Rutgers Women's Lacrosse advances to the second round of the NCAA Tournament after a 17-10 win over St. Joe's. Photo: Rutgers Athletics.

The Rutgers women’s lacrosse team has advanced to the next round of the NCAA Tournament on Sunday against Stony Brook at 12 noon after fighting off St. Joseph’s 17-10 on Friday night.

With its win over the Hawks, Rutgers has now produced NCAA Tournament wins in back-to-back seasons for the first time after qualifying once for the postseason in the previous 44 seasons according to

Seven different Scarlet Knights produced multiple points in the victory, with Taralyn Naslonski leading the way with six points on four goals and two assists. Janey Galski  had four goals and four points, while Kate Carolonza had three goals and three points on the night.

Marin Hartshorn had four points on four assists.

Rutgers jumped out to an 8-1 lead in the opening quarter. Cassidy Spilis opened the flood gates scoring two goals in a span of 2:30 minutes to give Rutgers the early 2-0 advantage. Carolonza, Naslonski and Ashley Moynahan each scored a pair of goals in the opening quarter to help RU build its insurmountable lead.

St. Joe’s got as close as 14-10 midway through the fourth quarter on a pair of goals by Riley Evans, but Janey Galski put the game away on an assist from Naslonski with 11:30 to go in the game.

The women join the men who will also play Sunday in the first round of the men’s NCAA Tournament against Harvard.