Shannon Smith graduated from West Babylon High School in 2008 where she was a varsity lacrosse six-time letter-winner and a member of the varsity lacrosse squad since 7th grade. Ms. Smith was one of the top scholastic lacrosse players to ever come out of LI as she had 729 points on 505 goals and 224 assists during her career. Both the points and goals totals are NY State records as is her 129 goals in 2006. In May 2012, Shannon received her Bachelor of Science in liberal arts, with a major in economics and minor in business institutions program from Northwestern University. Among her many highlights included winning three NCAA titles, earning three first team All-American honors (2010, 2011, 2012) and capturing the 2011 Tewaaraton award, presented annually to the NCAA women’s and men’s lacrosse player of the year. The Tewaaraton Award is considered by many as one of the highest honors a female college athlete can receive in the nation. Ms. Smith is also the recipient of the Lacrosse Honda Award, recognizing her as the top collegiate female athlete in her sport. A key player on three teams that captured NCAA titles at Northwestern (2009, 2011, 2012), Ms. Smith was the Most Outstanding Player of the 2011 and 2012 Championships. During her career, she scored 58 points in the NCAA Tournament to rank second all-time in that category. Shannon is not defined solely by her postseason honors and awards, though, as she totaled 254 goals, 108 assists and 362 points during her career. Her 86 goals in 2011 are a single-season record for the Northwestern program. In addition, she ranks eighth all-time in NCAA Division I women’s lacrosse in points and ninth in goals. She was named to the roster for the 2012-14 U.S. women’s national senior team. Shannon also was part of the 2011-12 U.S. women’s national training team and the 2007 U.S. women’s national under-19 team. As a member of the U-19 squad, she helped lead the team that won the Gold Medal at the 2007 World Cup.
Shannon Smith, who is among the most decorated players in the sport, is now in her second season as the head women’s lacrosse coach at Hofstra University. In her first season at the helm, Ms. Smith led the team to a berth in the CAA Championship game and the team was ranked in the top 20 nationally in scoring defense.
Since 2009, she has served as a director with LI Top Guns girls lacrosse club and helped organize and coach a training program for over 300 players.
In addition, Shannon has done charitable work in the LI community as well. She is actively involved with the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation and Our Lady of Grace Garden. She also helped lead a group of counselors at the South Bay School, West Babylon, NY, Lacrosse Camp to raise $6,500 towards the reconstruction of the school after a fire. Most recently, Shannon has donated the installation of two irrigations systems at Forest/Tooker Avenue School fields. At Hofstra, she has continued the women’s lacrosse programs involvement with the HEADstrong Foundation as well as the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation.