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 email@example.com.
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.
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.
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.
We have hit the middle of October, and it is finally starting to feel like fall. The temperatures are dropping and the leaves are changing colors, making it very easy for you to tell which of your classmates are not from the New England area.
The middle of October also signifies the start of Ivy League play for many of the sports teams here at Harvard. Although the Crimson is diligently preparing for its most important stretch of the season, Harvard athletes have still found the time to keep us entertained through social media. So here you are: our favorite tweets from this week!