William and Mary picked a great time for its biggest offensive output since 2009.
The Tribe defeated UNC Wilmington 6-3 in a Colonial Athletic Association tournament semifinal in Philadelphia to reach Saturday's 4 p.m. championship game. W&M, seeded third and ranked 21st nationally, will play homestanding Drexel for the crown.
Jackson Eskay netted two goals and Chris Perez had a goal and two assists for the Tribe, including two in a row that gave W&M a 3-1 lead over the second-seeded Seahawks.
Freshman Reilly Maw, a Tabb High graduate, netted his first collegiate goal to open the scoring and assisted on Eskay's second goal.
After UNCW closed the gap to 4-3, Marcus Luster collected a loose ball and passed to Chris Albiston, whose tap-in made it 5-3 in the 78th minute. Ben Coffey added his first goal of the year for extra insurance.
W&M is in the title game for the first time since 2010. Even if the Tribe loses, its No. 16 RPI entering the tournament makes it a strong at-large candidate for the NCAA tournament.
In the second semifinal, top-seeded Drexel (8-7-4) beat Delaware 7-6 in penalty kicks after the Blue Hens rallied from a two-goal deficit to force a 2-2 draw.
Freshman goalkeeper Tyler Afflerbach made a diving save on Drew Colletti’s penalty kick in the ninth round to end the game. Drexel converted its final five PK’s, with Felipe Fagundes, who didn’t play during the 110 minutes of competition, making the deciding kick in the ninth round.
Delaware (14-4-1) has a chance for an at-large NCAA bid.
Devon Fisher scored with four minutes left in regulation as third-seeded VCU defeated sixth-seeded Duquesne 2-1 in an Atlantic 10 quarterfinal in St. Louis.
Thomas De Villardi's goal put the Dukes ahead 1-0 3:48 into the game, but Garrett Harvey's response at 15:12 pulled the Rams (11-6-2) even. They will face No. 2 seed George Mason, which ousted No. 7 St. Joseph's in penalty kicks after a scoreless draw.
Also advancing Thursday to a semifinal were La Salle, which beat Dayton in penalty kicks after their 1-1 deadlock, and top-seeded Saint Louis, who ousted No. 8 Massachusetts 2-0.
Virginia will serve as host for the NCAA Southeast Regional on Friday at Panorama Farms in Earlysville.
The men's 10-kilometer race is set for noon, followed by the women's 6K at noon. The top two teams and top four individuals in each of nine races across the nation -- including this one -- will advance to the NCAA championships in Terre Haute, Ind., on Nov. 23.
Thirteen at-large teams per gender also will be selected.