As if Sarah Biron, Westwoods face of the lacrosse program the past few years, needed another accolade from her high school playing days, the soon-to-be freshman at Johns Hopkins was named Northeast Girls Player of the Year by Lacrosse Magazine in the August issue.
I admire her, long-time Westwood coach Leslie Frank said Tuesday. It wasnt about stats with her, and certainly she accumulated enough points. But she did whatever it took for the team to win. Shes certainly among the top of the players to ever come through our program.
The do-it-all midfielder led the Wolverines to their third straight state title with a victory over Longmeadow, capping off an undefeated season. Westwood was ranked No. 4 in the final Northeast region rankings in Lacrosse Magazine.
Biron finished her Westwood career with 234 goals and 103 assists, including 119 points her senior season, earning her Globe Player of the Year honors.
Perhaps her most defining moment came in the Eastern Massachusetts title game against Lincoln-Sudbury in mid-June. With a hip injury limiting Birons ability to shoot, Frank asked her to take a back seat on the offensive end, focusing on winning possession off draws and collecting ground balls. Biron didnt score, but she played a big part in the 15-7 win.
We played with a lot of freshmen and won a state championship because [Biron] was such a great teacher, Frank said. They dont get to where they need to be learning just from me, they have to learn from each other. And Sarah was a leader.