Men's Lacrosse Looks to Upend No. 2/1 Yale on ESPNU

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Harvard at Yale
April 28, 2018
                 12 p.m.
Reese Stadium
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Harvard trails, 38-62
W, 9-8 (4/29/2017)
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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Closing the 2018 regular season with the opportunity to qualify for the 2018 Ivy League Tournament, Harvard men's lacrosse will travel to New Haven for a Saturday, April 28 matchup with No. 2/1 Yale. The action begins at noon, and will be broadcast nationally on ESPNU.

What to Watch For
Morgan Cheek leads the Crimson with 56 points through 12 games, while Kyle Anderson and Joe Lang lead six others in double figures with 39 and 28 points, respectively, this season. Anderson holds the team lead with 32 goals, and ranks 15th nationally in goals per game (2.67). Cheek, meanwhile, ranks seventh in the country in assists per game (2.83).

• Cheek became the 10th player in program history to score 100 goals on Saturday at Penn, and he is three points away from becoming the fifth Crimson student-athlete to eclipse 200 points. Cheek would also become the fifth player to record 100 assists should he register at least five on Saturday.

• Harvard is tied for fourth in Ivy League play with a 2-3 record with Princeton and Brown. A win on Saturday, coupled with a Princeton loss to Cornell would ensure a berth to the Ivy Tournament for the Crimson.

Last Time Out
On an afternoon where Harvard honored its 15-member senior class, the men's lacrosse team fell to Princeton, 15-10, on Saturday afternoon at Harvard Stadium.

Senior Joe Lang led the way with three goals, while classmates Morgan Cheek and Carney Mahon tallied three points each on two goals and an assist. Senior Robert Shaw made 10 saves in goal, while sophomore Jonathan Butler caused a game-high three turnovers.

#Beat Yale
Harvard is looking for its second-straight win over a nationally-ranked Yale squad, as the Crimson took down the 11th-ranked Bulldogs, 9-8, a year ago at Harvard Stadium. Harvard has won four of the last six meetings with Yale, and six of the last seven meetings have been decided by one goal.

The Ivy League Picture
With one week remaining in Ivy play, only Yale and Cornell have secured spots at the Ivy League Tournament in New York City May 4-6. Harvard needs a win over Yale, to clinch its spot, while Penn, Princeton and Brown are all in play for the final two spots. Penn has concluded its Ivy slate, going 3-3.

Senior Send-Off
Prior to the clash with Princeton, Harvard celebrated 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 helped Harvard to 28 total victories, including an appearance in the Ivy League tournament championship. The 15-member group has combined for 494 points and 486 saves.

All About Anderson
Sophomore Kyle Anderson has had a breakout sophomore campaign, scoring 32 goals with seven assists and 13 ground balls. The 32-goal season, with one games remaining, already ranks in the top-20 all-time at Harvard for a single season. Anderson leads the team with six hat tricks this season, including a career-best seven goals against Boston University on March 20. The Downington, Pennsylvania native owns a 12-game scoring streak, with 39 points over the stretch.

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.

Scouting Yale
Yale sits at No. 2/1 in the national polls, and is 11-2 on the season with a 5-0 mark in Ivy League play. Yale can clinch the outright Ivy championship with a win on Saturday.

Ben Reeves leads the team with 71 points, coming on 38 goals and 33 assists. Jackson Morrill and Jack Tigh lead seven others in double figures with 42 and 37 points, respectively. Jack Starr holds a .521 save percentage in goal, while allowing 7.86 scores per game.

Yale has won 60.7 percent of face-offs this season, and is 20-for-42 on the man-up while allowing 16-for-47 while a man down.

Trouble at No. 2
Harvard has faced the No. 2 ranked team in the coaches poll three times under head coach Chris Wojcik, with Harvard going 2-1 in those games. Harvard took down Brown, 13-12, in the 2016 Ivy League Tournament, and beat Cornell, 14-9, in 2014. The Crimson's only defeat to a second-ranked squad came against North Carolina in 2015, 15-10.

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 486 saves at Harvard. Cheek, meanwhile, ranks fifth in program history with 197 points.

Ivy League Network
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