Athlete of the Week Runners-Up: Cheek, Wrestling Post Elite Results

Published by Leena Ambady on March 20, 2017 at 7:45PM

While this week’s Athlete of the Week honors went to members of the Ivy League Championship winning women’s squash team, four other student-athletes had especially impressive performances this week, earning them Athlete of the Week runners-up honors.

Hunter Ladnier, Jeffrey Ott, Josef Johnson, Wrestling

This weekend, Harvard Wrestling traveled to Lewisburg, Penn. to compete in the 113th EIWA Championships. Though the Crimson earned 10th place as a team, the highlights of the weekend were three bids to the NCAA Tournament in St. Louis earned by senior Jeffrey Ott, junior Josef Johnson, and freshman Hunter Ladnier. Seventh-seeded Ott finished earned spot with a win in the semi-finals over Drexel’s third-seeded Kevin Devoy, who turned his knee mid-match and was forced to default. Earlier this year Ott himself suffered from a knee injury and was unsure whether he’d be able to return to the mat this season, let alone finish second place at the EIWA Championships and earn a coveted bid to the NCAA Championships. Tri-captain Johnson, on the other hand, has performed consistently this season, and added an exclamation point to his wrestling this weekend with his sixth-place finish and NCAA bid. This will be the the New Jersey native’s second trip to the NCAA Championships, as he also qualified as a sophomore. Ott and Johnson will be joined in St. Louis by freshman Ladnier, who performed a rare feat this weekend by becoming the first Harvard rookie to advance to the EIWA finals since 2007. Following two Friday victories, Ladnier split his matches on Saturday. He upset Lehigh’s top ranked senior Laike Gardiner 11-7 in the semi-finals, but fell 8-5 to Princeton senior Jordan Laster in the finals. Still, his performance was enough to book him a ticket to St. Louis for the weekend of March 16-18, where he, Ott, and Johnson will look to prove themselves amongst the best collegiate wrestlers in the country.

Morgan Cheek, Men’s Lacrosse

This Saturday, the men’s lacrosse team (4-0) captured a 13-10 win over Vermont (3-3), largely because of a stand-out performance by junior attackman Morgan Cheek. The Massachusetts native notched a season-high five goals in Saturday’s game, the first coming less than a minute into play. His outstanding play doesn’t come as a surprise, as he’s scored a hat-trick in every game this season. Cheek also had one assist, bringing him to a total of 16 goals and 11 assists in just four games this season. In addition to leading the Crimson in both these categories, he is the second-leading point scorer per game in the nation. Behind Cheek’s strong play, the Crimson has jumped to a 4-0 start this season, and will look to continue their unbeaten streak Saturday against Penn State.

Three Things to Watch For in Sunday's Men's Lacrosse Final

Published by George Hu on May 07, 2016 at 8:38AM

On Friday night, the Harvard men’s lacrosse team (8-7, 3-3 Ivy) rode a record-setting nine-goal performance from sophomore attacker Morgan Cheek to an upset victory over No. 2/2 Brown (14-2, 6-0). With the win, the Crimson has earned a spot in the Ivy League tournament championship game, where it will face off against No. 7/6 Yale. At stake for Harvard is not only its first tourney title, but also a bid to the NCAA tournament. Here are three things to watch:

1) Cheek’s Hot Streak

Cheek has scored 13 goals in his past two games, including a four-goal output against the same Bulldogs defense he will be facing on Sunday. He sits second on the team in both goals and assists, with 35 and 23, respectively. Senior attacker Devin Dwyer leads the Crimson in both categories.

On Friday, Cheek found the back of the net in a variety of situations, including in both man-up and man-down sets. To contain him, Yale has several options to call on. Senior defender Michael Quinn and junior defender Chris Keating were recently named All-Ivy selections, but one will potentially have to be tasked with stopping Dwyer as well unless the Bulldogs play more of a zone set.

2) Crance Capitalizing on His Chance

In bold move for a team that was ranked in the Top-5 nationally at the time, Yale slotted freshman goalie Hoyt Crance into the starting lineup with only a few games remaining in the season. Sophomore Phil Huffard, who started the first ten games, has assumed a backup role as Crance has taken full advantage of his opportunity.

