Men’s Lacrosse Drops Double OT Heartbreaker to Holy Cross, 10-9

Photo by Gil Talbot
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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – At home for the second game in a row to start the season, Harvard men's lacrosse fell in double overtime to Holy Cross, 10-9, on Tuesday evening at Jordan Field.

Senior Morgan Cheek led the offense with six points, including a career-best five assists, while sophomores Kyle Anderson and Ryan Graff scored two goals apiece. Senior Robert Shaw tallied 13 saves between the posts.

Holy Cross (1-2) got out to an early 3-1 lead over Harvard (1-1) after the first quarter, but the Crimson responded with four goals in the second frame to take a 5-3 lead into the intermission. Senior Joe Lang joined Cheek, Anderson and Graff with goals in the quarter.

The Crimson stretched its lead to 8-5 in the third with goals from senior Tim Edmonds, freshman Charlie Olmert and Anderson, but the Crusaders responded with four consecutive goals to take the lead with just under four minutes to play in regulation. Forcing extra time, Cheek found senior Carney Mahon for a game-tying score with just 1:09 to play.

Needing a second overtime to find a winner, Holy Cross scored with 3:22 to go in the period to earn the win.

Harvard Highlights

  • Cheek tallied a season-high six points, and tied a career-best with five assists.
  • Graff finished with three points (2G, 1A), and has totaled at least three points in each game this season.
  • Anderson has recorded two multi-goal outings in two games this season. 

Game Notes

  • Harvard falls to 34-1 all-time against Holy Cross.
  • Senior Morgan Cheek extended his points streak to 33 games, which is the ninth-longest active streak in the country.

What's Next?
Harvard hits the road for the first time in 2017-18 when it heads to Massachusetts for a 1 p.m. face-off on Saturday, Feb. 24. The game will be broadcast on the UMass Sports Network.