Senior Spotlight: Edina forward and Minnesota State commit Lauren Zawoyski
The forward put up 23 points in 30 games this past season for the Hornets and attended the prestigious USA Select-18s camp in the offseason.
EDINA, Minn. — Edina forward Lauren Zawoyski grew up playing hockey in backyard rinks with her two siblings. Born in Illinois, her family moved to Edina when she was around the age of 1.
Lauren's older brother was big into the sport when he was younger. She was inspired by watching him lace up the skates to give hockey a try and has stuck with it ever since.
Fast forward to the 2021-22 season, Zawoyski helped propel the Hornets to a third-place finish in the state tournament and scored 23 points in 30 games during the season.
"Our team was really close this year even though we had a lot of different age levels. We gelled so well together and competed really hard," said Zawoyski about the Hornet squad.
The 5-foot-9 forward scores a lot of points in front of the net and often tips the puck in off of shots from the blue line.
After a big junior season, Zawoyski participated in the prestigious USA Select-18's camp in St. Cloud where the top 76 players in the nation competed for a spot on the U18 Team USA roster.
"Putting on a USA jersey, whether it's for a camp or not, is an honor," said the Edina native.
Early in 2022, Zawoyski announced her verbal commitment to play Division I hockey for Minnesota State Mankato.
"I love the coaching staff and I love their coaching style ... The commits there I think are really nice and very skilled," Zawoyski said on her commitment, adding that she is excited to compete in the WCHA and won't be too far away from her home in Edina.
Some of the MSU recruits in the state already know with each other. Zawoyski will have familiar faces as future teammates in Ava Guillemete (Prior Lake) and Lauren Goldsworthy (Minnetonka) among others.
"My personal goal is to just enjoy the little moments and soak it all in, I want to show up to every practice and every game ready to compete," said Zawoyski on her goals for her final season of high school.
When she's not out on the ice, you can find Lauren going out to the lake to wake surf, or participating in highly competitive pickleball games against her family. The Edina forward also is on the ultimate frisbee team and the trap shooting squad.