Cavs Corner: DA Spring Teams Have Early Success
Contributors: Bria Irizarry, Isaiah Caldwell and Colleen Gunning
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Durham Academy spring sports are two weeks into the season, with much to be proud of thus far. DA girls lacrosse has kicked off the 2021 season in impressive fashion, scoring 39 total goals over the course of just two games. Junior Brooke Epstein has 10 goals and five assists thus far, and is followed closely by seniors Kathleen Donovan (six goals and six assists) and Cecile Meredith (six goals and three assists). DA baseball (1–0), boys tennis (2–0), boys lacrosse (1–0) and boys track and field (1–0) are all undefeated, as well. DA girls soccer lost a heartbreaker in overtime on Tuesday vs. visiting Wesleyan Christian Academy, and boys golf tied a very strong St. David’s School team at 144.


After two cancelled games due to weather, DA varsity baseball was finally able to take the field on Tuesday at home vs. Greensboro Day School.

An RBI double from sophomore Sam Schaeffer got things started for the Cavs, as they took an early lead in the first inning. However, GDS brought in a run to tie the game in the second inning. An inning later, the Cavs’ offense exploded with five more runs after loading the bases twice with no outs. GDS attempted to close the gap, but DA escaped a few jams to take the 7–2 win.

Senior Scott West and sophomore Ben Tarpey had strong performances on the mound, facing 19 and 15 batters, respectively, and only allowing one run each.

DA baseball will be back on the field Thursday vs. Cannon School at 4:30 p.m.

Boys Golf

In its opening match of the 2021 season, DA boys golf tied St. David's at 144 at Hope Valley Country Club on Tuesday. Senior Jackson Brimfield tied for medalist with a 34, and junior Michael Barnes scored a 35. Sophomore Nicholas Hogan came in at 37, and seventh-grader Tate Duensing scored a 38. 

The Cavs hit the links again at 3 p.m. today vs. North Raleigh Christian Academy at Hope Valley.

Boys Lacrosse

DA boys lacrosse opened its season on the road Tuesday night vs. St. David’s and earned a convincing 12–2 win over the Warriors. The Cavs jumped out to a 5–0 lead by the end of the first quarter and kept the Warriors scoreless through the end of the first half. Junior Nate Alexander notched a hat trick before the halftime whistle. 

Leading 10–0 heading into the second half, DA extended its lead by two in the third quarter. St. David’s eventually got on the board, but the deficit was too large to recover from. Junior Austin Corbett led all scorers with four goals and one assist; Alexander and classmate Brodie Mason scored three goals each; and seniors Jason Zavaglia and Gavin Schulz each scored a goal.

The Cavs return to action at 4:30 p.m. Friday at conference rival Ravenscroft.

Girls Lacrosse

Girls Lacrosse

DA girls lacrosse started the season with a dominating road victory vs. Cary Academy on Friday, defeating the Chargers 19–5. The Cavs had nine different goal scorers, including four who contributed hat tricks: senior Kathleen Donovan, senior Cecile Meredith, junior Brooke Epstein and ninth-grader Kyla Newkirk. DA began the game with nine unanswered goals vs. CA, and it wasn’t until almost halftime that the Chargers scored.

The Cavs’ momentum never let up — sophomore Spencer Jennings notched the first goal of the second half, and DA never looked back. The 19–5 result saw further contributions from ninth-graders Kiersten Hackman and Fleming Burkert.

The girls picked up right where they left off on Tuesday in their home opener vs. St. David’s. After going up 3–0 early in the game, the Warriors responded with a goal. But a combination of big saves by junior Mirella Kades and aggressive play in the midfield led to five unanswered goals by the Cavs. With eight minutes left in the first half, Epstein had six of DA’s nine goals, and she eventually connected with ninth-grader Maisey Moylan for a goal that put DA up 10–6 at halftime. 