Crance sports a 4-1 record, with his save percentage increasing in each of the past three games. Despite being a freshman, he showed composure in guiding the Bulldogs to a 7-6 victory over Penn in the semifinals of the Ivy tournament.

While Harvard is not known for a high-scoring offense, it has the playmakers to challenge Crance on Sunday. Dwyer and Cheek lead the attack, but the Crimson has a stable of experienced senior attackmen who have all shown abilities to find the net this season.

3) Closing the Game

When Harvard and Yale meet on Sunday, only eight days will have passed since their previous meeting. In that encounter, the Bulldogs rallied from a 8-4 deficit to win, 9-8, as the Crimson lacked a spark on offense in the fourth quarter to hold onto its lead.

Harvard responded well after the letdown with a resolute performance at the end of the game against Brown, but it is to be seen whether the collapse against Yale last weekend will be on the minds of Crimson players if Sunday’s final goes down to the wire.

—Staff Writer George Hu can be reached at yianshenhu@college.harvard.edu.

Athlete of the Week Runners-Up: Record Performances and Comebacks Over the Weekend

Published by Patrick J. Anderson on February 23, 2016 at 11:22AM

This weekend, freshman Meagan Popp helped the women’s swimming and diving team to its 12th Ivy League championship. At the meet, she set three school records in the 200 IM, 100 breast, and 200 breast events, resulting in a first, second, and tied for first placement, respectively. But several other Crimson athletes also had stellar performances this week as well.

Tommy McCarthy, Men's Basketball

After Harvard made an unlikely comeback from a 21-point second half deficit in its game against Cornell, Tommy McCarthy sealed the Crimson victory with a two-pointer with 5.5 seconds remaining.

McCarthy not only sunk the near-buzzer winning shot but also finished the game with a career high of 21 points and eight assists. His new record eclipsed his former 17-point career high set the night before against Columbia.

Hannah Allchurch, Women’s Swimming and Diving

Freshman diver Hannah Allchurch had a stellar performance for the Harvard women’s swimming and diving team at the Ivy League Championships. Allchurch took home the gold in the 3-meter event, breaking the pool record with a score of 334.95 and earning the Crimson 32 points for the meet in the process.

Additionally, Allchurch was one of the six Harvard divers to qualify to compete in the A Final for the 3-meter. Occupying six of the eight positions in this final and placing well, the divers earned the team a combined total of 153 points with Allchurch spearheading the charge in second place.

Seb Lloyd, Men’s Ice Hockey

After helping the team earn a share of the Ivy League title one-night prior, Seb Lloyd assisted in securing the men’s hockey team a 7-4 victory over Colgate Saturday night.

The British Columbia, Canada native earned two points this game with a pivotal goal at the start of the second period to lead the Crimson offense past the Raiders.

Julia Glynn, Women’s Lacrosse

The Long Island, N.Y. native helped the Crimson to a resounding 16-8 victory in its season-opening away game against Hofstra.

Glynn scored six goals against The Pride on eight shots, marking the most goals for a single player since junior Marissa Romeo tallied the same amount last year against Boston College.

Athlete of the Week Runners Up: Week of 4/20

Published by Jed Rothstein on April 28, 2015 at 7:59PM

As classes wind down and students prepare for final exams, the women’s golf team found success at a final of its own. After leading their team to an Ivy League Championship, junior Courtney Hooten and sophomore Anne Cheng earned this weeks Athlete of the Week honors. However, there were a few other Crimson athletes who had strong performances this week.

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Eipp Selected By Rochester Rattlers in MLL Collegiate Draft

Published by Caleb Lee on January 11, 2014 at 10:13PM

Three years ago, Harvard men’s lacrosse midfielder Daniel Eipp led the Crimson to the Ivy League Championship game, tallying a goal and an assist in Harvard’s 12-8 upset of Penn in the semifinal match. This Friday, the 5’10”, 180-pounder was recognized for his talents at the highest level when the Rochester Rattlers of Major League Lacrosse took him with the 32nd pick in 14th MLL Collegiate Draft.

With the fourth round draft choice, Eipp became the fifth player in Harvard program history to be drafted by an MLL team and the first since when former teammates Kevin Vaughn ’12 and Daniel DiMaria ’12 were taken 14th and 41st, respectively, in the 2012 draft.

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