Big save or big hit—that’s all in a day’s work for Bourne High School’s Elizabeth Black.
Whether she’s patrolling the pipes for the field hockey team or handling first base for the softball team, Black has a knack for coming up big for the Lady Canalmen. On the field hockey field Black has had to make lots and lots of saves over the years, and is dependable. For the softball team she’s a big part of the offense, where she was the number-three hitter for BHS last spring and helped pace a potent attack.
Elizabeth is the daughter and Kasey and Dana Black and is the youngest of their four children. She said that her favorite subject in school is English and her most-prized possession is a matching bracelet that is part of a set that she shares with friends.
Last year she was named an Honorable Mention for the South Coast Conference All-League team in field hockey. Elizabeth is a big fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and loves all of those movies. She said her go-to meal is baked macaroni and cheese.
How did you get involved with field hockey? How much do you enjoy it? What is your role on the team?
When I was in 8th grade my friend, and now co-captain, wanted someone to try a new sport with her, and I figured it could be fun because I didn’t play a fall sport at the time. The rules were a bit confusing starting out, but the more I understood, the more I loved it. Aside from being the goalie I am also a senior captain and try my hardest to help lead the team.
Now that the season has started, what are your expectations for the team? What can you do to help the squad get there?
I don’t have a lot of expectations because I just want to have a fun my last season with my team, and win some games along the way. Every game I try my hardest and do whatever I can to lead from the back and save as much as I can.
You play goalie for the Lady Canalmen. How did you end up in net and what are some of the unique challenges that you’ve faced as the netminder?
When I first joined the team we were in need of a JV goalie, and no one else wanted to do it, so I gave it a shot and never regretted it. My biggest challenge starting out in net was finding my voice and leading girls on the field that were older than me. A goalie has the best view on the field, so they have to point out the things that no one else sees and lead the defense.
You also play for the softball team at BHS. What has that experience been like, and are you looking forward to being involved again later this year?
My softball experience here has been one of the best. I’ve been playing with some of the girls since elementary school, so we all have fun together. I’m so excited to play again in a few months; we have so much potential and could do really well this year.
What do you think a scouting report would say about you?
I think it would say that I am a leader with a positive attitude that can find the bright side in almost any situation.
Of all the games that you have ever played in, is there one that stands out as the best? Why?
The very first time we beat Seekonk. We played that game in the pouring rain, and it’s the best win I think I’ve ever been a part of.
What do you consider the highlight of your athletic career so far?
In my sophomore year and my first full season as the varsity goalie, we won the first field hockey banner that our school has received.
Who is the best teammate that you’ve ever played with? What makes that person stand out?
My best teammate would have to be Abby Russell. Sadly she doesn’t go to school here anymore, but we played softball together from the 5th grade through our junior and have been the dynamic duo ever since. She is an amazing athlete and works really hard; we were always so in sync on the field.
Do you have any sports-related superstitions? If so, what are they?
I think I only have two. For as long as I remember, every time I go up to bat, I swing my bat in a circle with one hand twice, and my lucky number two on my softball jersey.
What’s the most important thing you’ve learned from playing sports?
I’ve learned how to get along with others really well and work together as well as how to lead a team.
If you could have one super power, what would it be? Why?
I would choose teleportation because it’s easier to get around and I don’t like driving that much.
Is there anyone that you would like to thank?
I want to thank my parents for supporting me in everything and especially my dad for coaching me since the 1st grade. My current and past field hockey coaches, Coach Massmann, Coach Murkland, and Coach Saroonian, and my softball coaches, Coach Gifford and KT. I couldn’t have learned and improved so much without all of them throughout my high school career.
What’s the most interesting place you’ve ever visited? Is there somewhere in the world that you’ve always dreamed of visiting? Why?
The summer before my freshman year I went to the Dominican Republic for softball to play for a team USA. I got to know so many amazing people and learned so much. It is by far one of the most special experiences I’ve ever had. There isn’t really one specific place I dream of visiting because I love learning about other people and cultures, so anywhere would be amazing and interesting.
What’s the biggest difference between you as a senior and as a freshman? If you could go back, what advice would you give to your freshman self?
I definitely have more confidence now, both athletically and personally. It’s not as nerve-wracking to openly talk about my opinions now. I’d tell my freshman self to stop caring about what my classmates think and to just be my authentic self.
What is something about you that people would be surprised to learn?
Despite how social I am, I actually love to spend time alone.
If you could switch places with one person for a week, who would it be and what would you want to do?
I would switch places with Blake Lively because I’d get to see what it feels like to be a successful actress and I’d be married to Ryan Reynolds, who is one of my favorite actors.
Describe your idea of the perfect day.
My perfect day would be spending the day with my parents and siblings. It’s rare to have everyone together now and it’s always fun when we are.
What are your post high school plans?
I plan to go to college for Forensic Science somewhere on the East Coast.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I plan to be a Forensic Science technician while being in a long-term relationship with some dogs and maybe kids already.