Smistad Named Men's Lacrosse Captain For 2012-13
May 8, 2012
MILWAUKEE -- Marquette University junior Andrew Smistad (Calgary, Alberta) has been named captain of the Golden Eagles' men's lacrosse team for 2012-13, the program's first official year of varsity competition, head coach Joe Amplo has announced.
Smistad, a 6-foot-2, 210-pound defensive midfielder, was selected by the MU coaching staff out of the 28 players currently on the roster.
"He was consistently the best leader we had," said Amplo. "He took every challenge we presented him head on. He led by example and was a role model on the field, off the field and in the classroom. I can't think of anyone better to represent our program as the first captain in the history of Marquette men's lacrosse."
Smistad transferred to Marquette in fall 2012 from Presbyterian College after MU announced it was adding men's lacrosse, becoming a member of Amplo's first recruiting class.
"I didn't expect the announcement at all," said Smistad. "It's a big honor to be named captain of the first team in Marquette history. At the same time, we have a whole team of hard-working guys and leaders. The biggest honor for me is coming to this school and working hard with them every day."
Smistad, a secondary education and mathematics major, formerly played club lacrosse in his native Canada for the Calgary Mountaineers of Jr. 'A.' lacrosse, helping the squad reach the 2008 Minto Cup -- Canada's box national championship -- and served as team captain for the Mountaineers in 2011.
Since arriving to Milwaukee, Smistad has been heavily involved in the community including helping his Marquette teammates with a months-long Habitat for Humanity restoration project as well as contributing time to the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation.