Owen Dawson notches 200th career point for South Hadley boys lacrosse team

Owen Dawson (middle) poses with his teammates following South Hadley’s 15-4 win over Granby on Saturday. In the win, Dawson eclipsed the 200-point mark for his career thanks to a two-goal, three-assist performance.

Owen Dawson (middle) poses with his teammates following South Hadley’s 15-4 win over Granby on Saturday. In the win, Dawson eclipsed the 200-point mark for his career thanks to a two-goal, three-assist performance. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

By GARRETT COTE

Staff Writer

Published: 04-22-2024 7:56 PM

SOUTH HADLEY — In high school sports like soccer, lacrosse and field hockey, it’s always worth celebrating when a player eclipses the 100-point threshold. Well, South Hadley senior Owen Dawson did that two years ago.

And on Saturday against Granby, he doubled that.

Dawson scored two goals and tallied three assists in the Tigers’ 15-4 win over the Rams to reach 200 points for his career. It wasn’t until his mother approached him with a sign that read “Dawson 200” that he realized he had hit a mark very few have done.

“I honestly didn’t know I hit it, my mom just had a sign and I was like, ‘Oh, look at that,’” Dawson said. “My dad is on the coaching staff, and we had talked about it earlier when I was at 185. But I completely forgot about it.”

His first thought? What’s next.

Dawson isn’t content with 200. With still over a dozen games remaining on South Hadley’s schedule, he has his eyes set on a bigger number.

“It was pretty eye-opening to me, because that was only our seventh game, so we still have at least 13 more to go,” Dawson said. “Right away, I was thinking about how many more I could get. That was my first thought.”

A standout football player for South Hadley, Dawson is also one of the best lacrosse players in Hampshire County. While he’s 100 percent playing football at the collegiate level for Springfield College next year, he’s also hoping to play lacrosse if possible come next spring.

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Dawson, who has 30 points already this season, and South Hadley (4-2) next host Westfield on Wednesday evening at 5 p.m.