For­mer Bo Manor field hockey goalie Woodall earns na­tional at­ten­tion

Towson ju­nior among coun­try’s top goal­tenders

Cecil Whig - - SPORTS - By JOR­DAN SCHATZ

jschatz@ce­cil­whig.com

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

agree.

“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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TODD OLSZEWSKI / BAL­TI­MORE ORI­OLES

Bal­ti­more Ori­oles rookie Trey Mancini con­nects on a pitch dur­ing his big league de­but on Tues­day.

COURTESY OF TOWSON UNIVER­SITY

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.

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