New Canaan’s Miller named Hearst Connecticut Girls Lacrosse MVP
Published 1:24 pm, Wednesday, July 15, 2015
If there’s such thing as a superstar in girls high school sports, Elizabeth Miller is it.
Miller, who captained the New Canaan field hockey, basketball and lacrosse teams was named the 2015 Hearst Connecticut Media girls lacrosse MVP after leading her team to a Class M state title over Daniel Hand.
“It definitely feels really good,” Miller said of winning the award. “To have that respect and to be recognized as a player and looked up to makes all the work worthwhile.”
That work ethic is what lacrosse coach Kristin Woods says separates Miller from the collective pack. Despite not being the most vocal leader in the world Miller was entrusted with the captaincy on three separate teams because she has to the ability to make the players around her better with a watch-and-learn mentality.
“I take it very seriously,” Miller said of being a team leader. “I know the younger girls have to look up to me and I have to help make them better players and eventually that leads to a better team and that’s in everybody’s best interest.”
In a world where high school athletes routinely stick to one sport year-round with the hopes of earning college scholarships Miller is an anomaly. For her it works, being able to switch sports throughout the year always keeps the love of playing fresh for the Boston College-bound star.
“I love playing three sports, and each one definitely helps with another,” said the future Eagle. “Instead of going to one practice every day I get to mix up everything and nothing felt old when a new season started. Plus always getting to be with a new group of girls and new team and being captain of all three helped feedback of what I can do better; so it improved my overall game.”
While Miller will only be playing lacrosse at the next level, it’s her competitive nature that compliments her raw ability and gives her that edge throughout the year.
“She’s a true competitor,” Woods said. “No matter what game it was she gave 110% and her focus, you saw it in all three of her sports this year; she’s a real standout athlete.”
Miller is no stranger to bringing hardware back to New Canaan either, in the fall she lead the Rams to an FCIAC field hockey championship and months later hoisted the CIAC trophy for lacrosse.
“It was really exciting,” Miller said of winning the lacrosse crown in her final try. “Especially after losing last year, all the girls that returned all wanted it and we worked especially hard to get to that point and be a championship team—it was a great way to end senior year.”
Leaving New Canaan is bittersweet for both Miller and those that got the chance to play with and coach her, but all parties know she is on to better things and will undoubtedly have success going forward.
“She is going to do very well in college, I’m excited to follow her at BC next year, I think she’s going to be a standout in the big game situations,” Woods said. “I’m definitely going to miss Miller; as a person and as a player.”