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Cavs Corner: Lots on the Line as Cavs Continue Through Busy Stretch

By Andy Pogach, Assistant Director of Athletics and Sports Information Director, Varsity Girls Tennis Coach 
Twitter: @daathletics
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We hope you can come out this evening to the Upper School fields to join us at our annual DA Athletics Spring Fling! Our Parents Athletic Committee will be grilling burgers and hot dogs, and there will be drinks and Kona Ice for sale. Four varsity teams (boys and girls lacrosse, girls soccer and softball) and the JV baseball team will be in action starting at 4:30 p.m. The boys lacrosse team can clinch the conference title with a win today over Ravenscroft, while girls soccer also tangles with the Ravens; both teams are in a three-way battle for the top spot in conference play. Congratulations are in order for senior Anna West, who tallied her 300th career point in Wednesday’s girls lacrosse win over St. David’s. In addition to our usual week in review, this week’s Cavs Corner includes conference standings and rankings from the HighSchoolOT area poll.

Boys Lacrosse

The boys lacrosse team will play its third game of the week as the team hosts Ravenscroft this afternoon (streamed live on DASN). The No. 21-ranked Cavs and the No. 22-ranked 9–3 Ravens will meet with conference title implications. The 4-8 Cavs defeated Ravenscroft by one goal earlier this year. The DA team is coming off two convincing wins this week with a 15–7 victory over Chapel Hill High on Monday and a 14–3 win over Cary Academy on Tuesday. In Monday’s win over the Tigers, the Cavs built an early 3–1 lead and took a 10–3 lead at the half. The advantage expanded to 15–5 late before two Tigers goals. Senior Shaffer Woody led the Cavs with four goals and two assists, while sophomore Gavin Schulz had 3 goals. Ninth-grader Austin Corbett and senior Dan Clifford scored twice, each while senior Spencer Sapir, sophomore Blake Smith, senior Clayton Heard and junior Donovan Moylan scored one apiece. Sophomore John Donovan had 15 saves in goal.

In Tuesday’s win at Cary Academy, Woody had five goals and two assists to lead the team to a second consecutive win. The Cavs led 6–0 after one, as Woody had 3 goals and Corbett scored two of his four goals on the day. Smith and Sapir each scored twice, while Clifford added a goal.  Donovan made seven saves in net. The Cavs remain unbeaten in TISAC play at 3–0 and are now 4-8 overall.

Team

TISAC

Overall

HighSchoolOT Ranking

Cavaliers

3–0

4–8

21

Ravenscroft

2–1

9–3

22

North Raleigh Christian

2–2

5-7

 

Cary Academy

0–4

1-8

 



Girls Soccer

The varsity girls soccer team had its five-game win streak and close to 400-minute shutout streak snapped on Tuesday, as Wake Christian defeated the Cavs 1–0. Now 7–3 overall and 5–1 in the conference, the Cavs entered the HighSchoolOT poll at No. 16. In last Thursday’s conference win over Cary Academy, all three keepers (ninth-graders Haley Fogg and Maya Caldwell, along with eighth-grader Cameron Mackay) saw action in net for the shutout. Junior Lauren Grosshandler started the scoring, while eighth-grader Faith Hanson and senior Luci Jones provided the other two goals. The girls will finish the regular season with four games in the next eight days, including games with Ravenscroft today and Monday.

Team

TISAC

Overall

HighSchoolOT Ranking

Cavaliers

5-1

7-3

16

North Raleigh Christian

6-1

12-2

18

Ravenscroft

4-1

9-2

 

Wake Christian

2-3

6-5

 

Cary Academy

0-5

3-7

 

Saint Mary’s

0-6

1-9

 



Boys Golf

The boys golf team had quite a week, playing 36 holes at the Palmetto High School Golf Championship in Myrtle Beach over the weekend, nine holes vs. Trinity School of Durham and Chapel Hill on Monday, and 18 holes vs. Ravenscroft on Tuesday. Eighth-grader William Chapman finished tied for ninth with a two-round total of 150 for a +6 at the Palmetto to lead the team to a fifth-place finish. Chapman was 10 strokes behind the champion. Other DA finishers in the top 25 included sophomore Jackson Brimfield (tied for 13th) and junior Ethan Lukes (tied for 21st). In Monday’s win over Trinity School at Chapel Hill Country Club, Brimfield was medalist with a one-under-par 35. Lukes, Chapman and senior Will Pruthi also scored for the Cavs. Lukes was the co-medalist with an 18-hole score of 71 in Tuesday’s 301–301 tie with a Ravenscroft team who handed the Cavs their only loss of the season on March 26. Brimfield, Chapman and junior Leo Strebel were the other team scorers. The golfers will be back in action Monday at home vs. Cary Academy in an 18-hole match at Hope Valley Country Club.  


