Ellie Cassilly, Bel Air, field hockey

Q&A --

September 10, 2006|By BILL FREE

Ellie Cassilly is beginning her third season as a starter at midfield on the Bel Air field hockey team, with the senior being known more for her leadership qualities than scoring goals (one in her career).

What do you like most about field hockey?

I guess I'm just really a competitive person, and I get really intense on the field. ... I love it.

If you weren't playing field hockey, what would you be doing?

I would probably be in some kind of club, like the STARS club, which is a drug-prevention group.

What's the funniest thing that ever happened to you on the field hockey field?

In my sophomore year, someone ran right down the field and ran straight into the back of the net, knocking everything over. The goalposts just flipped over. They weren't hurt. We all just started laughing.

What's your favorite hobby?

I like horseback riding. I read a lot, I guess. Other than that, there's not a whole lot of free time with me playing three sports [also basketball and lacrosse].

Can you pick a most exciting moment in field hockey?

I don't know if I can pick one moment. I guess it's just rewarding, making progress on the field. Every day it's something new, and to me the whole season is exciting. Even though we had a losing season [6-10] last year, most of our losses were by one goal and we were competitive with everyone.

How far do you plan to take field hockey?

I would like to play in college. I don't have any definite plans yet. I've been looking at colleges all summer. I haven't found any one place where I feel like that's where I really belong and where I want to spend the next four years.

Biggest disappointment in field hockey?

I guess it's if the team gives up, myself included. It's hard for me to live with myself if I haven't left everything on the field and kept giving it everything I've got.

A major goal in the sport?

We're working on getting our coach, Miss [Phyllis] Hemmes, her 300th win, and we'd really like to have a winning season. We only need two more wins to reach 300 and we're pretty sure that's going to happen, and we're excited about maybe having a winning season.

What's your most embarrassing moment?

When I dropped a 6-gallon jug of water in the hallway a few weeks ago while carrying it to the practice. It didn't break but everybody was staring at me.

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