MEDFORD – After helping lead the Tufts University women's lacrosse program to its most wins and its deepest run in the NCAA Tournament this spring, senior Dakota Adamec has been selected as the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) Division III National Player of the Year. She was also named the IWLCA DIII Attacker of the Year.
The NESCAC Player of the Year and an IWLCA first team All-American last season, Adamec returned to a veteran Tufts team that was poised to succeed in 2019. Head coach Courtney Shute's Jumbos did not disappoint, as their 19-3 record represented three more victories than any Tufts team had previously recorded. The Jumbos also hosted and won an NCAA Regional, advancing to the "Final Four" for the first time in program history.
Tufts' 15.27 goals per game led the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) this spring. Returning with all of the accolades from her junior season, Adamec was the focus of every opponent's defense this spring. She still managed to score 43 goals with seven assists for 50 points, including 28 goals and seven assists in 10 NESCAC games. Her 47 draw controls were third on the team and 13 free-position goals was second-most.
According to Coach Shute, her leadership and unselfish play also allowed other members of the team to flourish this year.
"What made Dakota so great this year is that she gave way for others to be successful," Coach Shute said. "In my opinion a sign of a truly great player is setting others up for success. Dakota was surrounded by talent and she recognized that and did her best in the off-season and throughout the season to recognize others' strengths and set them up for them."
Adamec opened the year with three goals, an assist and four draw controls in a victory against Hamilton. She posted a season-high six draw controls in a victory against Colby and then tied the Tufts single-game record with eight goals in the regular-season victory against Wesleyan. Her five goals and one assist versus Bowdoin include scoring with under a minute left to tie the score at 13-13 in an eventual Tufts OT victory.
Adamec repeated as the NESCAC Player of the Year and as a first team IWLCA All-American this season. She was also the DIII Honda Athlete of the Year finalist for lacrosse as announced by THE Collegiate Women Sports Awards (CWSA) presented by Honda.
Tufts was ranked fourth in the final IWLCA Division rankings of the 2019 season.