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August 13, 2013

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

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“I felt good going into it, confident in my ability, but it was a huge honor and a great surprise to be picked for the top 50 let alone the 2016 Uncommitted team,” Smith said. “At the tryout that was more of what I was used to. I’ve played against all those girls before. I was kind of used to that level, it was more my comfort zone. In Maryland, it was an incredible experience. I got to play with the best lacrosse players in my age group. The level of play was extremely high and the coaches felt I belonged. That was a huge honor.”

Smith’s White team ended up losing to the Red team, but that didn’t spoil the experience.

An event like this could be a springboard for a player of Smith’s ability. She’s full of potential and she doesn’t have much experience with the sport.

Even though both of Smith’s parents played in college — mom Claire at Princeton and dad Christopher at Trinity — she has spent most of her youth focusing on soccer. She didn’t pick up lacrosse until the seventh grade.

Smith’s family moved to Colorado when she was in the second grade and while she was there she played year-round competitive soccer.

They returned to Marblehead when she was in the seventh grade and that’s when she started lacrosse.

Lacrosse remains relatively new to Smith, and she’s still learning about the game and her place in it.

“My natural position is a defender. I’ve been transitioning to D wing, right D wing or low defender because I do like to run,” Smith said. “I feel comfortable running the whole game down the field.

“Both my parents played in college and I had known about the sport, but I played (soccer) at a nationally ranked club level in Colorado and going from that level to lacrosse, where I didn’t know what I was doing. It was rocky but I had great teammates and role models who were in the eighth grade and I fell in love with the game.”

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