A native of Bethesda, Md., Smith exploded for a career-high five goals last Tuesday to lead the Hawks to a 16-11 win at Fairfield. Scoring twice within the game’s first 18 minutes to help Hartford stay within striking distance, the midfielder provided a necessary spark. He keyed a decisive 5-0 run that gave the Hawks a lead they would not relinquish for the remainder of the game.
Smith tied the score at 7-7 with his third goal of the game just 39 seconds into the second half and kept the Hawks’ rally going, extending their lead to 10-7 with another goal at the 9:34 of the third. Later in the quarter, he tacked on one more goal — an unassisted score with three seconds remaining — to give Hartford a 13-9 lead heading into the final stanza.
Smith’s five goals marked the most by a Hartford rookie since Dylan Jinks had five at UMBC on April 16, 2016. With six goals on the year, he currently ranks No. 4 on the team in scoring.
The Hawks have one game on the docket this week as they continue a four-game road trip with a stop at Sacred Heart on Saturday, March 10. Opening faceoff from Fairfield, Conn., is set for 4 p.m.