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Cavs Corner: Spring Sports Preview, Part II

By Andy Pogach, Assistant Director of Athletics and Sports Information Director, Varsity Girls Tennis Coach 
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It has been three weeks since our last Cavs Corner, which means we have a lot of results to update you on from our spring varsity sports. In this week’s edition, we will have part two of our spring season preview, focusing on the girls soccer, boys lacrosse and boys golf teams, while also recapping play from our seven other sports.

Spring Preview: Girls Soccer

The girls soccer team had a wild 4–3 shootout victory over Wesleyan Christian Academy Tuesday afternoon on Moylan Field to improve to 2–0 on the young season. Senior Sylvia Soler accounted for two of the three regulation goals for the Cavs, scoring just a few minutes in to give the Cavs a 1–0 lead and then tied the game late with a penalty kick to send the game to overtime. Senior Morgan Doyle had the other goal for the Cavs, who converted all four kicks in the shootout. Ninth-grader Haley Fogg made a great save on the Trojans’ fourth PK and their fifth kick hit off the crossbar to clinch the win for the Cavs.

After losing much of their scoring punch from last year’s team, N.C. Soccer Hall of Fame coach Susan Ellis will be counting on her leadership council of Soler, Doyle, senior Luci Jones and junior Jules Villani to guide a very young team. Ellis and assistants Ashu Saxena and Thomas Phu are emphasizing the word “commitment” to their team. Ellis says, “Show up every day, committed to making yourself and the person next to you better. Commitment requires respect of self, teammates, the coaches, Miss Ellis and the opponents. Commitment brings fun, joy and success.”

In the Cavs’ 9–0 opening game victory over the New Life Storm, it was the upperclassmen who provided the scoring spark. Soler, along with juniors Lauren Grosshandler and Isabella Strauss, each scored twice, as did ninth-grader Kennedy Yon. With big non-conference games coming up vs. Cary Christian Academy (today), Greensboro Day School and Charlotte Latin School (both next week), the leadership and scoring from senior players as well as the energy from the nine eighth- and ninth-graders will have to be in sync for a successful path through this tough stretch of games. Ellis also points to the two games with rival North Raleigh Christian Academy as big tests for her squad if they want to make a deep run in this year’s N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association 4A state tournament. 

Spring Preview: Boys Lacrosse

Once again, boys lacrosse coach Jon Lantzy has challenged his team with one of the toughest schedules around. Despite three losses to start the season, the Cavs are positioning themselves with these early games to contend for a third consecutive Triangle Independent Schools Athletic Conference title and an opportunity to compete for a state championship. Senior Shaffer Woody has led the way so far in the scoring column, as the future Syracuse Orange player has eight goals and two assists. Woody had four goals and an assist in the Cavs’ 11–10 season-opening loss to Providence Day School and four goals in the 19–6 loss to McDonogh School on Tuesday. Senior Dan Clifford has tallied five goals on the year, including the only score in the Cavs’ 15–1 loss to St. Christopher’s of Virginia on March 9 in the Brine King of Spring Face-Off Classic.

Senior Spencer Sapir, a Haverford College commit, will be an integral part of the Cavaliers’ plans when he returns from an early-season injury. The Cavs’ defense will be anchored by seniors Giacomo Ferrari and Clayton Heard. Lantzy expects that sophomores Gavin Schulz (two goals vs. Providence Day) and John Donovan (12 saves in the loss to McDonogh on Tuesday) will have breakout years. We also saw some bright flashes from sophomore Blake Smith, who had a goal and an assist on Tuesday. The road does not get any easier for the Cavs; up next is Friday’s game vs. defending state champs Christ School, a matchup that will be played at Guilford College. Next week sees the Cavs at both Greensboro Day (Wednesday) and Charlotte Latin (Friday).

Spring Preview: Boys Golf

Greg Murray’s golf team is off to a 2–0 start following conference wins over North Raleigh Christian and Wake Christian. In their 159–171 season-opening victory over the Knights before spring break, senior Will Pruthi and junior Ethan Lukes were co-medalists with scores of 39. Sophomore Jackson Brimfield carded a 40, and eighth-grader William Chapman shot a 41. On Tuesday, it was Pruthi’s 36 that earned him medalist honors in the 157–178 home win over Wake Christian.

Coach Murray is excited for his team’s season: “We are deep and talented enough to contend for the conference title and should be one of the top teams in the state.” With five of the top six players from last season returning, including tri-captains senior Pruthi, Ethan Lukes and Brimfield, a run at this year’s Palmetto Invitational in South Carolina and the TYGA Treyburn Invitational is certainly within reach. Murray says Ravenscroft will once again be their top competition in the league and expects their two matchups to be very tight.

