CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard men's lacrosse team improved to 4-0 Saturday, outscoring the visiting Catamounts from Vermont (3-3), 7-1, in the second half, to rally for the 13-10 victory. This marks the second season in a row Harvard has started 4-0.
Entering the third quarter trailing, 9-6, Harvard's defense and goaltending played shutdown lacrosse for nearly the final 30 minutes of the game. Vermont scored just once the entire half with 2:48 left in regulation. By that point, Harvard had taken a 12-9 lead before Morgan Cheek capped the 13-10 win with 1:11 left, scoring his fifth goal of the game. Ryan Graff also potted two goals, while Joe Lang dished out a trio of assists. Robert Shaw stopped 14 shots, including eight of the nine Vermont put on goal in second half.
Cheek and Sean Coleman opened the scoring Saturday to give Harvard a 2-0 lead 2:25 into the action. The teams traded goals the rest of the first frame, with Harvard taking a 4-3 lead into the second quarter.
Vermont strung together the first three tallies of the second period, but Cheek responded with back-to-back goals separated by 42 seconds to even the game at 6-6. Vermont closed out the quarter with three more goals to send the game to halftime with the Catamounts up, 9-6.
Harvard's second-half rally began with Cheek and Coleman goals 30 seconds apart in the early stages of the third quarter. Over 11 minutes of game time passed without a change to the scoreboard before Spencer Evans knotted the contest at 9-9 with 16 seconds left in the third.
The comeback came full swing when Graff gave Harvard the lead 2:54 into the fourth and Harvard never looked back. Ryan Norton extended the lead to 11-9 with a coast-to-coast goal and Tim Edmonds pushed the lead to 12-9 with 3:48 to play with his second of the year.
Harvard's current three-game homestand comes to a close next Saturday, March 11, when it hosts No. 5 Penn State at 12 p.m. at Jordan Field.
Fans, a full replay of this game is available on the Ivy League Digital Network.