Boys Tennis

The boys tennis team rebounded from last week’s loss to Cary Academy with a 9–0 sweep of Wake Christian on Tuesday afternoon. The Cavs are now 8–6, 4–1 in conference play and are ranked No. 22 in the latest HighSchoolOT poll. Twelve different Cavaliers won matches in the win over the Bulldogs, led by senior Sheridan Kum’s win at the No. 1 singles position. Sophomore Jack Preble teamed with sophomore Joey Shaheen for an 8–0 first doubles win. Other singles winners for the Cavs were sophomore Jackson Zobrist (second singles), senior Dylan Jones (third singles), eighth-grader Owen Brent-Levenstein (fourth singles), junior Jack Linger (fifth singles) and sophomore Win Hill (sixth singles). The doubles teams of senior Charlie Wilson and ninth-grader Gavin Levinson, as well as ninth-graders Edward Rogers and Aadesh Anchaliya took victories as well. In Thursday’s loss to league leader Cary Academy, only the third doubles team of sophomore Frank Borden and eighth-grader Pete Crowley emerged victorious. Both first and second doubles lost 8–5, while three singles matches (Crowley at two, Shaheen at three and sophomore Jack Preble at six) went to three sets, giving the Cavs optimism heading into the rematch with the Chargers on Monday. First will be today’s Spring Fling contest vs. Ravenscroft.

Team

TISAC

Overall

HighSchoolOT Ranking

Cary Academy

3–0

6–3

12

Cavaliers

4–1

8–6

22

Ravenscroft

2–2

3–7

 

North Raleigh Christian

2–3

5–4

 

Wake Christian

0–5

6–8

 



Softball

The girls softball team put together the program’s best offensive performance in more than two years in Wednesday’s 15–14 loss at Saint Mary’s. The Cavs took a 9–7 lead in the fourth inning before the Saints went up 15–10 headed to the seventh. Junior Cristina Pastor-Valverde hit an inside-the-park home run in the top of the seventh, but the Cavs fell one run short. Junior Emily Donaldson led the Cavs with three hits, two runs and two RBIs, while seniors Ellie McGhee and Franny Cochran and junior Finn May had two hits apiece. May and McGhee each had two RBIs.  Donaldson had eight strikeouts on the mound. The offensive breakthrough came just one day after the Cavs were held to one hit in a 15–0 loss to Wake Christian in Raleigh. Ninth-grader Sophia Benjamin had the Cavs’ lone hit. The girls will play their third game in three days this afternoon vs. 1–7 Ravenscroft.

Team

TISAC

Overall

HighSchoolOT Ranking

North Raleigh Christian

6–0

8–2

 

Wake Christian

4–1

6–3

 

Cary Academy

4–2

6–4

 

Saint Mary’s

2–3

3–4

 

Ravenscroft

0–5

1–7

 

Cavaliers

0–5

0–9

 



Baseball

The Cavaliers baseball team rebounded from two losses to Cary Academy last week by sweeping non-conference opponents Grace Christian and Pilot Mills this week. In Tuesday’s 11–1 five-inning win over Grace Christian, ninth-grader Ethan Goldstein was 2–3 from the plate with two RBIs and two runs scored and also pitched a complete game, giving up just one earned run while striking out five. The Cavs scored six runs in the bottom of the fifth, thanks to three bases-loaded walks and then an RBI single from sophomore Will Dowell, which ended the game. Ninth-grader Jackson Niedel had two RBIs, while eighth-grader Sam Schaeffer had a hit, a run and RBI. An eight-run sixth inning was the difference in the Cavs 10–3 victory over Pilot Mills in Wake Forest. Sophomore Scott West had the big hit in the sixth, as he cleared the bases with a three-RBI double. Ninth-grader Zeph Hollenbeck had two hits and an RBI, while Goldstein and Schaeffer each had one hit, one run and 2 RBIs. Niedel added a hit, two runs and an RBI. Schaeffer pitched a complete game for the Cavs, allowing just two earned runs while striking out two. Next up will be a big TISAC matchup with Ravenscroft on Monday.  

Team

TISAC

Overall

HighSchoolOT Ranking

Ravenscroft

3–1

8–4

 

North Raleigh Christian

3–2

5–7

 

Cavaliers

3–3

9–6

 

Cary Academy

2–3

8–5

 

Wake Christian

1–3

6–6

 



Girls Lacrosse

The HighSchoolOT No. 14-ranked DA girls lacrosse team heads into today’s matchup with No. 18-ranked Cary Academy 7–4 following Wednesday’s 24–2 win over St. David’s in Raleigh. Senior Anna West had four goals and three assists in the game, during which she scored her 300th career point. Ninth-grader Brooke Epstein also had four goals and a team-high four assists as the Cavs led 16–2 at the half. Junior Charlotte Easley and eighth-grader Spencer Jennings also tallied four goals apiece, while sophomore Kathleen Donovan and junior Caroline Sapir scored three goals each. Ninth-grader Mirella Kades had four saves in goal.

The win follows a tough 13–9 defeat to No. 7-ranked East Chapel Hill on April 18. The Cavs had a 7–4 lead right out of the second half draw, as sophomore Donovan scored from West but then DA went more than 15 minutes without a goal and saw their three-goal advantage turn into a three-goal deficit. West had five goals and one assist, while junior Easley had two goals and one assist. Epstein chipped in with a goal and two assists. Junior Ella Virkler made 14 saves in goal for DA.  

Team

TISAC

Overall

HighSchoolOT Ranking

Ravenscroft

2–0

12–1

4

Cavaliers

3–1

7–4

14

Cary Academy

1–2

7–3

18

Saint Mary’s

0–3

7–3

20



Track and Field

The boys and girls track teams, off for the past two weeks, head to Ravenscroft today for a tri-meet with the host Ravens and Cary Academy.

 

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Keeping up with the Cavs

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