Pat Smith grew up in what some may call the home of field lacrosse, the great state of Maryland. So he’s not alone in saying that he knew the game at an early age and exceled, even helping his high school team in Westminster win 3 county conference titles. He then took his talents to Robert Morris University where again he shined, scoring 96 goals in a 4-year career for the Colonials that saw them become of the NCAA’s most prolific offenses. But once his NCAA career was done, he needed and wanted more. With the National Lacrosse League an option, he knew the his indoor game needed some polishing so he did the best thing he could do for those skills: he headed North.
Smith landed out West with the Nanaimo Timbermen and by all accounts, learned quickly. Stocked with a roster with names like Scott Ranger, Lewis Ratcliff, Rob Kirkby and former RMU teammate Jordan Sealock, Smith took advantage of the lessons offered and played in 12 games. He scored 8 goals with 2 assists, his best game being a 3-goal outing against Victoria in July.
That says a lot for a guy who was a team captain at RMU. Going from a position of leadership to a position of taking a back seat and watching and learning speaks volumes of his coachability. That’s the type of demeanor that coaches obviously love, when they know they can get a guy who’s going to listen and apply what’s being taught.
He’s eager to learn, puts his knowledge to use and at the very root of it all, knows how to score goals. And with a 6-1, 200-pound frame built for speed, he’s got the physical tools to find himself a National Lacrosse League career. He went North, and West, to fine-tune his box game and on Wednesday, he’s hoping he finds himself going to an NLL city to cash in on the chance he worked so hard to get.
From: Westminster, Maryland
Senior A: Nanaimo Timbermen
What do you feel your greatest asset is that would allow you to translate your game to the NLL?
Quickness and hard work
One word to describe your game?
What role/position do you see yourself playing in the NLL?
What current or former NLLer would you most closely compare or model your game after?
After playing this past summer in Nanaimo, I enjoyed playing along side of Scott Ranger and I have been trying to model my box game after him.
Your greatest accomplishment during your lacrosse career?
Two-year captain at Robert Morris University, All-Conference selection
Anything else to add?
I am hoping to get the opportunity to prove to coaches and owners that I have what it takes to play in the NLL
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