WORCESTER, Mass. – A hat trick from junior Morgan Cheek pushed the Harvard men's lacrosse team (2-0) to a 12-9 win over Holy Cross (0-3) Tuesday evening at Kuzniewski Field.
Cheek scored three-plus goals for the second-straight game, adding two assists to move his point total to 12 for the year. Junior midfielder Sean Coleman and freshman Nigel Andrews added two apiece, while rookie Ryan Graff dished out two assists.
The Crimson led 5-4 at the break behind two goals from Cheek and two assists from Graff. After Holy Cross opened the scoring, the Crimson scored three-straight. After a strip on the defensive end, Senior defenseman Ryan Norton cleared the ball, shoveling a pass to freshman David Strupp and the long pole bounced it home, giving Harvard the 3-1 advantage.
Holy Cross scored two of the next three scores, but Cheek corralled a pass from Graff over the middle 14 seconds after the Crusader goal to push Harvard back ahead, 5-3. Holy Cross pulled within one with a tally 90 seconds before the half.
Harvard scored the first three goals of the second half to expand its lead to four, 8-4. Junior Joe Lang beat his defender and Coleman notched back-to-back tallies, the second off a dish from Cheek at the back of the cage.
The Crusaders stopped the streak with a long possession that ended with Jack Ortlieb finding the back of the net. Junior Carney Mahon answered at 5:16, beating the goalie stick side to again balloon the lead to four.
Harvard posted three goals over 47 seconds in the fourth quarter, ballooning its lead to seven, 12-5. The rally started on a beautiful save by Shaw, who led Lang with a pass on the clear. Lang found Tim Edmonds on the doorstep to complete the play. The Crusaders scored four-straight to end the game, including two on a two-minute man-up opportunity, but the Crimson was able to hold on for the win.
Harvard opens its home slate against Massachusetts Saturday at Jordan Field. Game time is scheduled for 1 p.m. on the Ivy League Digital Network and Facebook Live.
Game Notes: Morgan Cheek extended his point-scoring streak to 20 games. Morgan Cheek extends his goal streak to five games and has scored three-plus in every game this year. Joe Lang extended his point-scoring streak to 19 games. The Crimson moves to 2-0 when scoring 10-plus. Harvard was 8-2 last season when posting double-figures. Harvard moves to 34-0 all-time against Holy Cross.