SPARKS, Md. – After leading their respective teams to the top seeds at the national championships, Virginia Tech’s Aidan Smith and St. Thomas’ Cabe Maskevich have been named the USA Lacrosse MCLA Players of the Month for April.
Smith has been the face of Virginia Tech’s surge to the top of the polls, helping the Hokies’ to a 5-0 record in April with three Top 10 victories. The Potomac Falls, Va., product scored 16 goals and along with four assists.
Despite missing a pair of games to injury, Smith has posted 53 goals and 18 assists this season. In the Atlantic Lacrosse Conference (ALC) championship game, he notched seven goals.
"Aidan has been the cornerstone of our offense but his most impressive feat has been sharing the ball with his teammates,” said Virginia Tech coach Panchito Ojeda. “He makes those around him better and has been instrumental in our overall team success."
Maskevich quarterbacked the Tommies to a 7-1 record in April along with an Upper Midwest Lacrosse Conference (UMLC) championship. The challenging schedule featured six ranked opponents.
During the month, the Shakopee, Minn., native scored 15 goals and dished out 23 assists for a 38-point month and a 4.75 ppg average. Maskevich scored six goals and set up two others in the Tommies’ two-game run to the conference championship.
"Cabe has been a huge factor in the team's success this year,” said St. Thomas offensive coach Ryan McNeil. “He has become the quarterback of our offense with great decision-making and vision.”
“Cabe always shows up to play lacrosse with a big smile on his face,” added Tommies coach Jason King. “His love for the game is a direct reflection of why he is so successful on the field.”
For their efforts, both Smith and Maskevich will receive a one-year membership to USA Lacrosse, the national governing body of lacrosse in the United States. Membership includes on-the-field insurance coverage, discounted tickets and apparel, along with a subscription to USA Lacrosse Magazine.
USA Lacrosse Honor Roll
Ryan Henning, Attack – Boise State
Luke Mikolajewski, Attack – Cal Poly
Ian Obert, Midfield – Minnesota
Carter Schubert, Goal – Texas Christian
Sam Weis, Attack – South Carolina
Nick Ferens, Attack – UNC-Charlotte
Miles Hess, Attack - Montana
Grant Shafer, Goal – Florida Gulf Coast
Luke Tardich, Attack – Grand Valley State
Andrew Tipton, Midfield – Missouri State