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Men's lacrosse earns ACC annual awards

The Virginia men's lacrosse program claimed two of the three annual ACC awards Tuesday. Drew McKnight was named the conference Player of the Year and coach Dom Starsia was named Coach of the Year.

McKnight's selection marks the second year in a row that a Cavalier has been selected ACC Player of the Year; current Virginia asst. coach Tucker Radebaugh won the award in 1999. McKnight leads the ACC in scoring with 46 points and is second in assists with 22. He also leads the Virginia squad in scoring with 24 goals this season.

This is the fourth time Starsia has been named conference Coach of the Year and the second time in a row. He also won the award in 1995 and 1997. This season he has led the Cavs to a No. 1 ranking and a 10-1 record.

Starsia has an 89-28 record in his eight seasons in Charlottesville. During his tenure, Virginia has produced 41 All-Americans, 28 All-ACC selections, four ACC Rookies of the Year and three ACC Players of the Year.

Thompson Twins

Even as Starsia and the Cavaliers accumulate awards for the 2000 season, they already are looking toward 2001. Virginia recently made two late additions to its incoming recruiting class, which already stood seven deep.

Joseph Thompson and Ryan Thompson (no relation) will be joining the Cavs in the fall, the team announced Tuesday.

Joseph Thompson, a 5-foot-11 midfielder from St. Mary's High School in Annapolis, Md., was a Bay State All-Star in 1999. Two of his current teammates, goalie Tillman Johnson and attackman Justin Mullen, signed letters of intent last fall to attend Virginia.

Ryan Thompson hails from Northport High School in Long Island, N.Y. The 5-8, 160-pound goalie was an All-County selection and a member of the Long Island Empire State lacrosse team.

The Cavaliers previously signed midfielder Andrew Agoliati, midfielder Jon Focht, defenseman Zach Heffner, defenseman Brett Hughes and midfielder Ted Lamade.

Fab Four

The Virginia women's varsity four is the ACC Crew of the Week. Meg Van Dam, Hayley Nunn, Blythe Daly, Margot Noordzij and coxswain Liz Arnebeck were acknowledged Tuesday for last Saturday's win against Princeton.

Virginia hosts the first ACC Women's Rowing Championships Saturday at Lake Monticello.

Cutting down the Nets

The New Jersey Nets fired coach Don Casey yesterday after he led the team to a 44-68 record in a year and a half on the bench. The Associated Press speculated that general manager John Nash and president Michael Rowe also may be in danger of losing their jobs.