The Salem News
---- — 2013 SALEM NEWS FIELD HOCKEY PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Nicole Woods is a hockey player through and through. In fact, the Beverly senior believes that all the time she spent on the ice ultimately helped her become a better player on the field.
The Northeastern Conference MVP was a force for the Panthers this season, scoring 11 goals to go with 18 assists while helping the Orange-and-Black advance to the North Division 1 semifinals.
“I think coming from an ice hockey background helped my hand-eye coordination and I was used to working with 18 other girls,” said Woods, who will play field hockey at the University of Louisville next fall.
A superior athlete with top-end conditioning, Woods credits coach Ben Goodhue and the Beverly High strength and conditioning program.
The Panthers’ team captain believes her biggest strength is that she’s a team player. Her 18 assists on the season support that theory. “It’s always good to be able to pick your head up to see who’s cutting up field and running into space,” explained Woods. “It’s important to see the play before it happens.”
Woods’ leadership and team-first focus was a big reason why the Panthers had such a successful season. Beverly (15-2-1) was the Northeastern Conference champions for the sixth straight season and the No. 4 seed in the Division 1 North tournament, taking top-seeded Acton-Boxborough to overtime before falling in the semifinals, 1-0.
“I think it has to do with team chemistry,” said Woods of the 2013 squad’s success. “Every year it’s an important piece. This year there wasn’t a single girl who didn’t fit in. We were one big family and everyone had fun everyday.”
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Big Blue captain had her best individual performance in the Division 2 North state tournament against Wayland ... Northeastern Conference all-star ... Finished with three goals, two assists and was named team’s Most Valuable Defensive Player ... Considers her communication with teammates on and off the field her biggest strength as a player ... Loves the thrill of the win and the competition she’s experienced playing field hockey ... Hopes to walk on the field hockey team at whichever college she ends up attending.
Two-time captain for the Witches ... Was inducted into the Salem High School Field Hockey Hall of Fame ... Two-time NEC all star ... Had her best game of the season against Revere, scoring one goal and chipping in with two assists ... Will study physical therapy and personal training in college ... Considers her biggest strengths as a player to be her leadership and how she supports her teammates .... Believes field hockey introduced her to what a team as family is both on and off the field.
Team captain for the Magicians ... Holds a 3.5 GPA ... Had her best individual performance in a game against Gloucester ... Has tremendous vision on the field finishing her senior campaign with 11 assists to go with one goal ... Northeastern Conference all-star ... Named the Marblehead Crown Athlete of the Month for September ... Says her head coach, Linda Rice Collins, helped fuel her passion for the sport.
Scored her first career hat trick in a game against Gloucester ... Northeastern Conference all-star ... Was the leading scorer for the Panthers this season ... Holds a 3.87 GPA and hopes to attend a four-year college, where she’ll major in marketing and hopes to play field hockey or run track ... Considers her biggest athletic influence to be her older brother Brendan for pushing her to be a better athlete.
Defensive anchor for the Tigers helped her squad hold opponents to just 0.50 goals per game this past season ... Finished with a goal and two assists ... Named to the All-Cape Ann League team ... Was the main option to take corners for Ipswich ... Considers her biggest strengths to be speed, versatility, stick skills and the ability to defend the sideline ... Applied early decision to Wesleyan College ... Helped shut down Weston in the Division 2 North quarterfinals ... Holds a 4.09 GPA and is in the top 10 percent of her class.
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Was named Cape Ann League MVP ... All-Cape Ann League selection the last few seasons ... Finished the year with 27 goals and 18 assists ... September Athlete of the Month at Masconomet ... Scored five goals and added two asissts in a win over Pentucket ... Played in the Massachusetts State Field Hockey Best of 60 Senior Game ... Has comitted to Assumption College, where she will continue to play field hockey.
A strong transition player that excelled at both ends of the field ... Team captain helped lead Falcons to an 11-5-2 record and an appearance in the Division 1 North state tournament ... Northeastern Conference all-star ... Had her best individual performance of the season against Peabody, scoring a goal on a stroke and also finished with an assist ... Holds 93 average in the classroom ... Plans to get her doctorate in physical therapy.
