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Wednesday, May 1, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
 

This is the third in a series highlighting the inductees into the 2013 Class of the Fox Chapel Sports Hall of Fame.

Lori Barry-Smith graduated from Fox Chapel Area High School in 1984 and was a three-year starter on the soccer team.

Playing the center midfield position, she scored 33 goals and had 23 assists in her career. She was captain of the team in her senior year and the team was the WPIAL AAAA runner-up in both her junior and senior years.

She was nominated for National All-American and was the first female soccer player from Fox Chapel Area to make the Olympic Development team.

“I remember all the fun I had with my teammates,” Barry-Smith said. “We were close and we had a lot of success.

“I remember the great rivalry we had with Mt. Lebanon. We always lost, though. Nobody was beating them. They beat us in the WPIAL championship in my junior and senior years.”

During one of the games against Mt. Lebanon, Barry Smith broke her wrist.

“I stayed on the field, though,” she said. ‘It was a great honor being nominated for the National All-American and Olympic Development team.

“I had no idea I was being considered.”

After graduating from FC, she went to Harvard where she majored in economics and continued playing soccer.

Barry-Smith was a four-year starter in college.

“I got moved into the starting lineup five games into my freshman year and stayed there,” Barry-Smith said.

She was named All-Ivy League two times and was also chosen as a Regional All-American.

“Playing soccer in college required quite an adjustment,” she said. “It was a much faster pace than I experienced at the high school level. It was a lot of fun.”

Barry-Smith also experienced success as a coach. She won two New England Private School Championships in four years as the head coach at Nichols School.

She is employed as a social worker in Arlington, Mass., which is near Boston, and she still is involved with soccer.

“I coach my 7-year old daughter, Kiley,” Barry-Smith said. “She's very athletic. Along with soccer, she's involved in swimming, skiing, dancing, gymnastics and bowling.”

Until recently, Barry-Smith was still out on the field playing soccer.

“I played in a women's league in Boston until I was 30,” she said. “Then I stopped playing until I was 40 and began playing in a 40-plus league.

“I suffered two concussions and decided it was time to give it up.”

She is married to Chris Barry-Smith.

The Fox Chapel Sports Hall of Fame weekend will be held on June 1 and 2.

The golf outing will be at Birdsfoot Golf Club on June 1 with an 8:30 shotgun start. Cost is $100 per person.

To register or for more information about the outing, contact Jeff Sigal at jeff.sigal@gmail.com.

The banquet will be held at the Harmar House on June 2. The cost is $30 per person.

To reserve a seat or for more information about the banquet, contact Ron Frank at ron_frank@fcasd.edu.

Marty Stewart is a sports editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-782-2123 or mstewart@tribweb.com.

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