Smith remains tied atop record book

Posted: October 11, 2012

Lexi Smith needed three field hockey seasons plus another month to tie the national record for goals in a high school career.

She said she can wait another two days to set the mark.

"It's going to happen," Smith, a senior at Florence High School, said after failing to score a goal for the second game in a row on Wednesday.

Florence got a hat trick from Heather Horner in a 3-1 victory over Holy Cross on the Flashes' home field.

"The most important thing is that we got the win," Smith said. "We played a lot better than" Tuesday's 5-2 loss to Maple Shade.

Smith has 174 career goals. She will attempt to set the record in Friday's 3:45 p.m. home game against Riverside.

Smith is tied with Sharon Berney for the top spot in the national record book. Berney set the record in 1985, when she was known as Sharon Landau, for Rye Neck High School in Mamaroneck, N.Y.

Berney attended Wednesday's game and cheered Smith's efforts to set the record.

Smith, who has committed to the College of New Jersey, was surrounded by three or four Holy Cross players nearly every time she entered the scoring circle.

When Smith did get off a strong shot, Holy Cross goalie Tara Mason made the save.

"It seems like nobody wants to be the team that gives up the record," Smith said.


Contact Phil Anastasia at panastasia@phillynews.com or @PhilAnastasia on Twitter. Read his blog, "Jersey Side Sports," at www.philly.com/jerseysidesports

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