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Rutgers men's Lacrosse dominated Harvard 19-9 en route to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Photo: Rutgers Athletics.

The Rutgers men’s lacrosse team is moving on to the next round of the NCAA Tournament after a dominating 19-9 victory over Harvard at Yurcak Field in Piscataway. Leading the way was goalie Chris Kirst, who dominated the nets with 17 saves, giving him 200 saves on the season as Rutgers advances.

He is the fifth player to ever do that in program history.

It is the first time in program history that Rutgers has advanced a round in the NCAA Tournament for Lacrosse in back-to-back years. The Rutgers Women’s team accomplished that feat earlier this week before falling on Sunday to Stony Brook in Round II.

The men’s victory over Harvard was its first NCAA Tournament win at home since 1986, and the program’s fourth all time.

Offensively, Rutgers jumped out to an early 3-0 lead and never looked back. Ross Scott led the way with eight goals and Mitch Bartolo had three goals and three assists for a six point afternoon. Cameron Brian had three goals; Shane Knobloch had a pair of goals, while Ryan Gallagher had a goal and an assist. Jacoby Ronan also had a goal and assist in the win.

Rutgers will face third ranked Penn next weekend at 2:30 p.m. Location and specific start time are to be announced.