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Cavs Corner: A week of incredible team and individual performances
Posted 05/03/2018 04:00PM

By Andy Pogach, Assistant Director of Athletics and Sports Information Director, Varsity Girls Tennis Coach 
Twitter: @daathletics
Instagram: @dacavsathletics   

This week in Durham Academy athletics has been one of both terrific team and individual accomplishments — highlighted by both tennis and boys lacrosse both claiming outright conference titles. The baseball team, led by a great individual performance from senior Ian Layzer, swept North Raleigh Christian last week to claim a piece of the first conference title in 10 years.

Both the girls soccer team — led by senior Erin Dilweg’s seven goals in two games — and girls lacrosse teams host games in the next week in which wins would give them conference titles. The boys golf team’s highlights include sophomore Ethan Lukes breaking a school record with his 4-under-par 32 on the back nine in a victory over Cary Academy.

Finally, it goes without saying how lucky we have been to watch Tyler Carpenter play lacrosse for DA over the last four years. He put on an absolutely heroic performance in a thrilling double-overtime win over Ravenscroft in a week that he also received the Durham Sports Club’s Robert Bickel award for the Most Outstanding Lacrosse player in Durham County. 

While there were many other solid performances over the past week, the achievements by Layzer, Dilweg, Lukes and Carpenter stand out as our performances of the week. Read on for a team-by-team recap of the past week. 

Boys Lacrosse

The boys lacrosse team, ranked No. 6 in the News & Observer poll, wrapped up the 2018 Triangle Independent Schools Athletic Conference championship on Monday with a 16-2 win over Cary Academy on senior day. The Cavs, winners of eight contests in a row, will likely be seeded either second or third in the state tournament.

In Monday’s win, senior Ben Easley and junior Shaffer Woody each scored three goals, while seniors Tyler Carpenter and Finn Moylan and junior Spencer Sapir each scored twice. Ninth-grader John Donovan made 12 saves in goal. The win came just three days after a memorable 11-10 double-overtime victory at Ravenscroft School. In a game in which neither team led by more than one goal for the final 38 minutes, it was Carpenter’s five-goal performance — including his game-winner — that led the Cavs to victory. Trailing 4-1 early, junior Dan Clifford spurred a 5-1 Cavaliers run to take their first lead at 6-5 late in the half. Both teams had chances to win the game late and in the first overtime, but it was Carpenter who backed down his defender and scored with his long stick 1:05 into the second extra session, setting off a massive DA celebration. Donovan made five of his nine saves in the fourth quarter and overtime to keep the game alive. Watch two of Carpenter’s goals from the win below.

While Friday’s game vs. Cannon has been canceled, the Cavaliers will close out the regular season at North Raleigh Christian Academy on Tuesday. 

If you have not had a chance to see Carpenter and the boys lacrosse team play this year, please make sure you catch them in the state tournament next weekend! 

Boys Tennis

The DA tennis team heads to Friday’s senior day contest with NRCA as winners of nine straight matches; the team now sits at 15-2 and 7-0 in TISAC play. The Cavs remain in the fourth position in the N&O rankings and are seventh in the N.C. High School Tennis Coaches Association’s “Best of the Best” poll.

In Friday’s 8-1 win at Ravenscroft, the Cavs won every match except third doubles as seniors James Shaheen, Priyan de Silva, Kenan Ulku-Steiner and Alexander Brandt all won both their singles and doubles matches. On Monday, 11 different Cavs saw action as DA jumped out to a 3-0 lead with doubles wins by de Silva/Brandt on court one, James Shaheen/Ulku-Steiner on court two and Joey Shaheen/Will Nichols on court three. Joey Shaheen also played singles and was joined in the win column by ninth-graders Jackson Zobrist, Jack Preble and Frank Borden; sophomore Jack Linger; and junior Sheridan Kum. The Cavs will head into the state tournament still in position to take one of the top three seeds. 


