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Parents Bulletin Board

Cavs Corner: Strong Season for All Seven Teams Continues
Posted 10/11/2018 11:14AM


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

What has been a fantastic fall sports season is heading down the home stretch, with post-season play beginning next week. It goes without saying that with all seven of our teams having strong seasons, the next two weeks will bring excitement to campus as conference and state titles are being chased. Already, the girls tennis team has clinched the conference crown, while the boys soccer team can earn a Triangle Independent Schools Athletic Conference title with a win in the final regular season game.

Week in Review

Boys Soccer

The boys soccer team has won six matches in a row and could claim a share of the TISAC title with a win on Friday at North Raleigh Christian Academy. The Cavs (10–2, 6–1 TISAC) defeated Wake Christian Academy 4–1 on Tuesday (Senior Night) on Alumni Field. After honoring and starting all 11 seniors, the Cavs and Bulldogs settled into an even matchup. Senior Nick Epstein blasted home his own rebound off an assist from junior Isaiah Caldwell in the 22nd minute. The Bulldogs immediately answered three minutes later to tie the game at 1–1. The game remained tied for 37 minutes until a great play in the 62nd minute by senior Wilson Stringer, who dribbled the ball into the box on the right side and found Epstein for his second goal of the game.

Epstein had a chance for the hat trick with 10:45 left, but the Wake Christian keeper made a big save to keep the Bulldogs in the game. The Cavs added insurance late, as senior Jack Horgan made a great play to find ninth-grader Jake Zaas for the 31 lead. With 10 seniors in the game in the final minutes, Stringer found the back of the net with just 5 seconds to go off a corner from Epstein. Senior Roberto Escobar and junior Sam Datin split the time in goal for the win. High School OT has highlights, interviews and a write-up on the match.

High School OT also has the Cavs ranked No. 18 in its latest poll. In the Oct. 4 21 overtime win over Cary Academy at home, the Cavs used some late game magic to rally from a 10 deficit. Epstein scored on a penalty kick with 10 minutes left in regulation, and the game went to overtime. Just when it looked like we were headed for a PK shootout to decide the outcome, junior Richard Rand found the back of the net for the game-winner with just five seconds left in the second overtime period.

CURRENT TISAC SOCCER STANDINGS

TEAM

CONFERENCE RECORD

OVERALL RECORD

RAVENSCROFT

7–1

16–1

CAVALIERS

6–1

10–2

WAKE CHRISTIAN

4–4

11–7

NORTH RALEIGH CHRISTIAN

2–5

5–10

CARY ACADEMY

0–8

2–11

 

Field Hockey

Field hockey finished the regular season 7–5–1 and 3–3 in TISAC play after Wednesday’s 3–2 road win over Ravenscroft. Following two heartbreaking overtime losses to Cary Academy and a last-minute loss to the Ravens in a two-week span, the Cavs were looking to change their fortune heading to the postseason. Sophomore Katherine Lantzy scored two goals, one in each half, to give DA a 2–0 lead. The Ravens, however, scored two quick goals to level the game at two midway through the second half. Ninth-grader Emmie Savarino found the back of the cage with just 11 minutes left in regulation off a feed from Lantzy for the game-winner. Junior Victoria Lawton made some big saves late, including one off a penalty stroke with about three minutes to go.

The win comes just one day after a tough shootout defeat at Cary Academy. It was the second time this year that the Chargers defeated the Cavs in a game that went past regulation time. Much like the last time the Cavs and Chargers met, DA had a halftime lead as senior Eleanor Robb scored early in the first half. Cary Academy tied the game midway through the second, and neither team would break the tie in regulation or either of the two 7v7 overtime periods. In the 1v1 shootout, only Robb and Lantzy were able to convert, while the Chargers scored four times to win 4–2 in the shootout.

CURRENT TISAC FIELD HOCKEY STANDINGS

TEAM

CONFERENCE RECORD

OVERALL RECORD

CARY ACADEMY

5–1

12–5

RAVENSCROFT

3–2

7–7

CAVALIERS

3–3

7–5–1

SAINT MARY’S

0–5

3–9

 

Volleyball

DA volleyball heads to the regular season finale Friday at Saint Mary’s School with an 11–8 overall record and 6–3 conference record. The Cavs were 1–1 in the past week with a four-set loss at Wake Christian, while rebounding for a Senior Night three-game sweep of Ravenscroft on Wednesday in Kirby Gym. In the 25–23, 18–25, 25–16, 26–24 loss to the Bulldogs, junior Millie Loehr had game-high 15 kills, while sophomore Elizabeth Kohn added nine kills and 14 digs. Eighth-grader Olivia Kohn had 39 assists to lead the Cavs. In the victory over the Ravens, the Cavs won 25–19, 25–17, 25–11.

