Christopher Newport primarily fared well in Saturday's USA South Athletic Conference championship tournament competition around Rocky Mount, N.C.
CNU (16-1) took its eighth consecutive USA South tournament championship, overwhelming Greensboro 23-8 for an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III tournament.
Tournament MVP Ashton Marshall had seven goals and an assist. The junior star eclipsed her personal-best with 67 goals this year.
Elena Obregon had four goals and two assists, while Rachel Tomlinson and Becca Geist each added two goals and combined for seven assists, while Lauren King had five assists and seven draw controls. All four standouts joined Marshall on the all-tournament team.
The Captains, who have won 16 games in a row, have two regular-season contests left before NCAA play.
CNU comfortably won three games Saturday to set itself in good position to gain the crown and an automatic bid -- something Coach Keith Parr said the Captains needed to reach the NCAA tournament.
The Captains, seeded third, hit six home runs for the day. They beat No. 6 N.C. Wesleyan 6-1, overcame No. 2 Piedmont 7-1, then hammered No. 8 LaGrange 11-1 in their third game of the day. The triumphs have ensured CNU two opportunities to win one game in Sunday's championship round.
Against N.C. Wesleyan, Krista McLaughlin hit a three-run homer and pitcher Whitney Haller won.
Against Piedmont, Krista Townsend carried a perfect game into the sixth inning. Chelsea Mitchell belted a three-run homer in the first.
Mitchell finished the day with four hits, two home runs, six RBIs and four runs.
CNU is tied for second place with Methodist after 36 holes of the 54-hole USA South championship.
The Captains shot a second-round 303 for a 612 total, leaving them four shots behind LaGrange, which sizzled to a second-round 294, 6 over par.
CNU senior Brian Jaeger shot 75 and is third individually at 4-over 148. LaGrange's Cory Howard (74-70-144) and James Liang (78-67-145) own the top two spots.
CNU earned its fourth consecutive berth in the USA South championship match, outlasting Methodist 5-4.
Joey Manilla, playing No. 3, outlasted Greg Patterson 6-7 (5-7), 6-4, 6-2 to break a 4-4 tie. Manilla and Joona Rahko won in singles and doubles against the Monarchs.
At 10 a.m. Sunday, the Captains will try to unseat four-time reigning champion North Carolina Wesleyan, which is ranked 24th nationally.
CNU (17-6) gained its first berth in the conference final since 2008, beating Meredith 6-3 behind its second consecutive three-pro-set doubles sweep of the Avenging Angels.
At 10 a.m. Sunday, the Captains will try to dethrone three-time defending champ Methodist (19-2), which beat them 6-3 last Sunday.
Marion Gloor, Jackie Gaine -- who earned the clinching fifth team point -- and Angela Stallman prevailed in singles and doubles. Stallman has won 18 consecutive singles matches.
Norfolk State split a doubleheader against Maryland Eastern Shore. The host Spartans won the opener 5-0, but lost 8-6 in Game 2. ...
Poquoson High alum and Virginia Tech junior Chad Pinder scored a run in the Hokies’ 9-8, 10-inning loss to No. 1 North Carolina.
Andrew Rash hit two home runs and drove in five runs for Virginia Tech. ...
Hofstra swept Old Dominion in a doubleheader, winning 8-4 in the opener and 5-1 in the nightcap.
John Thompson had three goals and two assists to help CNU end its four-game losing streak with a 12-7 win at St. Vincent.
Thompson has 47 points this season, breaking the program's previous single-season scoring record of 44, set by Britt Hoover during the 2010 season.
Thompson has 18 goals and 29 assists for the Captains (6-8).Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times