The roller coaster season of the DA baseball team has ended with a piece of the conference championship. Despite a 13-12 senior day loss to Pilot Mill on Tuesday, the Cavs have their first league crown since 2008, by virtue of Ravenscroft’s win over NRCA. After starting the season 1-3 in conference play, the Cavaliers rallied for series sweeps of both Cary Academy and NRCA to finish 5-3. While a share of the TISAC championship has been clinched, the next step is figuring out the league’s automatic bid to the state tournament, which will be determined following Friday’s games between the Ravens and Knights and Wake Christian vs. Cary Academy. A NRCA win combined with a Cary Academy victory will give DA the automatic bid. There is also another scenario (NRCA win and Wake Christian win) that could push the Cavs into the state tournament depending on tiebreak scenarios. A win by Ravenscroft would have the Ravens over the Cavs for the automatic bid, no matter the result of the other game.

The Cavaliers put themselves in this great position thanks to back-to-back wins over NRCA last week. In the April 26 16-4 road win, senior Ian Layzer had a career performance with four hits, three doubles and seven runs batted in. A nine-run third inning was the key to the victory. The following day, DA rallied from a 4-2 deficit with three runs in the sixth inning to squeak out a 5-4 win. Once again, Layzer was the catalyst with two hits, two runs and an RBI, including a big two-out single in the sixth. Senior Matt Willis followed with the game-winning hit, driving in Layzer and senior Ted Middleton. Sophomore Benny Klein entered the seventh with two on and no outs and immediately struck out the first two batters he faced before inducing this game-ending pop fly that was caught in right field by junior Kyle Shelley. 

The Cavs finished the regular season Tuesday with a see-saw 13-12 loss to the Pilot Mill homeschool team. After trailing 5-0, DA scored seven runs in the fourth only to see their opponents rally for four runs in both the fifth and sixth. Keep an eye out on Twitter (@daathletics and @DACavsBaseball) Friday evening for updates on the team’s state tournament fate. 

Girls Soccer

The girls soccer team can become the fourth Cavaliers spring team to claim a conference championship if they defeat league rival NRCA on Friday. The Cavs, 12-1-0 and ranked No. 14 in the N&O poll host the No. 13-ranked Knights, the only team to defeat DA this season. In fact, since the 2-1 loss at NRCA on April 17, DA has not allowed a single goal during a four-game win streak.

Included in those wins were a 9-0 victory at Ravenscroft on Friday and an 8-0 win at Saint Mary’s on Tuesday. While it took the Cavs 18 minutes to get on the board in their win over the Ravens, once eighth-grader Kennedy Yon found the back of the net midway through the first half, the goals came fast and furious. The senior trio of Kendall Bushick (three goals), Austen Dellinger (three goals) and Erin Dilweg (two goals) led DA to the win. Dilweg continued her torrid scoring pace on Tuesday as she scored five goals in the win over the Saints. After sophomore Isabella Strauss opened the scoring in the fourth minute, Dilweg and Bushick added goals to make the score 3-0 at halftime. Dilweg added four goals in the second half, while Bushick scored one and fellow seniors Dellinger and Gwen Caudle, along with sophomore Victoria Lawton, notched assists.

While it looks promising that the Cavaliers will get a bye in the state tournament, a win over the Knights on Friday will help secure a top-four seed and give the Cavs a piece of the conference title. 

Girls Lacrosse

The girls lacrosse team, ranked No. 13 by the N&O, is also one win from capturing a share of the conference championship. They will have an opportunity on Monday at 5:15 p.m. to battle league leader and third-ranked Ravenscroft on Alumni Field. In between now and then is Friday’s 5:30 p.m. home matchup vs. defending state champions Charlotte Country Day.

