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Best Sports: DA field hockey on a hot streak

October 7, 2013 

Durham Academy looks primed for another N.C. Independent School Athletic Association field hockey championship after a dominating 5-0 win over Greensboro Day School last week.

The defending 3A champions are 8-2, but more importantly, 4-0 in the conference. They have won five straight games – four of them shutouts. Included in that win streak is a 3-0 shutout of the PAC-6’s Jordan.

The Cavaliers’ last loss was to rival Charlotte Latin 3-0 on Sept. 20.

Charlotte Latin, Charlotte Country Day and Durham Academy have dominated the NCISAA field hockey championships over the years. And it doesn’t appear to be changing.

“Charlotte teams have always given us good games,” said coach Judy Chandler who has won 11 titles. “They have been good for so long. Usually, it’s Charlotte Country Day, Charlotte Latin, Durham Academy and a team yet to be announced that’s always fighting for the title.”

Senior midfielder Annie D’Amico put DA on the scoreboard three minutes into Friday’s game with Greensboro Day School. Forward Amanda Pruthi gave the Cavaliers a 2-0 halftime lead and the rout was on.

DA’s aggressive defense made the difference, and Chandler said it’s due to player confidence.

“Their passing has really improved since earlier in the season. They have confidence in each other, and it shows in being aggressive toward the goal,” she said.

The Cavaliers have an NBA-type schedule this week: Carrboro on Monday, St. Mary’s School tonight and Forsyth Country Day on Friday. The regular season ends Oct. 15.

NCCU’s Reid still in running

N.C. Central senior quarterback Jordan Reid has advanced as a semifinalist for the 2013 National Football Foundation National Scholar-Athlete Award. The football team captain has a 3.345 GPA as a recreation administration major with a minor in business administration.

White-out Eagles

NCCU plans a “White out” night on Thursday when South Carolina State comes to town. All fans are being asked to wear white Eagles shirts for a national televised audience. The game will be broadcast live at 7:30 p.m. on ESPNU.

Call 919-530-5170 for tickets.

NCCU is coming off a major conference road win at Howard, while the Bulldogs defeated previously unbeaten N.C. A&T, which upset Appalachian State in its season-opener.

The Eagles defeated Howard 37-32 Saturday is what was NCCU’s first trip to Howard since 1995. Central’s interim head coach, Dwayne Foster, is a native of Washington, D.C., and received coach of the year honors by the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference Committee in 1998. He was the head coach at his alma mater Archbishop Carroll High School from 1997-2003.

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