Cavs Corner: Bring Your Spirit and Appetite to Homecoming Matchups

By Assistant Director of Athletics for Sports Information Bria Irizarry and Athletics Interns Colleen Gunning and Davis Morgan
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We are looking forward to a fantastic Friday night of sporting events for our 2019 Homecoming! The evening will kick off with field hockey competing against Ravenscroft on Moylan Field at 4:45 p.m., and then Cavs volleyball will host Wake Christian in Kirby Gym at 5:30 p.m. At 7 p.m., our boys soccer team will play for a chance to win the conference title against Cary Academy under the lights on Alumni Field. The Parents Athletic Committee will have plenty of delicious food for sale at the concession stand, including Domino's pizza and Chick-fil-A sandwiches. We hope to see alumni in the crowd, as well as current families, faculty and staff! 

Cavalier Crossroads

This week in Cavalier Crossroads, we get to know senior captains Claire Middleton and Shan Wang of the boys and girls cross-country teams. On Wednesday, Middleton and Wang helped lead their teams to become the first consecutive, two-time champions in the history of the Durham City-County Championship — a meet that began in 1976! It was a very impressive showing from both teams.



DA hosted the Durham City-County meet on Wednesday afternoon with a shortened 3K race due to the heat. The boys still came out fast, as junior Jay Shanahan led the way early on. Shanahan finished first for DA and second overall with a time of 10:11. Seniors Mark Alkins and Mac Hays came in just behind Shanahan with times of 10:23 and 10:33, finishing fourth and sixth. Wang and junior Kabir Khwaja rounded out the top five for the boys with times of 10:51 and 11:04 and finished 12th and 14th overall. The boys took home the victory with a total score of 38 points.

Boys Cross-Country Durham City-County Meet

The girls went out flying and ran well with four finishers in the top 10. Junior Anna Catherine Wilson came in first for DA and second overall, finishing with a time of 11:45. Middleton and junior Quinn Shanahan came in together right at the 12-minute mark, finishing fourth and fifth. Sophomore Stella Stringer stole a place on the final stretch to finish eighth overall with a time of 12:15. Rounding out the top five, senior Fran Pacchiana finished with a time of 13:04 and 15th overall. The girls took home the victory with a total score of 34 points, and DA brought home some hardware for having the lowest combined score by a single school participating in the event!  

The next race for DA cross-country will be the Great American XC Festival at WakeMed Park on Saturday starting at 8 a.m.

Field Hockey

It has been a great week for DA field hockey. The Cavs took a trip to Raleigh on Friday to face Saint Mary’s on their home field. The Cavs offense took control of the game right off the bat with junior Katherine Lantzy scoring in the first 28 seconds. Five minutes later, DA pushed the lead to 3–0 with a goal from ninth-grader Emilie Kirschner and another from Lantzy. Continuing this momentum, senior Caroline Sapir sent one into the back of the goal with 13:04 remaining in the half. Senior Hannah Grant connected with sophomore Abby Grosshandler to make it 5–0 at halftime. Sophomore Emmie Savarino scored the sixth and seventh DA goals in the second half, bringing the score to 7–0. The Cavaliers held strong on defense, allowing the Saints just one goal for a final score of 7–1. 

Coming off the win at Saint Mary’s, DA took on Cary Academy for an exciting matchup Wednesday. The first half started with a lot of back and forth on both sides until Savarino tapped in the first goal to put the Cavs up 1–0. CA answered shortly into the second half. However, Kirschner found senior Elizabeth Owens in front of the goal to put the Cavs in the lead again 2–1. Five minutes later, CA offense responded again to tie it at 2. Senior goalie Victoria Lawton came up big in the final 10 minutes, stopping the go-ahead penalty shot from CA. In the final two minutes, Owens scored her second goal of the game and put the Cavs on top once again. DA was able to hang on and run out the clock, winning 3–2. 

The team moves to 8–6 on the season and extends its winning streak to five games heading into Friday’s homecoming game against Ravenscroft.

Girls Golf

The golf team began an exciting week ranked No. 1 in the NCISAA Division I state standings. The Cavs faced off against the No. 2 team, North Raleigh Christian Academy, on Tuesday at Hope Valley Country Club and the DA girls came out on top 250–264. Seventh-grader Saia Rampersaud finished with a 79, ninth-grader Ona Lukes shot an 80, and junior Lydia Norman and ninth-grader Kayley Kim each scored a 91 for the 18-hole round.

