First-year Durham Academy girls lacrosse coach Gary Hall didn't think his club could win a lot of games by outscoring teams, so from the start of preseason Hall preached defense.
Not just defense, but aggressive defense.
That defense helped Durham Academy upend Charlotte Country Day 12-8 Saturday in the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association championship at Ravenscroft.
"We want the ball," Hall said. "Our first goal is to take the ball away. If we can't do that, then we'll play defense."
The Cavaliers allowed about seven goals per game, and the defense was a big factor in Durham Academy avenging a 15-7 loss to Country Day. DA led 7-3 at the half of the regular-season game but gave up 12 unanswered goals.
"In the finals, we needed to get a fast start because we needed to forget about those 12 goals," Hall said.
The Cavaliers responded by scoring the first three goals and never trailed.
Yvette Luster was outstanding in goal for DA, setting a school record with 20 saves. Claire Carstens had an exceptional tournament, Hall said.
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Cary Academy, the No. 2 seed in the tournament, finished 18-1, led by all-state selections James Atkinson and Zach Sarnoff.
St. David's falls: High Point Christian defeated St. David's of Raleigh 10-4 and 7-6 to sweep the best-of-three NCISAA 2-A baseball tournament.
St. David's finished 18-5 while High Point Christian is 29-3.
The Warriors led 5-4 in the seventh inning, but a two-out error let in the winning runs.
"It was disappointing, but it was a great game, and it is what it is," St. David's coach Ken Comer said. "We had a great year. Both teams played hard, and it was a good game between the top two seeds."
Matt Comer, who pitched Friday's semifinal win, had only four innings of pitching left and left the game with a 3-1 lead.