Shannon Smith

West Babylon, N.Y.

High School:
West Babylon

Northwestern '12


U.S. Team

  • Gold medalist at 2007 FIL Under-19 World Cup in Canada
  • U.S. National Team (2011-12)
  • U.S. Developmental Team (2010)
  • U.S. Under-19 National Team (2007) 
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  • Tewaaraton Award winner (2011), nominee (2010, 2012)
  • Helped Northwestern to three NCAA titles (2009, 2010, 2012)
  • Ranks second all-time in NCAA Tournament history with 58 career points and tied for third with 39 goals
  • Northwestern's all-time leading goal-scorer (254) and single-season goals record holder (86, 2011); ranks second in points (362) and third in assists (108)
  • Ranks in top-10 all-time in Division I women's lacrosse in career points (eighth) and goals (ninth)
  • As a junior in 2011, led NCAA in points (128) and points per game (5.57)
  • Recorded points in 63 consecutive games from 2009-12
  • Lacrosse Magazine Preseason Player of the Year (2012)
  • NCAA Championship MVP (2011-12), All-Tournament Team (2010-12)
  • IWLCA Division I Attacker of the Year (2011)
  • IWLCA All-America first team (2010-12)
  • Honda Sports Award (2011)
  • Suzy Favor Big Ten Female Athlete of the Year Award (2011)
  • All-ALC first team (2010-12)
  • ALC Championship MVP (2011)
  • ALC Championship all-tournament team (2009-11)

Getting to know…

  • Other sports played in high school?  Basketball, soccer, tennis
  • Favorite athlete from another sport? Peyton Manning
  • Best advice received from a coach? Never be satisfied. Always want more, but while doing so, make sure you are having fun.
  • Strengths as a player? Leadership, field vision, team player, finishing
  • What should every player at your position know, or need to be able to do on the field? Attackers need to have great field vision, exceptional stick skills, be willing to make their teammates look better, have the ability to finish and feed, but most importantly re-defend hard.
  • Favorite drill? 7v7 or 3v2 continuous – shooting drills aren’t too bad either!
  • What’s the most important part of your preparation … for a game? Being mentally prepared, sticking to the game plan and being really pumped about the opportunity to play.
  • Tip for young players? Make sure you have really great stick work.
  • Best lacrosse moment? Winning the National Championship my junior and senior seasons. Unbelievable feeling to finish my college career where it all started on Long Island.