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No. 16 York (Pa.) knocks off No. 9 Salisbury

SALISBURY, Md. -- No. 16 York (Pa.) capped another stirring Capital Athletic Conference tournament with a 1-0 victory at No. 9 Salisbury in the 2013 championship match on Saturday in Salisbury.

The championship is the Spartans' fifth in a row and is their eighth since 1998. It is the fifth time the Spartans have bested Salisbury in a CAC championship match in their eight championship game meetings.

The Spartans got the only goal they would need in the 11th minute when senior Chris Weaver hit a cross from outside the 18. The pass found the head of fellow senior Jake Hower who drilled the ball inside the post for his seventh goal of the year. Six of Hower's seven goals have been game-winners for the Green and White.

No. 1 Ohio Wesleyan 3, Kenyon 1

Senior back Peter Jacobi scored the go-ahead goal and junior midfielder Colton Bloecher added an insurance score as top-ranked Ohio Wesleyan defeated Kenyon in the championship game of the North Coast Athletic Conference tournament on Saturday at the Jay Martin Soccer Complex.

With the win, Ohio Wesleyan receives the NCAC's automatic qualifier into the upcoming NCAA Division III tournament.  

The Bishops closed out the game to take their ninth NCAC tournament title.

Kenyon outshot Ohio Wesleyan, 14-12. Colin Beemiller made four saves for Ohio Wesleyan. Clougher had two saves for the Lords.

No. 2 Amherst 2, Bowdoin 1

AMHERST, Mass. -- Top-seeded and second-ranked Amherst won a 2-1 double-overtime thriller against fifth-seeded Bowdoin in NESCAC Semifinal action on Saturday at Hitchcock Field.

First-year Justin Aoyama scored in the closing minutes of the second overtime to give Amherst (14-0-2) the win. The Jeffs go for their third-consecutive NESCAC title Sunday in a rematch of last year’s final against Williams. With the loss, Bowdoin’s season comes to an end with an 8-4-4 overall mark and 5-3-2 conference record.

No. 4 Rutgers-Camden 2, Rutgers-Newark 0

CAMDEN, N.J. -- The Scarlet Raptors scored the only two goals of the game within the first 5:48 of the game here Saturday afternoon. They went on to defeat the Scarlet Raiders 2-0 to capture their third consecutive New Jersey Athletic Conference championship. 

The victory earns Rutgers-Camden the conference’s automatic berth in the upcoming NCAA tournament.

The Scarlet Raptors, who have won seven consecutive games, improve to 19-0-2 overall, tying the program’s single-season record for victories set in 2011. Rutgers-Camden extended its two-year unbeaten string to 33 games (28-0-5), the second-longest current active streak in Division III behind Amherst College, which stretched its streak to 36 games Saturday.

No. 5 Stevens 2, Utica 0

HOBOKEN, N.J. -- No. 5 Stevens won its seventh-consecutive Empire 8 title and 11th-consecutive conference championship overall, defeating second-seeded Utica College 2-0 Saturday night in front of a huge crowd at the De Baun Athletic Complex.

With the win, Stevens earns the Empire 8's automatic berth to the NCAA Division III tournament.

Sophomore forward Joe Cellitti was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player, with senior back Zeke Hemme, sophomore forwardCarson Pryor and senior midfielder Edward Rupp joining him on the 2013 Empire 8 Championship All-Tournament Team.

The win is the 11th consecutive for Stevens as it improves to 16-1-1 overall. The Ducks are now unbeaten in conference tournament play since 2003 and have never been beaten in an Empire 8 championship tournament, going 13-0-1.

The shutout is the 11th of the year for Stevens, with senior goalkeeper Paul Killian earning his fifth of the year. The veteran also earned his 15th win of the year.

No. 7 Trinity (Texas) 3, Texas Lutheran 0

GEORGETOWN, Texas -- The Tigers scored a 3-0 win against Texas Lutheran in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference tournament on Saturday evening.

Trinity scored all three goals in the first half, starting with a penalty kick in the 10th minute of play by Victor Araujo. The Tigers did not allow a shot in the opening period, and held an 18-3 edge in shots for the game.

Jonny Lawson made it 2-0 in the 34th minute of play, assisted by Zac Treu. Todd Edwards then finished the scoring with a rebound goal as the buzzer sounded in the 45th minute. Ben Anderson was credited with the assist after his initial shot was saved in the final seconds.

No. 8 Wheaton (Ill.) 2, Carthage 1

WHEATON, Ill. -- No. 8 Wheaton (Ill.) punched its return ticket to the NCAA tournament on Saturday night with a 2-1 overtime victory against Carthage. The victory gives Wheaton (16-3-2) its second consecutive CCIW tournament championship and the conference's automatic qualifying bid to the NCAA tournament. 

Wheaton outshot the Red Men 16-7 in the match and held a 4-3 ege in corner kicks.

This is Wheaton's eighth CCIW tournament championship. Wheaton has appeared in 11 of the 12 CCIW tournament championships played since the inception of the CCIW tournament. Wheaton enters the NCAA tournament with a 13-game unbeaten streak. 

No. 10 Loras 1, Wartburg 0

DUBUQUE, Iowa -- Wartburg fell 1-0 in overtime to Loras in the Iowa Conference tournament championship game Saturday night.

The game was scoreless through regulation.

The Duhawks scored the game-winner at 99:08 as Richard Lenke connected on a pass from Erik Berkowitz.