CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Taking its two-game win streak on the road, Harvard men's lacrosse will take on Providence on Saturday, March 10 at 1 p.m. The game will be broadcast by Friars.com.
What to Watch For
• Morgan Cheek leads the Crimson with 18 points through four games, while Ryan Graff and Kyle Anderson are also in double figures with 17 and 15 points this season, respectively. Anderson holds the team lead with 13 goals, and ranks seventh nationally in goals per game (3.25). Cheek, meanwhile, ranks seventh in assists per game (3.0).
• Senior goalie Robert Shaw was one of the top netminders in the Ivy League a year ago, as he ranked second in save percentage at 52.6%, just 0.6% behind the Ivy lead. Through four games, Shaw boasts a 56.0% save percentage, which ranks 14th nationally, while making the fifth-most saves per game (12.75).
• Harvard has won all three matchups in program history with the Friars, with the defense leading Harvard to victory in the last meeting, 8-3, in March of 2003.
Last Time Out
Leading from start to finish in its second-straight victory, Harvard men's lacrosse earned a 14-10 win over Hartford on Saturday afternoon at Jordan Field.
Sophomore Kyle Anderson scored four times for the second-consecutive game, while senior Morgan Cheek and sophomore Ryan Graff tallied five points apiece on two goals and three assists. Senior Robert Shaw was strong between the posts, making 13 saves.
Rookie of the Week
For the second time in three weeks, freshman Steven Cuccurullo of the Harvard men's lacrosse team has been named the Ivy League Rookie of the Week, as announced by the league office on Monday. Cuccurullo also earned the honor on Feb. 19.
Cuccurullo won 15 of 27 face-offs in a four-goal win over Hartford, 14-10, while tying a career-best with a game-high seven ground balls. The Smithtown, N.Y. native leads the Ivy League with 45 faceoff wins and a 54.9 percent mark from the X, which paces the league among players with a notable number of attempts. He also improved to fourth in the Ivy League with 4.25 ground balls per game.
Senior Morgan Cheek enters the weekend on a 35-game point streak that dates back to April 17, 2015. The stretch is the ninth-longest in the country, and the second-longest among Ivy League student-athletes. Over the 35-game span, Cheek has recorded 152 points on 84 goals and 68 assists.
Four the Merrier
Harvard is one of three teams this season to have four players score a hat trick in the same game, as seniors Morgan Cheek and Tim Edmonds and sophomores Ryan Graff and Kyle Anderson tallied the feat in a 16-11 win over UMass. Army West Point also recorded four with a hat trick against UMass, while Delaware accomplished the mark against Monmouth.
Now in Goal
Robert Shaw owns a 16-16 career record in goal, with three of his victories coming in overtime. The junior, who started every game a year ago, sports a .532 career save percentage while allowing 10.83 goals against. He has made double-digit saves in 23 games and at least 15 saves in seven games over his career.
Sophomores Ryan Graff and Kyle Anderson are off to hot starts in 2018, with the duo combining for 23 points in games against UMass Lowell, Holy Cross and UMass. Graff is second on the team with 12 points, on eight goals and four helpers, while Anderson has a team-high nine goals and two assists.
In the Back of the Net
Senior Morgan Cheek led five players with double-digit goal tallies in 2017, scoring 37 goals with a team-best 67 points. Sophomore Ryan Graff placed second on the team a year ago with 20 goals, while senior Joe Lang beat the goalie 19 times while dishing 10 assists.
In total, Harvard returns an astounding 141 of 142 goals scored last year (99.3%).
The Friars are 3-3 on the season, but have won all three of their home games so far, over Holy Cross, Bryant and Saint Joseph's.
Nick Hatzpetrakos leads the team with 12 goals, while Sean Leahey has a team-best 16 points on 11 scores and five helpers. Tate Boyce has played every second in goal, posting a .571 save percentage and 8.40 goals-against average.
On the Ground
Harvard has cleaned up the ground-ball battle this season, out-scooping its opponents by a plus-17 margin through four games. Harvard is 3-0 this season when collecting more ground balls, and had a season-high 32 on March 3 against Hartford.
NCAA Championships Host
The NCAA, Gillette Stadium and Harvard University announced that the 2018 NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championship will be played at Gillette Stadium, the home of the National Football League's New England Patriots and Major League Soccer's New England Revolution. The Division I, II and III Men's Lacrosse Championships will be played over Memorial Day weekend, May 26-28.
The agreement, which included Harvard hosting the 2017 event, marks the fourth and fifth times the championships will be held at Gillette Stadium, where the event has enjoyed a history of tremendous success. In 2008, Gillette Stadium set attendance records for the Division I final (48,970) and the Division II and III finals (24,317).
Harvard has teamed with the NCAA several times in recent years to host NCAA championship events. In addition to hosting the 2008, 2009, and 2012 NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championships, Harvard served as host for the 2006 women's basketball Final Four at the TD Bank Garden, the 2010 fencing championships at Gordon Indoor Track, and the 2013 women's water polo championships at Blodgett Pool.
Harvard travels to returns home for the first of three-straight games at home when it takes on Brown for Military Appreciation Day on Saturday, March 17. The first face-off is set for 1 p.m.