Beverly’s Nicole Woods has already established herself as one of the top field hockey players in the state, but she received another honor that only solidifies her place among the elite.
Woods, a senior captain and midfielder for the Panthers, was picked by United State Field Hockey as a 2014 Futures Elite selection.
Woods was one of only 154 players who were picked nation-wide.
“I think it’s excellent news. She’s set herself up for success,” Beverly coach Tricia Murphy said. “She practices all summer and all winter and this is really a great accomplishment.”
Woods will continue playing field hockey in college at Louisville next year.
Her versatility is something the Panthers heavily rely on, and that characteristic will definitely help her when she reaches the college level.
“She can go anywhere on the field if I need her in a different location,” Murphy said. “I think if just anybody comes to a field hockey game the one person who will stand out is her. She has really good stick skills, sees the field well and that translates on offense and defense. She’s really just a gifted player all the way around.”
The players on the list were selected from three events — the National Futures Championship, the Futures Elite Championship, and the AAU Junior Olympics — and have been selected to train at the 2014 Futures Elite Academies.
“Within the Olympic movement our mechanism to identify the sport’s top athletes and move those competitors to the next level is well renowned,” USA Field Hockey’s Executive Director, Steve Locke was quoted as saying on the U.S. Field Hockey website. “This program is the envy of the Olympic family and has proven over the years to showcase athletes and improve their technical skill for top collegiate performance and potential Olympic team selection.”