Dayton was inducted as a truly great player. A two-time first team All-American as a midfielder at Longwood, Dayton was also the school’s Female Athlete of the Year in 1981. She then spent 10 years as a member of the U.S. National Team Program. Dayton was a midfielder on the 1986 U.S. World Cup Team and was also selected to the U.S. Olympic exhibition team in 1984. She served as an assistant coach at the University of Virginia from 1985-1993 and helped lead the Cavaliers to two NCAA championships.
Dayton was the recipient of US Lacrosse’s Beth Allen Award in 1987 as the most outstanding U.S. Team player at the Women’s National Tournament. She has been previously inducted into four Halls of Fame, including the inaugural class for both Longwood University and the US Lacrosse Richmond Chapter. At the time of her induction, Dayton was serving in her 17th year as director of athletics at St. Catherine's School in Richmond.