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Jun 11, 2018 6:07 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press

Alexa Smith, Brian Corrigan Finish Out Decorated Lacrosse Careers At Respective Senior All-Star Games

Alexa Smith, a Westhampton Beach native, led the Hawks to their first regular season conference title this past season. MONMOUTH ATHLETICS
Jun 12, 2018 1:27 PM

The time of year has arrived where college graduates have packed up their cars one final time, hung up their cleats and thrown their caps in conclusion to their undergraduate degrees.

However, two Westhampton Beach alumni, Alexa Smith and Brian Corrigan, were able to put their respective college jerseys on one more time for the annual men’s and women’s Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association North-South Senior All-Star games, which feature top graduating players across all divisions. Smith represented Monmouth University and Corrigan represented Marist College.

“It was an honor to be invited,” Smith said. “But, it was nice to be able to play on a field that so many people who are good at the sport have played on before me.”

Smith, a Westhampton Beach native, traveled to the U.S. Lacrosse Center in Sparks, Maryland, on June 2 to represent the Hawks on lacrosse’s most storied field, where the U.S. Lacrosse Hall of Fame is located. The senior midfielder was one of 44 athletes selected across Division I to participate in the All-Star Game.

“I am so excited she has been selected to play in this year’s North/South Senior All-Star Game,” said Monmouth University head coach Jordan Trautman. “It is a huge honor to be selected for this game and to play against and with the best talent in the country.

“She has had a tremendous career and this will be an awesome way to cap off her time at Monmouth,” she added.

Smith led Monmouth to its first Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference regular season title this past year, where she led the Hawks in goals with 45, adding two assists for a total of 47 points. The senior finished her career with 124 goals, the eighth most in school history, and 138 points, the 12th most in school history, all while appearing in 68 contests.

“It was nice to get one more go at it, to run around with a stick in my hand one more time,” Smith said about her experience in the All-Star Game.

Off the field, Smith was a Google Cloud CoSIDA Academic All-District nominee, graduating with a 3.8 grade point average in biochemistry. She is currently completing clinical hours at Stony Brook before applying to graduate school in pursuit of a physician’s assistant degree.

A week before Smith traveled to the U.S. Lacrosse Center, Corrigan made his way to Anderson Stadium on the campus of Providence College for the 77th annual USILA All-Star Game on May 25.

“Playing against the top competition one more time was really awesome,” Corrigan said. “It was a great opportunity to showcase my talents one last time.”

Corrigan, a captain and a three-year starter in the goal for Marist, was one of two Red Foxes who earned an invitation to participate in the game, along with Gannon Morrison.

“To play again with my teammate Gannon Morrison, who was invited to the game as well, was an awesome experience,” Corrigan said. “It was awesome to represent my school.”

Corrigan etched his name into the history books at Marist as one of the best goalkeepers to come through the program. He was also one of the top goalkeepers in the NCAA, registering 557 career saves. For the past two seasons, Corrigan had been named a pre-season All-American and was one of four goalkeepers to be named to the initial Tewaaraton Watch List, an annual honor given to the top male and female lacrosse player across all divisions. Corrigan was named MAAC Defensive Player of the Year twice, this year and in 2016, and he also earned MAAC First Team recognition in 2017 and 2016 and Second Team honors this year. Aside from athletics, Corrigan was a four-time MAAC All-Academic team member studying finance.

As Corrigan’s decorated career concludes, he said he was grateful for the opportunity to represent Marist one last time at the All-Star game. He commends his experience at Marist and how it was truly a tight knit family there. He’ll miss his teammates and the time shared on the field, in the locker room and living together above all.

“Obviously I’ll miss lacrosse, but I can always pick up a stick,” he said. “It’s really the little things that I’ll miss the most.”

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