For the second time in three seasons, Durham Academy girls lacrosse came up short in the state championship final with a 16-10 loss Saturday at Charlotte Country Day.
Country Day has played in every girls lacrosse state championship game since the sport was recognized seven years ago by the N.C. Independent Schools Athletics Association and has won five championships. Saturday’s was its third straight.
Durham Academy (10-5) got three goals each from junior Leander Perun and sophomore Madison Dunk, both of whom earned spots on the NCISAA Girls’ All-State Team. They were joined on the all-star squad by DA seniors Jordan Barry and Chloe Lewis and sophomore Hannah Pope.
Two years ago, DA and Country Day went to double overtime before the Bucs pulled out an 11-10 win.
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DA advanced to the state championship game this year by avenging an earlier loss to Ravenscroft and downing the Ravens in the NCISAA semifinals.
“They played a great game and prepared really well,” Durham Academy coach Debbie Rebosa said after last Thursday’s win at Alumni Field.
“Our first showing against them was not what we hoped it would be,” DA assistant coach Beth Roberts said. “Now we know what we need to do to win.”
Durham Sports Club: Kenny King, the Academic Coordinator for the Men’s Basketball and Women’s Golf teams at Duke University, will be the guest speaker at today’s meeting of the Durham Sports Club.
King is also involved in Duke’s day-to-day basketball operations. He assists the coaching staff with various recruiting responsibilities and the coordination of the coaches’ clinics. He also assists with the direction of Coach K’s basketball camp and the K Academy.
The DSC meeting begins at noon at Croasdaile Country Club with a buffet lunch.
ACC Baseball: The ACC Baseball Tournament tournament gets underway Tuesday with play-in games.
The Virginia Cavaliers and Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets will play at 11 a.m., followed by the North Carolina Tar Heels and the Virginia Tech Hokies at 3 p.m. The winners of those games advance into the tournament’s pool play, which begins Wednesday.
Under the pool-play format, each team will play one game against each of the other three opponents in its pool Wednesday through Saturday (May 20-23). The two teams with the best records within their respective pools will advance to the title game on Sunday, May 24, with the winner earning the ACC’s automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament. All the ACC games are being played in Durham Bulls Athletics Park.
Florida State and Clemson will open play on Wednesday at 11 a.m., followed by Miami and the Georgia Tech-Virginia winner at 3 p.m., and Louisville and the North Carolina-Virginia Tech winner at 7 p.m.
NC State meets Notre Dame at 11 a.m. on Thursday, while Clemson will face Louisville at 3 p.m., and Florida State will take on either Virginia Tech or North Carolina at 7 p.m.
Friday’s action gets started at 11 a.m. when Notre Dame plays the Georgia Tech-Virginia winner. Clemson will face the North Carolina-Virginia Tech winner at 3 p.m., followed by NC State and Miami at 7 p.m.
The final day of pool play is led off by Florida State and Louisville at 11 a.m., followed by Notre Dame and Miami at 3 p.m., and NC State versus the Georgia Tech-Virginia winner at 7 p.m.
The two pool winners will play Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. for the 2015 ACC Championship.
Bulls away: Currently on a seven-day road trip, the Durham Bulls head back to the DBAP on Monday, for a 5:05 p.m. first pitch to start a three-game home stand against Rochester. They play again at 7:05 p.m. Tuesday and then have a rare afternoon game on Wednesday, May 27, with a 1:05 first pitch.
Perry shines: Jordan alumna Alexis Perry won two silver medals in the ACC Track & Field Championships, finishing second in the women’s long jump (20 feet, 3 inches) on Thursday and the 100-meter hurdles Saturday. Perry has scored 16 points and earned two All-ACC first team honors in the meet.
Bonitta Best and Langston Wertz contributed to this report.