Paige Messersmith (McDaniel '13) enters her fourth season with the Red Devil coaching staff as an assistant with the women’s lacrosse program. She spent the previous three seasons as an assistant at Catholic University, following a stellar four-year playing career at McDaniel College.
Messersmith helped lead Catholic to an outstanding season in 2015, earning a bid to the NCAA Tournament and advancing to the national semifinals. The Cardinals went unbeaten in conference play, winning the program’s eighth Landmark title. They finished 16-4 overall and ranked sixth in the final IWLCA national poll.
A two-sport standout during her playing career at McDaniel, Messersmith excelled in both lacrosse and field hockey. In lacrosse, she is the Centennial Conference record holder for draw controls with 300 and was a four-time All-Conference selection and three-time All-Region honoree.
In 2013, Messersmith was named an All-American, nominated as the Centennial Conference NCAA Woman of the Year, and was selected to play in the North-South All-Star game.
In field hockey, she graduated fourth all-time at McDaniel with 66 points and ended her career in the top-10 for both goals and assists. In 2012, she set the Green Terror single-season record for goals with (18) and points (45).
Messersmith earned Dean's List honors, both NFHCA and IWLCA National Academic Squad recognition and Centennial Conference Academic Honor Roll accolades.
She graduated with a bachelor's degree in exercise science and received a master's degree in psychology from Catholic University. In addition she is a (CSCS) certified strenth and conditioning specialist.