Since the age of 9 Sandwich senior Lauren MacPherson has made her home away from home on the hockey rink.
From the Cape Cod Canal Youth Hockey League to the Cape Cod Waves and the Cape Cod Storm and back to the Canal League, MacPherson is a grizzled vet as the two-year co-captain of the Blue Knights varsity girls’ hockey team. Having played every position on the ice, she brings a high hockey IQ with her athletic prowess.
So when the Knights’ center went down with a broken arm while playing for her club team ahead of her final high school season, MacPherson was heart-broken at the thought of not skating with her teammates in two-tone blue.
“I had never faced such a severe injury in the sport and was devastated at the thought of not being able to compete at the same level again,” she said.
Although that would end up being her final club game, MacPherson rehabbed her arm and came back with a vengeance—scoring a goal in her first game back on the ice with Sandwich. And her return has only bolstered a team that has already secured its place in the Division 2 state tournament and features a handful of offensively gifted players.
MacPherson played soccer for the Town of Sandwich from ages 4 through 16; she played on the SHS junior varsity team, as well as running varsity track her freshman and sophomore years. But hockey has always been the sport where she has shone brightest, as evidenced by her Atlantic Coast League all-star nomination for the 2016-17 season and winning the ACL sportsmanship award last year.
In the classroom the senior is a regular on the honor roll, having been on the academic list all four years at Sandwich High School. She also took the Pre-Calculus Award her junior year. This year MacPherson is involved with the dual-enrollment program, where she takes all of her classes at Cape Cod Community College. Additionally during her sophomore and junior years, she has been involved with the Best Buddies Club at the high school.
Outside of school, MacPherson works at The Fisherman’s View in Sandwich, and teaches swim lessons at the high school. She also lifeguards at Lawrence Pond and other local swim events over the summer. She enjoys playing the guitar in her free time.
What do you love about hockey? What drew you to the sport, and what made you stick with it?
I love hockey so much because of how exciting it is to play. Most shifts you have a minute to accomplish your goal and that little of time can drastically change the game. The sport has given me so many opportunities to travel, meet new people, and really learn how to work with a team.
What is your favorite pregame warmup music?
“Super Bass” by Nikki Minaj is a classic warmup song for me. I think anyone who has ever been on a team with me has heard me sing it at least once. Some other favorites of mine are “Run This Town” by Jay-Z, Kanye West and Rihanna and “Confident” by Justin Beiber.
If you could be one fictional character, who would you be?
I would be Harry Potter because I would be able to use magic and fly around on broomsticks. Also Hogwarts seems pretty cool.
Who is on your Mount Rushmore of role models?
On my Mount Rushmore of role models are my Aunt Brenda, Renee Demarsh and Trish Cundiff because all of them are incredible people and have individually taught me so much. They are such important and positive role models for me.
Do you have any plans after graduation?
I plan on going to college, but I haven’t committed anywhere yet. I have been accepted to a handful of nursing programs throughout New England, so I will likely end up at one of those schools.
What is your favorite school subject?
My favorite subject is science because I have always been so intrigued by the applications and connections to daily life. I think it is so cool to have a better understanding of how the world works.
What is your greatest high school moment, either athletically or academically?
One of my greatest achievements throughout high school was in my first game back after an injury to my arm that shortened my senior season. I scored a goal, it wasn’t even a pretty goal, but it was needed reassurance for me that I would be able to get through the injury and, with time, return to playing competitively.
Which three people would you invite to a dinner party? What would you serve?
I would bring my little sister Emma to meet her two favorite hockey players, Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak from the Boston Bruins. She is a huge Bruins fan, and her favorite food is buffalo chicken dip, so that would have to be our meal of choice.
Which professional athlete do you most relate to?
I think I relate most to former New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski. I met him once and he was super cool. I think I would have a similar energy in the rink as he does on the field.
You’re stranded on a deserted island with only a backpack of your most prized possessions. What’s in your backpack?
Well, I would take my best friend Grace Pepe with me because I would probably forget the bag of things at home and she would do a better job packing things we’d actually need.
Is there anyone you’d like to thank?
I’d like to thank my parents, friends and all the coaches I have had through the years. Sports and hockey have been such a positive experience in my life. It has given me so many amazing opportunities to grow as a person and a teammate and has provided me with memories that I will have for the rest of my life.