Consistency is a great thing to have when you’re an athlete, and the Mashpee High field hockey team can always count on a consistent effort from senior forward Dasia Peters. One of the leaders on this year’s team, Peters brings her best effort to the field every time out for the Falcons
Dasia is the daughter of Jermaine Peters and Jessica Souza and she has three siblings: older brother John (23) and younger brothers Trey (15) and Isaiah (12). French class is her favorite at MHS because she loves learning languages. In school, Dasia is quite the all-star. She’s earned achievement awards in ecology, history and Wampanoag language classes, and also a merit award in French.
“Each year, as she grew, she found her voice and her strength on the field,” coach Kelly Horan said of Dasia. “She has been a strong player up on our forward line. She is a team player and wants to see them succeed. She is a player I have loved watching grow over the years and can’t wait to see what the future holds for her.”
Her car is her most-prized possession because it was her first big purchase that she got on her own. When not in school or on the field, Dasia works part-time as a production assistant and video editor at Mashpee TV.
She said that “Pretty Little Liars” is her favorite show and she loves the music of Sabrina Carpenter. The YouTube channel “Jubilee” is her favorite follow on social media because of its thought-provoking videos with everyday people. Dasia’s go-to meal is baked cod with asparagus and Ben and Jerry’s Chunky Monkey ice cream for dessert.
How did you get involved with field hockey? How much do you enjoy it?
I first got involved with field hockey in 8th grade. Mrs. Menard was the head coach at the time, and she was also my math teacher, so she encouraged me one day in class to give it a try. I’ve loved the sport ever since and can’t imagine my life without it.
You play on offense for the Falcons. What are your responsibilities, and how do you go about making sure that you are on top of your game?
As a forward my goal is always to help my team advance up the field and score. To stay on top of my game I always focus on making sure that I’m nailing the fundamental skills of the sport, and the rest usually falls into place from there.
The Falcons have gotten off to a bit of a slow start. What will it take for this team to rebound and fight for a tournament spot?
While my team has started off a bit slow, I know we have the potential for greatness. So far we are 2-0 at home, and to me that just shows the potential we have. I think we need to work on having that same fire at away games that we do at home. Overall I already see an improvement in our team since the start of our season.
Your team plays its home games on grass. More and more of your road games are on turf fields. What are the biggest differences between playing on one or the other, and which do you prefer? Why?
The biggest difference between playing on grass versus playing on turf is the speed of the ball; it’s a lot faster on turf. I personally prefer turf because I can do a lot of dodges with more speed and the ball can go farther when I drive it.
If you could replay one game that you have played in, which one would it be? Why?
I would replay any of the games where we qualified for tournament. I remember the rush and excitement that we all felt once we knew we achieved our goal of making it to tournament. Those games were always the best!
What do you consider the highlight of your athletic career so far?
The highlight of my athletic career so far has definitely been being one of the captains this season. Being captain has been a goal of mine ever since 8th grade and I’m glad that I worked hard all those years to make my goal a reality.
Who is the best teammate that you’ve ever played with? What makes that person stand out?
One of the best teammates I’ve ever played with is Emma Wise. She stands out to me because I remember always looking up to her leadership abilities and she always dominated the field whenever she played.
Do you have any sports-related superstitions? If so, what are they?
I’m not really a superstitious person about anything, so, no, I don’t have any.
What’s the most important thing you’ve learned from playing sports?
I think the most important thing I’ve learned is leadership. I realized since starting this sport that there is always a younger girl who looks up to you, which pushed me to be a good role model and to be a leader on and off the field.
Who has been your inspiration?
I don’t have one specific inspiration. I think whenever I see people accomplishing their goals and making a name for themselves it inspires me to do the same.
Is there anyone that you would like to thank?
I’d like to thank my parents for continuously supporting me and for being my biggest fans at each game. I would also like to thank all of my coaches for what they have taught me, and I would specifically like to thank Coach Horan for everything she has done for me on and off the field since I’ve entered this program.
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’ve visited is when I drove through parts of northwestern New Mexico. There were some areas where we would drive for miles and we could see nothing but the road ahead, and desert on all sides. It was so shocking because there was so much land that no one lived on or used, and I had never seen anything like it before. One place I’ve always dreamed of going to is Paris, since I love the language and the French culture.
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 is that I now know what my passion is and I have a plan for my future. My advice for my freshman self is to put myself out there more and to not overthink things.
What is something about you that people would be surprised to learn?
I think people would be surprised to learn that my dream car is a 2018 Volkswagen Beetle.
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 a Youtuber I follow who makes videos and travels around the world for a living.
Describe your idea of the perfect day
My perfect day would be going shopping with my friends and going out to eat.
What are your post high school plans?
After high school I plan on going to a four-year college to study film/media production.
Where will you be in 10 years, and what will you be doing?
In 10 years I hope to be working with a production company, which tells the stories of people who are underrepresented in media. I hope to either be a writer, editor, or producer.