March 27, 2014

Assumption Honors Extended Family Member

by Mark Macyk | | Twitter

Lindsay Hagerman and her Assumption teammates see the number 44 everywhere. (Assumption Athletics)

Assumption had just taken a nine-goal lead over Southern New Hampshire, but Lindsay Hagerman’s teammates were directing her attention to the scoreboard for a different reason on Saturday afternoon.

Six minutes, 44 seconds remained on the clock. The number had appeared again.

The Greyhounds notice the number 44 all the time, but this time it it was especially noteworthy, because they were were honoring Hagerman’s brother, Timothy, who wore number 44 as a basketball player at Southern Maine Community College.

“We see 44s everywhere,” Hagerman said. “It happens at least once a game. It’s so cool. It’s how I know he’s still there.”

Timothy Hagerman passed away in December, 2011, after a year-long battle with cancer. During Saturday’s game, Assumption accepted donations, held a 50/50 raffle and raised over $1,000 for the Timothy D. Hagerman Scholarship at SMCC. 

The idea to host the fundraiser came this summer from Assumption coach Abbey Capobianco. They scheduled it for the Southern New Hampshire game because Lindsay’s best friend, Ellie Morin, plays for the Penmen. 

“She knows the whole story,” Hagerman said. “She shared it with her team and that it made it even more special.”

The Greyhounds won the game, 17-6. Hagerman had two goals and two assists. Camille Auger scored a game-high four goals. Morin tied for SNHU’s lead with three draw controls.

Hagerman’s whole family made the trip down from Maine to watch the game, which was played in front of the biggest crowd Hagerman had seen at Assumption. She didn’t deliver any big speech before the game. Timothy passed away the day after Christmas during her sophomore year, so it’s something the older players on the team knew about, and she didn’t see any reason to burden the underclassmen with the story.

“I didn’t want to bring them down,” Hagerman said. “I just said, ‘This one’s for us and this one’s for Timmy.”

Which is fitting, because her brother was not the kind of guy who ever brought anyone down.

“He was just awesome,” Hagerman said. “Hilarious, full of life and energy. Just a funny guy and a goofball.”

Timothy, who died at 26 of carcinoma of an unknown primary, was never the best player on the basketball court, but was known for his positivity and ability to bring out the best in his teammates. The memorial scholarship goes to the player who best embodies his spirit.

Which is a role his sister plays for Assumption. Lindsay has 15 goals and seven assists for the Greyhounds, who are 5-2 this season.

“His energy, his positivity, that’s who I am on my team,” Hagerman said. “He died at a young age but he made you just want to go up and kind of grab life.”

It's something she remembers every time she looks at the scoreboard and sees her brother's number.

"It's awesome," Hagerman said. "I can just kind of feel him there." 

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