WESTERLY — Westerly High’s girls lacrosse coach Meg Paisley says you have to see junior Lauren Dobson play to get a full appreciation for what she means to the team.
Her scoring stats don’t tell the story, even though they are pretty impressive — she led the Bulldogs with 46 goals this season and tied for third in assists with 12.
She has 126 career goals to trail only Emily Sullivan’s 179 in the program’s 11-year history. Her 38 career assists, meanwhile, are third on the all-time list.
“Lauren is just a phenomenal athlete that gives 110 percent every game,” Paisley said. “She is definitely one of the most dedicated players on the team. You don’t get a sense of that unless you see her play. Every coach noticed that.
“She is in a leadership class before school starts in the morning. She is in the top 20 percent of her class.”
Dobson’s play earned her the Division III player of the year award from the league’s coaches, the first time such an award has been given out. She was also a first-team All-Division III selection.
Fellow junior Kata Cummings joined Dobson on the All-Division III first team.
Cummings was second on the team in goals with 43 and was tops in assists with 14. She has 112 career goals, good for third on the all-time list. Her 40 career assists trail only leader Emma Santee’s 42.
Cummings also took the vast majority of Westerly’s draws.
“Without Kata on the draw, our season would not have been what it was,” Paisley said. “She is the reason we get the ball [on the draw]. She runs the offense and directs the girls, telling them where to go.”
Senior Quinn Chappelle and sophomore Ashley Amato were named to the All-Divison III second team. Chappelle was the team’s goalie during a season in which the Bulldogs allowed just 4.5 goals per game.
Amato finished with 32 goals, third best on the team. She also contributed 11 assists.
Adrianna Turano, a junior defender, received honorable-mention recognition. Grace Armstrong, who finished with 15 goals and 12 assists, was named to the All-Rookie team. She scored seven goals in her final three games.
Chappelle and fellow senior Sierra Nastasi, a defender, received All-Academic recognition. The honor is open to seniors who have played all four years and have a 3.5 or better grade point average.
Westerly also received the league’s sportsmanship award in voting by the coaches.
“I expect a lot from the girls when it comes to how they treat other teams, how they speak to the refs and the opposing coaches,” Paisley said. “I have an amazing group of girls. They are good kids. Their parents have just done an amazing job.”
Westerly finished the season 14-3, losing in the Division III title game for the second straight year, this time to Rogers, 9-7.