Shannon Smith Named New Head Lacrosse Coach at Hofstra

This past June Smith coached the North squad at the 2012 Under Armour All-America Lacrosse Classic.

Smith's immense experience at the highest level of lacrosse continues with her extensive US Lacrosse career. Just this past weekend, she was named to the roster for the 2012-14 U.S. women's national senior team. This group will serve as the training team pool for the team that will defend Team USA's 2009 gold medal at the 2013 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Cup in Oshawa, Ontario. Smith also was part of the 2011-12 U.S. women's national training team and the 2007 U.S. women's national under-19 team. As a member of the U-19 squad, she helped lead the team to the Gold Medal at the 2007 World Cup.

A key player on three teams that captured NCAA titles at Northwestern (2009, 2011, 2012), Smith was the Most Outstanding Player of the 2011 and 2012 Championships. During her career, she scored 58 points in the NCAA Tournament to rank second all-time in that category.

Smith is not defined solely by her postseason honors and awards, though, as she totaled 254 goals, 108 assists and 362 points during her career. Her goals total ranks first all-time in program history, while she is second all-time in points and third in assists. Her 86 goals in 2011 are a single-season record for the Northwestern program. In addition, she ranks eighth all-time in NCAA Division I women's lacrosse in points and ninth in goals.

She played in 91 games during her career at Northwestern, adding 118 draw controls, 85 ground balls and 28 caused turnovers. Smith had 19 game-winning goals during her career and her 2011 season was her most prolific with 86 goals, 42 assists, 128 points, 39 draw controls, 25 ground balls and eight caused turnovers.

Smith has done charitable work in the Long Island community as well. She is actively involved with the Friends of Jacyln Foundation and Our Lady of Grace Garden. She also helped lead a group of counselors at the South Bay Elementary School (West Babylon, New York) Lacrosse Camp to raise $6,500 towards the reconstruction of the school after a fire.

A native of West Babylon, New York, Smith attended West Babylon High School where she was a six-time letter-winner and was a member of the varsity squad starting in seventh grade. Smith was one of the top scholastic lacrosse players to ever come out of Long Island as she had 729 points on 505 goals and 224 assists during her career. Both the points and goals totals are New York state records as is her 129 goals in 2006.

Smith received her bachelor of science in liberal arts, with a major in economics and minor in business institutions program, from Northwestern.

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"Shannon is not just one of the most accomplished women's lacrosse players in recent memory, she also has a track-record of world-class performance both academically and in the community," said Dr. James Phillips, Northwestern University's Director of Athletics & Recreation. "Hofstra has selected an exceptional leader for their program, a great example of the culture of success that Kelly Amonte Hiller has built at Northwestern."

"I give Hofstra a lot of credit for seeing in Shannon what we have witnessed for four years at Northwestern," commented Kelly Amonte Hiller, head women's lacrosse coach at Northwestern and seven-time national champion. "In addition to leaving Northwestern as one of the most accomplished athletes in our program's history, Shannon excelled in the classroom; and will be a tremendous leader for Hofstra Lacrosse, as she was for Northwestern."

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2012-07-31



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