Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 6/24/16
From Press Release
After a stellar season on the Big Red backline, junior defender Catie Smith (Conestoga) was named a Third-Team All-American, the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association announced Wednesday. Smith was named an IWLCA First-Team All-Region honoree for the Northeast Region last week, making her eligible for national All-American selection.
Smith is the first member of the Big Red to be named to an All-American team since Kate Ivory (Episcopal Academy) earned third-team honors in 2013.
Part of a defensive unit that held its opponents to single digits in 15 games this season and to six or fewer goals on eight occasions, Smith was the Big Red’s leading take-away defender. The junior set the program single-season record for caused turnovers with 41 to lead the team and the Ivy League, blowing past the previous Cornell record of 33.
She caused multiple turnovers in 12 games this season, including a career-high six in the team’s victory over Binghamton, the Big Red’s record-breaking eighth straight win to open the season. Smith also had an impressive day against No. 1 Maryland, causing three turnovers and picking up four ground balls against the Terps’ powerhouse offense. Smith was also second on the team in ground balls with 36 on the season.
Smith is one of 48 Division I All-Americans named by the IWLCA committee, and all three teams will be honored at the All-American banquet on June 4 at the Radisson Hotel Valley Forge in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania.