Former Harvard midfielder Ben Smith '10 enters his second season on head coach Chris Wojcik's '96 staff.
In Smith’s first season with the Crimson in 2013, Harvard posted a 6-8 overall record and 2-4 mark in league action after playing the ninth toughest schedule in the nation, including games against seven ranked opponents through the course of the season. Five Crimson earned All-New England and All-Ivy League honors highlighted by Devin Dwyer’s NEILA Rookie of the Year selection.
Smith, who suited up for Johns Hopkins as a fifth-year senior in 2011 as a starting long-stick midfielder, garnered All-Ivy League honorable mention as a senior with the Crimson in 2010. Smith, who started nine of the 10 games he appeared in that spring, scored two goals and collected 24 ground balls, while causing nine turnovers which tied for the team lead.
At Harvard, Smith received the Most Improved Player award as a
junior in 2009, before earning the Most Valuable Player award and
the Class of 59 'Trophy for leadership and enthusiasm as a senior
in 2010. Smith also garnered NEILA Scholar Athlete honors his
senior year. While at Johns Hopkins in 2011, Smith led the team in
caused turnovers, while helping the squad rank second in the nation
in defense and earn the No. 3 seed entering the NCAA tournament. In
addition, Smith was presented with the W. Taylor Cook Award for
strength of character and positive contributions to the team.
Smith, a native of Longmeadow, Mass., also appeared in 11 contests as a junior in 2009 and played in five games as a sophomore the previous season. In total, Smith played in 26 games during his tenure in Cambridge.