FORT COVINGTON — Dalston Day burst onto the Section 10 lacrosse scene as a freshman in 2010 and there’s literally been no stopping him since.
The slick Salmon River attackman led Section 10 in points as a ninth grader, scored a career-high 64 goals and finished as section runnerup in points last year, and this season scored 59 goals and led Section 10 in points with 91.
Day, who hopes to continue his lacrosse career on the Division I level at either Syracuse University or the University of Albany after his senior year at Salmon River and then a year at prep school, is the easy choice as the Times All-North Northern Athletic Conference MVP for 2012.
“He’s just a tremendous player. He’s very creative and very difficult to defend,” said Massena lacrosse coach Kris Kovell. “He’s better than anyone at shooting on the run. You have to respect him, and that opens up other options for their team — and he finds them.”
Day has been playing box lacrosse since the age of 5 and says that’s translated to success in field lacrosse.
“Box helps you in playing in a tight area and in carrying the ball, and it’s fast-paced,” Day said. “That all helps you in the field game, in dealing with the long poles.”
The Shamrocks have represented Section 10 in the state tournament with Day on the team the last three years, and Salmon River coach Jim Barnes will enjoy having Day on his roster for one last time in 2013.
“Dalston has worked hard to really develop his game. He’s a great kid who’s always asking questions and trying to get better,” Barnes said. “He’ll definitely end up in Division I. And he’s worked hard on his grades, He’s bearing down academically. He knows what he needs to do.”
Day is one of five current Salmon River players who will compete in Finland with Team Iroquois at the Under-19 World Championships in July.
“It’s been a dream of mine to play overseas like my cousins (college players Lyle and Miles Thompson). It’s a dream come true,” Day said.
Barnes watched Team Iroquois scrimmage Division I Brown University earlier this year.
“Dalston fits right in with the team,” Barnes said. “He’ll be a big part of the team going to Finland.”
Day is also one who gives back to the community.
“Dalston was asked to speak at elementary schools and he’s made speeches about kids keeping on the right path,” Barnes said. “And he’s also helped youth in the area in other ways.”
Said Day: I talk about what lacrosse can do for you and about staying in school, which is important for them.”
Day, who believes the best part of his game is getting open and feeding his teammates, has several goals ahead in lacrosse. One is improving on last season. The Shamrocks won their first 19 games but lost in the state quarterfinals.
“It didn’t turn out well at states this year. But I hope we can pull it out next year. I want a state ring so bad,” said Day, who hopes to attend either Salisbury Prep (Connecticut) or Hill Academy (near Toronto) before taking his shot at Division I.