Minnetonka's Lauren Goldsworthy commits to Minnesota State Mankato
The sophomore defender announced her commitment after a successful season with the Skippers that ended in a Class AA second-place finish.
MINNETONKA, Minn. — The first week of August brought a lot of excitement for the city of Minnetonka. One current boys high school player ( Alex Lunski ), and three others who have ties to the city ( Beckett Hendrickson, John Whipple , and Drew Stewart) announced their commitments to play at the Division I level.
Aside from the four boys players who made their announcements in early August, Lauren Goldsworthy, a defender for the girls team, also made her commitment to play at the next level.
"I'm extremely humbled and honored to announce my commitment to play Division 1 hockey and further my education at Minnesota State University, Mankato," said Goldsworthy on her Instagram. "I would like to thank my family, friends, coaches, and teammates that have helped me along the way."
The sophomore defender has hockey in her blood as her dad, Sean, currently coaches the Minnetonka boys program and her two older sisters also both grew up playing the sport.
"I went to all their games growing up, they were my role models," said Goldsworthy of her two sisters. Lauren's sister Madigan played collegiately for Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota, which is only about 20 minutes from Mankato's campus.
"I've always wanted them (my family) to be close to me. Both my parents, my sisters, they always come to my hockey games."
"The culture at Mankato is great, it was something I really wanted to be a part of ... I've always wanted to play in the WCHA," said Goldsworthy. "I've always admired Coach Harrington's coaching style, and it matches how I play the game — he stresses team over individual play."
Goldsworthy just wrapped up her sophomore season, putting up 10 points in 23 games for the Skippers and helped the team to a second-place finish in Class AA.
The season wasn't an easy one, though, for the Northfield native. She broke her ankle during a game against Hill-Murray in early January.
Goldsworthy's surgeon originally told her that the injury would be season ending, but with hard work and the right mindset, Lauren was able to get back out onto the ice in just four weeks — just in time for Minnetonka's section quarterfinal.
Her resilience and hard work is just one thing that she brings to the table.
"I'm a good puck moving defenseman that is good in transition, I feel like I see the ice well."
Although Minnetonka had a great season last year, losing 5-4 in the state title game to Andover left the team feeling hungry for more.
"That gave us a reason to really want to win again, we just don't want to have that feeling again of disappointment and sadness," said Goldsworthy.
Goldsworthy has plenty of personal goals she is hoping to accomplish in her last two seasons of high school hockey. She hopes to become a team leader and team captain on the squad and is also training to earn a roster spot on the USA U18 team.
Most of all, Lauren is hoping to win a state title with the Skippers, and she'll be working hard to get back to the X before heading off to Mankato.