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

“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.”