Cheek’s Record Day Propels Men’s Lacrosse to Ivy League Tournament Final

Cheek tied Harvard's single-game scoring record with nine goals  (Sideline Photos).

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Harvard men's lacrosse team (8-7, 3-3 Ivy) upset No. 2/2 Brown (14-2, 6-0 Ivy) Friday night in the Ivy League Tournament behind a record book performance from sophomore attackman Morgan Cheek, who tied Harvard's single-game scoring record with nine goals.

With the win, the Crimson advances to the Ivy League Tournament final to face No. 7/6 Yale on Sunday at noon live on ESPNU. The winner of that game will earn the Ivy League's automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.

Cheek (9g, 1a) was joined in the scoring effort by Devin Dwyer (1g, 3a), Joe Lang (3a), Ian Ardrey (1g, 1a), Will Walker (1g, 1a), Deke Burns (1g), and Walker Kirby (1a). Dwyer's performance made him the first Harvard student-athlete to record 30-plus goals and 30-plus assists in a season.

Robert Shaw stopped 15 shots, marking the 11th time this season that he has recorded double-digit saves. He was assisted in the defensive third by Bobby Duvnjak (2ct, 6gb) and Stephen Jahelka (1ct, 3gb) who helped hold the Bears five goals below their scoring average. 

Cheek opened the scoring for the Crimson at 9:53 off a feed from Dwyer to tie the game, 1-1. The Bears responded with two consecutive goals to retake the lead, ending the first quarter with a two-goal advantage, 3-1.

Harvard started the second quarter with a two-goal run of its own, as Dwyer and Walker were each able to find the back of the net, tying the game. Cheek then answered two Brown goals before the Bears pieced together a three-goal run that ended the half 8-5.  

The third quarter was all Crimson, as Cheek scored just 13 seconds into the half to spark the run. Burns added his goal on the man-advantage before Cheek took over, notching three-consecutive goals to take a 10-8 lead to end the frame.

Cheek picked up right where he left off in the fourth, finding the back of the net for his eighth goal with 13:10 remaining in the game. Kylor Bellistri finally ended the Brown scoring drought, scoring back-to-back goals, but Ardrey and Cheek fired back with two more Harvard tallies to maintain a 13-10 edge with 4:05 left on the clock. The Bears scored twice in the remaining minutes, but the Crimson was able to hang on for the win.

Game Notes: Morgan Cheek tied the Harvard record  and set a new Ivy League Tournament record with nine goals, finishing the night with a career-high 10 points … Morgan Cheek extended his point-scoring streak to 17 games … Devin Dwyer extended his point-scoring streak to 48 games, the fourth-longest active streak in the country … Devin Dwyer became the first Harvard student-athlete to score 30-plus goals and 30-plus assists in a season ... Devon Dwyer ranks fourth in Harvard history with 207 career points and is third with 121 career assists … Devon Dwyer's 68 points this season are fifth most in Harvard history while his 38 goals rank 12th and his 30 assists rank 10th … Joe Lang extended his point scoring streak to 16 games … Robert Shaw recorded double-digit saves for the 11th time this season … Harvard's win marks the second time under head coach Chris Wojcik '96 that Harvard has defeated an opponent ranked No. 2 in the country … Harvard has defeated 15 ranked opponents under head coach Chris Wojcik '96, including five win over top-10 teams.