Varsity Girls Soccer
A few of our spring varsity teams had games in the NCISAA tournament this week. We are very proud of their efforts and work! Here are their updates:
GIRLS SOCCER v. HICKORY GROVE CHRISTIAN
The girls soccer team took the long haul to Charlotte to play Hickory Grove Christian school in the first round of the playoffs. It was a rough match-up for the Warriors but they hung tough with the opponent and played hard. Putting two shots in the back of the net wasn't enough to keep up with Hickory Grove and they took a 2-8 loss. Eliza Everett and Julia painter scored the teams goals. "The team gave great effort but it just wasn't quite enough", said coach Cornejo.
BOYS LACROSSE v. ASHEVILLE SCHOOL
The boys lacrosse team along with the varsity girls had a long 4 hour trip to Asheville to start the playoffs. "Hopes were high to bring home a victory as everyone felt we had a chance to win. As usual though, the teams that have given us the hardest time has been those with big, fast and athletic midfielders, and the Blues from Asheville were no exception" said coach Doug Hink. The face-off hero all season, Davis Wall would win the draw, but they were out manned on the wings causing the team to lose many possessions. Asheville played hardball controlling offense and were very efficient with their passes and shots taking a commanding 1st half lead of 10-5. "During half time, we felt pretty down, but as we analyzed things, and we found that we scored on 5 of 7 shots! Unfortunately, we only control 4 minutes of the 24 during the half. We discussed 2nd half strategies which included: intensity, aggressiveness, teamwork and have a no quit attitude", added Hink. While the team still came up short, they scored 4 more goals to their 3 to finish 13-9. Freshman goalie Jack Burke had a tough 1st half, but shut down many really good shooters in the 2nd. The Blues offense wore the Warriors down, but the long poles of (captains Clay Matthews and Henry Koon), Hart Miles, and freshman sensation Walker Tattersail played great and turn the tide in the 2nd half. Scoring for the Warrior's were; senior middies Nolan Homeister (2 goals), Redmond Smith (1 goal), Harper Pennington (1 goal). Defensive long pole Clay Matthew outdid himself again scoring his 2nd goal in as many games from inside the midfield line. Freshman attackmen Ben Brewer scored 2 goals followed by Cooper Berkoff's (1goal and 3 assists) and Owen Thompson's (1goal). Head coach Hink has some final thoughts to add. "To conclude the season, this 4-2 team will be remembered as the team that never quit, had a great deal of pride, and always conducted themselves as champions. What a privilege it has been to lead them this season. We'll done 2022 Warrior's varsity lacrosse team."
GIRLS LACROSSE v. ASHEVILLE SCHOOL
After a long trip out to Asheville with the boys lacrosse team the girls came up against a tough team in their opponent. It was a really hot afternoon on their big turf field and the girls appeared to start with some post-season jitters. They settled down quickly and made some great plays throughout the game that just proved to not be enough against the Blues. Anisa Barutis had a great day in cage making 7 saves. Greyson Woody caused 5 turnovers and put in an amazing effort across the field. "A great effort by all and a fun trip to round out our awesome season. We will miss our seniors dearly", said head coach Christie Dougherty
BASEBALL v. CONCORD FIRST ASSEMBLY ACADEMY
After traveling to Concord Academy at their field in second round of playoffs the boys baseball team lost to a skilled opponent 0-11. Layton Bilderback thru four innings and Preston Cheek finished it out the final two innings. Davis Crowder added an exciting hit. "The seniors Luke Fuller, Jesse Martin and Luke Nelson will be missed. It was a tough loss and we fought really hard. I look forward to those guys doing big things in the future," said coach Lebeda.
TENNIS v. COASTAL CHRISTIAN ACADEMY (written by Craig Sanguilly '25)
The Warriors got outmatched in the second playoff game of the season against Coastal Christian. With Alex Barroso being absent, and the match being a long way away from home, it was an uphill battle. It started with doubles, 1 and 2 doubles lost, but 3 doubles with David Simpson and Owen Urban pulled through and won in exciting fashion. Considering it was very windy, the singles matches were even more of a challenge. Singles 1 through 5 lost, but Urban was able to pull out another win. I"t was a hard loss for the Warriors on a season ending game." Coach said, "I loved coaching these boys and seeing them improve every time we played. It was great fun, and they should feel proud of themselves."
