Cavs Corner: A Busy Afternoon of Matchups Set for Tuesday’s Fall Frenzy

By Assistant Director of Athletics for Sports Information Bria Irizarry 
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Durham Academy’s first-ever Fall Frenzy is just around the corner! We would like to invite DA families, faculty, staff and alumni to join us in supporting our fall sports teams on Tuesday, Sept. 24, from 4–7 p.m.! Come out to the Upper School’s lower fields for grilled hot dogs and hamburgers and Kona Ice, and be ready to cheer on our boys soccer, girls tennis and volleyball teams. We hope you can make it out to enjoy an evening of good food, fellowship and fun!


The Cavaliers cross-country teams hosted Ravenscroft and Wesleyan Academy on a steamy 95-degree afternoon last Thursday. The meet was shortened to a 3K due to the weather conditions, and DA came out on top in both the girls and the boys race. On the boys side, senior Mark Alkins finished first with a time of 10:47, and junior Jay Shanahan finished 2 seconds behind him. Junior Kabir Khwaja and ninth-grader Aaron Caveney came in fourth and fifth, respectively, to help solidify first place for the Cavaliers.

On the girls side, DA placed all runners in the top five. Junior Quin Shanahan finished first with a time of 12:43, followed by senior Claire Middleton with a time of 13:00. Junior Anna Catherine Wilson and sophomore Stella Stringer, as well as eighth-grader Allison Hall, rounded out the top five.

“The season got off to a promising start with the DA Invitational,” head coach Costen Irons said. “This next month, we will be doing what we can to give it our best shot when it counts the most.”

DA cross-country returns to competition Saturday, when the teams head to Charlotte for the Charlotte Invitational. 

Field Hockey

Durham Academy field hockey ended last week with a road trip to Charlotte Latin to face the Hawks. After a storm delay, the team went down by a goal just shy of the first half, and the Cavs were not able to rebound in the second. The 1–0 loss to Charlotte Latin fueled the team heading into Tuesday’s matchup with a Cary Academy team that was on a two-game win streak.

The Cavaliers had a slow start to the afternoon, and Cary Academy took advantage going up by 1 goal in the last 8 minutes of the first half. DA answered in the second half with a quick goal from junior Katherine Lantzy to tie the game at 1–1. Ninth-grader Emilie Kirschner fed off the momentum and put one in the back of the goal. With just 2 minutes left in the game, senior Elizabeth Owens and sophomore Emmie Savarino scored 45 seconds apart. The win puts the squad at 4–6 on the year.

Head coach Judy Chandler was impressed with how the team bounced back in the second half of the game against Cary Academy.

“I believe that the level of play in the second half [vs. Cary Academy] came as a result of a stronger desire and attitude,” Chandler said.

The team will travel to Charlotte again on Friday night for a non-conference matchup vs. Charlotte Country Day, which is 3–0 at home this season.

Girls Golf

On Wednesday, the DA girls golf team traveled to Buies Creek to compete in the Tarheel Youth Golf Association Girls North State High School Challenge. DA was one of 20 teams from across the state — both public and private — to compete in the tournament, and the Cavs finished fifth overall. “I could not be more proud of the development of our entire team,” head coach Greg Murray said. “The girls stepped up to the challenge at the TYGA North State Invitational.”

Ninth-grader Ona Lukes and seventh-grader Saia Rampersaud scored an 80, and ninth-grader Kayley Kim scored an 87.

The Cavs currently rank No. 2 in the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association state 4-A standings and return to action this afternoon vs. Ravenscroft in a nine-hole match.

Boys Soccer

The boys soccer team lost 3–0 in a tough road game to undefeated Charlotte Latin on Friday. The Hawks had an impressive start to the game, firing off three goals within 10 minutes of one another. The Cavaliers were not able to answer in the second half, despite putting multiple shots on goal.

Tuesday’s matchup vs. Cary Academy was a different story, as DA had four different goal scorers in a 7–5 victory. Senior Will Nichols scored a hat trick in the first half, and the team rallied from three different one-goal deficits to defeat Cary Academy. In the second half, junior Charlie Robb scored two goals and seniors Ryan Kirschner and Isaiah Caldwell had one apiece. The Chargers kept the game interesting by scoring two goals in the final 20 minutes, but the Cavs held on to win the game.

Head coach Julian Cochran believes his team has continued to make steady progress this season.

“To date, I am proud of the resilience and dedication our athletes have shown for our team, our program and for each other,” he said. “Our players have grown from adversity, learned how to improve our output on the field and have come through with some signature effort and wins as a result.”

The team is now 5–3–1 and will head to Raleigh tonight to face an 8–2 Wake Christian Academy team at 6 p.m.

Girls Tennis

The girls tennis team has improved to 9–0 on the season and has extended its winning streak to 28 after wins over Cary Academy, Wake Christian and St. David’s. The Cavs traveled to Cary on Friday and came away with a 9–0 win. In doubles play, senior duos Alexis Galloway and Sarah Clark, and Taylor Hunter and Isabella Strauss, took convincing 8–3 and 8–0 wins. In singles play, DA saw Clark, senior Alex Bayer and sophomore Mukta Dharmapurikar win in straight sets.

On Tuesday, the Cavaliers had 12 different players earn wins in their 9–0 victory over Wake Christian. The team had a quick turnaround against yet another formidable opponent, St. David’s (No. 4), completing a match that began in August. The Cavs played just singles after going 3–0 in doubles earlier in the season. Galloway and senior Madeline Towning won on the top courts, and Dharmapurikar and Bayer combined to drop just one game. Hunter rallied for a three-set win, and Clark won on court 3.

DA is now 57–3 in its last 60 matches, with St. David’s handing the Cavs two of those three losses. Tuesday’s DA victory snapped St. David’s 46-match win streak.

“The girls are fierce competitors and fight for each point until the very end,” head coach Lori Reade said. “I am hopeful moving into the latter part of the season that we continue to play well, stay healthy, have fun and keep improving.”

The Cavs will be back in action on their home court at 4:15 p.m. Friday in a rematch of the 2018 state championship vs. Charlotte Latin. 



DA volleyball has had road wins this week against Cary Academy and Wake Christian. The team traveled to Cary on Friday and began the match by winning the first set 25–20. The Cavs carried that momentum into the second set to win 25–17 and held off a rally from the Chargers to win the third 26–24. 

On Tuesday, the Cavaliers came out firing to win the first set vs. Wake Christian 25–15. In the second set, the Cavs felt the pressure from the Bulldogs as they brought the game to within 4, but DA came out on top, 25–21. DA completed the sweep in the third set with a 25–20 score to win the match.

DA volleyball moves to 8–6 on the season and will return to Kirby Gym on Friday to face Ravenscroft at 5:30 p.m.

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
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  • 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.