Senior year is the year to take by the horns, and that’s exactly what Falmouth High School field hockey player Caroline Freeman has done for the FHS field hockey team. One of the top forwards for the club, Freeman has played a big role in Falmouth’s very competitive season that has seen her team in the mix all year long.
Coach Courtney Lima praises Freeman—a captain for the Clippers—for her desire to make things happen and her dedication to the team and her favorite sport. “She’s a spitfire. She’s got great hands, and she knows the game in and out,” Lima said.
Caroline, who lives with the strongest person she knows—her mom, Connie—is the youngest of three. She has two older siblings, T.J. (30) and Jen (29). An honor roll student at FHS, her favorite subjects in school are math and forensic science, and she said her most-prized possessions are her family and friends.
Her favorite meal is the pork carnitas from Añejo in downtown Falmouth. Her favorite TV show is either “Grace and Frankie” or “Lucifer,” and Rascal Flatts is her favorite band.
Caroline has played on club field hockey teams that have won both an indoor and outdoor major showcase. She is also a member of the National Society of High School Scholars. Caroline has also been an equestrienne for 13 years, and she loves her two dogs, Daisy and Lexi.
How did you get involved with field hockey? How much do you enjoy it?
I got involved with field hockey through my sister. She played Division I in college, and I would go to her games every weekend. One day I picked up her stick for fun, and I fell in love.
Your sport underwent some pivotal changes due to the pandemic for this season. How do you think that they affected the games, and how difficult was it to get used to them? I think the biggest change my sport underwent due to the pandemic is definitely the 7 on 7. In field hockey there are usually 11 players, 10 field players and a goalie. However this year there are only six field players and a goalie. It is definitely more exhausting, since there are less people and way more space you need to cover on the field. It was a challenge at first to get used to it, but we got the hang of it and have improved every game.
With the season finishing up, are you pleased with how you performed this season? Also, are you happy with how the team played??
Sadly the season is almost over, however I am pleased with how I preformed. In all honestly it was tough for me to adapt to the 7-on-7 style, but I pushed through it and feel better than I did the first game. For any athlete though, there is always room for improvement. I am very proud of my team this season because we have adapted and grown together through this crazy time. We also have played with so much heart this season because of how short it is.
While the game has been amended, you are playing your season. Describe what it was like to get back on the field for practice and how you feel about being back with your team.
I honestly thought I was not going to have my senior season, and I was devastated. I am so lucky and thankful to be able to play this season, and getting back on that turf field with my teammates is one of the best feelings in the world.
You were selected as a captain for your senior year. What does that mean to you?
Being selected as a captain to lead this team means a lot to me. It means that not only my coaches but my teammates see me as someone they can talk to, look up to, [some one who] pushes others to be the best they can be, and will always put the team first.
What is the highlight of your athletic career?
The highlight of my athletic career would have to be a game with my club field hockey team. We had a tournament, and we were playing three games in one day. We won the first two, and in the third game we were getting pretty tired. It was a 2-0 lead for the other team, and my club team worked so hard together and won the game with a 3-2 lead. It was an amazing feeling coming back and winning the game; we worked so hard.
Who is the best teammate you’ve ever played with? What makes that person stand out?
The best teammate that I’ve played with is sophomore Katie Shanahan. We both play club together, and she is my center mid for the high school team. She and I wouldn’t even have to communicate on the field, and we would know exactly what the other was going to do. Not only do we work well together, but she is a phenomenal athlete, and I can’t wait to see what she accomplishes.
Do you have any sports-related superstitions? If so, what are they?
The only two sports-related superstitions that I have is that I have to wear these certain white field hockey socks whenever I have a home game, and my number, which is 6. I’ve been the number 6 for the past three years. Freshman year, I was 26, but if I am going to have a number, it has to have a 6 in it. The number 6 is my favorite number, and it has a lot of meaning in my life.
What’s the most important thing you’ve learned from playing sports?
The most important thing that I have learned from playing sports is to never give up. I know that sounds cliché, but it’s true. There have been times where I am practicing a drill and have given up because it wasn’t as good as I wanted it to be, or I lost the ball. However, I learned I couldn’t do that because, if I practiced like that, I would play like that in a game.
Who has been your inspiration?
My inspiration would have to be my older sister. She played D1 field hockey in college, so she is very experienced and always is there to help me train. She pushes me to be my very best, not only in field hockey but in life and as a person. She is the kindest person I know, and she works extremely hard.
Is there anyone you would like to thank?
I would like to thank my coaches—Coach Lima, Coach Caswell, Coach B and Coach Capallo (my club coach). I would also like to thank my family and friends. They all have helped me come so far in my high school career, and I know they will always have my back. I am thankful to have such wonderful people in my life.
During the quarantine and lull of the past few months, has there been anything you’ve accomplished that you’re proud of?
During quarantine I’ve been working on the process of being recruited for college. I’m proud to be working hard and to be having colleges be interested in me.
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 me as a senior and freshman would have to be my skills and the understanding of the game. As a freshman I would be panicked and just throw the ball away to another player. Now I have much better skills, so I can control the ball more and take a moment to really think about the best pass or move to get the ball up the field. If I could go back to my freshman self and give her advice, I would tell her to take more chances and be fearless.
What is something about you that people would be surprised to learn?
Something about me that people would be surprised to learn is that I have family in Brazil. My brother-in-law is from Brazil, and all of his family lives down there. I am really close with my brother-in-law, but I have yet to meet his family.
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 a person for a week it would be Erin Matson. She is a D1 field hockey player at UNC Chapel Hill, which is my dream university. She is an amazing field hockey player, and it would be a fun experience to be her for a day and see what it’s like being a D1 field hockey player at UNC.
Describe your idea of the perfect day.
A perfect day for me would involve a summer day, going to the beach with my friends or going on the boat with my family and then going out to dinner at a good restaurant.
What are your post-high-school plans?
My post-high-school plans involve going to a D2 or D3 college for field hockey and studying forensic psychology.
Where will you be in 10 years, and what will you be doing?
In 10 years I will be out of college and be involved with a job that has to do with forensic psychology. I am hoping that I can go to college somewhere out of New England, so that way I can come back to Cape Cod.