CURRENT TISAC VOLLEYBALL STANDINGS

TEAM

CONFERENCE RECORD

OVERALL RECORD

NORTH RALEIGH CHRISTIAN

9–0

23–6

CAVALIERS

6–3

11–8

CARY ACADEMY

5–5

10–10

WAKE CHRISTIAN

5–5

10–12

SAINT MARY’S

3–6

3–12

RAVENSCROFT

0–9

2–18

 

Girls Tennis

The girls tennis team has clinched the program’s second consecutive TISAC championship, but players had to celebrate Senior Day in a classroom instead on the tennis court. The 16–1 Cavs had their Wednesday match vs. Saint Mary’s rained out, so seniors Julia King and Joy Callwood were honored in the Learning Commons. The Cavs’ conference title is by virtue of their two-match lead in the standings over second-place Ravenscroft. DA defeated the Ravens 9–0 last Thursday at home, all but securing a top-4 seed in next week’s state tournament. In the win, the Cavs completed an unbeaten conference season in singles — senior Joy Callwood; juniors Madeline Towning, Alexis Galloway, Renee George and Sarah Clark; and ninth-grader Mukta Dharmapurikar notched straight-set wins. Towning and Galloway completed a 14–1 season at first doubles with their win, while Callwood and George, as well as the team of Clark and King, won at second and third doubles. Two Cavs are just one win away from milestones; King stands at 49 career victories, and Galloway is at 94 career wins, just one behind Julia Tillman ’16 for second place on the school’s all-time wins list. Both of these milestones can be achieved in the Cavs’ next match. DA remains third in the latest High School OT poll and is sixth in the statewide “Best of the Best” poll from the North Carolina High School Tennis Coaches Association.

CURRENT TISAC GIRLS TENNIS STANDINGS

TEAM

CONFERENCE RECORD

OVERALL RECORD

CAVALIERS

7–0

16–1

RAVENSCROFT

6–2

13–4

CARY ACADEMY

6–4

9–11

NORTH RALEIGH CHRISTIAN

4–5

6–11

SAINT MARY’S

2–6

2–7

WAKE CHRISTIAN

0–7

0–13

 

Cross-Country

Both boys and girls cross-country teams are celebrating strong performances in Saturday’s Great American Cross-Country Festival in Cary. The girls team won the Red Invitational Championship, with three runners placed in the top 10 overall. Ninth-grader Stella Stringer’s 18:57 was good for third place, while sophomore Anna Catherine Wilson finished seventh with a time of 19:22 and seventh-grader Allison Hall finished ninth at 19:27. This top trio was joined by sophomore Quinn Shanahan’s 21:03 and junior Fran Pacchiana’s 21:33 to complete the winning five.

On the boys side, the team finished eighth out of 25 schools in the Red Invitational. Jay Shanahan continued his strong sophomore season with a 10th-place finish and a time of 16:29. Junior Mac Hays (27th), junior Mark Alkins (28th) and senior Jack Anderson (31st) were the next three finishers for the Cavs. On Wednesday, both teams swept Ravenscroft in a home meet on Senior Day. Anderson, Alkins, Hays, Shanahan and senior Neil Mosca all finished with times of 19:04 to lead the DA boys. On the girls side, Hall, Stringer and Wilson had times of 21:29 to lead the girls. Next up for the cross-country teams will be next Thursday afternoon’s TISAC championship meet at WakeMed Park in Cary.

Girls Golf

The girls golf team completed its regular season with a 17-stroke defeat to Ravenscroft at Hope Valley Country Club on Senior Day. Led by Ona Luke’s 45, the Cavs fell to Ravenscroft just three weeks after defeating the Ravens on the road. In the Oct. 4 three-team event, the Cavs lost to Cary Academy by just two strokes (130–128) while defeating NRCA 130–148. Senior Haley Leversedge led DA with a 41. The Cavs currently sit in seventh place in the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association team index. Only the top six teams will be invited to the state tournament, so next week’s conference championship tournament will be extra important as DA looks to jump Ravenscroft or Cary Academy to make the state tournament. In the individual rankings, Lukes is No. 13th, Leversedge is No. 16 and eighth-grader Kayley Kim is No. 21.

CURRENT TISAC GIRLS GOLF STANDINGS

TEAM

CONFERENCE RECORD

OVERALL RECORD

CARY ACADEMY

7–2

7–2

RAVENSCROFT

6–2

7–4

CAVALIERS

5–3

5–4

NORTH RALEIGH CHRISTIAN

2–5

5–6

SAINT MARY’S

0–8

0–8


State Tournament Seedings

While the golf team and cross-country teams are set for their conference championships on Monday and Thursday, respectively, our other four teams will find out their state tournament seedings on Sunday afternoon. Tennis is expected to earn a top-four seed and a first-round bye while field hockey and soccer could also be seeded in the top four. At the very least, these two teams and volleyball should be seeded 58 and host first-round games on Tuesday. Please check the @DAathletics Twitter feed on Sunday night for state tournament seedings, opponents and game times.

We hope to see you on campus supporting our Cavs as they make state tournament runs. Please remember that all state tournament events have admission fees that go directly to the NCISAA to defray the costs of officials and championship awards.


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.




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