With support and motivation from her family, Laurel Brown ’18 has been an avid skater and hockey player since age eight.
“Now here on campus my teammates have really become a second family,” she says. “They have made the past two years unforgettable and they all work unbelievably hard both on and off the ice. Their dedication to hockey keeps me focused and I’m really grateful that I have them.”
Hailing from Cleveland Heights, Ohio, Brown played for the Gilmour Academy Lancers before she was recruited to play for William Smith hockey during the team’s inaugural season in 2014. As a goaltender for the Herons, she has been a strong presence on the team, garnering praise for her play from the Eastern College Athletic Conference, which honored Brown as Goalie of the Week (and her teammate Maura Mulligan ’19 as Rookie of the Week), and most recently from d3hockey.com, which selected Brown for its women’s “Team of the Week” segment.
“The ECAC West goalie of the week, Brown stopped 73 of the 75 shots she faced in 120 minutes of action this past weekend for the Herons,” the sports news site wrote in February. “She has been the goalie of record in each game of William Smith’s three-game winning streak, the longest streak in program history. On Friday, against Division I Sacred Heart she stopped 39 shots. The next day she continued her strong play, making 34 stops as the Herons notched their first weekend series sweep on the road in school history.”
Off the ice, she has made the William Smith Dean’s List for three consecutive semesters while pursuing a double major in anthropology and writing and rhetoric. She says the intersection of the two disciplines appeals to the “people-watcher” in her, as she is fascinated “to learn why people do the things they do and how history and culture affect us all.”
As a volunteer for America Reads, she helps local students improve their reading skills. In the future, she hopes to join the Peace Corps and volunteer in South Africa and, ultimately, aspires to work as a writer in the music management industry.