Jake Smith Becomes Two-Time USILA All-American
May 23, 2013
AMHERST, Mass. - A day after being named one of the top scholar-athletes in collegiate lacrosse, UMass senior defenseman Jake Smith took home United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) Honorable Mention All-America, as announced by the organization on Thursday morning. Smith secured a spot on the list for the second consecutive season through his performance as a leader on the Minutemen defense in 2013 after earning the same award as a junior.
The Medfield, Mass., native closed his career as the UMass defensive unit's active leader in groundballs (79) and caused turnovers (54) following three years as a starter. In 2013, Smith was a critical component in the Minutemen holding foes to 9.07 goals per game while the man-down unit ranked first in the Colonial Athletic Association with a .761 penalty kill percentage.
In addition to taking in USILA All-America hardware, Smith has been recognized on the CAA First Team All-Conference while being tabbed a NEILA All-New England selection. On the scholastic side, Smith tallied academic-based laurels from NEILA and the University of Massachusetts in addition to USILA Senior Scholar-Athlete and Scholar All-America.
The honor marks the 134th all-America award issued to a Minuteman by the USILA while Smith becomes the 31st UMass men's lacrosse student-athlete to be named a two-time all-American.