This is part of an occasional series from Leominster High School, highlighting the stories of Blue Devil athletes on and off the field.
Senior captain Eliza Howlett has lived in Leominster her entire life and she says she is proud to be a Blue Devil and call the city her home. Howlett started playing field hockey during her freshman year when one of her friends suggested they try out after speaking with former LHS field hockey coach Lauren Hatfield. That decision proved to be a good one.
“We worked out and practiced the entire summer leading up to tryouts and ended up making the team,” Eliza said. “I was lucky to make varsity my freshman year and have learned so much from my teammates.”
Now a senior, Howett is an offensive force for the Blue Devils. In a recent 6-2 win on Senior Night over Westboro, Howlett scored twice while adding two assists to lead the Blue Devil attack.
Eliza’s current coach, Brittney Field said Eliza helps the team in a variety of ways.
“Eliza is a versatile player who is always looking to improve her skills on the field,” Field said. “She is a very coachable player because she listens to the recommendations given to her by her coaches and instantly implements those changes on the field. Her determination and the level of intensity that she brings to each practice and game make her an excellent role model to her peers.”
Eliza has also played varsity lacrosse for the Blue Devils since her freshman year, but enjoys field hockey because of its uniqueness.
“This sport requires athletes to run and cover a large distance, stick handling a small hard ball on a field,” Eliza said. “Not only does this require a lot of skill, but also a lot of communication. The sport has low scoring games compared to other sports, so when everything comes together and you hear that ball smack the back of the net there is no better feeling.”
Eliza also said her entire athletic career at LHS has been a positive experience.
“I am so lucky to be part of Blue Devil Nation,” Eliza said. “Throughout my four years of high school, I have had such great coaches and teammates. I have never met a more supportive group of people. The friendships I have made with some of my teammates will last me a lifetime.”
Eliza said she would like to attend college in Boston and would like to major in Business but is keeping an open mind. She also is keeping an open mind about playing field hockey in college if the opportunity presented itself.
Outside of school, Eliza enjoys spending time with her friends and family, and she also is an avid reader when she has free time.
In school, she said her A.P. Government and Politics class has been her favorite class in her high school career.
“I can think of many classes I have enjoyed, but this class is most applicable to issues pertinent to our country right now,” Eliza said. “Mrs. Murphy is my favorite teacher. Not only is she kind and supportive, but she is also a great teacher. I have taken several classes with her. She is always able to relate the content of the class to current events today. I have learned so much from her.”