Peabody team MVP this season was also a Northeastern Conference all-star ... Was part of a Tanners club that earned NEC’s Team Sportsmanship Award ... .. Ranked 32nd in her class with a 3.7 grade point average ... Will try out for the field hockey team at whatever college she decides to attend ... Scored the game-tying goal on a stroke in a game against Gloucester ... Credits her father as her biggest athletic influence for introducing her to sports at a young age.
Team captain helped pioneer the Chieftains to a 17-0-1 regular season record and an appearance in the Division 1 North semifinals ... Finished with nine goals and 10 assists ... Named to the All-Cape Ann League team ... Ranked fourth in her class with a 5.06 out of 5.3 GPA ... Hopes to play field hockey in college, where she plans to be pre-med .... Had her best game in the season opener against Arlington.
Leadership and dependability made her an outstanding team captain for the Falcons ... Has a nose for the goal, finishing with 19 goals and four assists ... Shredded the Everett defense with a four-goal performance this fall ... A fierce competitor who was named to the All-Northeastern Conference team ... Will attend a four-year college and major in marketing.
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A true set-up artist on the field ... Named the Bishop Fenwick Playmaker of the Year ... Assisted on a majority of her team’s 37 goals ... Had her two best games against a tough Central Catholic team ... Considers her biggest strengths to be quickness, speed, vision and playmaking ... Holds a 3.0 grade point average ... Plans to continue her playing career in college, but is undecided where.
Led the Panthers in assists this past season ... Was a Northeastern Conference all-star ... Earned Coaches Award ... Had a phenomenal performance in the Division 1 North quarterfinals against Needham, a 2-0 win ... Holds a 4.378 grade point average and is ranked 13th in a class of 313 ... Plans to attend a four-year college to study biomedical engineering ... Considers her mother, who played field hockey at Boston College, to be her biggest athletic influence.
Big Blue team captain finished her senior campaign with 15 goals and nine assists ... Team MVP ... Northeastern Conference all-star ... Top goal scorer in Big Blue history with 66 goals and 35 assists ... Scored hat trick vs. Salem ... Ranks eighth in a class of 187 students with a 99.2 grade point average ... Plans to continue her field hockey career in college ... Played in the MSFH Best of 60 Senior All-Star Game.
Finished her senior campaign with five goals and seven assists ... Highlanders team MVP ... Two-time Eastern Independent League all star ... Captain was Pingree’s offensive MVP as a junior ... Had her best performance of the season in the Highlanders’ final game against Newton Country Day, helping her team win for the first time in three matches ... Hopes to continue playing in college.
SWAMPSCOTT: Nora Walker, Sr., SW; Victoria Himaras, Sr., RW; Danielle Mayblyum, Sr. RM.
SALEM: Alexa Gilbert, Sr., M.
MARBLEHEAD: Hannah Fobert, Jr., F; Suzanne McCarthy, Sr., F; Maggie Danforth Sr., D.
PEABODY: Jillian Kerwin, Sr., SW; Diane Migneault, Sr., M.
DANVERS: Nicole Papamichael, Sr., GK; Raquel Leslie, Jr., M.; Lauren Johnson, Jr., D.
BISHOP FENWICK: Kathleen Moran, Sr., M; Bridget Townsend, Sr., GK; Maura Benson, Sr., D; Erinn Johnson, Sr., A.
PINGREE: Eliza Mead, Sr., F; Solina Powell, Sr., D.
H-W: Eliza Webber, Sr., D; Taylor Ward, Sr., D.
IPSWICH: Ali Bouvier, Sr. GK; Bridget Curran, Sr., D; Meghan Lindahl, Sr., F; Nicole Stone, Sr., M.
MASCO: Maddie Doyle, Sr., F; Maddie LaFreniere, Sr., F/M; Tessa Ives, Soph., D.