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August 13, 2013

Pingree's Smith shines at Under Armour All-American games

First-year Pingree girls lacrosse coach Sam Taylor was so confident in freshman Mollie Smith’s ability this spring that she used her anywhere on the field.

In the future, lacrosse could take Smith anywhere she’d like.

Smith, now a rising sophomore from Marblehead, is finishing up a tremendous summer that included a spot in the Under-16 Uncommitted game at the Under Armour All-American games last month at Towson University in Maryland.

Smith went through a rigorous tryout process and ended up as one of only five players from the Northeast selected in her age group.

The success hardly came as a surprise to Taylor, who witnessed Smith’s talent, athleticism, and work ethic first-hand this spring. Even though Smith was just a freshman on a senior-laden team, there was no way Taylor could keep her off the field.

“The Pingree team had eight seniors and seven were on the defensive end. She was first off the bench and played a ton. She’s a super scrappy and athletic kid that every coach wants to have on their team,” Taylor said. “She came in as a defender, I told her we needed her at middie, and she played some attack with some injuries. Whatever we told her to do, she did. She’s a great kid to have and an amazing player.”

Smith, who turns 16 in September, is confident in her ability, but wasn’t sure she’d be good enough to make it through the tryout.

She traveled to Connecticut with two friends for the tryout. She went through group sessions in the morning and played games in the afternoon with coaches watching carefully. From there, the top 50 players were selected, split into teams, then played for another 45 minutes with the best players chosen for the Under Armour All-American games.

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