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Cavs Corner: It’s Tourney Time

By Andy Pogach, Assistant Director of Athletics and Sports Information Director, Varsity Girls Tennis Coach 
Twitter: @daathletics
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It’s tournament time! Seven of our nine spring varsity teams are competing this week in postseason play. Congratulations to the boys golf team, which captured the Triangle Independent Schools Athletic Conference championship on Monday. The Cavs were led by junior Ethan Lukes, who took home medalist honors, is conference player of the year and currently sits first overall in the individual 4A golf rankings. 

Four DA teams are in action today or tomorrow in the state quarterfinal round. Girls lacrosse is home today, while tennis (at Cary Academy today), soccer (at North Raleigh Christian on Friday) and boys lacrosse (at Charlotte Country Day on Friday) are away. The track and field teams will compete at the TISAC meet at Cary Academy this weekend. 

Boys Lacrosse

The boys lacrosse team enters this week’s state tournament red hot, having won their last five games. The No. 6-seeded seeded Cavs will travel to Charlotte on Friday afternoon to take on No.3-seeded Charlotte Country Day. The Bucs defeated the Cavs 9–8 in overtime back on April 5 in Charlotte. DA capped off a perfect conference season with last Thursday’s 16–6 win at North Raleigh Christian. The Cavs (7–8) used five goals apiece from seniors Shaffer Woody and Spencer Sapir as they jumped out to an 11–2 lead at the half. Senior Dan Clifford chipped in three goals, while ninth-grader Austin Corbett scored twice and sophomore Gavin Schulz scored once. Sophomore Will Gaca led DA with seven ground balls, and sophomore John Donovan made seven saves in goal.


Track and Field

The track and field teams closed out the regular season last Thursday with a senior day home meet vs. Cary Academy and East Chapel Hill. The Cavaliers girls came out victorious with 72.5 points, defeating both the Chargers (58.5) and Wildcats (43). Senior Mongina Omundi had a great senior day by winning both the shot put and discus events. Eighth-grader Amani Diallo also took home two firsts, winning the 100m and joining with sophomore Quinn Shanahan, seventh-grader Allison Hall and ninth-grader Lee Jeffries in the 4x400 relay. Sophomore Anna Catherine Wilson won the 1600m and placed second in the 3200m individual events. Other event winners were senior Anneke Dekker (3200m) and ninth-grader Julianna Hallyburton (pole vault).

The boys took second place with 67.33 points behind Cary Academy’s 88.16 and in front of East Chapel Hill’s 19.5 points. Senior Jack Petrucci won three races, taking first in the 100m hurdles and then running on the winning 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams. Junior Mark Alkins won both the 400m and 800m events, while senior Neil Mosca placed first in the 3200m race. Sophomore Ryan Norris won the 300m hurdles and joined Petrucci, senior Donovan Herndon and sophomore James Knowles in the 4x400. Herndon was also on the winning 4x100 team with Petrucci, senior Bryant Randleman and sophomore Cole Sinclair. The TISAC meet will be this weekend at Cary Academy, while the state meet in Concord is set for next weekend.


Girls Soccer

The Cavaliers girls soccer team advanced to the state quarterfinals with Tuesday’s hard-fought 3–1 win over Wake Christian on Moylan Field. The No. 6-seeded Cavs were led by junior Lauren Grosshandler, who scored three times after the Bulldogs scored first. Grosshandler tied the game late in the first half on a great individual play. She then scored from senior Morgan Doyle five minutes into the second half and added an insurance goal with six minutes to go. Ninth-grader Haley Fogg and eighth-grader Cameron Mackay split time in goal for the win. Credit the DA defense — including junior Elizabeth Owens, sophomore Molly McLaughlin and junior Isabella Strauss — for strong play after Wake Christian scored to keep them off the scoreboard for the final 66 minutes. 

Next up will be Friday’s quarterfinal game at No. 3-seeded North Raleigh Christian. The Cavs have already defeated the Knights twice this year, including last Friday’s 2–1 win in Raleigh. After the Knights scored early, junior Claire Ridley tied the game in the 30th minute and then Grosshandler scored the game-winner in the final minute of the first half. Neither team scored in the second, and the Cavs held on the for the win.


Boys Golf

The boys golf team captured the 2019 TISAC championship with a terrific performance Monday afternoon at Chapel Ridge Golf Club in Pittsboro. Junior Ethan Lukes shot a four-under-par 68 to earn medalist honors and lead the Cavs to a team score of 289. Sophomore Jackson Brimfield joined Lukes under par as he shot a 71, while junior Leo Strebel (74) and eighth-grader William Chapman (76) rounded out the four counted scorers. The Cavs defeated second-place Ravenscroft by seven strokes and third-place North Raleigh Christian by 11 strokes. 

Lukes was named conference golfer of the year for his season-long results. The Cavs are fourth in the NCISAA 4A team index, with Lukes now holding down the top position in the state for 4A.  Next up will be the 4A state tournament Monday and Tuesday at the Grandover Resort in Greensboro. Congrats to the golfers!

