UMass’ Jake Smith Tabbed USILA Scholar All-America

Senior sport management major lauded for academic success

AMHERST, Mass. – UMass men’s lacrosse defenseman Jake Smith received the highest academic honor bestowed upon a senior by the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) on Wednesday, being named to the organization’s Scholar All-America Team. The senior defenseman is one of 92 student-athletes recognized by the USILA from across NCAA Divisions I, II and III.

“Jake’s ability to excel in the classroom and on the field sets an example for all present and future Minutemen of the levels of success to attain in representing the University of Massachusetts and the men’s lacrosse program,” head coach Greg Cannella said. “This honor from the USILA is another great recognition for an outstanding person.”

Smith, a sport management major who graduated with a 3.889 cumulative GPA this spring, paralleled his success in the classroom with a strong season on the field, scooping up 26 groundballs and causing 17 turnovers as a leader on the UMass close defense.

The latest in a multitude of honors given to Smith, the Medfield, Mass., native also received recognition for his academic success as a 2013 New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA) Senior Scholar-Athlete as well as the UMass Male Senior Scholar-Athlete and Male Spring Scholar-Athlete. Athletically, Smith capped his collegiate career a member of the 2013 CAA All-Conference and NEILA All-New England first teams.

According to the USILA, a scholar all-American must be nominated by his coach and be a student with a senior year academic standing and a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. The student-athlete must also be an all-American, a member of a North/South team or an outstanding league or conference player and will have behaved in a manner that has brought credit to himself, his institution and to college lacrosse on and off the field.