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Margaret Smith Named Co-National Defender of the Year

Margaret Smith shared the national Defender of the Year honor announced today by ILWomen.com

June 5, 2014

NOTRE DAME, Ind. - The leader in both caused turnovers and ground balls for unquestionably the nation's top lacrosse conference, Notre Dame's Margaret Smith has been comparably honored nationally by Inside Lacrosse magazine as she was named ILWomen's Co-Defender of the Year.

Smith shared the honor with a fellow ACC student-athlete in Maryland's Megan Douty.

Previously named a first-team All-American by the IWLCA, Smith was the lone regular senior starter for the Irish in 2014, leading a young team as a captain against the nation's third-toughest schedule. The Irish showed great development over the 2014 season, defeating eventual NCAA semifinalist Northwestern and earning a top-eight national seed for the NCAA Tournament.

In addition to leading the ACC, Smith finished amongst the national leaders in those afore-mentioned key defensive statistical categories, ranking seventh in ground balls (64, 3.37 per game) and ninth in caused turnovers (43, 2.26 per game).

Smith's 64 ground balls this year broke Holly Manthei's school record of 63 set in 1998. She also set the school's career caused turnover record with 122, eclipsing Jackie Doherty's 117 from 2008-11. In an area that became particularly crucial after losing 2013 first-team All-American Barbara Sullivan to injury early on this spring, Smith led Notre Dame with her 47 draw controls in 2014.

Smith's play was especially strong in big games as she caused a total of 21 turnovers in Notre Dame's seven elite ACC league games. Her next closest competitor, Tewaraaton Trophy winner Taylor Cummings of Maryland, only caused 10 in conference play. Smith's dominating performances continued into the postseason. Facing No. 9 Duke in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, Smith had five caused turnovers, five ground balls and four draw controls.

 

 

Next up for Smith is a spot in the IWLCA's annual North-South All Star Game on Saturday is suburban Philadelphia, followed by tryout for the 2014-15 U.S. National Team next weekend in Washington, D.C. Smith will be joined in the national team's tryout pool by her Notre Dame teammate, Cortney Fortunato.

Event Calendar

Delta

January 15
10:00 AM
Team USA
Bradenton, Fla. (IMG Academy)
February 5
1:00 PM
Northwestern
Notre Dame, Ind. (Loftus Sports Center)
February 10
7:00 PM
Liberty
Notre Dame, Ind. (Loftus Sports Center)
February 11
3:00 PM
Detroit
Notre Dame, Ind. (Loftus Sports Center)
February 14
7:00 PM
Marquette
Notre Dame, Ind. (Loftus Sports Center)
February 18
1:00 PM
Michigan
Ann Arbor, Mich. (TBD)
February 23
6:00 PM
Elon
Burlington, N.C. (Rudd Field)
February 26
12:00 PM
Duke
Durham, N.C. (Koskinen Stadium)
March 4
1:00 PM
Louisville
Notre Dame, Ind. (Arlotta Stadium)
March 7
7:00 PM
Ohio State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Arlotta Stadium)
March 11
1:00 PM
Princeton
Princeton, N.J. (Alumni Stadium)
March 15
4:00 PM
Towson
Towson, Md. (Johnny Unitas Stadium)
March 18
12:00 PM
Virginia
Charlottesville, Va. (Klockner Stadium)
March 26
12:00 PM
Syracuse
Syracuse, N.Y. (Carrier Dome)
April 2
12:00 PM
North Carolina
Notre Dame, Ind. (Arlotta Stadium)
April 6
1:00 PM
Kennesaw State
Atlanta, Ga. (Fifth Third Bank Stadium)
April 15
12:00 PM
Virginia Tech
Notre Dame, Ind. (Arlotta Stadium)
April 22
12:00 PM
Boston College
Newton, Mass. (Newton Campus Lax & Soccer Field)
April 27
TBA
ACC Tournament
Richmond, Va. (Sports Backer Stadium)
April 28
TBA
ACC Tournament
Richmond, Va. (Sports Backer Stadium)
April 29
TBA
ACC Tournament
Richmond, Va. (Sports Backer Stadium)
April 30
TBA
ACC Tournament
Richmond, Va. (Sports Backer Stadium)
May 12
TBA
NCAA First Round
TBD
May 14
TBA
NCAA Second Round
TBD
May 20
TBA
NCAA Elite Eight
TBD
May 21
TBA
NCAA Elite Eight
TBD
May 26
TBA
NCAA Final Four
Foxboro, Mass. (Gillette Stadium)
May 28
TBA
NCAA Final Four
Foxboro, Mass. (Gillette Stadium)

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