CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The No. RV/19 Harvard men's lacrosse team will return to Ivy League play, as it travels to No. 13/10 Cornell for 1 p.m. face-off on Saturday, April 7. The action will be broadcast on the Ivy League Network.
What to Watch For
• Morgan Cheek leads the Crimson with 44 points through nine games, while Kyle Anderson and Joe Lang lead five others in double figures with 31 and 23 points, respectively, this season. Anderson holds the team lead with 27 goals, and ranks 10th nationally in goals per game (3.00). Cheek, meanwhile, ranks sixth in the country in assists per game (3.22).
• Senior goalie Robert Shaw has been one of the top netminders in the country, as he ranks fifth nationally in saves per game (12.56) while stopping 54.1 percent of shots on target. Shaw has made double-digit stops in eight of nine outings, and has held three of the last five 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 was its best overall since 1990, when the team went 12-3 with a second round NCAA Tournament appearance.
Last Time Out
Falling for the first time this season on the road, No. 19/RV men's lacrosse had its six-game winning streak cut short by No. 1/1 Albany, 14-6, on Wednesday night at Ford Field at Casey Stadium.
The Crimson was led by senior Morgan Cheek and sophomore Kyle Anderson, who scored two goals apiece, while seniors Carney Mahon and Robert Mencke also found the back of the net. Senior Robert Shaw made 13 saves in goal, while Mahon tallied a team-high four ground balls.
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.
In the Ivies
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.
The Big Red is 6-3 overall, including a 2-1 mark in Ivy play with wins over Penn and Dartmouth. Cornell is up to No. 10 in the media poll, and No X in the coaches poll.
Jeff Teat leads Cornell with 53 points on 25 goals and 28 assists, while Clarke Petterson and Jordan Dowiak have scored 23 and 21 goals, respectively. Christian Knight has seen the most action in goal, posting a .568 save percentage and 10.24 goals-against average.
Cornell has won 47.4 percent of face-offs this season, and is 10-for-24 on the man-up while allowing just 8-for-31 while a man down.
Harvard trails in the all-time series, 26-65, but has won three of the past four meetings with Cornell, including two games in Ithaca. Harvard knocked off then-No. 2 Cornell, 14-9, in 2014, and picked up 10-9 and 12-8 wins in 2015 and 2016, respectively, before falling in a tight bout a year ago.
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 450 saves at Harvard. Cheek, meanwhile, ranks fifth in program history with 185 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 1-11 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 concludes its road stretch at Penn on Saturday, April 14 at 3 p.m. The contest will be broadcast on the Ivy League Network.