Dalton's Honor Roll
On Dalton: Impressive physical specimen who returns as the squad's top face-off man ... enters the season fully healthy after competing for most of 2007 with a separated shoulder ... exceptional combination of strength and skill ... could also be a factor on one of the midfield lines ... joins fellow St. Mary's alum Jason Carter on the Terps squad ... switched from No. 27 to No. 31 prior to the 2007 season.
As a junior (2007): Had an outstanding day at the X, going 12-of-18, in 11-6 season-opening win over Bellarmine (2/17) ... also vs. the Knights he scored the first game-winning goal of his career and had seven groundballs ... also made his first start with the first midfield unit vs. Bellarmine ... dominating face-off performance in 16-7 win over Vermont (2/20) ... won 18-of-22 face-offs and picked up a career-best eight groundballs vs. the Catamounts ... won six-of-14 face-offs in 8-6 loss to No. 4 Georgetown (2/24) ... two groundballs vs. the Hoyas ... scored a goal and won 11-of-22 face-offs in 14-7 loss to No. 2 Duke (3/2) ... also picked up five groundballs vs. the Blue Devils ... won nine-of-18 face-offs in 13-4 win over Lafayette (3/13) ... also picked up four groundballs vs. the Leopards ... won 10-of-14 face-offs in 18-3 win over Mount St. Mary's (3/20) ... also scored a goal and picked up six groundballs vs. the Mount ... two groundballs in 14-8 win over No. 11 North Carolina (3/24) ... won 5-of-9 face-offs and picked up two groundballs in 12-8 loss at No. 2 Virginia (3/31) ... scored a goal and went five-of-14 at the X in 14-10 win at Penn (4/21) ... three groundballs in 12-4 win over Yale (5/5) ... won five-of-10 face-offs in 13-9 loss to UMBC (5/13) in the NCAA tournament.
As a sophomore (2006): Saw his first action of the season, taking one face-off in 7-6 loss in double overtime to Bucknell (3/14) ... saw time with the second midfield unit in 9-4 victory at UMBC (3/18) ... scored his first goal of the season in 14-2 win over Dartmouth (3/21) ... won four of five face-offs in 15-5 loss to No. 1 Virginia (4/1) ... won three of five face-offs in 18-2 win over Sacred Heart (4/18) ... also picked up a groundball vs. the Pioneers ... won five-of-seven face-offs and picked up four groundballs in 10-9 win over North Carolina (4/28) in the ACC Semifinals ... won 12-of-22 draws vs. Denver's Geoff Snider, the NCAA's leading face-off man (69.5%) in 16-8 win over No. 12 Denver (5/13) in the first round of the NCAA Tournament ... picked up four groundballs vs. the Pioneers ... won one-of-three face-offs in 8-5 loss to No. 10 UMass (5/27) in NCAA Semifinals.
As a freshman (2005): Scored his first career goal in his collegiate debut, a 13-6 season-opening win over No. 5 Georgetown (2/26) ... one shot, one groundball and one caused turnover in 10-8 loss to Duke (3/5) ... won his first collegiate face-off at the start of the third quarter in 9-5 win at No. 9 Towson (3/12) ... one of three on face-offs and picked up a groundball in 14-10 win at No. 18 Bucknell (3/15) ... won two-of-five face-offs and picked up a groundball in 16-10 win over UMBC (3/19) ... tremendous effort in the face-off circle, winning six of nine draws all in the second half, in 9-4 win over No. 19 North Carolina (3/26) ... won his only face-off in 11-6 loss to No. 1 Johns Hopkins (4/15) ... gave the team a boost by winning seven-of-11 face-offs in 8-7 overtime victory over No. 3 Virginia in the ACC Semifinals (4/29) ... picked up where he left off in the UVa game by winning seven-of-10 face-offs in 9-5 win over No. 2 Duke (5/1) to win the ACC championship ... also picked up four groundballs vs. the Blue Devils ... was selected to the ACC All-Tournament team ... honorable mention for national player of the week award by Inside Lacrosse for his performance in the ACC Tournament ... scored his first goal since the season opener in 21-6 drubbing of Penn (5/7) at Lincoln Financial Field ... won two-of-six face-offs, picked up one groundball and caused a turnover in 14-10 win over No. 11 Penn State (5/14) in the first round of the NCAA Tournament ... won six-of-19 face-offs and picked up one groundball in 18-9 loss to No. 2 Duke (5/28) in the NCAA Semifinals.
Before Maryland: Member of the 2004 All-Tewaaraton Team for the Baltimore/Washington area ... Baltimore Sun and Washington Post first team all-Metro ... 2004 Baltimore Sun Anne Arundel County Player of the Year ... third straight St. Mary's player to win honor ... Baltimore Sun first team all-county ... won 71 percent of face-offs as a senior ... scored 22 goals and added seven assists despite being double and triple-teamed almost every time he touched the ball ... career-best five goals in regular season game vs. MIAA runner-up Gilman ... also all-county and all-metro as a junior ... scored 24 goals and added 10 assists while winning 72 percent of his face-offs in 2003.
Personal: Son of Stephen and Jeanne Dalton ... Stephen Dalton played in the NFL in the late `70s for the Wasington Redskins and Baltimore Colts ... brother of John and Joanna ... also recruited by Johns Hopkins, Syracuse, Georgetown and North Carolina ... hobbies include fishing and water sports ... lists beating high school archrival Severn at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium as his biggest athletic thrill ... majoring in history.