Many varsity teams, after a rain delay or two, played games on Tuesday, May 3rd. These are their updates:
Boys Lacrosse v. Cape Fear Academy
Varsity boys lacrosse traveled to Cape Fear and took on a mature and skilled opponent in the Hurricanes who scored at will in the first 2 quarters of the game. Closing out the first half with a 13-1 lead Cape Fear kept the pressure on the Warriors who made every attempt to adjust to their offense but couldn’t keep up with the needed coverage. Many of their shots on goal were from close range – goalie Jack Burke hung in there making good stops but the onslaught continued. Offensive scoring for the Warriors came from freshman attackman Cooper Berkoff (2 goals 2 assists), Harper Pennington (2 goals 1 assist) and senior midfielder Nolan Homeister (1 goal). Reflecting on the team head coach Doug Hink said, “in evaluating our progress this season, the thing I look for is how our team reacts to the stresses of play. Can we learn from it? How do we turn it into a positive? When we do good things, how can we make it happen more often? I've see how we've grown together, how we stick up for one another. We could have quit today, but we tried our best and they just got the better. We’ll move on and be better for Thursday's game on our field at 4pm against Arendell Parrott and we'll try to sweep our series with them.” Their game on May 5th is senior night so please come out to support our Warriors.
Baseball v. Grace Christian
After a short delay the boys baseball team continued playing, starting putting runs on the board and didn’t look back. On their senior night they notched a 13-2 against Grace Christian. “It was a great day for baseball and our seniors did not disappoint with a win in their final home game”, said head coach Joe Lebeda. Davis Crowder thru four innings giving up two runs. Preston Cheek came in a finished it out with a scoreless inning. Leading hitter for the game was Layton Bilderback who had three hits. Both Davis Crowder and Grey McMahon both had two hits. Davis Crowder also had team high of 5 RBIs. The team will finish their regular season with a game against Trinity Academy this Thursday May 5th.
Girls Lacrosse v. Durham Academy
After a rain delay and patiently waiting to take the field after the completion of other games before theirs the girls lacrosse team played Durham Academy on their senior night! The team got to honor our 8 seniors with their families and classmates. The seniors on the team are; Elizabeth Wiley, Margaret Batchelder, Elizabeth Holderness, Ardyn Smith, Samantha Leshnock, Anne Slater Barnes, Anisa Barutis, and Ella Bilderback. Head coach Christia Dougherty said that she was “so proud of the tenacity the team showed despite playing a tough opponent in the Cavaliers. The team had goals by Barnes, Ella Carolyn and Grace Viera. Barnes also had 3 draws and 3 caused turnovers. Bilderback had 3 draws and a caused and important turnover. Youngster Kacky Chapman had two draw controls. In the gold Barutis and Leshnock split time defending a barrage of shots. Lechnock had 11 saves!
Soccer v. Grace Christian
Warriors girls soccer team played Grace Christian on a stormy afternoon that caused some delays on the fields. Once they took the field the team did well to control the ball early in the game but couldn’t quite keep up with their own pace as they only had one sub. Their 0-4 loss was still a great night because they were able to honor their three seniors; Holden McLennan, Ingrid Moraes and Eirena Klemes. “They have been a very positive influence on the group and I was happy to be able to coach them”, said head coach Jose Cornejo.
Some of the varsity teams played in early-week games this week despite stormy weather on Tuesday. Here are their updates:
Varsity Girls Soccer v. Cary Christian
The girls soccer team squeezed in a game against Cary Christian traveling there doubtful of play because of a weather system coming through that caused a lot of rain. The wetness didn't keep the team from competing though and they played a much better second half after looking a little sluggish in the first. The effort made for some great stops of the opponent in the second half and some exciting scoring opportunities that just didn't get capitalized on. The team lost 0-4 but Coach Cornejo was "proud of the team for never giving up." The play again on Thursday, April 28th at home against Arendell Parrott at 5:30pm. Come support them if you can!
Varsity Girls Lacrosse v. Fayetteville Academy
The girls lacrosse team took the short ride to Ravenscroft to play Fayetteville Academy. The game was a battle right from the get-go and the team fought the whole time. They were tied back and forth for the second half but the opponent pulled out two goals in the end to defeat the Warriors 18-20. "We had a ton of shots in the last two minutes but their goalie came up big time and saved them", said head coach Christie Dougherty. Carolyn Ames had 7 goals, 4 draws and 5 caused turnovers while Anne Slater Barnes had 5 goals, two assists and three draw controls. "They are a tough team but our girls worked for every ball and never gave up!" coach Christie added. The team takes a long haul to Cape Fear Academy Thursday, April 28th.
