After picking up a lacrosse stick at the age of 6, Anne Pearson Smith, or AP, as her friends call her, couldn't put it down. With 11 years of lacrosse experience, Smith is now a junior at Bryn Mawr.
Prior to joining Mawrtian nation, Smith showcased her lacrosse talent for Calvert School and Maryland Lacrosse Club (MLC). Smith began her lacrosse career as a midfielder, but made the switch to attack in eighth grade.
Smith made varsity at Bryn Mawr her sophomore year and has been integral part of the offense ever since.
When not in her green and gold lacrosse uniform, Smith plays club for TLC and spends time as a Bryn Mawr ambassador and Athletic Association representative. She also shows off her athletic ability as a member of both the field hockey and ice hockey teams.
PressBox: How did you become interested in lacrosse, and what is your favorite part about the sport?
Anne Pearson Smith: Living in Baltimore, everybody played -- all the older kids I knew played already -- so lacrosse was the natural thing for me to do. A lot of my friends were also getting started at the same time.
My favorite part about lacrosse is the team aspect. I love going to practice every day with my team, and even if we aren't playing well, I know that my teammates will be around to support me. I think that's a really important part of why I love to play the sport.
PB: Who is your biggest lacrosse role model? Why?
AS: I think my biggest lacrosse role models are my coaches, Ms. [Wendy] Kridel and Ms. [Kim] Simons. That's obviously not on the field, but I know they believe in me if I make a bad play or am not playing super well. I know that they are always there to support me and have my best interest in mind, so that's really important for me generally and our team as a whole.
PB: What has been your team's toughest challenge this year?
AS: We've had some great wins, but also some losses that we would have loved to not have. I think being able to play our game for 50 minutes was tough for us. A lot of times, we would play really well for a half and not as well another half, so playing a full game was our biggest challenge.
PB: Bryn Mawr beat Roland Park Country School, 13-12, March 31. What was it like beating your rival?
AS: I think that was our best game of the entire year, not because we played a full game, but because we found a way to win, even when it was tough. Our defense played really well that game when it mattered most.
For the last play, you could see it developing down the field. There was a long pass, and then Olivia Rubin was running at the goal alone. It felt like everyone stopped, and you were just watching, and with one second left, she scored. Beating Roland Park is always great, but it made it that much more exciting that we could beat them that way.
PB: In April, your team went on a five-game losing streak. What were some of the problems behind the losses, and what was team morale like as a result?
AS: I think that we were trying so hard that it almost felt like we were trying too hard. Everybody wanted to win so much, and there was never a question that the effort wasn't there, because it always was, but we just couldn't put it together in the end.
I think that everyone was frustrated, but at the same time, no one gave up. No one said they were done with it. They just kept trying.
PB: What are your plans for pursuing lacrosse in college?
AS: I would love to play Division III in college. I am not committed now, but hopefully by the end of the summer I will be.