PREVIEW: Field Hockey clashes with CNU for CAC Championship on Saturday

PREVIEW: Field Hockey clashes with CNU for CAC Championship on Saturday

SALISBURY, Md. – In a rematch of the previous two Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) Championship Games, the top-seed and third-ranked Salisbury University field hockey team will host the second seed and 14th-ranked Christopher Newport Captains to Sea Gull Stadium on Saturday at 2 p.m.

THE RUNDOWN

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HOW WE GOT THERE

  • Salisbury powered through fourth-seeded York, 3-0, on Wednesday to the tune of three third-quarter goals by Meghan Jolikko, Jenna Partilla and McKenzie Mitchell.
  • Salisbury has won ten consecutive games and comes into the championship game with an overall record of 17-1.
  • As a team, Salisbury has outscored their opponents 66-9 this season. Against CAC opponents, Salisbury held a 21-1 scoring edge with the lone goal given up was to CNU in their regular-season matchup.

HOW THEY GOT THERE

  • CNU outlasted a late St. Mary's surge in the other semifinal matchup to win, 2-1 and advance to Saturday's final. CAC Rookie of the Year Abby Asuncion tallied a goal and an assist in the contest.
  • The Captains enter the championship game with a 14-4 overall record. CNU collected wins over Johns Hopkins and Vassar, who are ranked in the latest National Field Hockey Coaches Association poll.

LAST TIME WE MET

  • It took double-overtime but Salisbury picked up the 2-1 win over CNU in front of a Homecoming crowd on Oct. 19. Salisbury was able to get a golden goal in the 77th minute when Camryn Dennis put away a rebound.
  • Coming into the Oct. 19, Salisbury had a five-game shutout streak. CNU put an end to that 28 seconds into the game when Asuncion scored the opening goal of the game.
  • Salisbury tied up the game with five minutes left in the first half when Arielle Johnston redirected a Dennis shot from the top of the arc.
  • Salisbury tallied 15 penalty corners in the game, including six in the second overtime.

FAMILIAR FOES

  • Since CNU joined the CAC in 2013, Salisbury and Christopher Newport have faced in the tournament finals four times.
  • Salisbury holds the 3-1 edge in championship matchups with CNU. Salisbury has won both matchups with CNU at Sea Gull Stadium (2014, 2018). The series is split in Newport News with Salisbury winning the first championship between the two teams in 2013 while Christopher Newport won the 2017 clash.

THE BEST OF THE CAC

  • The Sea Gulls and the Captains combined for 15 of the 26 slots on the All-CAC teams, which were released on Thursday. CLICK HERE to view the Salisbury all-conference release.
  • Seniors Arielle Johnston and Jillian Hughes were named the CAC Players of the Year while head coach Dawn Chamberlin earned her 18th CAC Coach of the Year trophy.
  • CNU freshman Abby Asuncion was selected as the league's Rookie of the Year.

WHAT'S ON THE LINE

  • The CAC's automatic bid into the NCAA Division III National Championship will go to the winner of Saturday's league final.
  • Salisbury looks to capture their 22nd CAC Championship in program history and their 26th consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament.
  • A Christopher Newport win would be their second in team history to qualify for their 10th NCAA Tournament.

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