Cheek netted a career-high four goals (Paul Rutherford).
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Harvard men's lacrosse team couldn't withstand a fourth-quarter surge from No. 6/6 Yale Saturday afternoon, falling to the Bulldogs 9-8 in the regular-season finale.
The loss locks in the seeds for next weekend's Ivy League Tournament at Brown. Harvard will enter as the fourth seed and will face the Ivy League champion Bears on Friday, May 6 at 8 p.m. live on ESPN3. Second-seeded Yale will meet third-seeded Penn at 5 p.m., also on ESPN3. The winner of both games will face off on Sunday, May 8 at 12 p.m. on ESPNU with the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA tournament on the line.
Harvard (7-7, 3-3 Ivy League) held an 8-4 lead after Morgan Cheek converted his fourth goal of the afternoon with 11:03 to play. Yale (11-2, 5-1 Ivy League) closed the game on a 5-0 run, however, and stole the game on Shane Carr's goal with 3:18 on the clock.
Cheek's four goals were a career-high and extended his point-scoring streak to 16 games. Devin Dwyer added two goals of his own to keep his 47-game point-scoring streak alive, the fourth-longest in the NCAA, as Joe Lang moved his own streak to 15 games with one assist. Sean Mahon and Will Walker scored one game apiece.
Eric Scott turned in five points to pace the Bulldogs, scoring two goals to go with three assists. Ben Reeves added three goals of his own as Hoyt Crance made 10 saves in goal to earn the win.
Harvard opened the game with three-straight goals, including two from Cheek, to take a 3-0 lead with 4:39 remaining in the first quarter. Yale tied the game at 3-3 with 4:43 to play in the second, but the Crimson responded with Cheek's third of the day for a 4-3 edge at halftime.
Three-straight goals by Harvard moved the score to 8-4 with 11:03 left in the fourth, but the Bulldogs responded with five unanswered goals to close the game and take the win.
Game Notes: Harvard will enter next weekend's Ivy League Tournament as the four seed and will take on top-seeded Brown Friday, May 6 at 8 p.m. live on ESPN3 … Devin Dwyer extended his point-scoring streak to 47 games, the fourth-longest active streak in the NCAA … Devin Dwyer ranks fourth in Harvard history with 203 points and is third in Harvard history, 10th in Ivy League history, with 118 assists … Devin Dwyer's 64 points this season are tied for the sixth most in program history, while his 37 goals rank 12th … Morgan Cheek extended his point-scoring streak to 16 games … Joe Lang extended his point-scoring streak to 15 games.