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Cavs Corner: Season previews for girls soccer, boys golf, and track and field
Posted 03/22/2018 04:05PM

By Andy Pogach, Assistant Director of Athletics and Sports Information Director, Varsity Girls Tennis Coach 
Twitter: @daathletics
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After a week off for spring break, we were welcomed back to school this week with another bout of bad weather — forcing our teams to wait even longer to get back in action. With track, boys tennis, girls soccer and girls lacrosse in action today, baseball playing tomorrow and boys lacrosse playing Saturday, we are hoping the temperatures will warm up and the precipitation will stay away. Four teams (girls soccer, boys tennis, and boys and girls lacrosse) remain ranked in the News & Observer polls. In this week’s edition of Cavs Corner, we have season previews of our girls soccer, boys golf and track teams, while also looking back at action from all of our teams earlier in the week and during spring break. 

Season Preview: Girls Soccer

It has been 17 days since the girls soccer team won its season opener vs. New Life Storm. Coach Susan Ellis and the No. 15-ranked Cavs are ready to get back on the pitch and continue their season this afternoon as they host Ravenscroft School at 4:30 p.m. Last year, the Cavs went 14-2, took a share of the Triangle Independent Schools Athletic Conference title and reached the state semifinals before falling to eventual state champs Charlotte Latin School. This season, Coach Ellis hopes that the team can repeat last year’s phenomenal run while still focusing on the little things like “getting better every day” and playing with “grit and smarts.”

A dynamic duo of seniors Erin Dilweg and Kendall Bushick will lead the scoring punch for DA. Each had a hat trick in the Cavs’ season opener, and both were at the top of the DA scoring charts a season ago. They will be joined by fellow seniors Gwen Caudle and Austen Dellinger as the leaders of this year’s team. Ellis says Dellinger will be the key to the midfield success, and she looks forward to the emergence of sophomore Isabella Strauss and junior Morgan Doyle, who will be stepping into starting roles. Sophomore Victoria Lawton returns from injury to help in the midfield, while a young DA defense will be anchored by sophomores Jules Villani and Elizabeth Owens. Ellis is looking forward to the challenges of this year’s schedule, which is highlighted by tough conference games and a matchup with last year’s N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association 2A state champ Cary Christian. 

Season Preview: Boys Golf

The theme of this year’s boys golf season thus far has been rain; unfortunately, the Cavs’ first two matches were canceled due to poor weather conditions. Hopefully, next Tuesday’s matchup with Cary Academy will go on as planned so the team can play prior to their annual trek to Myrtle Beach to participate in the Palmetto National High School Invitational, a tournament that the Cavs won in 2015.

Despite the losses of both Allen Smith and Quade Lukes to graduation (both are now playing in college), legendary coach Greg Murray believes the 2018 team has a chance to be a successful one. Murray says this year’s group has a shot at winning the TISAC crown while aiming to finish in the top three of the state tournament and the top five of the Palmetto event. Standing in the way of the Cavs’ goals will be defending conference and state champs Ravenscroft. The Ravens — 19 strokes better than the Cavs in last year’s TISAC tournament and 51 strokes better in the two-day state tournament — will be tough to dethrone.

Leading the charge for the Cavs this year will be captains senior Gus Lascola and sophomore Ethan Lukes. Ninth-grader Jackson Brimfield and senior Eric Bradford return to add depth to the DA lineup. In addition to the tough tests in South Carolina next weekend and the conference and state tournaments in May, Murray hopes that his team can take home the Durham Invitational at Treyburn Country Club for the sixth consecutive year. 

Season Preview: Boys and Girls Track and Field

Coach Costen Irons and his track teams started the season strong, taking first place in both the boys and girls competitions in their quad-meet vs. Cary Christian, Trinity and Grace Christian on March 8.

On the boys side, Irons has a veteran squad led by captains Wilson Hansen, Josh Klein and Ethan Goldman, all experienced and strong at their individual events. Hansen — who Irons says is “one of Durham Academy’s all-time best sprinters” — will compete for a state title at the 200 and 400m races. Hansen took first place in the 100m and 200m as well as the 4x400 events in the Cavs’ opening meet. Klein, who will compete to be one of the top 10 all-time middle distance runners at the school, was on the winning 4x400 team in the Cavs’ first meet.  Goldman, who Irons calls one of DA’s all-time great leaders, has a school top-10 mark in the mile and will also hope to lead the 4x800 team to the state title. Goldman won the 1600m event and was also on the winning 4x400 team in the first meet on March 8. Goldman says he is looking forward to his team being as competitive as they can while also “getting the freshmen more bought into the process and helping them get excited about improving.”

