There Are Colorado Mammoth Fans and Then There Is Lauren Fisher
March 28, 2023By: Jon Rapoport
Meet Lauren Fisher. Husband to Dusty, proud owner of two Boston Terriers and perhaps the most passionate Colorado Mammoth fan walking planet Earth.
After growing up in Virginia, and making a more recent stop through New Mexico, Lauren and Dusty currently call the southwest Denver neighborhood of Bear Valley home, amid arriving in the Mile High City eight years ago. For those keeping score, Bear Valley sits roughly 10 miles from Ball Arena, the defending champ’s home arena and the couple’s undisputed home away from home.
The couple spends most of their nights at The Loud house in the Mammoth Party Zone, located against the boards, just behind the net. Lauren loves that area due to its proximity to the playing surface, the comradery that has been built with her fellow fans, along with the space serving as prime real estate to taunt opposing players. And as a bonus, it is the part of the field where Dillon Ward spends a significant portion of the game. For those wanting to learn more about the Party Zones, check out this article.
Lauren attributes a large measure of her fandom to the unbridled admiration she feels for the all-world Mammoth goalie. Both Lauren and Dillon arrived in Denver in 2014, with Lauren previously gaining major respect for the Orangeville, Ontario native, in the wake of Ward shining bright in the 2014 World Lacrosse Championship held in Colorado at DICK’s Sporting Goods Park. Ward helped lead his team Canada to a gold medal and earned Tournament MVP.
While she loves all the Mammoth players, the 31-year-old netminder is at the very top of the list.
Lauren’s love for the team and sport largely boils down to the amiable atmosphere that surrounds both the Mammoth and the NLL as a whole. While many other sports leagues may operate on a level out of reach to the average fan, Mammoth personnel are both approachable and appreciative when it comes to those who support them.
“What’s so different about this sport and team is that you really get to know them and root for them as people. Connor Robinson, Zed Williams, Eli McLaughlin and Ryan Lee, you get to know them as individuals. You really root for everybody because you see the people behind the sport and who they are. They’re doing it for the love of the game and you feel that,” expressed Fisher.
Lauren’s collection of Mammoth mementos features several past and present game-worn and replica autographed jerseys (including a slew of Ward sweaters), multiple game-worn helmets, custom-made Mammoth shoes, and a team issued championship coin. The Fisher residence is also home to a continually evolving shrine dedicated to all things Mammoth, with the unique array of signs Lauren creates for each game retiring to this region of the house.
The Fisher’s devotion to the Mammoth encompasses traveling to road games in San Diego, Saskatoon, Fort Worth and Las Vegas, with the family’s crowning travel achievement occurring last June, when the couple was on hand in Buffalo to watch Ward and company win the NLL title. Making the journey even sweeter, former Mammoth/current Desert Dogs transition player Erik Turner allowed Lauren the opportunity to hold the recently earned championship trophy. Lauren has dubbed the group of Mammoth road warrior fans “The Traveling Loud House.”
As one would imagine, the highlight of Lauren’s Mammoth love affair was the aforementioned title run. Was Lauren nervous when Colorado lost both Ryan Lee and Eli McLaughlin to injury? Of course not!
“I felt better that this team had the odds stacked against them because that was this team. It was like perfect. They feel like they’re the underdogs and are going to rise to the occasion,” explained Fisher.
She later added “With Ward, I have never seen the look in his eyes that we witnessed in those last games. Because he was in goal, they were not gonna lose because he wasn’t gonna let them.”
The Mammoth return to the Loud House Friday night to take on the expansion Las Vegas Desert Dogs. You can bet you will find Lauren in attendance.
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