So many student-athletes who are featured in Outside The Lines are referred to by their coaches as being “a good kid.” That statement certainly fits this week’s featured athlete, but it also kind of falls short.
Senior Cate Brodie is more than just a “good kid.” Brodie has been named captain for all three teams she plays on at FHS her senior year, taking the leadership role for the girls’ ice hockey, lacrosse and field hockey teams and personifies what being a quality student-athlete is all about.
Brodie has the attitude, desire and heart of a winner. She might be even better off the field than on it.
“She’s always positive and always moving forward,” coach Brian Ferreira said of his standout defenseman.
The daughter of Brian and Kerri Brodie said that biology and math are her favorite subjects in school. Her list of awards is long and impressive. She was the ACL Sportsmanship Award winner last year in both hockey and lacrosse, and she also won the MIAA Boston Bruins Sportsmanship Award. She’s been an all-star in field hockey and ice hockey, earned an AP Scholar Award, taken home the FHS No Guff Award and won first place in the school’s science fair. She also teaches Faith Formation at St. Anthony’s Church in East Falmouth.
A cross necklace her grandmother gave her is her most-prized possession. Cate said her favorite movie is “The Mighty Ducks” and “The Office” is her favorite TV show. She said that Billy Joel is her favorite musical act and her top follow on social media is @middleclassfancy on Instagram.
How did you get involved with ice hockey? How much do you enjoy it?
I got involved with hockey because I would watch my brother play when he was in house mites and I knew I wanted to be out on the ice. He stopped playing when he was younger, but I kept going. Hockey has been a big part of my life for as long as I can remember and I have loved every moment of it. I love the fast pace and the intensity of the game. I enjoy hockey so much and I will miss it a lot next year.
Last year the team had a good season and showed promise. What are your expectations for your senior season?
I expect big things for this year. While the seniors from last year will be missed, our underclassmen played a big role and I know that they will be even better this year. I want to go further in the tournament this year.
Girls’ hockey is a “non-contact” sport, but you play the game a little rougher than that. How important is it to you to play hockey with a physical style, and do you feel like you gain an advantage because you do?
Even though there is no checking in girls’ hockey, there is still a lot of contact. I find that being more physical on the ice leads to winning more puck battles. It is harder for the other team to score if you are more physical, so it certainly does offer an edge in the game.
Both in ice and field hockey, you play defense. What is it about defending that you like, and have you always preferred to play those positions? Why?
I have always gone where my coaches needed me. In field hockey and hockey this was defense. I have found that I really like these positions, because in hockey it allows you to be more physical.
Your field hockey team enjoyed the first season ever on the new stadium turf at FHS. How much did you enjoy the change, and did you feel like it made a difference for the team?
I was ecstatic that I was able to play my last season of FHS field hockey on the turf. Turf makes a huge difference in field hockey because the ball moves astronomically faster. This allowed us to have crisper passing than on the old grass field. I think that the speed of the turf improved our level of play as a team.
You were a captain for the field hockey team, and will also serve that role on the ice. What do you think makes someone a good captain, and why do you think that you were chosen?
I think that a good captain is someone who communicates effectively and always keeps the best interest of the team in mind. I think that I was elected as captain because I am vocal and have a competitive attitude.
What do you think a scouting report would say about you?
I think that a scouting report about me would say that I am hard-working. It also may mention that I have a knack for tripping over the blue line.
If you could replay one game that you have played in, which one would it be? Why?
I would replay the final game of our season last year against Notre Dame Academy. They were a better team than us, but we hung in there with them and I feel as though if we played them again, we would have a chance. We had a lot of heart. Last year, we were expected to have a rebuilding season, but this idea only motivated us to prove people wrong. I think that this motivation would be enough to fuel us to beat them if we had another chance.
What do you consider the highlight of your athletic career so far?
The highlight of my athletic career so far would probably have to be when I started in my first varsity hockey game in 8th grade. It was so exciting to play with people that I had looked up to when I watched the girls’ team win the state championship just the year before.
Who is the best teammate that you’ve ever played with? What makes that person stand out?
I have been lucky enough to play two sports with my best friend Lindsey Oliveira. She is the best teammate because she is very competitive and pushes me to become better. In addition to this, I am quite unorganized, but Lindsey does her best to help make sure I don’t leave my stuff everywhere and this is a difficult job, so I commend her.
Do you have any sports-related superstitions? If so, what are they?
It’s not exactly a superstition but I like to think about the game in my head and picture how I want to play.
What’s the most important thing you’ve learned from playing sports?
From my sports, I have learned how to bounce back. When I have a tough shift or whole game, I have learned how to bounce back from these times. When I was in mites, I was part of a team that lost every game for the whole season. This taught me how to take losing with dignity, because that year I was losing every game.
Who has been your inspiration?
My inspiration is my grandmother, who I call Nana. She is so strong and does not let anything stop her. She is devoted to her family. She is strong in the face of adversity, but also is kind to everyone around her and is considerate of their feelings. She is a hard worker and never stops moving.
Is there anyone that you would like to thank?
I would like to thank my parents because they have given me the best life. I would like to thank all of my family for coming to my games and taking up a whole row. I would like to thank Coach Lima, Coach Ferreira and Coach Zarra for always pushing me to become a better player in high school sports. I would like to thank Coach Ghelfi for being my coach in youth hockey for five years, and growing my love for the sport. I would like to thank all of the coaches I have had across all sports for making me a better athlete. Lastly, I would like to thank my teammates who have made my sports as enjoyable as they have been. Thank you to Caitin O’Malley in particular, because she wanted the mention!
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 been to was Wyoming. It was incredibly rural and the people who live there, their lives differ drastically from mine, so it was very eye-opening. In addition, the natural beauty was unreal and a moose walked out of the woods five feet behind me, which was certainly interesting. I want to visit Barcelona during Christmas to experience some of their very old traditions and to practice my Spanish.
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?
The biggest difference between myself as a freshman and as a senior would probably be my confidence level. Freshman year I was more hesitant during games and over the years I have moved away from that more. I would have told my freshman year self to be more confident when playing sports, but in other situations as well.
What is something about you that people would be surprised to learn?
I like knitting.
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 places with one person for a week, I would switch places with the child version of myself, because being a kid was so fun. I would have a great time.
Describe your idea of the perfect day
My perfect day would be a snow day. I would wake up in the morning and find out that school was canceled, and I would have pancakes and a huge cup of coffee. Then miraculously all of the snow on the driveway would melt, so we didn’t have to shovel it. Then I would spend the whole day sledding and playing hockey on the bogs. I would come home and have hot chocolate and watch a good movie.
What are your post high school plans?
I plan to attend a four-year college to study nursing or biology and minor in Spanish.
Where will you be in 10 years, and what will you be doing?
In 10 years, I will hopefully have a job. I know that I want to go into the medical field but there are so many different career paths within that field that spark my interest and I hope that in 10 years I have pursued a career that is best suited for me.