Getting to Know: Carley Smith



Carley Smith, junior midfielder for the Lady Colonels lacrosse team

J.T. Keer, Staff writer

Carley Smith is a junior midfielder from York and Dallastown Area High School. Carley continues to build on her impressive career for the Lady Colonels by leading the team with 41 points (22 goals and 19 assists) just 6 games into the season. The Lady Colonels are currents 6-0 outscoring their opponents 111-40.

Q: What brought you to Wilkes?

The pharmacy program, but then I worked in a pharmacy my first summer of school and realized it wasn’t really for me. So now I’m a bio major.

What are you looking to do in the biology field?

I want to go to grad school to be a physician’s assistant.

What inspired you to do that?

I did a ton or shadowing in different health care fields. I even got to be in the OR for a couple neuro surgeries, one where they removed a brain tumor. From all my shadowing I just realized physician’s assistant was the best fit for me.

That’s awesome, but didn’t you get a little queasy from watching a brain surgery?

Haha, surprisingly no. My mom was so paranoid that I was going to faint though because I’ve gotten woozy and passed out a couple times before. Long story short, I ran into one of the swing set poles in second grade, got a bloody mouth then fainted.

Jeez that’s crazy, what’s your favorite part about being at Wilkes?

Probably the people I’ve met, and close friendships I’ve made. As well as getting to know my professors on a more personal level.

What’s the best thing about being on the lacrosse team?

The group of girls for sure — there’s never a dull moment.

How’d you get into playing lacrosse?

All my friends were playing in eighth grade, and it looked like they were having fun, so I figured I’d try it out. I had to give up soccer since they were both the same season.

How was your high school career?

Well, my high school team was really young, our first team was put together my freshman year. However, we worked really well together since a lot of us had played with each other in other sports.

Did you guys do well?

Yes, we made districts a few times.

What was the biggest transition from high school to college?

Just learning how to play with a new team.

Since you guys are undefeated, how far do you see this team going?

I think we have a lot of potential this season.  I can’t really say we’ve tested our true capability with the teams we’ve played so far.  I’m interested to see how far we’ll go myself.  We’re going to hit some good competition in conference, but I think we’ll be ready for it.

When do you think you’ll get your first test?

Manhattanville, which is our first conference game.

You lead your team with 41 points. What allows you to pass and score the ball so well?

The attack works really hard to run the plays right and get open.  Tori and I play behind the goal, so it’s a lot easier to hit cutters.

So it’s safe to say you enjoy where you play on the field?

Technically that’s call the low attack.  I am a mid-field player with Gabby and Tori so we run the whole field.

What goals do you have for yourself and team the rest of the season?

I’d like to make it back to conference finals and, hopefully, send our seniors off with a conference win.