The Cavs went 1-1 over the past week, defeating No. 14-ranked Saint Mary’s 17-11 on Tuesday and falling 22-11 at Ravenscroft on Friday. Sophomore Charlotte Easley and eighth-grader Brooke Epstein each tallied four times in the loss to the Ravens. Epstein also added three assists. Sophomore Caroline Sapir had two goals, while junior Anna West added a goal and an assist. In Tuesday’s win, the Cavaliers jumped out to a double-digit lead and never looked back. Easley scored five goals and had two assists, while West scored six goals and dished out one helper. Sapir added three goals and two assists, while sophomore Ella Virkler had 10 saves in goal. The Cavaliers are eyeing the No. 4 seed and a home game in the first round of the state tournament; a win in either of the final two games would be a huge statement headed into the postseason.

Boys Golf

The boys golfers will look to get in on the fun of all the conference titles being won when the team heads to Cary on Monday for the TISAC championships hosted by Prestonwood Country Club.

It will take a major effort to dethrone Ravenscroft and win a league championship, but after Tuesday’s record-setting performance by sophomore Ethan Lukes, anything is possible. Lukes broke the school record for nine holes with a 4-under-par 32 at Treyburn Country Club. His 18-hole total of 69 earned medalist honors in the Cavs’ 309-331 win over Cary Academy. Senior Gus Lascola (75), eighth-grader William Biersach (80) and ninth-grader Jackson Brimfield (83) rounded out the scoring for DA. Coach Greg Murray’s team is back at it this afternoon vs. NRCA at Hasentree Country Club. 

Track and Field

The boys and girls track and field teams are in the midst of their two-week lull between their last regular-season meet (April 25) and the conference meet May 11–12 at Cary Academy.

In last Wednesday’s 78-52.5 dual meet win over Ravenscroft, the DA boys were led by senior Dylan Peter and junior Neil Mosca, who each claimed one first- and one second-place individual finish. Peter won the 200m and came in second in the long jump, while Mosca claimed first in the 800m race and second in the 3200m. Also taking first-place finishes for the boys were ninth-grader Cole Sinclair (100m), senior Wilson Hansen (400m), sophomore Mac Hays (1600m) and junior Tigey Jewell-Alibhai (3200m). The 4x100 relay team (ninth-grader Taffy Fernando, Sinclair, Peter and junior Jack Knoll) and the 4x400 team of junior Nick Epstein and seniors Hansen, Josh Klein and Ethan Goldman both won their races as well.

The girls team came up just short of Ravenscroft in their second-place finish Wednesday. The final scores were Ravenscroft, 85; DA, 72; and Saint Mary’s, 7. The Cavaliers won three individual events and one relay in the meet led by sophomore Camille Capehart’s victory in the 100m. Capehart also finished second in the 400m race. Her older sister, senior Virginia, won the 400m and was also part of the winning 4x400 relay team (along with seniors Zoe Boggs, Callie Pierce and Lauren Harpole). Sophomore Fran Pacchiana took the other first-place finish as she won the 1600m race. Her older sister, senior Ava, came in second in both the 100m hurdles and the long jump. Watch the finish of the 400m race that was swept by the DA girls below.


The DA softball season has come to a close, but not without some major triumphs as Coach Heidi Kearnan had to deal with a small roster, injuries and illnesses all season long. The Cavaliers had to forfeit games to Wake Christian, Ravenscroft and NRCA in the last two weeks due to only having eight healthy players. Thanks to the willingness of sophomore manager Isabella Eley, who jumped in to play in the season finale, the Cavs were able to finish their season on the field Tuesday at St. Mary’s in Raleigh. DA jumped out to a 3-0 lead thanks to a 2-RBI single from sophomore Ellie McGhee. After the Saints took a 5-3 lead, the Cavs tied the game in the fifth on a hit by sophomore Emily Donaldson. Saint Mary’s then scored five in the sixth inning to take a 10-6 victory. McGhee was 2-3 on the day with three runs scored and two RBIs while sophomore Finn May had a hit, run and two RBIs. The Cavs finished the year 0-13. 

As our seasons are coming to a close, please make sure to follow @daathletics on Twitter for updates on all of our state tournament seedings and matchups. First-round games begin as early as next week, and we anticipate having multiple sports playing the weekend of May 12 in tournament action.  

As always, thank you 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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