St. John's Smiley commits to Navy

May, 4, 2013
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St. John's (Shrewsbury) lacrosse junior attackman Andrew Smiley has given a verbal commitment to the United States Naval Academy, he told ESPN Boston Saturday.

The 6-foot-3, 200-pounder is a multi-sport standout with the Pioneers, having been a preseason ESPN Boston lacrosse All-State selection and football All-State selection as quarterback.

He will join the Midshipmen for the 2015-16 season after attending the Academy Preparatory School.

"Coach [Rick] Sowell offered me an admission spot yesterday and I emailed him back today saying I'd take it," Smiley said. "Navy's the best fit for me because it's a great academic school and I always aspired to attend one of the service academies, and it's also a program with a lot of tradition."

Smiley also cited the importance of the Midshipmen's second-year head coach in his decision.

"I believe Coach Sowell can turn the program around to what it used to be, and I want to be a part of that," he said.

As a junior, Smiley set a Central Mass. record for passing yards with 3,123 yards, while completing 62 percent of his pass attempts to go along with 25 touchdown passes.

Scott Barboza

Reporter, ESPNBoston.com
Scott Barboza joined ESPNBoston.com as a high schools editor/reporter in May 2010. He spent the previous three seasons working in the New England Patriots media relations department after a stint at the Taunton Daily Gazette, where he covered everything from Little League baseball to the Boston Red Sox.

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