Cavs Corner: Fall Sports Continue to Thrive

By Assistant Director of Athletics for Sports Information Bria Irizarry
Twitter: @daathletics
Instagram: @dacavsathletics 

At this point in the fall season, Durham Academy athletics is in an awesome position before heading into what hopes to be a promising postseason. Our girls tennis team is undefeated in both conference and  non conference play, and is looking to add to the program’s 35 straight wins tomorrow afternoon! Both field hockey and boys soccer forced convincing wins (7–0 and 5–0, respectfully) at last Friday night’s home games to claim the TISAC conference titles. Both teams hope to host a first-round game at the start of playoffs next week. DA volleyball has won 8 out of their last 10 games in 3–0 sweeps over their opponents, and will hope to earn a high seed heading into the NCISAA playoffs! 

The girls and boys cross-country teams have made their mark in 2019 as well! Junior Jay Shanahan broke the DA school record for fastest 5K last weekend at the Great American Cross Country Festival with a time of 15:44. The varsity girls team will try to add to its five, first-place finishes this season tonight at Ravenscroft with the last meet of the regular season. Girls golf heads into the TISAC championships next week having faced tough competition on difficult courses over the last two weeks in preparation. 

It is an exciting time for DA sports and we hope that you’ll continue to follow along with our success! One way to do this is to come out tomorrow, Friday, Oct. 11. Our concession stand will be open starting at 4:30 p.m. and we will be offering the DA Dog Meal (hotdogs, chips, water/soda and a cookie) for $5! Seniors will receive $1 off of their purchase of the DA Dog Meal — valid tomorrow only!


Last Saturday, DA girls cross-country competed in the Great American Cross Country Festival at WakeMed Park. After being told early that morning that the team had been bumped from the champions race to the seeded race, the girls maintained a positive outlook and had an even better finish.

The Cavs finished first place overall out of 25 teams, with eighth-grader Allison Hall coming in seventh with a time of 18:43. Senior Claire Middleton placed 10th with a time of 18:47 and junior Anna Catherine Wilson was not far behind, coming in 19th with a time of 19:06. Sophomore Stella Stringer finished next for the Cavs, placing 44th with a time of 19:39, and junior Quinn Shanahan was the fifth runner for the DA, finishing in 61st with a time of 20:01. 


Hall — 7th (18:43)
Middleton — 10th (18:47)
Wilson — 19th (19:06)
Stringer — 44th (19:39)
Shanahan — 61st (20:01)
Pacchiana — 116th (20:56)
Goldman — 174th (25:01)

DA boys cross-country competed in the 5K Red Race at the Great American Cross Country Festival at WakeMed Park this past Saturday. The boys placed eighth overall out of 35 teams and junior Jay Shanahan broke the DA school record for the fastest 5K with a time of 15:44! Shanahan came in fifth place, followed by junior Kabir Khwaja who came in 50th with a time of 16:57. Senior captain Shan Wang was next across the line in 80th place with a time of 17:18, and one second later classmate Colin Hays came in 83rd at 17:19. Sophomore George Linney was the fifth runner to place for the Cavs, coming in 94th with a time of 17:27.


Shanahan — 5th (15:44)
Khwaja — 50th (16:57)
Wang — 80th (17:18)
Hays — 83rd (17:19)
Linney — 94th (17:27)
Caveney — 108th (17:36)
Norris — 144th (18:00)

Both cross-country teams will head to Raleigh this afternoon to take on Ravenscroft at 4:15.

Field Hockey

DA field hockey ended its 2019 home season in style with a 7–0 win over Ravenscroft to capture the conference title last Friday. Junior Katherine Lantzy opened up the scoring with two goals in the first 10 minutes of the outing, and shortly after, senior Elizabeth Owens scored to give the Cavs an early 3–0 lead.

Despite the lead, the Cavs worked hard on the offensive end and relied on multiple corner opportunities to extend their lead. Ninth-grader Emilie Kirschner capitalized off two corners to put DA up 5–0. Just before the end of the half, sophomore Emmie Savarino scored the sixth goal of the game.

The DA defense shut down the Ravens’ offense and the Cavs were able to continue to possess the ball in the second half of the game. With just under 10 minutes left to play, Owens found classmate Caroline Harpole for the seventh and final DA goal of the game! The Cavs will face Ravenscroft again tomorrow in Raleigh at 4 p.m. before heading into the first round of playoffs next week.


