Forry Smith relieved to score his first goals of 2018 for Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse

Through the Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse team’s first three games of 2018, Forry Smith had not taken a shot, scored a goal or picked up a ground ball. The only numbers next to his name were his three game appearances and two turnovers.

That all changed Saturday night when the sophomore attackman scored two goals on three shots in the No. 18 Blue Jays’ 16-9 thumping of No. 20 Princeton at Homewood Field.

Smith acknowledged afterward that it was nice to end his season-opening drought.

“Yeah, it was definitely a relief,” he said with a laugh. “Anytime you score in a big game like this, it’s awesome. I love it.”

As a freshman, Smith had scored 14 goals and added six assists, which included four goals and one assist through his first three games. But he denied feeling any pressure to live up to outside expectations after last year’s performance.

“Our offense is so deep, and Coach [offensive coordinator Bobby Benson] does a great job of getting the freshmen in all the way up to the seniors, and we’re just working every day,” Smith said. “So I’m just focused on working. One day, a midfielder can have as many goals as an attackman. So, I just try to work hard week in and week out and look for my opportunities.”

Smith scored both of his goals as a member of Johns Hopkins’ man-up unit and converted his chances from the slot. At 6 feet 2, 185 pounds, Smith looms as an inviting target for his teammates, and coach Dave Pietramala said he was thrilled to see Smith make the most of his opportunities.

“He’s actually practiced really well,” Pietramala said. “Early on, he wasn’t seeing a lot of time, and in typical Forry Smith fashion, he understood. He had had some surgery during the offseason and worked himself into shape, and you’re seeing the dividends. So I’m really pleased for him, and it’s good to have another guy that can give you some points. That’s what we’ve been looking for, someone on the interior on our man-up, and he gave that to us today.”

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