Cheek totaled five points and turned in his first career hat trick (Elan Kawesch).
PRINCETON, N.J. – Tim Edmonds scored his second goal of the day to pull the Harvard men's lacrosse team to within one with 35 seconds remaining, but No. 19/20 Princeton was able to hold on down the stretch for a 12-11 victory Friday night at Class of 1952 Stadium.
Harvard (6-7, 1-4 Ivy League) trailed by five goals entering the fourth quarter before scoring four in a row to make it a 12-11 game off Edmonds' second tally. Keegan Michel won the ensuing face off for the Crimson but turned the ball over after a back check from Zach Currier, allowing Princeton (8-4, 4-1 Ivy League) to run out the clock.
Morgan Cheek led the way for Harvard with a career-high five points as he registered his first career hat trick with three goals and two assists. Ian Ardrey and Edmonds contributed a pair of goals apiece, while Devin Dwyer notched one goal and one assist. Sean Coleman, Deke Burns and Brian Fischer also got on the scoresheet with one tally each.
Bryan Moore took the loss in goal, making eight saves and collecting six ground balls against the 12 goals allowed. Fischer added three caused turnovers and four ground balls to his stat line, while Matt Ryan registered one caused turnover and five ground balls. Austin Williams, meanwhile, was 15-of-25 at the X.
Ryan Ambler (4g) and Kip Orban (3g) combined for seven goals for the Tigers as Mike MacDonald (2g, 4a) went for six points. Tyler Blaisdell earned the victory with 15 saves in goal.
Princeton was quick out of the gates, taking a 6-1 lead with 8:55 remaining in the second quarter. The Tigers scored three unanswered goals to begin the game before Cheek ended the run, and added three more to open the second before Fischer and Coleman cut the deficit to 6-3 at the break.
The teams traded goals throughout the third as Princeton held a comfortable 12-7 margin heading into the final 15 minutes of play. Cheek scored twice during the period with Burns and Edmonds also finding the back of the net.
Harvard made things interesting in the fourth quarter, holding Princeton scoreless while putting four on the board to make it a one-goal game. Ardrey netted his first goal just 50 seconds into the action, and added his second with 6:35 to go to pull the Crimson within 12-9. Dwyer scored on the man-advantage with 1:52 on the clock, cutting the deficit to 12-10, and playing two men down Edmonds scored from distance with 35 seconds remaining.
Michel won the resulting face off but was met with heavy pressure, and after a back check from Currier turned the ball over to allow the Tigers to run out the clock.
The Crimson will close out its regular season next Saturday, April 25 as it hosts Yale at 4 p.m. on Senior Day. The game can be seen live online via the Ivy League Digital Network.
Game Notes: Devin Dwyer tallied one goal and one assist to extended his point-scoring streak to 32 games dating back to 2013 … Morgan Cheek registered his first career hat trick and turned in a career-best five points with three goals and two assists … Ian Ardrey has scored at least one goal in 12 of 13 games this season and has six multiple-goal performances … Brian Fischer matched his career-high with three caused turnovers … Matt Ryan collected five ground balls, his 10th game this season with at least three ground balls.