Lafayette's Lauren Smedley Named to All-Mid-Atlantic First Team
Dec. 9, 2011
EASTON, Pa. - Lafayette junior goalkeeper Lauren Smedley was selected to the 2011 NCAA Women's Division I All-Mid-Atlantic First Team announced by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America on Thursday. Smedley becomes the first Lafayette player in program history to earn the distinction and was the lone Patriot League representative on the First Team.
"This award is a significant achievement for Lauren," head coach Mick Statham said. "To be highly recognized by the coaching staffs in the Mid-Atlantic region in such a profound way is magnificent. I have said it many times before that I think she is a superb talent and one of the very best in the country, and all of our younger players can also learn from her humility. It's well deserved and I am very happy for her and her teammates."
Smedley, who was named Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Year for the second straight year, had eight shutouts in 2011, equaling the mark she set last year for the most in school history. The Hamilton, N.J. native also climbed up the Patriot League ladder in career clean sheets, where she is currently tied for eighth all-time. Smedley lead the League in saves, turning away 86 shots while playing every minute in the Lafayette goal. Her .887 save percentage ranked 17th nationally and she finished 41st in the country in goals-against average (0.66).
As a team, Lafayette finished 2011 with a 9-5-2 overall record, the most wins since 2001. The Leopards' enjoyed their best home record ever at 6-0-0 and Patriot League mark at 4-2-1.