Sandwich High School’s field hockey team is in the driver’s seat right now for the Cape and Islands League title, and a huge reason for that is the Knights are a team with strong and dedicated senior leaders. One of those leaders is senior defender and co-captain Molly Dwyer.
Dwyer is not the type of kid who is going to excite the fans with fancy stickwork or by scoring highlight reel goals. That’s not her game.
“She’s quiet and unassuming, and not flashy,” Coach Kelsey Beaton said. “She’s out there stopping the other team’s best players, and she gets the job done. She flies under the radar a little, but she does her job and she does it very well. She does the right thing all of the time.”
Molly is the daughter of Renee and Billy Dwyer and is their middle child. She has an older brother, Billy, and a younger sister, Megan. She works part-time at Fishermen’s View and was the recipient of the Zion Sportsmanship Award.
How did you get involved with field hockey? How much do you enjoy it?
I started playing for the STEM field hockey team in 7th grade. I decided to play because a lot of my friends were playing, and I already played ice hockey, which is a similar game.
Your sport has undergone some pivotal changes due to the pandemic for this season. How do you think they will affect the games, and what has it been like getting used to them?
There are a lot less players on the field, which means a lot more running, and masks can be difficult to breathe in while running. The 7v7 was a change that impacted our team greatly. We had to adjust to the new field setup, and there is a lot more running then the usual 11v11.
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?
When we went back it was a weird adjustment. I was not used to wearing a mask and keeping my distance from my teammates, but I was happy to be able to have a season and get back with the team for one last year.
You were selected as a captain for your senior year. What does that mean to you?
I think it means that I need to be a good role model for the underclass men and send out positive energy to the team.
How do you think your game has evolved throughout your high school career? Is there a particular thing you’re still working to improve?
I think that I have improved throughout the years. Something that I have been working on throughout the years, and into today, is my confidence on the field, and believing that I can make good plays.
You also play ice hockey. What do you think your team will be like this winter, and do you think that there will be a season?
I think our hockey team will be pretty good this upcoming year. I am not sure if there will be a season, but I hope that we can have one.
What do you consider the highlight of your athletic career so far?
I think one of the highlights of my athletic career was probably last fall season when we made it far into playoffs for field hockey. Our team was really close, and it was fun to work and win together.
Who is the best teammate you’ve ever played with? What makes that person stand out?
Maura McIver. We have grown up playing ice hockey together and began playing field hockey together. She is a very reliable teammate, and we work well together.
Do you have any sports-related superstitions? If so, what are they?
I have never had a superstition, but some of my teammates or players I know have them. Superstitions like wearing certain things or eating things on game day.
What’s the most important thing you’ve learned from playing sports?
When you put in effort and work, you get good results.
Who has been your inspiration?
My inspiration is my parents. They work very hard to make my siblings and I happy, and I want to do the same for them.
Is there anyone you would like to thank?
I’d like to thank my parents because they made it possible for me to play sports. When I was younger they got me involved in sports and continue to support me in sports today.
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 focused a lot on health. I worked on eating good and working out. I got into a routine and started to see a difference in the way I felt because of the changes I made.
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?
As a freshman I was very quiet and not very social. Through the years I have grown out of my shyness. I would tell my freshman self to have more confidence and socialize with more people.
What is something about you that people would be surprised to learn?
That I have lived in Sandwich my whole life.
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 with Angelina Jolie. She is known for acting, but also traveling. I would travel to as many places as I could.
Describe your idea of the perfect day.
A perfect day for me would be a sunny, warm summer day. I would go to the beach for the day with my friends. We would pack a lunch and cooler of snacks. After a day in the sun we would go out for a dinner.
What are your post-high-school plans?
I would like to attend a college in New England.
Where will you be in 10 years, and what will you be doing?
I can see myself working a job in the medical field and having a family. I want to live near the ocean in a smaller town.