Former Bo Manor field hockey goalie Woodall earns national attention
Towson junior among country’s top goaltenders
Emilee Woodall was enjoying down time between college classes at Towson University when she received a text message from her father, who lives in Chesapeake City.
What she read took her entirely by surprise.
The Tigers junior field hockey goalie was leading the nation in saves per game and ranked seventh nationally in save percentage.
“It was an instance where I had no idea. My dad actually sent me a screen shot [of my statistics] while I was taking a nap between classes and he said ‘ Look at this.’ I [thought] it was pretty cool,” said Woodall, a 2013 graduate from Bohemia Manor High School, where she earned AllCounty field hockey honors three-straight years, including Player of the Year as a junior goalie. “It’s definitely a sense of pride, for sure.”
The text message arrived after her father came across a pair of Towson field hockey stories recently posted on the team’s website. His daughter had been named the Colonel Athletic Conference Field Hockey Player of the Week and had earned the weekly Longstreth/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) honorable mention award following her performance during a pair of games in mid-September.
Woodall helped the Tigers to their first win of the season when she turned away 10 shots in her team’s 2-1 overtime win over La Salle on Sept. 9, marking her firstcareer victory. Two days later, she denied 23 corners and matched her career- high of 15 saves in a 2-1 loss to Ohio on Sept. 11. She became the first Towson field hockey player in program history to receive honorable mention status from the NFHCA, while earning the Tigers’ first CAA Field Hockey Player of the Week award since 2014.
“It honestly came by surprise and I wasn’t expecting any of it. It’s a huge honor,” Woodall said. “It’s not so much being recognized that’s the great part, it’s the fact that the work I put in has made me successful.”
Woodall credited much of her strong play in goal to the four years she spent as the starting netminder for Bo Manor. She finished her high school career with over 600 saves and registered three shutouts during a senior season in which
she ended the year having allowed just 1.6 goals per game.
“[Bo Manor] prepared me for Towson more than I ever could have thought,” said Woodall, who routinely denied high school opponents during a four-year span
in which the Eagles offense had difficulty finding the back of the cage with regularity. “When I came into an [NCAA] Division I program, I thought it would be completely different, that there was going to be more offensive movement and it was going to be a different game. Even though it’s a high pace and high intensity, it just happened that my team in college was having the same issues
that we were having offensively in high school.
“It’s just been working through that to get to this point and it’s [forged] my style. I’ve been fortunate to have that past experience to lead me where I am today.”
Her place among the nation’s top goalies will likely make her a role model among the high school field hockey players in Cecil County. Woodall was quick to
“I’m a very humble person and it’s definitely something I have thought about. I definitely want to be that role model and I’ve personally taken every step to be that role model. I’ve been a success story and everything I do [on the field] is what people look up to me for,” Woodall said. “I lead by action rather than telling people what needs to be done.
“Cecil County isn’t necessarily an area where field hockey is thriving … so being kind of an underdog going into college and being from a small area, it’s nice to be able to say you made it,” she added. “Even a kid out of a small little Cecil County school can be ranked first in the nation.”
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Towson University goalie Emilee Woodall received CAA Field Hockey Player of the Week and Longstreth/NFHCA Honorable Mention accolades following a pair of impressive performances earlier this month.