Harvard rode a hot start in its home-opener to overcome the late-charging Massachusetts Minutemen by a score of 11-7. The Crimson has now won three consecutive games against Massachusetts, its longest streak since 1984.
A top-heavy Harvard roster graduated 15 seniors in 2016—a class that included two Ivy League First Teamers and a nominee for the Tewaaraton Award, which recognizes the top collegiate player. In the wake of this mass exodus, the 2017 Crimson has mighty shoes to fill.
The early deficit served as a wake-up call of sorts for the Crimson as the guests scored the game’s next three goals and held on to beat Holy Cross, 12-9. Attacker Morgan Cheek led the way for Harvard (2-0) as the junior notched three goals to push his season total to seven.
The fall has Harvard-Yale. The winter culminates in the madness of March. While the spring lacks a signature event, this 2017 season brings four teams with compelling storylines. Follow softball, baseball, men's lacrosse, and women's lacrosse as the teams vie for Ivy success and individual glory.
By the time the rain had stopped on the damp Friday night showdown at Stevenson-Pincince Field, in Providence, R.I., it was Harvard who had emerged with a nailbiting, 13-12 victory.
In the fall of 2012, Devin Dwyer began his collegiate career as one of the highest-rated recruits ever to put on a Harvard jersey. Four years later Dwyer has completed his transformation from one of the Crimson’s most highly touted recruits to one of its most successful and high-achieving players.
Sophomore attackman Morgan Cheek lit up then-No. 2/2 Brown, which boasted a defense allowing less than nine goals-per-game, for nine scores and 10 points to lead Harvard to victory. It was only the second time that the Crimson defeated a No. 2 ranked team since coach Chris Wojcik ’96 joined the program in 2011.
Yale (13-2, 5-1 Ivy) pushed the lead to 14-9 in the final quarter to capture the Ivy League’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. The Crimson (8-8, 3-3 Ivy) never fell behind by more than two goals until late in the fourth quarter, but could not carry the momentum from its upset win over No. 2/2 Brown to another marquee victory over the Bulldogs.
Late in the third quarter of a tied game against Brown, the No. 2/2 team in the nation, sophomore Morgan Cheek found himself being double-teamed by two Preseason All-Americans. Having played the game of his life up to that point, however, Cheek did not mind.
With its upset win over Brown on Friday night, the men's lacrosse team sets out to match up against Yale on Sunday in the Ivy League Tournament Final.