Field hockey star Nicole Woods of Beverly has established herself among the elite players her age in the country by advancing to the Junior National Camp.
The Junior National Camp, which is run by USA Field Hockey, begins this Sunday and runs for four days in Lancaster, Penn.
A 5-foot-2 midfielder, Woods was The Salem News’ Field Hockey Player of the Year in each of the past two seasons (as well as Girls Hockey Player of the Year this past winter). During that time she scored 22 goals while dishing out 39 assists.
Beverly has won six straight Northeastern Conference field hockey titles, and Woods has been a big reason why for the last three. The three-time NEC all-star and three-time team captain guided the Panthers to the North Division 1 semifinals last fall before they fell to top-seeded Acton-Boxborough, 1-0, in overtime. Beverly finished its season at 17-3-1, losing only to the two Division 1 finalists, Walpole and A-B.
Woods, who will attend the University of Louisville beginning later this summer on a partial field hockey scholarship, started drawing national attention in late November 2012 after her fine play at the USA Field Hockey Festival in Florida. She has also played on a bevy of all-star teams, including in the Best of 60 game, and is a member of the Northeast Elite field hockey program.
The JNC bills itself as ‘the premier camp for Under-21 athletes, comprised of the top 110 athletes selected from the National Futures and Futures Elite Championship. Based on their performances from the camp, athletes may earn selection to additional USA Field Hockey programs including the Under 17, Under 19 and Under 21 Junior National Teams.’