Holderness prides itself on safe risk-taking. The school works to create an environment where you can try something new, possibly fail, possibly succeed, and definitely learn. Holderness has teams and athletes who reach the highest levels of competition and we also have teams and students who are learning how to compete, even learning how to play a sport. Such is the case with Quang Minh Do '19. He didn't even know how to skate when he arrived on-campus two years ago. He started managing the boys JV hockey team but an opportunity presented itself and Quang rose to the challenge.
February 14th, 2018, the Holderness boys’ JV hockey team headed off to Berwick Academy to take on the Bulldogs. Unfortunately, a misplaced contact lens would render starting (and only) goalie Sergio Yap ‘19 unable to play. As the team scrambled to find a solution, not wanting to forfeit, it became apparent who was going to have to step up. On a team already hard-pressed by injuries and illness, team manager Quang Minh Do ‘19 was asked to strap on the pads. Having only learned to skate earlier that winter, it was a lot to ask of the eleventh-grader who, on occasion, had filled in as a second goalie for the team during practices. Quang did not let the team down. While the game did not go in the Bulls’ favor, Quang managed to post an impressive 26 saves in his competitive hockey debut.
Fast forward twelve months, and Quang Do is no longer the manager and has been playing the role of backup goalie once again. Due to an injury to starting goalie Sergio Yap, Quang has taken on the number one spot on the depth chart and has posted a 3-2-0 record this season, highlighted by a game against Cardigan Mountain School on January 23. The team trailed 4-0 when Quang was called in to relieve Sergio midway through the second period. Quang went on to post a shutout the rest of the way, recording 12 saves as the team rallied around him to score six consecutive goals and lead the Bulls to a win, Quang’s first win of his Holderness hockey career. With Sergio sidelined for the rest of the season, the once-manager-now-starting goalie will step between the pipes for two more starts as he plays out the last chapter of a most improbable Holderness hockey career.