Notre Dame Announces Lacrosse Staff Changes for 2013-2014

With a better understanding of the offensive structure, 2011 was a banner year for the Tribe in terms of offensive efficiency as they scored 12.53 goals per game (213 goals/17 games), bettering the previous season's total. With the help of a drop in turnovers by 12%, the team's shot percentage (goals/shot attempts) was the highest conversion rate (.465) for the program since the turn of the century.

Individually, a number of Tribe players also benefited from Dalton's tutelage, as six Tribe attackers earned all-conference honors over the past two seasons. In 2011, Taelor Salmon was honored as the Colonial Athletic Association Rookie of the Year, while Ashley Holofcener garnered second-team all-league honors. In 2010, Mary Zulty earned all-region and all-conference accolades, while Kyrstin Mackrides was selected to the CAA All-Rookie Team.

In her first season assisting with W&M's midfielders in 2011, Dalton helped a number of Tribe standouts achieve tremendous success. Grace Golden was honored as the CAA Player of the Year and was one of three W&M midfielders who garnered all-conference distinction. One of the most productive players in the program's history, Golden was also selected as an All-American by three organizations following her senior season.

"Having Sarah Dalton back on staff is exciting as she brings experience with coaching the current team and great knowledge regarding our incoming freshmen class that she helped recruit in her first year at ND," said Halfpenny. "The reaction that the team had regarding Sarah's return speaks volumes to the level of coach that she is and to her overall character. She brings passion, purpose and enthusiasm to the office and field every day, which directly translates to our players. We expect Sarah to pick up where she left off, guiding our offense to a high shooting percentage and an overall creative and potent offensive unit. I couldn't be happier to join forces again as we enter a new chapter in the ACC."

A four-year starter at Boston University from 2006-09, Dalton finished her collegiate career as the most decorated player in the program's history. Selected to the U.S. Developmental Team for two consecutive years (2008-09), Dalton was a three-time Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) All-American, earning first-team honors each of her last two seasons. Additionally, she garnered first-team all-region distinction during her final three seasons and was chosen as the America East Conference Player of the Year twice. Along the way, she helped lead the Terriers to four America East Conference championships and trips to the NCAA Championship all four years.

Dalton finished her outstanding collegiate career with a school record 247 goals, 284 points and 191 draw controls. As a senior, she led the nation with 91 goals - fifth most in NCAA history - shattering her own previous BU single-season record of 71 goals. In addition to being recognized by the IWLCA, the BU team captain also garnered All-America honors from WomensLax.com and WomensLacrosse.com.

Dalton's long list of accolades also includes being named to the America East All-Conference Team three times, as well as to the All-Rookie team as a freshman. A two-time AEC All-Tournament Team selection, she was tabbed as the event's Most Outstanding Player as a senior after establishing league records with six goals in the championship game and 11 in the tournament. Dalton also earned the BU Terrier Pride Award in 2009 and was chosen as the Vermont Female Athlete of the Year. She graduated with a B.A. in psychology in 2009.

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2013-07-27



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