High-Scoring Smith Receives National Honor

High-Scoring Smith Receives National Honor



EASTON, Mass. – Stonehill College sophomore forward Kacie Smith has been named the Longstreth/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division II Offensive Player of the Week by the organization this afternoon. Smith, who was also tabbed the Northeast-10 Conference Player of the Week for the first time in her career on Monday, is the first Stonehill field hockey student-athlete to receive national player of the week honors in the first year the NFHCA has announced weekly honors for Division II.

Smith had a hand in six of Stonehill's nine goals in a 2-0 week, finishing with four goals and two assists over the two games. Smith scored three of the Skyhawks four goals, including the gamewinner, in Wednesday night's 4-0 non-conference win over Merrimack, ranked No. 4 in the Division II preseason poll, and then added a goal and two assists in Saturday's 5-2 victory against Saint Michael's in the Northeast-10 opener.

Smith, who has at least a point in four of Stonehill's five games so far this season, leads Division II in scoring with 4.00 points per game and 1.80 goals per game. She has totaled a team and NE-10 best 20 points on a league-high nine goals with two assists, potting a pair of gamewinning goals so far this fall.

Smith, who participated in USA Field Hockey's High Performance Training program in the Northeast last spring, earned second team All-America honors from Synapse Sports as a freshman when she also named to its Division II All-Rookie Team, as well as the NE-10 All-Rookie Team. She enters this week's games with 23 goals in 26 career games played and nine assists for 55 points. Smith has already moved into a tie for ninth place on the program career goal list and is 13 points shy of its career scoring top ten.

Information for this release provided by the Stonehill athletics communications staff

The Northeast-10 Conference is an association of 15 NCAA Division II colleges and universities located in New England and New York that is committed to supporting balanced academic and athletic opportunities for more than 6,500 student-athletes. 

Each year, 4,500 of those student-athletes compete in conference championships in 24 sports, making the NE-10 the largest DII conference in the country in terms of sport sponsorship. Leading the way in the classroom, on the field and within the community, the Northeast-10 is proud of its comprehensive program and the experience it provides student-athletes.