DA girls golf competed against Ravenscroft and North Raleigh Christian on Tuesday afternoon and the Cavs split the day. The team won 257–279 over Ravenscroft, but suffered a close loss to NRCA, which scored 252. DA scorers included ninth-graders Ona Lukes and Kayley Kim, as well as seventh-grader Saia Rampersaud. Cavs golf will return to action on Tuesday when they will begin the TISAC tournament at Croasdaile Country Club.

Boys Soccer

The boys soccer team put on quite the show last Friday night against visiting Cary Academy. The team combined for five goals from four different Cavaliers to secure the TISAC title in the DA Homecoming shutout. The Cavaliers possessed the ball early in the game and junior Charlie Robb was the first to score at the 28-minute mark. Just three minutes later, classmate Walker Benjamin took a shot on goal. The rebound off the goalie was followed up by junior Connor McNamara, who put the ball in the back of the net for the second goal of the game. With less than 20 minutes left in the half, Cary Academy was called for a hand ball in the box and senior Ryan Kirschner stepped up to take the penalty kick. Kirschner buried the ball in the top right corner of the goal to extend the Cavs’ lead to 3–0. It was Robb who scored again with just 7:33 left in the first half when he found a 50/50 ball off a corner kick and DA would hold on to the 4-0 lead going into the half.

The Cavaliers played wisely and accurately in the second half, winning balls in the air and connecting with one another through the midfield. The Cavs had five consecutive shots to challenge the Cary Academy defense but the score remained 4–0 until 1:58 left in the game. Again, Robb found Benjamin on the left side of the field and Benjamin put the final stamp on the win to make the game 5–0 in favor of the Cavs. DA earned the outright conference title and now stands at 9–4–1 on the season. The team will be on the road tonight, facing Wesleyan Christian Academy at 5:30.


The girls tennis team continues its impressive season with another two wins over conference opponents Wake Christian and Ravenscroft. The team celebrated senior day last Thursday with a 9–0 win over Wake Christian and their 34th consecutive victory. All seven seniors earned a win as they brought the team one step closer to the TISAC crown.

On Monday afternoon, the undefeated Cavs tennis team defeated Ravenscroft to clinch its third straight conference title! Seniors Madeline Towning and Alexis Galloway remain unbeaten in singles and improved to 31–1 at first doubles together. The Cavaliers are 16–0 and 9–0 in the conference heading into their final regular season match tomorrow at St. Mary’s at 4 p.m.


Cavalier volleyball is on a four-game winning streak heading into tomorrow’s matchup against St. Mary’s School. The team had 3–0 wins this past week against two conference opponents, Wake Christian Academy and Ravenscroft!

On Friday, the Cavs went down 21–17 in the first set against Wake Christian, but after a big block from senior Milie Loehr the momentum turned in DA’s favor. The Cavs came back within one and the Bulldogs called a timeout. DA stayed on the offensive, tied the set at 23 and then took the next two points to win the set 25–23! In the second set, the Cavs came out strong to go up 6–5 off a hit from senior Lauren Grosshandler and the team never looked back. DA won the second set 25–13. In the third set, the Cavs set the tone early by going up 9–3. In a back-and-forth volley between the Bulldogs and the Cavaliers, ninth-grader Hannah Kohn had three tough defensive digs in a row to help the Cavs extend the lead to 18–12. DA stayed composed throughout the third set and when the score got to 23–12, all the Cavalier seniors returned to the court to earn the last two points on their senior night. 

On Monday, DA volleyball won in straight sets on the road against Ravenscroft. The Cavs won the first set 25–14, the second set 25–15 and the third set 25–15. DA moves to 14–7 on the season and will head to Raleigh tomorrow evening to face St. Mary’s.


Fall Varsity Tennis Clinic

DA Varsity Tennis Clinic Grades 3–8

DA students in grades 3–8 are invited to participate in a recreational tennis clinic Oct. 25 (a no school, faculty work day) from 8–11 a.m. Instruction will be provided by DA varsity tennis players, as well as head coaches Sean Bilsborrow and Lori Reade.

To learn more or to register for the clinic, please click here.

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.