Varsity Baseball v. Cary Christian
The boys baseball team traveled to Cary Christian on Monday, April 25th on what turned out to be a beautiful day for baseball. The team was eager to hit the field after a long break of games due to spring break and weather post-ponements. The team fell 3-7 but had impressive moments of play. Davis Crowder threw a strong 5 2/3 innings on the mound. Preston Cheek and Crowder each had two hits and an RBI each. The head coach was "proud of his team. We are improving every game and I am looking forward to us finishing up strong', he said.
Some of our spring Varsity teams traveled to Arendell Parrott and played the Patriots on Wednesday, March 30th. Here are their updates:
BOYS TENNIS v. ARENDELL PARROTT (Written by: Craig Sanguily)
The Warriors faced a challenge against Arendell Parrott Academy. It was a long drive and one of the opponents players is a talented, very, high-ranked player in the state. The matches were grinds but Lucas Pisciotto had the longest match almost spanning 2 hours. He ended up winning as did Tom Deloche and Walker Coley with impressive wins and hard-fought plays. Tom Deloche won in the 4th position in a gritty tiebreaker. Lucas Pisciotto and Craig Sanguily had a tough doubles match, along with David Simpson and Owen Urban, who both lost. Tom Deloche and Alex Barroso won their doubles. "Overall we played a great match against some really top players and held on where we could. The boys did really well", said head coach Josh Seglison. The final game score was 4-5. The Warriors next match is on Tuesday at home against Cary Christian, come support the Warriors!
GIRLS SOCCER v. ARENDELL PARROTT
The girls soccer game against the Patriots was their "best game so far and played really well", said head coach Jose Cornejo. The game finished with an 0-2 loss but watching the play was really encouraging to all and showed a lot of progress and connections. The improvements this team is making is evident in games like these. "The girls are working so hard", Cornejo said. They will return to the field next week on April 5th at home vs. Cary Christian.
BASEBALL v. ARENDELL PARROTT
The baseball team took on a tough Patriot group and were downed 1-12. Junior Preston Cheek started the game on the mound and "threw very well for his first outing of the season", said head coach Joe Lebeda. Davis Crowder came in later and pitched very well also for two innings. "The group played with great energy even when things weren't going as planned", added Lebeda. They play again on Tuesday, April 5th at home against Cary Christian. Please come support our Warriors if you can!
Many varsity teams played on Monday, March 28th. Here are their updates:
GIRLS SOCCER v. RAVENSCROFT
It was a tough outing for the girls soccer team who traveled to Ravenscroft and went up against a talented opponent. By halftime the team was down 0-7. With two more goals allowed in the second the game was called by mercy-rule and the team fell 0-9. The group is piecing together different levels of experience and will continued to be challenged but Coach Cornejo is certain the group can stay positive and "keep swinging" in their games.
BOYS LACROSSE v. NRCA
In their match-up against NRCA on Monday, the varsity boys lacrosse team came up short. Harper Pennington scored 3 goals during the Warrior's game against the Knights leading the team, but his efforts couldn't quite carry his team to victory. Both teams were balanced with young and old players, but NRCA played a more consistent game pressuring the ball and forcing many turnovers on St. David players, many times leading to goals for the Knights. The game had similar tones to last week's game against Cary Academy, where they played hard in the game unable to cash in with goals when they needed them. Captain and senior Clay Matthews played another outstanding game, causing problems to NRCA offensive player along with teammates Henry Koon and Hart Miles. Goalie Jack Burke continues to show great courage in the goal making saves and getting the ball up field. "Lacrosse is a team sport, and like spokes on a wheel, each player plays an integral role for success. We'll continue to work on areas that need attention and good things will happen for these fine young men", said Coach Hink. Also scoring in the game were Clay Matthews, senior middle Nolan Homeister(1 goal & 1 assist), freshman attackman Cooper Berkoff(1 goal & 1 assist) and senior middle John Hauser(1 assist ). They leave for conference opponent Arendell Parrott on Thursday, the 30th for the teams first conference game of the season.
