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No. 8 Salisbury downs No. 11 Mary Washington

SALISBURY, Md. -- Mary Washington dropped a 2-1 decision at Salisbury on Wednesday night in the semifinals of the Capital Athletic Conference tournament. The Eagles fall to 15-3 on the season.

Salisbury went ahead with the lone goal of the first half, as Courtney Jantzen scored 11 minutes into the game on a Samantha Johnson assist. In the second half, Jantzen scored again with 13:50 remaining to give the Gulls a 2-0 advantage.

The Eagles cut the deficit in half to 2-1 as sophomore Haley Kane scored on a Kathleen Namey assist with 4:41 left, but the Eagles weren't able to find the tying score.

Salisbury led in shots 11-9 but the Eagles led in penalty corners 9-8. Emily Badis had six saves in goal for the Eagles, while Rachel Clewer had three saves and Amanda Cooper one defensive save for Salisbury.

No. 1 Montclair State 3, Stockton 0

MONTCLAIR, N.J. -- Freshman forward Gianna Moglino scored twice while senior Jennifer Tafro picked up a goal and assist as top-ranked and top-seeded Montclair State downed fourth-seeded Richard Stockton 3-0 in the semifinals of the New Jersey Athletic Conference tournament on Wednesday evening.

Sophomore Maura Johnston had an assist as the Red Hawks advance to the title game for the third consecutive season. MSU (19-1) will host second-seeded and ninth-ranked TCNJ (16-3) at Sprague Field on Saturday. TCNJ knocked off second-seeded Rowan 6-1 in the other semifinal.

The winner of the championship game receives and automatic bid to the NCAA Division III championship. It is the second time in three years that the two will meet to decide the conference crown. TCNJ knocked off Montclair 2-0 in 2011. The Red Hawks won the regular-season meeting  2-1 at Sprague Field on October 11.

Junior goalkeeper Liz Stankiewicz made nine saves for Richard Stockton (12-7) which was making its first appearance in the NJAC tournament. The Ospreys had their two-game winning streak snapped.

No. 3 Christopher Newport 2, Wesley 1

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. -- Belle Tunstall scored twice, including the clincher in double-overtime, to send No. 3 Christopher Newport into the Capital Athletic Conference championship game with an edge-of-your-seat 2-1 victory against Wesley on Wednesday evening.

Although Wesley opened the scoring in the middle of the first half, Tunstall immediately responded with a highlight-reel goal before tacking on another bullet early in the second overtime to seal the victory. Along with Tunstall's efforts on the offensive end, the Captain defense limited the Wolverines to just one shot on goal as Chelsea Hines, Shelby Judkins, and Jordan Snider smothered the opposition.

With the victory, CNU improves to 19-0 and advances to its first-ever CAC championship game. The Captains will battle second-seeded Salisbury, who earned a title berth with a 2-1 victory against Mary Washington. The championship bout will take place at Captains Turf Field on Saturday.

No. 9 TCNJ 6, Rowan 1

EWING, N.J. -- Junior Lindsey Hatch scored a hat trick as TCNJ stormed its way past Rowan 6-1 on Wednesday in the semifinals of the New Jersey Athletic Conference.

The win puts the second-seeded Lions (16-3) into the conference title game on Saturday at top-seeded Montclair State (19-1). Montclair earned its spot in the finals with a 3-0 win against Stockton.

TCNJ enters that game ranked ninth, while the Red Hawks are the top-ranked team in Division III. The teams met on October 11 in Montclair, with the hosts coming away with a narrow 2-1 win.

This marks the third trip to the finals for the Lions in the last four years, including a 2-0 triumph against the Red Hawks in 2001. TCNJ has also won the conference in five of the past seven years.

Hatch helped the Lions overcome an early 1-0 deficit pulling TCNJ even and then tacked two more goals in the second half as the hosts pulled away. Those three goals give her a team-leading 21 on the season.