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Cavs Corner: State tournament play begins Friday
Posted 05/11/2017 04:08PM

By Andy Pogach, Assistant Director of Athletics and Sports Information Director, Varsity Girls Tennis Coach
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It’s state tournament time! The regular season has been completed, and many of our teams claimed league titles. Boys tennis, girls soccer and girls lacrosse were all out-right league champions, finishing in first place and earning top-four seeds in the upcoming state tournament. Boys lacrosse shared the conference title and will be on the road for the state quarter-finals. The boys track team finished undefeated in their regular season meets and will join the girls team in the TISAC meet this weekend. The golf team finished second in Monday’s conference tournament and enters the state tournament next week as the state’s third-ranked team. 

Our schedule of events for the next few days follows. We hope you can come out and support the Cavs! 

Friday, May 12

  • Girls lacrosse vs. St. Mary’s, 4:45 p.m., Alumni Field (state quarterfinals)
  • Girls soccer vs. Covenant Day 5 p.m., Moylan Field (state quarterfinals)
  • Boys lacrosse at Providence Day 6:30 p.m., in Charlotte (state quarterfinals)
  • Boys and girls track at North Raleigh Christian for TISAC meet

Saturday, May 13

  • Boys tennis vs. Cannon, noon, home tennis courts (state quarterfinals)
  • Boys and girls track at North Raleigh Christian for TISAC meet

Monday, May 14, and Tuesday, May 15

  • Boys Golf in the NCISAA Tournament at Whispering Pines



Boys and Girls Track
The track teams are in action this weekend competing at North Raleigh Christian in the conference meet Friday and Saturday. The boys team finished the regular season unbeaten in dual meets following a 84.5-45.5 win over Cary Academy on May 4. In that meet, senior Ben Womble nearly set the school record in the long jump by jumping 21 feet, 7 inches. This mark is less than an inch short of the record.



Other highlights of the event were an 800 m win from ninth-grader Mark Alkins, who broke the two-minute mark. Sophomore Neil Mosca took home the 1600 m victory, while sophomore Tigey Jewell-Alibhai won the 3200 m race. The 4x100 relay team of Womble, senior Bailey Horgan, junior Wilson Hansen and ninth-grader Ryan Kirschner took first place, while the 4x200 team of senior Hunter Knoll, junior Dylan Peter, junior Osezele Okoruwa and sophomore Jack Knoll won their event. Senior Erik O’Luanaigh took first in both the shot put and discus, while senior Sonio Kum won the triple jump and senior Victor Harpe won the 110 m hurdles. 

In the girls’ meet, DA finished second behind Cary Academy and ahead of St. Mary’s. Junior Virginia Capehart continues to have a strong season, taking first in both the 200 m and 400 m races. Ninth-grader Sydney Harpole won the 100 m event for the Cavs. We will have a full recap of the conference meet in next week’s Cavs Corner.

Boys Tennis
Boys tennis hosts Cannon School on Saturday at noon in the quarterfinal round of the state tournament. The 17-3 Cavs not only won all eight conference matches, but took each by 9-0 shutout scores. In Friday’s 9-0 sweep at NRCA, DA’s top two singles players, juniors James Shaheen and Priyan de Silva, cemented their positions at the top of the TISAC. Shaheen finished the regular season 15-2 in singles and 14-1 in doubles. Shaheen’s only losses this year were to a top-100 nationally ranked player from South Carolina and an East Chapel Hill senior who will play at Davidson next year. De Silva completed a perfect singles season, as he went unbeaten in 17 matches. The rest of the Cavalier lineup went a combined 40-12 in singles play. The DA depth will be important if they want to make a run in the state tournament. Shaheen will be tested immediately as Cannon features the state’s best player in senior Andrew Redding, an Indiana recruit. Redding, ranked 90th nationally, finished his season unbeaten in the top spot. If the Cavs get by the Cougars, No. 2 seed Providence Day will likely be their next opponent on Tuesday in Charlotte. The Chargers defeated a short-handed Cavaliers 6-3 in early April. 

Girls Soccer
The girls soccer team finished the regular season 13-1 as outright conference champions. They enter Friday’s 5 p.m. state quarterfinal match-up with Covenant Day School having not allowed a goal in over 360 minutes while winning their last four games in shutout fashion. The Cavs were tested in their regular season finale Friday night at NRCA, taking a tight 1-0 win. Junior Erin Dilweg’s goal in the 15th minute was the only score of the game as ninth-grader Millie Loehr had to make some big saves in the final minutes to preserve the win. Dilweg finished second on the team in scoring with 16 goals, while classmate Kendall Bushick tallied 24 goals to lead the Cavs. Ninth-grader Peyton Goldthwaite also scored in double digits this year with 10 goals. A lot of credit for the success of this year’s team has to go to the defense and the play of goaltenders Loehr and sophomore Lana Kalfas. The girls have given up just eight goals on the season heading into the playoffs. If the Cavs can get past the Lions on Friday night, a probable match-up with No. 2 seed Charlotte Latin looms on Tuesday afternoon. The Hawks have only given up eight goals on the year as well. We hope to see you Friday evening at Moylan Field for the state quarterfinals!

