NETANYA, Israel – Continuing his on-the-field success following a standout career in Cambridge, Harvard men's lacrosse alumnus Ben Smith '10 has been selected to the Israel national team for the 2018 World Lacrosse Championships.
Per Inside Lacrosse, Israel's city of Netanya will host the sport's pinnacle event that will include 50 participating countries and more than 5,000 fans from abroad between July 12-21. This is the very first time since the competition's inception in 1967 that a country outside of the United States, Canada, England or Australia has hosted the Championship, and signifies a major expansion of the sport, both in Israel and globally.
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 and helped 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 also served as an assistant coach at Harvard, and helped the Crimson to the 2014 Ivy League Championship and an appearance in the NCAA Tournament.