May has arrived, and the campus is buzzing. AP exams have begun, and it is now crunch time for our varsity sports teams.
Congratulations to our boys tennis and girls lacrosse teams, which have already won conference championships outright, and our girls soccer team, which has clinched at least a share of the conference title and can win it outright by closing the regular season with a win over North Raleigh Christian Academy on Friday. Boys lacrosse can also claim a share of the TISAC title if they beat NRCA at home Tuesday afternoon. Both boys track and golf are conference champion contenders in their respective events next week. We will be waiting for the state seeding committees to meet and announce tournament seedings. Tennis and soccer will learn their state tournament seed on Sunday, while both lacrosse seeding committees will meet next Wednesday.
Here are the latest updates on each of our nine spring varsity sports.
Boys and Girls Track and Field
Both track teams are back in action this afternoon, hosting Cary Academy. The Chargers will provide a huge challenge to both teams heading into the conference meet (May 12-13 at NRCA) and the state meet (Winthrop University, May 19-20). We will have complete coverage of this meet in next week’s Cavs Corner.
The 16-3 tennis team will close out the regular season on Friday at NRCA. The Cavs have an opportunity for a perfect conference season, as they have won their first seven league matches all by 9-0 scores. Their only NCISAA 3A loss this year was an 6-3 home defeat to Providence Day School on April 1. Unfortunately, the Cavs were missing three of their top seven players for that match, and since the Chargers lost to Charlotte Country Day this year, expect both the Chargers and Bucs to be seeded ahead of the Cavs in the state tournament. A probable third seed for DA would lead to a potential semifinal rematch with Providence Day in Charlotte.
The 12-1 girls soccer team can wrap up an outright conference title with a win Friday night at NRCA. The Cavs received some unexpected news on Friday when Saint Mary’s took a 3-2 win at Cary Academy, which will help DA in both the conference and state seeding races. Since the Cavs lost their only game of the year — April 20 at Cary Academy — the girls have not allowed a goal in beating their last three opponents by a combined score of 20-0. Junior Kendall Bushick has eight of those 20 goals, including back-to-back hat tricks in wins over Wake Christian and Saint Mary’s.
The Cavs started this three-game run with a 5-0 home victory over Ravenscroft last Friday. Bushick scored twice, and junior Erin Dilweg, junior Austen Dellinger and sophomore Sylvia Soler all scored one each. In addition to Bushick’s hat trick in Monday’s 9-0 mercy rule win at Wake Christian, Dilweg and ninth-grader Isabella Strauss scored two goals. For Strauss, it was the first two of her career. Also scoring was Soler and ninth-grader Camille Capehart. On senior day Tuesday, the Cavs immediately put to rest any thought that Saint Mary’s would notch another upset. Bushick scored two of her three goals early in the game. Dilweg, senior Jaya Perentis and junior Gwen Caudle also scored. The Cavs are in position for a top-three seed in the state tournament. The seeding committee will be hashing out where the Cavs fit around 15-1-3 Charlotte Latin and 15-2-3 Providence Day.
Softball currently stands at 1-10 after losing an 8-1 Senior Day game to St. David’s. The Cavs were neck-and-neck with the Warriors for most of the game. St. David’s led just 3-1 before scoring five runs in the sixth inning. In Friday’s 14-11 conference loss to Ravenscroft, DA made things very exciting with a five-run rally in the bottom of the seventh. In fact, the Cavs trailed 10-1 after four innings and outscored the Ravens 10-4 the rest of the way. Heidi Kearnan’s team will close out the season at Wake Christian today and at NRCA on Friday.
