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April 1, 2014

2014 Salem News Student Athlete Award profile: Brittany Smith, Manchester Essex

It hasn’t mattered whether Brittany Smith was wearing a forest green uniform from her high school or a red, white and black sweater from the school she plays hockey at. Whatever the athletic endeavor is, she’s going to excel.

Smith has played field hockey and lacrosse at Manchester-Essex Regional all four years of high school. She has also been a member of the co-operative girls hockey team at Marblehead High for the last three seasons — and played so well that she earned herself a scholarship to continue playing hockey at Sacred Heart University.

A two-time captain for Marblehead, she was the Northeastern Conference co-MVP this past winter after leading her team in scoring with 41 points. She became the third player in Lady Headers history to reach the 100-point career milestone (and only the second player in the area to do it in just three seasons). Smith’s 29 goals were third-best on the North Shore. She is a three-time league all-star and All-Conference selection and two-time team MVP.

In field hockey, Smith helped guide Manchester-Essex to four consecutive Cape Ann League titles, reaching the Division 4 North playoff finals each season. She was named the CAL’s Player of the Year as a senior and to its All-League Team. She also had 66 goals for the Hornets’ lacrosse team last year (as well as being named Athlete of the Year and All-League) and is a captain of the team this spring, the third sport she has chosen for such accolades.

A Moynihan Lumber Student-Athlete of the Month this past November, Smith scored 1920 on her SATs and holds a 4.52 grade point average. She is ranked in the top 30 percent of her class.

Smith is also a Peer Leader, a four-year member of Manchester-Essex’s Green Team, Band, Jazz Band and Pep Band, and a three-year member of both the National Honor Society and National Honor Society for Art. She is employed at a summer camp and went on a trip to Ecuador to help build a school.

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