The second half proved that DA was not only strong on offense, but on defense, too. Big defensive stops from Kades and the defenders led to offense, and with just over 16 minutes left, the Cavs were ahead 16–6. The Cavs closed out the game with back-to-back goals from senior Cecile Meredith to secure the 20–7 win over the Warriors. 

Girls lacrosse will be back on Alumni Field at 5:30 p.m. Thursday vs. conference foe Ravenscroft.

Girls Soccer

DA girls soccer

The DA varsity girls soccer team kicked off the 2021 season on Moylan Field on Tuesday night vs. Wesleyan Christian Academy. The Trojans were quick to score off a corner kick in the first half to take a 1–0 lead. The Cavs continued to fire shots on offense, but just couldn’t find the back of the net. That was until sophomore Kaia Vorenkamp blasted a shot past the WCA goalkeeper from 25 yards out to tie the game halfway through the second half. The Cavs stayed competitive, but after much back and forth, Wesleyan scored the go-ahead goal to seal the 2–1 win. 

The varsity girls look to bounce back at 5:15 p.m. Friday at Ravenscroft.

Boys Tennis

The varsity boys tennis team competed in one match over the past week — a 9–0 home victory over Wesleyan Christian Academy. The boys are off to a 3–0 start, winning all three of their matches by a margin of 9–0. 

Sophomores Pete Crowley, Owen Brent-Levenstein and Paul Wang; seniors Frank Borden and Jackson Zobrist; and junior Gavin Levinson started off the match with six straight singles wins. Playing on courts 4, 5 and 6, Brent-Levenstein, Zobrist and Levinson all captured 6–0, 6–0 wins, sweeping their opponents in dominating fashion. Borden, the Cavs’ No. 3 singles player, captured a 6–0, 6–1 win.

DA carried its momentum into the doubles matches, which the Cavs also swept. Playing alongside eighth-grader Jet Bilsborrow, Nikolas Larson participated in his first match of the year and captured an 8–0 doubles win.

The boys look forward to their next match, set for 4 p.m. Tuesday at North Raleigh Christian School.

Track & Field

The varsity boys and girls track teams competed in one meet this past week, a home meet on Friday. The boys competed against two other teams, Ravenscroft School and Coastal Christian High School, and secured first place with a score of 67. The girls competed against three other teams — Ravenscroft, Coastal Christian and Saint Mary’s School — and placed third behind Ravenscroft and Coastal Christian, respectively, with a score of 53.50. While the girls fell to third place, there were still some standout performances. Sophomore Amani Diallo finished first in the 100-meter dash with a time of 13.20; senior Anna Catherine Wilson placed first in the 1,500-meter run with a time of 5:27.40; and senior Helen Hulka won the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 1:00.90. 

The boys team had lots of finishes near the top of the table, which ultimately led to their five-point victory. Sophomore Aaron Caveney took first in the 400-meter dash with a time of 53.60; senior Ryan Norris placed first in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 44.50; and the 4x400-meter relay team featuring eighth-grader Ben Hornstein, sophomore Zebee Jewell-Alibhai, junior Stewart Roessler and Norris took first with a time of 3:54.90.

The DA varsity track teams return to competition Thursday at North Raleigh Christian Academy, where they’ll face the NRCA Knights and Fayetteville Christian School.



Keeping Up with the Cavs

As always, you can keep up with the Cavs on Durham Academy’s website and the Durham Academy App (available on the Apple App Store).

  • For a list of all teams, their schedules and directions to games, visit
  • Click on an individual team to subscribe to automatic alerts about athletics results, postponements and cancellations, calendar and athletic event reminders. You can also import team schedules into your electronic calendars.
  • All information about the daily athletics schedule is also available on DA’s Athletics Hotline: 919-489-2534 (ext. 5).

The DA App: Schedules and Results

  • The DA App allows you to keep up with athletics wherever you are. You can download the app from iTunes at The DA App pulls athletics content directly from the DA website and delivers it to iOS-based devices including iPhone and iPad.
  • The Athletics portion of the DA App (after launching, click Menu, then click Athletics to open) features results of recent games, a list of upcoming contests and team records.