The 2017 baseball team has earned its second consecutive winning record, finishing the regular season 10-9 following a senior day 9-6 win over Pilot Mills. While the DA goal of claiming a conference title was dashed after being swept in a two-game series with NRCA, a 4-4 league record and some exciting moments leave this year’s Cavs with sights set high for next year. Friday’s 7-6 loss at NRCA was a heartbreaker, as DA led 6-4 with two outs and no one on base in the bottom of the sixth. The Knights would then follow with two singles and a home run to rally for the win. On Monday, NRCA put together a six-run fifth inning and ended the game with an 11-1 five-inning win. Tyrone Gould’s team bounced back on senior day, jumping on Pilot Mills to the tune of a 9-1 lead through five innings. Junior Matt Willis earned the win as he pitched into the sixth and also drove in two runs. While Pilot Mills scored four in the seventh, ninth-grader Benny Klein induced two ground balls to end the game. While they will not know for sure until Sunday’s seeding committee meeting if their season is over, it looks like too many tight 3A losses will cost the Cavs a trip to the state tournament.
It was a tough week for the boys lacrosse team, having lost games to both teams that played in last year’s state championship game. On Friday, the Cavs went to Raleigh looking for a season sweep of defending state champions Ravenscroft, but instead got a Ravens team looking for revenge for a one-goal DA win last month. The Ravens scored 10 in the first half and 11 in the second half in a 21-7 victory. Junior Tyler Carpenter led the Cavs with three goals, while senior Houston Holland added two. On Monday, DA was set to travel to Greensboro College to face last year’s state finalist Christ School, but weather concerns prompted a move of the game to Wednesday. Much like the game against Ravenscroft, the Cavaliers fell behind early and could not recover in their 19-5 defeat. Carpenter and Holland scored two goals each, while junior Drew Hantzmon added one. Friday is an important home matchup with Cannon School, which already has wins over Charlotte Country Day and Charlotte Latin, two teams that defeated DA earlier in the year. Both the Cougars and Cavs should expect to be seeded somewhere in the middle of the Division I bracket, which will be released next week.
The golf team stepped out of conference Tuesday to battle neighbor Trinity School of Durham and Chapel Hill in an 18-hole match at Hope Valley Country Club. Senior Allen Smith continues to have an impressive season, as he was medalist with a score of 72 on senior day. Also scoring for the Cavs in the 300-321 victory were senior Seth Pruitt (75), ninth-grader Ethan Lukes (75) and eighth-grader Jackson Brimfield (78). The Cavs will compete in the conference championship at Croasdaile Country Club on Tuesday.
The girls lacrosse team wrapped up an outright conference championship with a 20-4 win over Cary Academy on Monday. While the Chargers’ first-year program provided little challenge for the Cavs, Friday’s senior day overtime win over Ravenscroft was a much different story. DA needed the heroics of senior Madi Dunk, who put the team on her back, to take a 12-11 win over the Ravens, their second overtime win over Ravenscroft this season. While the Ravens focused on stopping team goal-leader Anna West, who scored 10 on them earlier in the year, it was Dunk who took advantage by scoring the Cavs’ final eight goals including this game-winner in overtime.
In Monday’s win, Dunk went back to her normal role as a distributer; her seven assists continue to have her second in the country in that category according to maxpreps.com. Leading the way in the goal category was ninth-grader Charlotte Easley with six while West added five. Senior Hannah Pope, in just her second game back from injury, scored on her only offensive possession of the night. On Friday, the girls travel to Charlotte to battle defending state champs Country Day. A win would shake up the top of the state tournament seedings as the Bucs hold two wins over Charlotte Latin, the only NCISAA team to defeat DA this year. The Cavs will close out the regular season Monday with a home matchup against Cary Academy.
Our spring awards ceremony will be on Sunday, May 21, at 6 p.m. in Kenan Auditorium. All spring sport varsity athletes and their families are invited.
KEEPING UP WITH THE CAVS
As always, you can keep up with the Cavs on Durham Academy’s website and the DA App:
www.da.org/athletics: Schedules and Results
- For a list of all teams, their schedules and directions to games, visit www.da.org/teams.
- 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.
- For a recap of athletics results and scores, visit www.da.org/scoreboard.
- 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 http://bit.ly/DACavaliers. 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.