Track and Field

The girls and boys track teams are in action this afternoon at Cary Academy. In the Cavaliers’ first meet of the year, on March 7, both teams won tri-meets over St. David’s School and Cary Christian. On the girls side, the Cavs had 93.5 points, which bested the Knights’ 46.5 and the Warriors’ 20. Junior Camille Capehart placed first in four events (400m, 4x100 relay, 4x200 relay, and the 4x400 relay) to lead the way. Sophomore Lucy Steiner’s three event wins (200m, 4x200 relay and 4x400 relay), as well as individual first-place finishes from sophomore Lee Jeffries (100m), sophomore Quinn Shanahan (800m), junior Claire Middleton (1600m), senior Anneke Dekker (3200m), sophomore Helen Hulka (100m hurdles), senior Mongina Omundi (shot put and discus) and senior Katie Kim (long jump) paced the Cavs.

On the boys side, the Cavs scored 97.3 points to defeat Cary Christian (49.7) and St. David’s (18). Individual event winners were senior Donovan Herndon (100m), sophomore Taffy Fernando (400m), senior Jack Anderson (800m), senior Nick Epstein (1600m), senior Neil Mosca (3200m), sophomore Ryan Norris (300m hurdles), ninth-grader Avery Davidson (discus), senior Blake Byerly (shot put), senior Jack Knoll (triple jump) and sophomore Lukas Dannull (high jump and long jump). The 4x100 relay team (Herndon, Knoll and seniors Bryant Randleman and Jack Petrucci) and the 4x400 team (Herndon, Fernando, Norris and Petrucci) won their events. In next week’s Cavs Corner, we will have highlights from today’s meet, as well as a season preview of this year’s team.


Next week will also bring a preview of the softball team, who under the leadership of new coach Jody Robinson is off to an 0–2 start after losses to Wesleyan Christian and Falls Lake Academy. The Cavs will host N.C. School of Science and Mathematics this afternoon.


The baseball team improved to 2–2 with Tuesday’s 14–4 five-inning win over St. David’s. Ninth-grader Ethan Goldstein pitched five strong innings and had a hit, three runs and an RBI at the plate to lead the Cavs. Eighth-grader Sam Schaeffer had two hits, two runs and three RBIs, while sophomore Scott West contributed two hits, a run and two RBIs. Junior Michael Jaffe also had a hit, three runs and 2 RBIs. After St. David's scored 4 in the first, DA ran off 14 straight. The win comes after two losses the week prior to spring break to out-of-state teams. In the 11–4 loss to Norfolk Academy, Goldstein was 3–4 at the plate, while Schaeffer was 2–2 with an RBI. The Cavs also fell to Avalon School of Maryland by a score of 4–3. DA was held to two hits in the game, by Jaffe and Goldstein. Next up will be two home games to finish the week. DA will host Cary Christian this afternoon and the Raleigh Hawks on Friday.

Girls Lacrosse

The girls lacrosse team is back in action today at 6:15 p.m. vs. conference foe Saint Mary’s School. The Cavs split a pair of games right before spring break in the King of Spring event and opened the season with a resounding 20–6 win over Chapel Hill High School. In that win over the Tigers, senior Anna West had six goals and five assists, while ninth-grader Brooke Epstein added five goals and five assists. Junior Ella Virkler (five saves) and ninth-grader Mirella Kades (two saves) combined for the win. The Cavs lost 17–5 to a strong Hockaday School from Texas on the Friday before break. West had three goals to lead the Cavs, while juniors Charlotte Easley and Caroline Sapir each had a goal and an assist. Kades and Virkler each had four saves. The very next day, the girls used an 8–2 second half to break open a close game and defeat R.J. Reynolds High School 14–6. Easley had five goals and two assists, while West had four goals and four assists. Epstein added two goals and four assists. Kades had nine saves in goal for the Cavs. After today’s game, the Cavs will next be in action at Greensboro Day on Wednesday.

Boys Tennis

The Cavs will have to wait until Tuesday to play their first match since spring break, thanks to Tuesday’s rain-out at Cary Christian. The 3–3 Cavs defeated Carrboro High and lost to Cardinal Gibbons the week before spring break, following a 2–2 performance at the Florence Tennis Association High School event in South Carolina. In the 8–1 win over Carrboro, the Cavs won five of six singles matches and all three doubles matches. Sophomores Joey Shaheen, Jackson Zobrist and Frank Borden, along with senior Dylan Jones and eighth-grader Pete Crowley, each won at singles and doubles. In the 7–2 loss at Cardinal Gibbons on March 6, Crowley at fourth singles and Borden at fifth singles were the two DA winners. Borden took a tight 11–9 third-set win, while Zobrist took his opponent to three sets at third singles. Despite losing all three doubles matches to the Crusaders, the second doubles team of Zobrist and Jones lost 9–7 in a tiebreaker.

Crowley has started his varsity career with six straight singles wins, including going 4–0 in Florence. The Cavs were 5–1 winners over A.C. Flora High School and 4–2 winners vs. Beaufort Academy, while losing 5–1 to Greensboro Day and 4–3 to Charlotte Latin in their annual trip to South Carolina.

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Keeping up with the Cavs

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