WOMEN'S LACROSSE: Britt Woodfield Nominated for NCAA Woman of the Year Award
Courtesy: Athletics Media Relations  
Release: 06/18/2009
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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Senior midfielder Britt Woodfield of the Tiger women’s lacrosse team has been named as one of the nominees for the 2009 NCAA® Woman of the Year award, it has been announced by the NCAA.


Woodfield is one of two nominees for the Woman of the Year award from the Colonial Athletic Association. Senior Candace Gonzales of the Georgia State University women’s soccer team has also been named as a nominee for the annual honor by the CAA.


“I feel very honored to be nominated for this award,” Woodfield said. “This award is not just based on athletics, but academics and community service as well. To be honored with the nomination for the award from our conference is a rewarding way to end my career.”


A four-year starter for the Tigers, Woodfield finished her career as the seventh-leading scorer in school history with 140 points, scoring 98 goals with 42 assists. She also served as a co-captain during her junior and senior years while helping the Tigers to back-to-back CAA Championships.


As a senior, Woodfield ranked third on the team with 53 points by scoring 37 goals with 16 assists. She also ranked second on the team with 33 draw controls. In addition, Woodfield earned second team All-CAA honors for the second straight season while leading the Tigers to a 13-6 record.


During her junior season, Woodfield was the Tigers’ third-leading scorer with 38 points and was one of five players with 20 or more goals. She scored 19 goals with 7 assists during her sophomore season while contributing 16 goals with 7 assists as a freshman, including a career-high six goals in her college debut, a win over American.


“Britt was an outstanding player, student and leader for us during her entire career at Towson,” Coach Missy Doherty said. “I’m thrilled that she is being considered for such a great award.”


In addition to her success on the lacrosse field, Woodfield was an outstanding student who was named as the Tiger Athletic Fund Scholar-Athlete of the Year as a senior. An Exercise Science and Pre-Nursing Major with a 3.86 grade point average, Woodfield earned Dean’s List honors six times during her career. She also received the Zaleski Scholarship for Academic and Athletic Excellence and the Rachuba Scholarship Award as a junior.


In addition, Woodfield was named to the IWLCA Academic Honor Roll during her junior season. She was also selected to the ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-District 2 second team as a senior.


A four-time CAA Commissioner’s List selection, Woodfield also received the Towson University Athletics Scholar Medallion, which is presented to senior student-athletes and cheerleaders who have achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.50 or above.


Along with her duties as the president of PAWS, Towson University’s Student-Athlete Advisory Council, Woodfield served as a peer mentor and participated in the 2008 NCAA Leadership Conference. She was the recipient of the James R. Saxon Award, which recognizes one graduating senior who has demonstrated leadership, service and good citizenship by contributing significantly to the campus community.


As a junior, Woodfield earned the Emerging Leader Award, which is given to one student by the Division of Student Affairs in recognition of outstanding potential as a campus and/or community leader.


“Britt is a great candidate for the prestigious NCAA Woman of the Year award,” Towson Associate Director of Athletics Margie Tversky said. “She has excelled in the classroom and on the playing field while demonstrating strong leadership qualities in her role as captain of our women’s lacrosse team and as president of our student-athlete advisory council.


“Britt has led by example by volunteering for numerous community service and outreach activities, which have benefited the campus and community,” Tversky added. “This is a great honor for Britt and we are very proud of her accomplishments.”


The NCAA Woman of the Year Award honors senior student-athletes who have distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in the areas of academic achievement, athletics excellence, service and leadership. Nominees for the award represent all three divisions.


In order to be eligible for the award, female student-athletes must have completed intercollegiate eligibility in her primary sport by the end of the 2009 spring season, graduated no later than the end of the summer 2009 term and achieved a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5.


The top 10 honorees per division will be announced in August followed by the announcement of the top three honorees in each division in September. The top 10 honorees and the nine finalists from Divisions I, II and III will be honored and the 2009 NCAA Woman of the Year recipient will be announced at a dinner in Indianapolis on October 18.

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