournament in New York City May 4-6. Cornell can clinch a spot with one win over its final two games, while Harvard and Brown both control their own destiny for qualification. Penn and Princeton can still qualify, while Dartmouth is mathematically eliminated.
Saturday's game coincides with Crimson Palooza, a fan fest event surrounding Saturday's lacrosse, baseball, softball and tennis events. All undergraduates who attend Saturday's game will receive free ice cream cones, and there will be a postgame autograph session on the field.
Prior to the clash with Princeton, Harvard will celebrate the accomplishments of its senior class: Beau Bayh, Peter Blynn, Morgan Cheek, Sean Coleman, Tim Edmonds, Spencer Evans, Michael Farber, Joe Kearney, Joe Lang, Carney Mahon, Robert Mencke, John O'Leary, J.T. Palladino, Jake Scott and Robert Shaw. The class has helped Harvard to 28 total victories, including an appearance in the Ivy League tournament championship. The 15-member group has combined for 484 points and 476 saves.
All About Anderson
Sophomore Kyle Anderson has had a breakout sophomore campaign, scoring 32 goals with five assists and 11 ground balls. The 32-goal season, with two games remaining, already ranks in the top-20 all-time at Harvard for a single season, and he is on pace to climb into the top-10. Anderson leads the team with six hat tricks this season, including a career-best seven goals againt Boston University on March 20.
The Downington, Pennsylvania native has scored a goal in 11-consecutive contests, which ranks second in the Ivy League. Only six players nationally have a goal streak of 12 games or longer.
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.
Princeton holds a 6-5 record on the season, but is 1-3 in Ivy League play. It's only Ivy win came last weekend against Dartmouth, while the Tigers have had setbacks against Penn, Yale and Brown.
Michael Sowers leads teh team with 72 points on 24 goals and 48 assists, while Phillip Robertson and Austin Sims have netted 29 and 27 goals, respectively. Tyler Blaisdell has started all 11 games in goal, where he holds a .516 save percentage at 11.99 goals-against average.
Princeton has won 48.3 percent of face-offs this season, and is 22-for-45 on the man-up while allowing 16-for-37 while a man down.
Leading the League
Forward Kyle Anderson leads the Ivy League with 2.91 goals per game, while Harvard as a team sports the best clearing percentage in the Ancient Eight at 90.7 percent. Additionally, goalie Robert Shaw ranks second in the Ivy League and fourth nationally with 12.64 saves per game.
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 476 saves at Harvard. Cheek, meanwhile, ranks fifth in program history with 194 points.
Home Field Advantage
Harvard is 39-19 at home under Chris Wojcik '96, The Frisbie Family Head Coach for Harvard Men's Lacrosse, including a 12-5 record over the last two-plus years. The Crimson is 17-14 in Harvard Stadium with Wojcik at the helm, and boasts a 22-5 record at Jordan Field.
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 treks to Yale for its regular-season finale on Saturday, April 28 at noon. The game will be broadcast nationally on ESPNU.