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MEDFORD, Mass. -- Sophomore Rachel Terveer scored with 9:12 left in the second half and the Tufts defense gave Bowdoin its first shutout loss of the season in a 1-0 final Wednesday at Bello Field.

Both teams entered with 8-1 records in the NESCAC, with Bowdoin ranked second nationally and Tufts at No. 3. The Jumbos improved to 13-1 overall and 9-1 in the league while the Polar Bears fell to 12-2 and 8-2.

The Jumbos will await the final score of Wednesday's Amherst at Trinity game to learn their seeding in the upcoming NESCAC Championship tournament. A loss by the Lord Jeffs would give Tufts the top seed. Bowdoin will have a top-four seed as well.

Bowdoin finished with advantages of 9-4 in shots and 7-2 in corners, but the Jumbo defense limited their quality chances. The Polar Bears finished with two shots on goal, the same number as Tufts.

No. 4 Christopher Newport 4, No. 10 Mary Washington 1

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. -- Shelby Judkins scored a pair of goals and anchored a stifling defensive effort as Christopher Newport claimed its first Capital Athletic Conference regular-season championship with a 4-1 victory against Mary Washington on Wednesday evening at the Battleground Athletic Complex.

The win not only caps off a perfect regular season for the Captains but also ensures that they will have home-field advantage throughout the upcoming CAC tournament. CNU now stands at 18-0 overall and wraps up its first league slate with a 6-0 mark. The victory also extends Christopher Newport's program-record winning streak to 18, which stands as the longest active roll at any level in the NCAA.

Mary Washington, who entered the game looking to claim a share of the regular-season title, now sits at 15-2 overall with a 4-2 record in conference action. The Eagles will enter the postseason as the No. 3 seed in the CAC tournament, while Salisbury earned the second spot.

Just hours after finding out that she was selected to participate in the NFHCA Senior All-Star game, Judkins showed why she earned her spot with a strong performance against Mary Washington. Playing all 70 minutes, she came through with two of the team's four goals and anchored the back line, which limited the Eagles to nine shots.

No. 7 Amherst 3, Trinity (Conn.) 2

AMHERST, Mass. -- Netting two goals in the span of 3:12 late in the second half, Amherst closed out its regular-season slate with a 3-2 come-from-behind victory against Trinity (Conn.).

With the win, the Jeffs improved to 12-2 on the year and 9-1 in conference play, locking up the top seed in the upcoming NESCAC championships for the first time in program history. Both Amherst and Tufts finished with identical 9-1 records against league opponents, but the Jeffs earned the top slot by virtue of their 3-0 decision against the Jumbos in head-to-head competition.

This marked the ninth consecutive meeting in which Amherst and Trinity were separated by just one goal, with the Jeffs going 7-2 during that span. Amherst will begin its postseason run on Saturday, Nov. 2 when it plays host to eighth-seeded Wesleyan in quarterfinal action. The Jeffs narrowly edged out their Little Three rivals in a regular-season tilt on Pratt Field, 4-3.

No. 8 Salisbury 3, Wesley 2 (OT)

DOVER, Del. -- Salisbury closed out the regular season with a victory and now have its Capital Athletic Conference tournament schedule set, following a 3-2 overtime win at Wesley on Wednesday night.

Junior Mallory Elliott figured in all three Salisbury goals, including scoring the game winner, just over a minute and a half into the extra session.

This was the Gulls' first overtime game of the season. They were not in overtime long, needing just 93 seconds to get the game winner. Elliott scored unassisted as her shot deflected off a defender and into the cage for the 3-2 win.

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