Holly Miller isn’t the type of player who is going to put up huge stats for the Bourne High School field hockey team. She’s doing her job well when players on the other teams aren’t putting up stats.
The co-captain for coach Mike Massman’s team at BHS is a standout defender who has had a strong career for the Canalwomen. She is the daughter of Brian and Pam Miller, and has one older brother, Brian.
In school, Holly’s favorite subject is science. Her most-prized possession is a stuffed animal. Her favorite TV show is “Friends” and her go-to meal is broccoli cheddar soup from Panera.
How did you get involved with field hockey? How much do you enjoy it? What was your role on the team?
In 6th grade my mom found a beginner clinic and she wanted me to try something new. I instantly fell in love with it. I continued to participate in any clinics I could before I started to play for the high school in 8th grade. My role on the team is a defender and team captain.
Describe your feelings when you found out that you were going to get to play a senior season this year after the spring sports were canceled.
Although I was crushed I wasn’t going to be able to have a normal season in the fall, I was still very grateful to be able to play at all this year.
This year the team is playing in the spring, where field hockey is typically a fall sport. Has it been strange moving the year around, and how has it been adapting to the rules changes that have been implemented?
Playing in the spring has created some challenges I have not experienced before, such as the amount of rain. Typically in the fall there’s not much rain but going into April has created lots of playing in rain jackets. A huge change is now playing the game 7v7 as opposed to 11v11. It has created for a much faster-paced game and has been a difficult challenge for the entire team to get used to.
As a defender you have to try to shut down the other team’s scorers. How do you approach the task at hand?
An important role of being a defender is communicating with your other defenders and the rest of the team. Making sure that each player knows who to cover and which zone is theirs makes for a game with not many third-party calls and many opportunities to get possession of the ball and send down the field to our forwards.
You are also a club field hockey player. What are the biggest differences between club and high school?
The Cape Cod Field Hockey club, among almost every club, plays on turf instead of grass. I prefer playing on turf because it eliminates the ball from being stuck in natural divots that occur on grass. Almost everyone in the club also plays for their school, making them very experienced players. Working with them and playing against other clubs has been a great learning experience.
What do you think a scouting report would say about you?
I think a scouting report would say that I never give up in a game or in a play. I work very hard and am a competitive player who always wants to win and play my hardest.
If you could replay one game that you have played in, which one would it be? Why?
If I could replay one game, it would be last season’s playoff against Seekonk. Toward the end of the game, one of our star players was given a yellow card and we had to finish off the tie game without her. We had received a corner and ran a play that is typically run by her. Because she was out, I was in her position. What I would have done differently is to call a play that I was used to running and which could have allowed us to score and win the game.
What do you consider the highlight of your athletic career so far?
The highlight of my athletic career would have to be being a part of the first-ever field hockey team from Bourne to win a banner. In our 2019 season, we became the South Coast Conference Gold Champions, earning us a banner to hang in our gym. When the team was told the news on last season’s senior night, I immediately started crying. I was so overwhelmed with joy and was so happy our hard work had paid off.
Who is the best teammate that you’ve ever played with? What makes that person stand out?
The best teammate that I’ve played with and has definitely taught me the most would have to be Taylor McCarthy. She graduated last year and we played defense together. She was always so kind and very helpful with any questions I had and was a fantastic player.
Do you have any sports-related superstitions? If so, what are they?
Right before every game, my friend and I tap our sticks together twice and do a little yell. We have done this since 8th grade.
What’s the most important thing you’ve learned from playing sports?
Playing a sport has taught me the importance of working together. Being able to listen to other people’s input and to value their opinion is so beneficial in any environment. When solving a problem, having different ideas to approach it is helpful in being able to solve it in an efficient way that works for everyone.
Is there anyone that you would like to thank?
I would like to thank my coaches. Coach Massman always pushes for me to do the best I can and always believes in me. He always checks in to make sure he isn’t pushing too hard and he values the input we give him and always works with everyone as opposed to the teammates against the coach. He is very passionate about the sport and his energy radiates through the entire team. Coach Massman has taught me that the effort you put in will never be unnoticed and will be rewarded. I also would like to thank Coach Siroonian who retired from coaching field hockey this year. Coach Siroonan was always so welcoming and kind to everyone. She taught me lots about proper techniques and always made sure we were having fun. I think I can speak for all the players that have worked with her that she felt like a mom to all of us.
What’s the most interesting place you’ve ever visited? Is there somewhere in the world that you’ve always dreamed of going? Why?
The most interesting place I have ever visited would definitely be Yosemite National Park. I visited there in the summer of 2019 and absolutely loved it. It was so beautiful it took my breath away. I have always dreamed of going to Santorini, Greece, to just enjoy the scenery and relax.
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?
If I could go back and give my freshman self advice, I would tell her to be more patient. I was always so urgent about everything and so stressed on the small things in life I didn’t let myself enjoy what was right in front of me.
What is something about you that people would be surprised to learn?
Something surprising is I sing and play the ukulele.
If you could switch places with one person for a week, who would it be and what would you want to do?
If I could switch lives with someone for a day it would be my dog. I would love to just relax and not have a care in the world.
Describe your idea of the perfect day.
Having no homework, drinking a cup of coffee while sitting on my porch.
What would you like to be doing in 10 years, and where will you be?
After high school I will be attending UMass Boston earning my nursing degree. My goal is to be a nurse at Mass General Hospital.