ESPNBoston.com and its high school sports staff are pleased to announce Alex Dalton, senior midfielder of the Notre Dame Academy of Hingham Cougars, as the recipient of this year's ESPN Boston "Miss Lacrosse" Award, given annually to the top overall player in the state of Massachusetts.
The Miss Lacrosse Award was selected by a panel of ESPNBoston.com staff and correspondents. Dalton will be presented the award at a later date.
"Alex is a very special player," NDA head coach Meredith Frank said. "Her natural athleticism combined with her fierce competitive spirit and her understanding of the game makes her a threat all over the lacrosse field. While she can certainly score goals and cause turnovers, Alex's dominance on the field comes from her ability to elevate the level of play of those around her. She is a leader by example and an absolute joy to coach."
It was a banner year this season for the Cougars, who knocked off Longmeadow to win their first MIAA Division 1 state championship in school history. Dalton, a Needham resident, was among the most prolific of a multi-pronged attack, registering 76 goals this season as well as 15 assists, 79 ground balls, 69 draw controls and 61 forced turnovers. Dalton was named a U.S. Lacrosse All-American this season, as well as an Under Armour All-American and Eastern Mass. Girls Lacrosse Association (EMGCLA) First Team All-Star.
In three short years under Frank, the Cougars have become a juggernaut. In three seasons under her watch, NDA has gone 64-6, including a 24-2 mark and state title this season. At the forefront of the explosion has been Dalton, who for her career registered 303 goals and 44 assists.
Dalton will continue her career next season at the University of Notre Dame.
This marks the third straight year the Miss Lacrosse Award has been awarded to a player under the Frank coaching tree. Meredith Frank's mother, Leslie, coached the previous two winners at Westwood High -- Sarah Biron (2011) and Laura McHoul (2012).