In addition to the captains, the boys team will count on the strength of the middle- and long-distance crew of sophomores Mark Alkins and Bennett Dombcik and juniors Nick Epstein and Tigey Jewell-Alibhai. All four placed within the top three in either the 1600 or 3200 events in the Cavs’ first meet. Junior newcomer Donovan Herndon had a strong first meet in a Cavs uniform as he finished second in the 100m and long jump as well as third in the 200m events. Other individual event winners from the first meet included Junior Jack Petrucci (110m hurdles), senior Osezele Okoruwa (shot put), ninth-grader Cole Sinclair (discus) and senior Dylan Peter (long jump). 

On the girls side, the leadership and experience is just as strong, with captains Virginia Capehart, Cami Simpson and Leah Granger leading the way. Capehart is the top returning 400m runner in the state, and Irons says she has the “talent and work ethic to set multiple school records.” She won that event as well as the 200m and was part of the winning 4x400 team in the Cavs’ first meet on March 8. Simpson is the “cultural leader of the team,” who will compete in the 800m, hurdles and discus. She was third in the 800m event in the first meet. Granger, already a school record-holder in the pole vault, will be looking for a state title in that event this year. She took first in the pole vault and third in the shot put on March 8. Simpson’s goals this year center around keeping her team a united one and “building upon our team spirit.” Like the boys, she is excited about competing against their rivals from Cary Academy.

In addition to the captains, Irons will rely on seniors Ava Pacchianna (first, 100m hurdles; third, 300m hurdles), Serafina Turner (first, 800m and shot put; second, discus), sophomore Camille Capehart (first, 100m) and ninth-grader Anna Catherine Wilson (first, 1600m) as big point-scorers in meets. Irons echoed Simpson’s comments and added that his goals are to “get better every day as athletes and people. We are trying to build a culture where everyone’s effort positively impacts each other.”

Between the leadership of Irons and his seniors, this team has a great foundation to achieve these goals and compete at a high level this season. The track team is back at it this afternoon hosting Cary Academy and Wake Christian.

Week in Review

The boys lacrosse team is off to a 2-1 start on the season after winning two big in-state matchups before spring break. After a one-goal defeat in their season-opener vs. state champion Christ School, the Cavs battled Charlotte Latin in the first of two King of Spring tournament games in Durham. Bolstered by a four-goal, four-assist, six-ground-ball performance by senior All-American Tyler Carpenter, the Cavs took a 14-11 win over the Hawks to kick-start their weekend. Senior Ben Easley added four goals while junior all-state Shaffer Woody registered three goals and five assists to give coach Jon Lantzy his first ever win over the Hawks. The next day, DA took a 12-4 win over Charlotte Christian as four players registered multiple goals. Carpenter had three goals, two assists and eight ground balls, while Easley, Woody and senior Drew Hantzmon each tallied twice. Ninth-grader John Donovan was stellar in goal, making 18 saves over the course of the weekend. Carpenter’s impressive start to the season earned him the Triangle Lacrosse Defensive Player of the Week honor. The Cavs are ranked No. 5 in the latest Triangle Lacrosse poll and No. 13 in the News & Observer poll. The next test for DA comes on Saturday as they host national power Georgetown Prep at 5 p.m. 

The girls lacrosse team broke open a close game late for a 17-11 road conference win at Saint Mary’s School on Tuesday afternoon. The team welcomed back the return of sophomore Charlotte Easley, who was in the lineup for the first time this year following an injury. She had six goals to join leading scorer Anna West’s seven-goal, four-assist performance to aid in the victory. The No. 14-ranked Cavs are back in action today at Cary Academy. 

The baseball team suffered a tough 11-0 defeat at Forsyth Country Day on Tuesday. The Furies limited the Cavs to three hits (singles by Michael Jaffe, Matt Willis and Benny Klein), then erupted for nine runs in the fourth inning, including a grand slam to take the win. The baseball team (2-4 on the season) heads to Asheville this weekend to battle Asheville School and Asheville Christian. 

The softball team has been the victim of poor weather lately, as their last four game dates have been canceled. The 0-1 Cavs will be at Franklin Academy on Monday afternoon. 

The No. 7-ranked 4-1 boys tennis team will be back at it today vs. Ravenscroft after a two-week break. The Cavs went into spring break with a hard-fought 6-3 win against East Chapel Hill at home. Playing without two starters, the back of the Cavaliers lineup stepped up as junior Sheridan Kum played a flawless match on court five to join junior James Shaheen, senior Kenan Ulku-Steiner and junior Pierce Jenkins as singles winners. 

Thank you as always for your support of DA athletics!

Keeping up with the Cavs

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

  • 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.

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