Pinkerton went from a nine-win season to state champions, Windham repeated as champs and North Andover rode four freshmen to an appearance in the Division 1 North title game.
It was quite a year for local girls high school lacrosse. And now it is time to hand out some awards ...
Team of the Year: Pinkerton
After going 9-10 and losing in the Division 1 quarterfinals last spring, the Astros went 17-4 and were the Division 1 state champions this year.
Kennedy Daziel had a tremendous season with 74 goals and 40 assists. She scored 13 goals in three playoff games. Her dad, Rob Daziel, was in his second season as Pinkerton’s head coach.
The Astros beat Souhegan 12-10 in the title game, avenging a 8-7 loss to the Sabers earlier in the season.
“We really stuck to the same game plan because we really didn’t have to change anything,” Kennedy said after the title game. “We knew we could do it. We knew if we kept up our intensity and played together that we could beat this team and we did.”
Daziel’s 114 points is a new program single-season record. Her 74 goals also is a new program single-season record. She broke the goal record previously held by her sister Riann who scored 73 goals last year.
Dominance Award: Windham
Windham repeated as Division 3 champs and should make another title run next year as underclassmen accounted for all 21 goals that the Jaguars scored in the title game this year.
Windham was 18-2 this year after posting an 18-0 record last year.
The only two losses Windham had this spring were to Division 1 champion Pinkerton and Division 2 champ Portsmouth.
Windham will move up to Division 2 next season.
Most Improved Team: Methuen
Methuen went 2-10 last year in its inaugural varsity season. This year was a much different story. The Rangers went 14-6.