Yesterday in the men's NCAA lacrosse tournament, the sixth seeded Rutgers defeated unseeded Harvard 19-9 at home advancing to the quarterfinals live from Yurcak Field behind Ross Scott's dominant performance who had 8 goals to face Penn. It was a great turnout for both teams as they announced after the game 5,212 fans were in attendance for this big matchup.
Have a game Ross Scott
Coming into yesterday, Rutgers junior attack Ross Scott had 40 goals. In the first half of the game, he scored once. Something changed during halftime as he scored 7 goals to bring his season goals to 48, which is tied for second most in a single season. Ross Scott put on show in front of the fans scoring goals at a rapid pace. Some of them was in a span of 20 seconds.
This should help him build of momentum for the next game against Penn. Harvard had a tough time containing Ross in the second half which allowed him to pick out their weak points.
Colin Kirst with 17 saves for Rutgers
Rutgers senior goalkeeper Colin Kirst had a fantastic game yesterday putting up 17 saves against Harvard two behind the record of 19. Even though Harvard scored 9 goals, they still had a hard time trying to make a comeback. Colin was locked in from the beginning and had a big impact on Rutgers defense. Their defense stepped up against Harvard feeding off from Kirst.
Star players who also stepped up for Rutgers
The senior attack duo of Mitch Bartolo and Brian Cameron each had three goals, sophomore midfielder Shane Knobloch had two. Overall, it was team effort for Rutgers in this win yesterday against Harvard. The biggest key was Rutgers won most of the ball tips to get them started with the offensive flow.
After the game, Jersey Sporting News attended the postgame press conference which had Ross Scott, Colin Kirst and head coach Brian Brecht. They all had opening statements before taking questions. They talked about the win, fans, playing as a team, getting ready for Penn and how they were waiting during the selection show.
"We walked on the field for warmups and it was electric," Becht said about the atmosphere. "It felt like a big game atmosphere and our kids felt that."
"I think what allowed me to be so successful was also just the other guys on the field," Scott said about his eight-goal performance and the Scarlet Knights' overall team effort during the game. "I think when we're playing at our best, no one's really working too hard for their goals."
Here Are Some Links To Sunday's Postgame Press Conference