Durling's 16 saves help No. 2 Va. top Navy, 24-13

March 05, 1995|By Kevin Record | Kevin Record,Special to The Sun

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Junior goalie Court Durling made 16 saves in his first collegiate start yesterday to lead second-ranked Virginia to a 24-13 win over No. 11 Navy at Scott Stadium.

Durling (Severn School) allowed eight goals before bein relieved in the fourth quarter by freshman Chris Sanderson.

"Court won a very spirited preseason battle and he made a lot of nice saves for us early," said Cavaliers coach Dom Starsia. "He actually kept us in it until we settled down."

Virginia (1-0) was led by junior attackman Tim Whiteley, who had two goals and six assists. Sophomore Doug Knight added five goals and four assists, and sophomore Michael Watson had two goals and three assists.

Navy (2-1) got two goals each from Rob Bailey and Rich Costello.

The Cavaliers bolted to a 4-0 lead, but Navy goalie Garrett Leubker stunned Virginia by tossing in a 70-yard shot from just in front of his own goal.

"We were riding with 10 men and we had taken Durling out," Starsia said. "We've been doing that for two years, but no one's scored on us."

The surprising goal gave Navy a surge of momentum as it quickly cut the deficit to 4-3. But with Whiteley and Knight picking apart the Navy defense, Virginia managed to build its lead back to 7-4 by the end of the first quarter.

The Cavs pulled ahead 12-6 by halftime, then strung together seven straight goals in the third quarter to put the game away.

"Our three attackmen really complement each other well," Starsia said. "I think teams will have a hard time matching up with us. If they put their third-best defenseman on Doug Knight, they're going to have their hands full."

Virginia outshot Navy 55-44 and had a 61-55 edge in grounballs, but the Mids were clearly superior on faceoffs, 24-17.

Virginia resumes play Wednesday at home against Penn State. Navy plays next at Penn on Saturday.

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