CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The No. 19/RV Harvard men's lacrosse team is set to challenge the top-ranked team in the country, as it heads to No. 1/1 Albany on Wednesday, March 28 at 7 p.m. The contest will be broadcast by AmericaEast.tv.
What to Watch For
• Morgan Cheek leads the Crimson with 41 points through eight games, while Kyle Anderson and Joe Lang lead five others in double figures with 29 and 23 points, respectively, this season. Anderson holds the team lead with 25 goals, and ranks 10th nationally in goals per game (3.13). Cheek, meanwhile, ranks fifth in the country in assists per game (3.50).
• Senior goalie Robert Shaw has been one of the top netminders in the country, as he ranks fifth nationally in saves per game (12.50) while stopping 54.9 percent of shots on target. Shaw has made double-digit stops in seven of eight outings, and has held three of the last four opponents to just eight goals.
• Harvard opened Ivy League play with 10-8 victories over Brown and Dartmouth, giving Harvard its first 2-0 start since 2014. The team's 7-1 start is its best overall since 1990, when the team went 12-3 with a second round NCAA Tournament appearance.
Last Time Out
Earning its sixth-consecutive victory, Harvard men's lacrosse remained perfect in Ivy League play with a 10-8 win over Dartmouth on Saturday afternoon at Harvard Stadium.
Freshman Kyle Salvatore tallied his first-career hat trick with three goals, including the game-winner in the fourth quarter, while senior Morgan Cheek led the squad with four assist and five points. Senior Robert Shaw made 10 saves, while the Harvard defense held its third opponent in four games to just eight goals. Senior Sean Coleman had a team-leading four ground balls, while junior Jonathan Butler and freshman Jack Frisoli caused two turnovers apiece.
National Player of the Week
After a record-breaking performance against BU and an Ivy League win on Saturday, senior Morgan Cheek of the men's lacrosse team was named the US Lacrosse National Player of the Week for March 18-24. He was also named the Baltimore Sun National Player of the Week on Tuesday.
The Wellesley, Massachusetts native broke the Harvard record for points in a single game with 13 against Boston University, scoring five goals with a program-best eight assists, in a 19-18 (OT) victory over the Terriers. Cheek scored the game-winning goal in overtime, which capped a six-goal comeback in the final seven minutes of the fourth quarter, and scored or assisted on six of the final seven Harvard goals to give the Crimson the win.
Rookie of the Week
On the heels of his first-career hat trick, freshman Kyle Salvatore of the men's lacrosse team was named the Ivy League Rookie of the Week for March 18-24. He is the third Harvard player to win Rookie of the Week this season.
Salvatore tallied a career-best three goals for his first-career hat trick, including the game-winning goal in a 10-8 victory over Dartmouth. The New Canaan, Connecticut native broke a deadlock with 5:57 to play, beating the goalie off the feed from senior Morgan Cheek. Salvatore leads all Harvard rookies with seven goals and eight points this season, and has helped guide Harvard to a 7-1 start with six consecutive wins.
In Harvard's 19-18 (OT) victory over Boston University, senior Morgan Cheek broke the program record for points in a game (13), and tied the mark for assists (8). Additionally, Cheek paired with senior Joe Lang and sophomore Kyle Anderson for 30 combined points - the most for an attacking trio in Harvard history.
Against No. 1
Harvard has never faced the top team in the country under head coach Chris Wojcik, but has faced the No. 2 team three times, going 2-1 in thost games. Harvard beat Brown, 13-12, in the 2016 Ivy League Tournament, and fell at North Carolina in 2015, 15-10. The Crimson won decisively over Cornell in 2014, 14-9.
The Great Danes are the final undefeated team in the country, entering the matchup with an 8-0 record. Connor Fields paces the country with 7.13 points per game, while JD Colarusso has allowed just 6.09 goals per game. TD Ierlan leads the team with a 84 percent conversion rate at the face-off X.
Harvard trails in the series history, 6-0, but has played close games the past three seasons, falling 21-18, 10-9 and 15-13, respectively.
Against Top Talent
Harvard has defeated 16 ranked opponents under head coach Chris Wojcik '96, including five wins over top-10 teams. The Crimson has defeated four ranked teams over the past two seasons.
Climbing the Ladder
Seniors Robert Shaw and Morgan Cheek have started their ascent through the Crimson record books, with Shaw entering the weekend in sixth place with 437 saves at Harvard. Cheek, meanwhile, ranks fifth in program history with 182 points.
The Crimson's magic number is 10, posting a 20-5 record over the last two-plus years when reaching double-digit goals. Harvard is 1-10 when scoring nine goals or less over that time. This year, Harvard is 7-0 when reaching double figures.
Ivy League Network
The Ivy League Network returns for a fifth season as the home for all live streaming and on-demand video content for each of the conference's eight institutions. Broadcast in full HD and featuring a live score bug and play-by-play and color commentary, the Ivy League Network provides fans with unprecedented access to the Ancient Eight. Full archives of every game on the Ivy League Network are also available.
Multiple subscription options are available to fans, including school-specific and league-wide passes. To learn more about the Ivy League Network or to sign-up today, click here, or download the Ivy League Network app! The #ILN is also available on Apple TV and Roku.
Harvard returns to Ivy play, heading on the road April 7 for a 1 p.m. matchup with Cornell. The contest will be broadcast on the Ivy League Network.