Christopher Newport and Mary Washington each posted home wins in the first round of the CAC Men's Lacrosse Tournament to advance to Saturday's semifinal round.
Third-seeded CNU defeated sixth-seeded Southern Virginia 14-8 at Captains Turf Field, while fourth-seeded Mary Washington edged fifth-seeded Frostburg State 11-9 at the Battleground.
With the victories, the Captains and Eagles advance to Saturday's CAC semifinals, where CNU will travel to second-seeded York for a 3:30 p.m. matchup and Mary Washington will travel to top-seeded Salisbury for a 4 p.m. start. Both games will be the back-end of CAC lacrosse semifinal doubleheaders, as the Spartan and Sea Gull women are also hosting semifinal matchups against CNU and UMW, respectively.
In Newport News, Va., CNU topped Southern Virginia the first round of the playoffs for the second straight year. Ryan Mills led the attack with six points, including five goals. Will Geise, who established a new program record with his 66th career appearance on Wednesday, also added six points for the hosts.
2017 CAC Men's Lacrosse Tournament Schedule
First Round - Wednesday, April 19
Game 1 - at #3 Christopher Newport 14, #6 Southern Virginia 8
Game 2 - at #4 Mary Washington 11, #5 Frostburg State 9
Top two seeds (SAL & YCP) receive first-round byes
Semifinal Round - Saturday, April 22
Game 3 - #3 Christopher Newport at #2 York, 3:30 p.m.
Game 4 - #4 Mary Washington at #1 Salisbury, 4 p.m.
Championship - Saturday, April 29
Game 5 - Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4