Kaela Smith

Kaela Smith served as an integral part of building the foundation for the Purple Raiders' women's lacrosse program.

She played on the inaugural varsity team in 2013 and graduating following the 2016 season. Over her four-year career as a defender, Mount Union put up a combined 64-9 (.876) overall record and lost just one Ohio Athletic Conference game out of 17 matchups. After the conference began sponsoring women's lacrosse as a varsity sport in 2014, Smith and the Purple Raiders won three consecutive OAC regular season and tournament championships, leading to a trip to the NCAA Tournament each year.

As a four-year starter on the defensive end, Smith was part of some of the most dominant defenses in the region, and perhaps the country. In her freshman year, Mount Union pitched two shutouts and held nine different opponents to two of fewer goals. The following season, the Purple Raiders earned their first NCAA Tournament win in its first attempt following a 16-5 victory over Keuka University (N.Y.) in an opening-round home game. In 2015 Mount Union advanced to the third round of the NCAA Tournament, tying for the program's furthest run into the national tournament to date. Smith was also a three-time Academic All-OAC selection for her performance off the field.

After graduating from Mount Union in 2016 with a degree in communications, the Canal Winchester, Ohio native went on to serve as an assistant coach at nearby Pickerington Central High School. Smith then went on to serve in the same role at Bexley High School from 2018 through 2020. Smith co-founded Temptest Lacrosse, a club designed to help grow the game for girls in Ohio, an endeavor that began in 2019. Meanwhile, she has been working as the head of sales at Endeavor Brewing & Spirits in Columbus and owns a bake-from-home shop called Yellow Couch Bake Shop.