Ask any team that had to face off against coach Rob Daziel’s 2014 Pinkerton Academy girls’ varsity lacrosse team and you’ll no doubt be told that the Lady Astros had more than enough of what it took to repeat as Division I champions.
And repeat as champs was exactly what Daziel’s team did earlier this month. In the wake of its second title game victory in two years, the Lady Astros had a number of players who helped to make that possible honored by the Granite State’s lax coaches with All-State honors.
The academy squad had a total of six athletes garner all-state recognition, with five named First-Team All-Staters.
That select group included Southern New Hampshire University-bound senior attack Kennedy Daziel – the coach’s daughter – who potted her 200th career goal in the championship game win over Souhegan of Amherst. The younger Daziel became just the third player in program history to score 200 goals in her career, and she accomplished that lofty goal in just three seasons on the varsity level.
The other four PA standouts garnering first team honors were senior defender Jess Cote, senior goalie Sarah Lambert, senior midfielder Erin Coutts, and junior middie Maggie McCarthy, who prior to the state title game learned that she’d also received Honorable Mention All-American recognition.
The Lady Astros also had senior midfielder Aleah MacKay claim Second-Team All-State honors.
The Lady Astros posted a 15-3 regular season record to wind up the second seed heading into the Division I tournament. And once in the post-season, the academy girls knocked off seventh-ranked Hollis-Brookline, sixth-ranked Salem, and then number one Souhegan – in a nail-biter which forced the Lady Astros to hang on for dear life – to remain the divisional champions.