“My dad and mom went to BC and I always go over there for the games,” Dawson said. “Down the road I would like to play college hockey, if that is even realistic.”
At 5-foot-4, and 125 pounds, Brendan awaits the growth spurt he knows he will need to achieve his dream. For now, he can only improve the skills he developed while playing in the Eastern Hockey Federation for the Minuteman Flames.
“He’s that kind of perservering player,” said Flames coach Larue Renfroe. “That’s probably the most important word in the English dictionaryfor hockey players: to have perservance.” On the soccer pitch, he is serving in a utility role, subbing in at right and left midfield.
He said he is grateful for the immense support he received from his family, including his two brothers (Andrew , 17, and Patrick , 13) and sister (Emily , 11), friends, teachers, and teammates.
He remains humbled that his efforts were recognized last year with the Independent School League’s Goodband Award, an honor named after longtime Belmont Hill School soccer coach Cliff Goodband , for courageously facing adversity.
“Everyone on the team just wanted to see him succeed,’’ Mahey said.
All of those events are in the past.
The fortitude Dawson summoned to beat cancer is now focused on the present, helping the St. Mark’s soccer team to a winning record (the Lions were 2-4-2 after a 4-1 win over Roxbury Latin on Wednesday), and thinking of the future — perhaps one day donning a hockey sweater at Boston College.
Paul Lazdowski can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.