REGULAR SEASON TITLES (1): 2017 (NAC East)
CHAMPIONSHIPS (2): 2017 (NAC East), 2017 (NAC/NEAC Crossover)
NCAA TOURNAMENT APPEARANCES (1): 2017
CAREER RECORD: 13-6 (.684)
Sabrina Smith, the program's winningest first-year head coach, begins her second season at the helm of the Eagles field hockey program in 2018.
Taking over on June 22nd, 2017 as the progam's seventh head coach, Smith inherited a program that had caputred five of the last eight North Alantic Conference (NAC) Championships before setting the team record for victories in her first-year as the Eagles' clipboard carrier and will enter the season with a 13-6 (.684) overall record.
In yet another testament to the program’s winning ways, Husson has notched at least ten victories in the seven of the past 16 seasons since the Eagles joined the NCAA in 2002.
Coach Smith has been witness to much of the program’s success during her two years as a head coach and four as a player at Husson. During this time the Eagles have tallied a 56-37 (.602) record including a 40-12 (.769) mark versus conference opponents.
Under the watch of Smith during her first year, Husson posted the finest season in the 21-year history of the HU field hockey program. The Eagles went a program record 13-6 with a 5-0 record in NAC play and, for the sixth time in the last nine years, captured the conference championship and advanced to the NCAA Tournament. In the first round, Husson clinched the first national tourney win and over a ranked opponent in team history with a 1-0 upset triumph over #5 Babson College - on their home field - before falling to #14 Rochester (N.Y.), 2-1, - on Middlebury College's Kohn Field - in the second round.
Following the regular season, Senior Goalkeeper Anne Marie Provencal was named the NAC East Division Defensive Player of the Year, and three other Eagles garnered All-Conference honors. Provencal also earned a spot on the All-NAC East first team, were she was joined by sophomore forward Sadie Royer and senior midfielder Mikayla Toth. Senior midfielder Amber Anderson collected All-Sportsmanship team honors.
Off the field, Provencal, Royer, Anderson, Arika Brochu, and Abigail Simmons were all named to NAC All-Academic team, Lauren Grocholl, Royer, and Hannah Tucker earned Zag Field Hockey / NFHCA Division III Scholars of Distinction honors, while Anderson, Brochu, Morgan Gray, Grocholl, Samantha Harden, Alison Leighton, Provencal, Shannon Ripley, Royer, Lauren Russell, Andrea Shaggy, Simmons, Karen Stemm, and Tucker all collected Zag Field Hockey / NFHCA Division III National Academic Squad accolades.
Smith arrived at Husson after spending two seasons (2015-16) as the head varsity field hockey coach at Nokomis Regional High School in Newport, Maine, where she compiled an overall record of 18-10, while leading the Warriors to two postseason appearances. Prior to being named head coach at Nokomis, Smith served as an assistant varsity and head JV field hockey coach at Old Town High School in 2014.
She has also coached club field hockey for four years (2014-17) serving as a head coach for the Black Bear Elite Field Hockey, LLC in Orono, Maine.
Smith was a four-year letterwinner as forward for the Eagles from 2010-13, and was one of the greatest players to wear a Husson uniform in program history.
The four-time All-North Atlantic Conference (NAC) selection helped guide Husson to a 43-31 overall record, the best four-year mark in program history, with back-to-back NAC Championships and NCAA Championship tournament appearances in 2010 and 2011, and the program’s first NAC Regular Season title and a runner-up finish in 2012.
In 73 games career played, Vaillancourt scored 68 goals, tallied 18 assists for 154 points off 342 shots with 15 game-winning goals.
Smith is the program’s all-time career leading scorer as she ranks first in goals, points, game-winning goals, shots attempted, shots on goal (231), shots per game (4.68), and shots on goal per game (3.16) and is ranked second in goals per game (0.93), third in points per game (2.11), games played, sixth in assists and tenth in assists per game (0.25).
As a junior, Smith posted her best season in a Husson uniform, when she tallied a single-season record of 26 goals with five assists for a single-season record of 57 points off a single-season record of 133 shots, while setting the single-game records for most goals scored with five in the NAC Championship game vs. Castleton on November 3, 2012 and for the most shots attempted (13) vs. New England College on September 28, 2012 en-route to being named Husson’s Clara Swan Female Athlete of the Year.
In 2013, as a senior, she rebroke her single-game mark for most shots attempted with 16 vs. Rivier on September 29th. Following the season, Smith became the first player in program history to be selected to play in the NFHCA Senior All-Star Game.
She is a three-time NFHCA All-New England Region selection, a four-time NAC All-Tournament pick, and was named the NAC Rookie of the Year in 2010.
Smith is also the first Eagle in program history to be named All-American (2012, 2013) and to earn All-New England honors from NFHCA and is one of two players in program history to achieve All-Conference honors all four years.
Off the field, Smith was a member of three field hockey squads that were named NFHCA Division III All-Academic Teams.
Smith earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Husson in 2014.
A native of Newport, Maine, Smith attended Nokomis Regional High School. She and her husband, Jason - a Husson Grad and former Husson baseball player - resides in Bangor, Maine.