Former Harvard midfielder Ben Smith '10 has completed his second season on head coach Chris Wojcik's '96 staff.
In his second season in Cambridge, Smith helped the Crimson do what no other team had done in 24 years, as Harvard won the program’s first Ivy League championship since 1990 with a 5-1 conference record. The feat helped earn Harvard an at-large berth to the NCAA tournament, its first since 2006 and sixth overall, while elevating the Crimson to the highest ranking in program history at No. 11. Harvard finished the year off with a 10-7 overall record, an impressive 7-1 mark in Cambridge, four wins over ranked opponents, and seven selections to the All-Ivy League teams, the second most in program history. Additionally, Devin Dwyer and Bobby Duvnjak garnered USILA All-America honorable mention honors, while Smith helped mentor a defensive unit which allowed 9.76 goals per game overall, a league-low 8.63 in conference, while holding 11 of its 17 opponents to fewer than 10 goals.
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 started nine of the 10 games he appeared in that spring, scoring two goals and collecting 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 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, 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.