Mackenzie Smith was a three-year starter for Coach Shannon Dean's Vero Beach High School squad. Smith was part of three consecutive state championships for the Fighting Indians and was the team's leading scorer in the 2011 championship game (five goals, four assists).
As a junior last season, she was named an honorable mention All-American after earning first-team All-District and All-Area honors in each of the past two years, prompting ESPN Rise to include Smith on its "2012 Girls to Watch" list.
Smith has been a force on the lacrosse field since 2008, when she led the Saint Edwards varsity squad in scoring as an eighth grader. At Vero Beach, she is a three-sport athlete, also lettering in swimming and weightlifting.
Also an outstanding student, Smith was named an Academic All-American in 2011. She has ranked in the top 10 percent of her class for all four years and is a member of the National Honor Society.
Smith has played her club lacrosse for Coach Crista Samaras. This past summer she participated as a player-coach for the X-Team.
Personal: Mackenzie Johanna Smith... Born Dec. 27, 1993, in Vero Beach, Fla.... Daughter of Tracey and Brad Smith... Has one younger brother, Forrester, 15... Mother was a varsity swimmer at Loyola (Md.)... Father played for the Strikers soccer team in Florida... Interest in communication studies.
Coach Swezey on Smith:
"Mackenzie is an excellent attacker. She has great stick skills and field vision and will be a major offensive threat during her tenure at Vanderbilt. We look forward to the difference she will make on our team."