 

Girls Lacrosse

The girls lacrosse team celebrated senior day on Friday with one of its biggest regular season wins in years. The Cavs knocked off Charlotte Latin, the top seed in this year’s state tournament, 14–13 in a thrilling game on Alumni Field. The win cemented the Cavaliers’ spot as the No. 4 seed and a first-round bye in this year’s state tournament. The Cavs will host No. 5 seed Cary Academy tonight on Alumni Field. 

In Friday’s win, the girls twice rallied from four-goal deficits to defeat the Hawks. Junior Charlotte Easley and ninth-grader Brooke Epstein each scored four times, while senior Anna West scored three times in the win. Easley added three assists as the Cavs roared back from 9–5 down at the half and 11–7 down midway through the second half. The Cavs scored four goals in a row in just a three-minute span to tie the game at 11, with the equalizer coming from junior Caroline Sapir. Eighth-grader Spencer Jennings gave the Cavs their first lead of the second half at the 7:54 mark before Latin took the lead with two straight goals. West scored the game-tying goal right off the ensuing draw, and then Easley netted the game-winner just 24 second later. The Cavs were able to control play for the final four minutes to get the win vs. a Hawks squad that had not lost to an NCISAA team all year and handed Ravenscroft its only loss of the season. Ninth-grader Mirella Kades had eight saves, while junior Ella Virkler had three for the Cavs.


Boys Tennis

The boys tennis team will continue its season in the state quarterfinals this afternoon at Cary Academy. The No. 5-seeded Cavs will look to defeat the No. 4-seeded Chargers for the first time this year after Cary Academy has taken 8–1 and 6–3 wins. The Cavs defeated Charlotte Christian 5–0 on Tuesday to advance to the next round. Senior Dylan Jones and sophomore Jackson Zobrist clinched the match with straight-set singles wins on court six and court four. The Cavs led in the other four matches when play was halted. Senior Sheridan Kum and sophomore Joey Shaheen won their first doubles match 8–1; Jones and Zobrist teamed for an 8–3 second doubles win while sophomore Frank Borden; and eighth-grader Pete Crowley won 8-0 on court three. The Cavs split a pair of matches late last week to head into the state tournament. 

All three seniors (Jones, Kum and Charlie Wilson) earned wins in a 7–2 senior day victory over North Raleigh Christian last Thursday. Jones and Kum won at second doubles, while Wilson teamed with sophomore Jack Preble for a third doubles win. Jones (court five) and Wilson (court six) also took their singles matches. On Friday, the Cavs were blanked 9–0 at Charlotte Country Day as the Bucs showed why they are the favorites for the Division I tennis crown. A win today vs. Cary Academy will give the Cavs another shot at the top-seeded Bucs in next week’s state semis. 


Softball

The softball team’s season came to an end with a final record of 1–13 and 1–9 in TISAC play. The Cavaliers closed out the season last Thursday with a 17–4 road defeat to North Raleigh Christian. Ninth-grader Sophia Benjamin was 2–3 with a run and an RBI, while junior Emily Donaldson was 2–3 with 3 RBIs. Senior Franny Cochran was 1–2 with a run scored. Donaldson pitched four innings giving up just two earned runs. For the season, both Benjamin (.385) and Donaldson (.364) batted over .300, with Donaldson leading the team in RBIs (12). Senior Ellie McGhee was the team leader with seven runs scored, while junior Finn May had a team-leading two triples. Senior Ellen Cochran led the team with nine stolen bases, while Donaldson had 32 strikeouts in 47 innings in the circle. 


Baseball

The DA baseball team did not receive an invite to the NCISAA 4A state tournament following a 9–9 regular season and a 3–5 TISAC record. The Cavs lost their last three games of the season, including two late last week. In last Thursday’s 12–2 loss at Franklin Academy, the Patriots scored at least one run in every inning, with the game ending after six. Trailing 7–0 in the sixth, the Cavs finally got on the board on a senior Kyle Shelley 2-RBI hit. Junior Benny Klein and ninth-grader Sean Donahue each had two hits. Tyrone Gould’s squad closed out the season with Friday’s 10–5 loss at Wake Christian. Wake Christian scored five in the third to break open a 1–1 game. After the Cavs cut the lead to 6–4, the Bulldogs scored an insurance run in the fifth and three more in the sixth. 

Ninth-grader Zeph Hollenbeck was 3–3 with one run scored to lead DA, while sophomore Scott West was 2–3 with two RBIs. Ninth-grader Jackson Niedel had a run and two RBIs. Senior Michael Jaffe gave up two earned runs in five innings, while striking out four. Ninth-grader Ethan Goldstein finished the year as the team’s leader in batting average (.352), hits (19), runs (19) and doubles (6). Eighth-grader Sam Schaeffer had an impressive rookie campaign as he batted .312 with a team leading 19 RBI. Sophomore Scott West (.333) and Hollenbeck (.321) also batted over .300. In the pitching category, Jaffe was the workhorse of the rotation, pitching 40 innings and finishing the year with a record of 3–4, a 4.02 ERA and a team-leading 32 strikeouts. 


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