The softball team ended its season with losses to conference leaders Wake Christian and NRCA last week. The Cavs, who finished 1-12 overall and 1-8 in TISAC play, had much better results in league games the second time they played each team. Senior Julie Wechsler was the team’s offensive leader with a phenomenal .462 batting average and was tops on the team in both runs and hits. Junior Nicole Riepl (.323 average) led the squad with nine RBIs and also batted .323. Senior Diane Youngstrom (.393) and junior Kayla Bryant (.323) also hit over .300 for the year. For the second straight year, ninth-grader Emily Donaldson was the primary pitcher for the Cavs as she pitched 52 innings with an ERA of 8.89 striking out 33 batters. Sophomore Imani Spence pitched 18 innings with an ERA of 9.93, striking out seven. 

While the baseball team knew their chances of making the state tournament were slim, they found out officially on Sunday that they were not one of the 12 teams selected in 3A division. In fact, only TISAC champion NRCA made the state tournament field from our conference. Three Cavaliers batted over .300 for the year, led by sophomore Michael Jaffe’s .400 average. Once Jaffe returned from his early-season foot injury, he took control of the Cavalier offense from the lead-off position, as he was also first in on base percentage and slugging, and second on the team in runs scored. Senior Aidan Therien batted .317 and was tied for second on the team in RBI’s with 13. Junior Matt Willis batted .306 and also had 13 RBIs. Junior Ben Easley batted .288 and led the squad with 16 RBIs. On the mound, the Cavs rode the arms of Willis and fellow junior Cam Brown, who combined to start 12 games. Willis was 6-1 with a 5.54 ERA and a team-leading 37 strikeouts. Brown was 2-3 with a 6.69 ERA and 28 strikeouts. Therien and junior Ian Layzer each pitched more than 10 innings, with Layzer not allowing an earned run during his 11 innings on the mound.   

Boys Lacrosse
The boys lacrosse team celebrated senior day with a 17-5 win over NRCA on Tuesday. The victory not only clinched the Cavs a share of the TISAC title but was also coach Jon Lantzy’s 100th as head coach of the Cavs. After the Knights opened the scoring, DA answered with the next 10 goals and held NRCA scoreless until late in the half. Sophomore Shaffer Woody, the team leader in both goals and assists, led DA with five goals and three assists. Junior Drew Hantzmon added four goals and an assist, and junior Tyler Carpenter finished with three goals and two assists. This clip shows sophomore Dan Clifford scoring off the feed from Woody in the second half. 


The Cavs enter the Division I state tournament at 9-7 and earned the No. 7 seed. DA will travel to Charlotte to battle the No. 2 seed Providence Day School on Friday night. While the Cavs and Chargers did not meet this year, DA took a 9-6 road win at PD last season. A win this weekend will put the Cavs in the semis against either third seed Charlotte Country Day or sixth seed Charlotte Latin, two teams that beat DA this year by a combined four goals. 

Boys Golf                  
The boys golf team heads to Pinehurst on Monday and Tuesday for the NCISAA 3A state tournament as the No. 3-ranked team in the state. In Tuesday’s conference tournament at Croasdaile Country Club, the Cavs finished second, behind only Ravenscroft, the state’s top ranked team. Ninth-grader Ethan Lukes and eighth-grader Jackson Brimfield each shot 73, while senior Allen Smith carded a 75. All three of these golfers earned all-conference honors for their strong play this season. 

Girls Lacrosse
The girls lacrosse team is the No. 3 seed and will host St. Mary’s on Friday afternoon in the quarterfinal round of the state tournament. DA is 13-4 overall and 6-0 in conference play. On Friday, the Cavs lost to top seed and defending state champ Charlotte Country Day 22-10. The Cavs could not match the Bucs’ firepower and fell behind quickly. Senior Madi Dunk finished with four goals and one assist, ninth-grader Charlotte Easley scored three times, senior Hannah Pope scored twice and sophomore Anna West scored once. DA bounced back with a 21-6 home win over Cary Academy Monday to close out the regular season. Dunk had a 10-point night with three goals and seven assists as she surpassed the 400-career-point mark. Easley and West also scored four times apiece while Pope and senior Lydia Carbuccia tallied three goals each. A win over Saint Mary’s on Friday would create a likely Tuesday semifinal matchup in Charlotte against a Charlotte Latin team that took an overtime win in Durham over the Cavs in April. 



Just a reminder that 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. 

Looking ahead to 2017-2018, all starting dates for fall 2017 teams are now posted online.



As always, you can keep up with the Cavs on Durham Academy’s website and the DA App: Schedules and Results

The DA App: Schedules and Results

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