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Virginia lacrosse coach hits milestone in Cavaliers' season-opening victory

Sunday, February 21, 2010; D02

COLLEGE LACROSSE

Virginia coach hits milestone in opener

Virginia opened its men's lacrosse season on Saturday with a road victory and a milestone.

The No. 2 Cavaliers' 11-8 win at Drexel was Coach Dom Starsia's 200th of his career at Virginia; this season is his 18th since leaving Brown after the 1992 campaign.

He's just the second college lacrosse coach to win 100 games at one school and 200 at another, joining Georgetown's Dave Urick. And Starsia is the only coach to do it at two Division I schools.

Drexel surged to a 4-1 lead in the first quarter. In the fourth, Steele Stanwick scored all three of his goals to put the game away for Virginia. . . .

Sixth-ranked Maryland opened its season with a 12-7 win over Bellarmine in Louisville. Bellarmine scored the first quarter's only goal. But the Terps answered with three goals in the second period and never trailed again. Junior attack Grant Catalino scored two goals and assisted on four others for the Terps. . . .

Navy lost to No. 16 Loyola in overtime, 8-7, when Cooper MacDonnell scored his sixth goal of the game with nine seconds left. Senior Patrick Moran had his second straight hat trick for Navy.

GOLF

Ian Poulter is in the final of the Match Play Championship for the first time after beating Sergio GarcĂ­a. He has to wait until Sunday to find out who he'll play.

Paul Casey and Camilo Villegas played 23 holes of their semifinal match until they could no longer continue because of darkness in Marana, Ariz. The match appeared to be over until Villegas missed a three-foot par putt for the victory. They will return Sunday to determine a winner. . . .

Joe Durant remained in position for his first PGA Tour win since 2006, birdieing the final two holes Saturday for 2-under 69 and a two-stroke lead in the Mayakoba Golf Classic. . . .

Tommy Armour III and Tim Simpson were tied for the lead at 13 under after the second round of the Allianz Championship. . . .

TENNIS

Venus Williams defended her Dubai Championships title, beating Victoria Azarenka, 6-3, 7-5, for her 42nd singles title on the WTA Tour. Meanwhile, her sister Serena Williams pulled out of an exhibition at Madison Square Garden because of a left leg injury. . . .

Top-seeded Maria Sharapova beat Sofia Arvidsson, 6-2, 6-1, to win the Cellular South Cup. It is Sharapova's 21st career title. . . .

Sixth-seeded John Isner reached the final of the Regions Morgan Keegan Championships with a 7-5, 4-6, 6-3 win over Philipp Petzschner.

AUTO RACING

Kyle Busch barely overtook Greg Biffle out of the final turn of a green-white-checker finish to win by .051 of a second in the NASCAR Nationwide race at California on Saturday. Danica Patrick finished 31st, three laps off the pace. . . .

Defending champion Jenson Button of McLaren was fastest, with a lap of 1 minute 18.871 seconds in Formula One's penultimate test session.

MISC.

The second-ranked Virginia baseball team lost Game 2 of its season-opening series at No. 18 East Carolina, 6-1. . . .

Miami Dolphins cornerback Will Allen was arrested early Saturday morning in Miami Beach on a DUI charge after trying to get through a roadblock, police said.. . . .

With MLS training camps already underway, President Mark Abbott said the league is willing to start the season under the rules of its expired labor contract. . . .

America's Cup champion Larry Ellison says San Francisco is his first choice for a site to defend the sailing trophy. . . . .

The primary obstacle to a championship boxing match at Yankee Stadium on June 5 has been cleared, as promoter Bob Arum and the Yankees have reached an accommodation with a family that scheduled a bar mitzvah for that day at the stadium.

From news services and staff reports

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