PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Air Force senior lacrosse player Erik Smith was selected in the fifth round of the 2014 MLL Collegiate Draft, held Friday evening. Smith, who was chosen by the Boston Cannons with the 37th pick, became the first player in program history to be drafted in Major League Lacrosse.
A midfielder from Golden, Colo., Smith has started every game in his career and enters his senior season with 78 career points (42g, 36a), along with 170 career ground balls. Smith’s career ground ball total is the Falcons’ third-highest since 1994, when Air Force began playing a full Division I schedule. He also ranks tied for eighth in that time span in career assists for the Falcons.
A two-time team captain, Smith was named the Falcons’ offensive MVP in 2013 after finishing the year with 29 points, including a career-best 21 goals. He scored three man-up goals on the season, took nearly half of the Falcons’ face-offs and earned the team’s Ground Ball Award for the third-straight year, picking up 57 ground balls on the season.
Smith and the rest of the Falcons open up the 2014 season on Feb. 8, when they host in-state rival Denver in a 1:00 p.m. contest at Falcon Stadium.