BASEBALL v. RAVENSCROFT
The boys baseball team traveled to Ravenscroft Monday, March 28th where the team started off slowly down by 10 runs in the 5th inning. Admirably, the boys fought back hard with 6 runs in the top half of the fifth inning. Another highlight moment of the game was Luke Nelson who had a hit and an RBI which was a really exceptional play. Despite the loss Coach Lobeda said "he was happy to see success in some smaller moments even though they lost." The team fell 6-16 and is back on the field Wednesday when they travel to Arendell Parrott.
The Warriors were excited to kick of their first Friday evening games in the spring season on March 11th on what turned out to be a glorious day of weather after a wet and cold week with many sports cancellations. All at home on our well-kept fields and court our varsity teams hosted worth opponents for many to open up their 2022 seasons. The varsity boys tennis team made a late add to their calendar and played Trinity School. The boys lacrosse team hosted a very talented Nansemond-Suffolk Academy team on the John A. Murray field. The boys baseball team took on Pilot Mill, a conglomerate team that allows kids who are without school teams of their own to compete. Finally, the girls soccer team kicked off the latest game of Friday's match-ups against Friendship Christian at our satellite complex on Yonkers Road. Here are their updates.
VARSITY BOYS TENNIS (written by Craig Sanguily)
In a home matchup against Trinity, the boys tennis team saw some old friends who previously played at St. Davids. It was a tough matchup, as the team was not full strength without Tom DeLoache or Will Jalkut. The lineup had everyone moved up 1 place so, Alex Barroso was playing first seed, Lucas Pisciotta at second seed, Craig Sanguily at third, Charlie Moses fourth, Walker Coley fifth, and finally Owen Urban playing in the sixth spot. All but Craig Sanguily and Lucas Pisciotta won their singles matches. Craig ended with an easy win with a final score of 6-0 in the first set, and 6-1 in the second set. Lucas won with ease as well, both sets ending 6-0. Everyone else struggled a tough defeat against great opponents. For doubles, Lucas and Craig playing 2nd seed won with an 8-4 score. Third place doubles suffered a hard loss with a 1-8 final score. The coach said, “I’m pleased with everyone's performance, and although we lost, he was proud of everyone for trying their best.” Overall, it was a tough matchup, and Trinity ended up winning in a close game ending with a 6-3 score. The Warrior’s next game is March 22nd at Raleigh Charter School.
VARSITY BOYS LACROSSE
The varsity boys lacrosse team played against an excellent Nanesmond-suffolk school out of Virginia and came up short, losing 14-2. Bright spots of the game though, came from senior face-off middle Davis Wall, who was able to win the majority of possessions. Freshman long stick middle, Walker Tattersail, did an excellent job defending and clearing the ball to the offense. Freshman goalie Jack Burke started his first game and perform very well against a lot offensive power from a highly skilled Saint's offense. The half time score was 6-1, which still felt within reach to the team, but the Saint's offense wore the team down in the second half. Scoring for the warrior's was freshman attack man Cooper Berkoff unassisted along with senior middle Nolan Homeister, also unassisted. The captains for this year - seniors Clay Matthews, Henry Koon, John Hauser and freshman Cooper Berkoff - lead the group well with a lot of communication and effort. Coach Doug Hink added, that "this was a good learning experience for all, providing many aspects of the game for us to improve on."
VARSITY BOYS BASEBALL
The boys varsity baseball team was excited to hit the field and start off their season with good competition in a Pilot Mill team that has different students on their roster from different schools. The team started off early opening up the game with a 3 run home run in the second inning by Leyton Bilderback. Early on there was a great outing by both Bilderback and Grey McMahon pitching. Both Davis Crowder and Grey McMahon also contributed with a couple of timely hits to keep the momentum going and pushing the Warriors to an 11-5 victory over the opponent. It was a "great way to start the season", said head coach Joe Lebeda.
VARSITY GIRLS SOCCER
The varsity girls took on a talented opponent and with a mixture of different skill levels on their team are still learning how to put all the pieces together. "This early in the season can always be hard", said Coach Cornejo, "because we haven't had a change to practice much together. But, having said that, there were a lot of encouraging performances by some players and as we get more comfortable with one another this team is going to improve quite a bit. I'm looking forward to the rest of the season." The group fell behind early in the game with the Falcons taking an early lead with the first goal in net. The team lost 1-4 with Kate Weston scoring the teams only goals.