On Wednesday, DA lost to the O’Neal School on a difficult Pinehurst No. 7 course. The Cavs fell by 11 strokes, losing the match 131–120. Rampersaud led the way with a 42, while Lukes was close behind her with a 43. Eighth-grader Evelyn Guyer shot a personal best 44.

On Tuesday, DA golf will look to avenge the earlier loss to Ravenscroft in an 18-hole match at noon. 

Boys Soccer 

DA boys soccer has secured a share of the conference title, with a chance to take the conference championship outright crown on Friday night. 

Last Thursday, the Cavs bounced back in a big way from a home loss to Wake Christian, coming to North Raleigh and taking a 3–2 win over the host Knights. After finding themselves in a 2–0 hole early and with their backs against the wall, the Cavs fought back with three consecutive goals, two coming before halftime. Junior Connor McNamara found senior Isaiah Caldwell in the 27th minute and senior Larkin Ng Cashin scored right before halftime off a feed from senior Ryan Kirschner. McNamara fed Caldwell again in the 50th minute, and the two-goal advantage held up until the Knights scored in the final minute. 

On Wednesday, DA boys soccer traveled to Ravenscroft to take the Ravens on for the second time this season. The Cavs offense came out hot in the second half, as sophomore Diego Pastor-Valverde put one in the back of the net to give DA the 1–0 lead. Pastor-Valverde's goal was assisted by senior Richard Rand. Shortly after the first goal, the Cavs struck again as junior Charlie Robb scored off a pass from Kirschner. DA had a 2–0 advantage with 31:51 to play. They held their spread over the Ravens for the rest of the game to win 2–0. DA boys soccer takes on Cary Academy Friday at 7 p.m. on Alumni Field. 

Girls Tennis

DA tennis has had big wins over conference opponents North Raleigh Christian and Cary Academy this week. Last Thursday, 10 different Cavaliers saw action in the 9–0 victory over NRCA. Seniors Alexis Galloway and Madeline Towning started off the scoring by winning 8–0 at first doubles, and then each won their singles matches in straight sets. Seniors Sarah Clark and Emma Whitehurst, ninth-grader Allison Preble and sophomore Fiona Jenkins all took singles wins. Seniors Taylor Hunter and Isabella Strauss and junior Ameya Bellamkonda and sophomore Mukta Dharmapurikar took doubles wins.

On Tuesday, the Cavs defeated Cary Academy 9–0 to improve to 14–0 on the season and 7–0 in conference play. Nine different Cavaliers earned wins. The match of the evening was on court 2, where Clark and Whitehurst rallied from 5–7 down for a 9–7 win. Hunter became the latest team member to reach 50 wins with her doubles victory. The team has now won 33 consecutive matches and 29 in a row in conference play!

The team will face Wake Christian at home today at 4:15 p.m. for Senior Day. 


DA volleyball faced defending state champion North Raleigh Christian in Raleigh last Thursday. The Cavs started strong with a quick lead in the first set. Continued pressure on NRCA allowed the Cavs to go up 22–21 and force a Knights timeout. Soon after, senior Lauren Grosshandler had a kill to solidify the 25–21 win in the first set. NRCA came back to take the second set 25–20. Both teams battled hard in the third set, but the Knights came out on top again, winning 25–23. The Cavs could not answer in the fourth set and lost to the Knights 25–15.

On Friday, the Cavs matched up with the Carolina Mustangs in Kirby Gym. Sophomore Sarah Ridley got the team off to a great start, serving four in a row to take the early lead. Diving saves from sophomore Emily Gao allowed the Cavs more scoring opportunities, bringing the score up 20–10. Two aces from junior Elizabeth Kohn closed out the first set 25–11. The seniors showed their strength in the second set, with Adriana Kim often connecting with Millie Loehr and Grosshandler for an unstoppable offense. DA took the second set 25–12. In a similar fashion, DA got a quick jump on the lead and finished out the third set 25–18. DA swept the Mustangs 3–0 and moved to 11–7 on the season. 

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.