McPherson Makes NCAA Commitment To Vermont

Jessie McPherson hockey

Jessie McPherson stretches to make a stop for the Cambridge Rivulettes – Photo courtesy of Bill Doucet/ Cambridge Times

Jessie McPherson of Chatham has chosen her hockey path, verbally committing this week to the University of Vermont women’s hockey team, an NCAA Division I program.

McPherson, who is only 14-years-old, is a product of the Chatham Outlaws, Kent Cobras, and Chatham-Kent Cyclones minor programs, and is currently playing in the PWHL for the Cambridge Rivulettes.

According to the goaltender, it was an easy decision to accept the full ride scholarship to play with the Vermont Catamounts.

“I just instantly fell in love with the campus and I couldn’t stop smiling the whole tour so I knew it was the school for me,” said McPherson of her first visit to the University of Vermont. “I just got a feeling that no other school gave me. Ever since my first phone call with Vermont, I wanted to be a Catamount.”

With the PWHL’s Cambridge Rivulettes, McPherson sits atop the league in goaltending statistics through the first month of regular season play. She has a sparkling 0.82 GAA, 0.951 save percentage, and 2 shutouts in her first six starts.

McPherson, who also played for the Chatham-Kent Secondary School Golden Hawks girls hockey team, before moving to Cambridge to play for the Rivulettes in her grade 10 year, is excited for the opportunity to continue to climb the hockey ladder.

“It feels awesome,” said McPherson of her commitment. “I was so excited to have moved up to the PWHL this year and I am so excited that I am going to be continuing to move up a level and getting better at the NCAA level in just a few years.

McPherson, who was actively recruited by several NCAA Division I programs, will join the University of Vermont Catamounts for the 2020 NCAA season.

She becomes the third Chatham-Kent women’s hockey player to make an NCAA commitment in the last year, a list which also includes Wallaceburg’s Kaitlyn Isaac (Cornell) and Emma Gorski (Merrimack). Her Chatham Outlaws teammate from last season, and current Cambridge Rivulettes teammate Olivia Hilton also committed to Darmouth this summer.

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