Marlins of Mercy: Jillian Smith


Junior Jillian Smith verbally committed to the University of Michigan Ann Arbor on September 28, 2019. Photo used with permission from Jillian Smith

Dunya Kizy, Photography and Video Editor

“I started playing lacrosse when I was in fifth grade and have loved it ever since. I used to play travel softball, but I knew it wasn’t for me. At the time, I was friends with Annie Tartoni, a 2018 Mercy graduate, and she played lacrosse, so I thought I’d give it a try. I started on local teams then worked my way up to travel. When I picked up my first lacrosse stick, I fell in love with the game. After my first try out, my coach told me that I was going to do great things as I grow up. I listened to him and continued to play lacrosse more seriously. I played for Triumph Lacrosse, which is one of the best programs. As the years went on, so did the intensity. Recruiting started getting more and more stressful and difficult. I spent three summers playing lacrosse intensely; I practically lived on the east coast and only played lacrosse.”

“I always knew I wanted to play Big 10 lacrosse since it started getting more serious. I am more than excited to play for Michigan after I graduate. I love the coaching staff at Michigan, [and] it has always been my dream school; they are one of the top programs in the country! I did look at Ohio State University and Marquette, but I knew Michigan is where I belonged. Mercy lacrosse was also a big part of the journey. It taught me leadership and how to be the best leader I can be. My teammates, family, and coaches have been my biggest supporters. Lacrosse is always something I can look forward to.”