ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Jenna Raepple scored in the 83rd minute to lead No. 2 seed Colgate to a 1-0 victory over top-seeded Navy in the championship match of the 2012 Patriot League Women's Soccer Tournament at the Glenn Warner Soccer Facility.
It's Colgate's 12th League crown overall, and 11th tournament championship.
The Raiders earn the League's automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament, which begins Friday. First-round matches are set for Friday-Sunday, with the second round taking place Nov. 16 and the third round Nov. 18. Colgate will learn its destination during the NCAA Selection Show Monday at 4:30 p.m. on NCAA.com.
Colgate senior goalkeeper Ashley Walsh was named the Tournament's Most Valuable Player. She posted back-to-back shutouts for the Raiders, including a six-save effort in Sunday's finale.
Walsh joins teammates Jenna Gibney, Caroline Brawner and Raepple on the All-Tournament team.
Navy's representatives were goalkeeper Elizabeth Hoerner, defender Jade Seabrook and forward Paloma Perez. Perez tied the tournament single-game marks with three goals and six points in the Mids' 4-1 win over Lehigh in the semifinals Friday.
The All-Tournament squad was filled out by Lehigh's Murphee Greeley and Darby Dustman, and American's Michaela Cowgill and Kirsten Eriksen.
Raepple's championship-clinching goal came at the 82:27 mark. Brawner fed the ball through to Raepple, and the 2011 Patriot League Rookie of the Year punched a shot into the lower-left corner beyond Hoerner's reach.
The teams played to a scoreless first half. Colgate had a 10-6 advantage in shots in the first 45 minutes, and a 4-0 edge in corner kicks.
Navy had the only two corners in the second half, and logged nine shots to the Raiders' six in the second 45 minutes.
Hoerner finished with six saves for Navy, which ends its season 19-2-1.
Raepple collected three points in the tournament, including an assist on Friday. Brawner ended with a team-high four points, after scoring a goal with an assist in the semifinal win over the Mountain Hawks.
Colgate moves to 8-1-0 all-time in the League tournament as the No. 2 seed. Four of the Raiders' 11 tournament championships have come as the second seed.
The Raiders will make their League-leading sixth NCAA Tournament appearance and first since 2009. Colgate also advanced to the field from 1997-99 and in 2004.