Cheek’s Seven Points Leads Men’s Lacrosse Past UMass Lowell, 14-9

Photo courtesy of Robert Ellis
Photo courtesy of Robert Ellis
Play Video

LOWELL, Mass. – Junior Morgan Cheek totaled seven points to push the Harvard men's lacrosse team past UMass Lowell, 14-9, Saturday afternoon at Cushing Field. 

Cheek posted four goals and three assists to pace the Crimson (1-0). Freshman Ryan Graff and junior Joe Lang each tallied a hat trick, adding three goals apiece. In his first career action, rookie Dalton Follows chipped in two goals on three shots.

The River Hawks (0-2) were paced by three goals from Jon Phillips and four points from Sean Tyrrell.

Harvard won 16-of-26 face-offs. Junior goalie Robert Shaw played the first half, making seven saves on 11 shots on goal. Jack Corbett played the last 30 minutes, making four saves.  

The Crimson came out hot, scoring two goals over the first 2:31. Cheek was involved with both, scoring the first by using a nifty move in front of the cage before dishing to Follows from behind the net. UMass Lowell answered with two-straight to pull the two teams event after one.

Harvard scored the first four goals of the second quarter to take a 6-2 lead at the 5:03 mark. Graff redirected a pass from Cheek for the Crimson's third goal. David Strupp sent a missile past the UMass Lowell goalie on the break before Carney Mahon and Cheek scored back to back goals with under six minutes to play. Lowell scored two of the final three goals before the break to pull within three, 7-4.

The Crimson scored four of the first five goals to start the second half, capped by back-to-back scores from Lang. Harvard owned a 11-5 advantage with 10:35 to play in the third quarter. The River Hawks added two-straight scores, and three of the next four, to narrow the advantage to four, 12-8, after 45 minutes.

UML started the fourth-quarter scoring, but the Crimson scored the final two to secure the win.

Game Notes: Morgan Cheek extended his point-scoring streak to 19 games. It marked the first time that a Crimson athlete has scored seven-plus points since Cheek did it against Brown on May 6, 2016 (9g, 1a). Joe Lang extended his point-scoring streak to 18 games. The Crimson moves to 1-0 when scoring 10-plus. Harvard was 8-2 last season when posting double-figures. James Sullivan won the most face-offs (16) since Austin Williams (16-of-28) against UMass in 2015.