Belle Tunstall scored both goals, including the winner early in the second overtime period, as Christopher Newport (19-0) overcame Wesley 2-1 to reach the tournament championship game in the Captains' first year in the Capital Athletic Conference.
Top-seeded CNU, which climbed to an all-time program-high No. 3 ranking in this week's NCAA Division III poll, earned a berth against second-seeded Salisbury at 1 p.m. Saturday on CNU's field.
Fourth-seeded Wesley took a 1-0 lead in the first half before Tunstall scored on a deflected, high-arcing shot soon afterward. The Wolverines denied numerous CNU chances in the second half and overtime before Tunstall's goal -- her 18th of the year to go along with 11 assists.
CNU's winning streak is the longest current one in any NCAA field hockey division.
Host CNU (14-3-1), the No. 1 seed in the CAC tournament, rallied from an early deficit to defeat No. 4 Salisbury 3-1 in a semifinal.
First-year coach Dan Weiler's Captains added to their 2-0 regular-season victory over the Sea Gulls (10-6-4), who are guided by former CNU coach Kwame Lloyd.
Joy Piirto netted the tying goal in the 18th minute with a 20-yard shot, Sam Rabinek broke a tie in the 29th with a deflection, and Bupe Okeowo provided an insurance goal in the 66th by scoring on a rebound.
CNU also will be home for Saturday's tournament final, the winner of which will earn an automatic NCAA tourney bid.
William and Mary (9-4-2, 4-2-1) beat James Madison 1-0 to ensure the third seed in the Colonial Athletic Association tournament.
Roshan Patel sent home a free kick from just outside of the goal box in the 54th minute for the Tribe before a season-high 831 fans.
W&M's Mac Phillips finished with four saves for the Tribe, earning his CAA-leading eighth shutout of the season. William and Mary outshot the Dukes 20-14, including a 7-5 advantage in shots on goal.
The Tribe will play host to sixth-seeded Hofstra in a quarterfinal at 7 p.m. Saturday, and No. 5 Northeastern will visit No. 4 Delaware in the other.
Drexel gained the top seed and the right to host the semifinals and final in Philadelphia, while UNC Wilmington won a tiebreaker with W&M for the No. 2 seed. ...
Second-seeded York (Pa.), ranked seventh in Division III, rallied from a two-goal deficit Wednesday to force a penalty-kicks shootout and won it 3-1 at home to eliminate Christopher Newport in a Capital Athletic Conference semifinal.
The Captains (13-5-2) must hope for an NCAA tournament at-large bid.
CNU went ahead 2-0 on goals by Caleb Lewis in the 51st minute and Jalon Brown in the 63rd, but the Spartans pulled even on goals just 39 seconds apart in the 72nd minute. Neither team scored in the next 38 minutes, forcing a shootout.
York goalkeeper Brad Schmidt made saves on three of the four Captains to face him in the tiebreaker. CNU goalkeeper Sean Killion took the defeat. ...
Isaac Arrington scored the tying and go-ahead goals early in the second half as No. 2 seed Virginia Wesleyan beat visiting Lynchburg, the third seed, 4-2 in an Old Dominion Athletic Conference semifinal.
The Marlins (15-4-1) will travel to face Randolph (17-1-1) -- another team in the city of Lynchburg -- at 7 p.m. Saturday for the championship and an automatic NCAA bid. The loser will be a strong candidate for an at-large berth.
Ex-W&M woman earns honor
Emily Correal, a rookie forward from William and Mary, was named the women’s Eurobasket Player of the Week.
She had 27 points and 17 rebounds to lead San Martino to a 76-35 win in Italy’s A-1 league, and she is averaging 13.3 points and 10.5 rebounds for the season.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun