May 20, 2014
USAFA, Colo. - Air Force lacrosse senior captain Erik Smith has been named a 2014 United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) Scholar All-American, as announced by the organization. He becomes just the second player in program history to receive the award, joining 2005 USAFA graduate Tim Hade.
The USILA Scholar All-America Program was established in 1989 to recognize student-athletes from USILA member institutions who have distinguished themselves academically, athletically and as citizens of their communities. The USILA Selection Committee selects an overall team representing Division I, II and III. The Scholar All-Americas are recognized at the annual Lacrosse All-America Banquet.
Smith, a native of Golden, Colo., has been a standout both on and off the field for the Falcons over the past four years, serving as a two-time team captain and maintaining a 3.0 GPA as a systems engineering management major. Meanwhile, he was selected as a first-team All-ECAC midfielder in 2014 while helping Air Force earn its first-ever ECAC title and first NCAA bid since 1988.
Smith finished the season with a career-best 40 points (25g, 15a) and a team-leading 61 ground balls, while also posting a .579 winning percentage at the face-off X. While ranking among Air Force's modern era leaders in goals, assists and total points, Smith also holds the program record for career ground balls with 231.