by CCC Intern Sarah Williams
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Three Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) student-athletes were announced as institutional nominees for the 2018 NCAA Woman of the Year on Tuesday. Those picked to represent their schools were Eastern Nazarene’s Emily Gomez (Floral Park, N.Y.), Endicott’s Emylee Wood (Kensington, N.H.), and the University of New England’s Jolena Lampron (Lyman, Maine).
Established in 1991, the NCAA Woman of the Year award honors graduating female college athletes who have exhausted their eligibility and distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in academics, athletics, service, and leadership.
The conference nominee will be selected by the league’s Senior Woman Administrators and will be announced later this month.
Emily Gomez – Eastern Nazarene – Softball
Gomez, a liberal arts major with a concentration in education, was a three-year player on the Eastern Nazarene softball team. Throughout her time as a student-athlete, she maintained an excellent grade point average, graduating Magna Cum Laude, and was also a three-time Commonwealth Coast Conference Academic All-Conference honoree. During her senior year, Emily served as an Executive Board Member on the CCC Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) as well as volunteering with Special Olympics. Since arriving at ENC, she was heavily involved in the community, participating in the Greater Boston Walk to End Alzheimer’s, volunteering at the Quincy Crisis Center, and serving as an orientation leader in 2016. Gomez received numerous honors and recognitions during her time as a student-athlete including the college’s honor roll, Dean’s List, Chi Alpha Sigma Honor Society, and two selections as a National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Scholar-Athlete Award recipient.
Emylee Wood – Endicott – Field Hockey
Wood, a nursing major from Kensington, N.H., competed all four years for the Gulls’ field hockey team. In her four years on the field, the team was a conference finalist three times and reached the conference semifinals in the other year. As a defender, she was a First-Team All-Conference player in her sophomore and junior seasons. In her senior season, she was named the CCC Defensive Player of the Year for the along with being selected to Second Team All-America by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA). In her time off the field, Emylee was assisting her local community and school as a Habitat for Humanity volunteer, a peer mentor for the team’s buddy, a member of ECLead, and, was elected as the nursing class representative for her junior and senior years. She spent numerous hours in the nursing industry as well, gaining valuable experience in seven different hospitals in the local area. Besides being a two-year captain of the team, she also earned the honor of being inducted into Phi Sigma Biological Sciences Honor Society and was Endicott College’s 2018 Female Athlete of the Year.
Jolena Lampron – University of New England – Women’s Lacrosse
Lampron, a four-year midfielder and two-time captain for UNE’s women’s lacrosse team earned several accomplishments and honors as a student-athlete. Since her sophomore season, she has earned the honor of First Team All-Conference and as an upperclassman she was selected to the All Pilgrim Region Second Team as well. Her contributions to the team include participating in the CCC Semifinals three years in a row. In the classroom, she was a member of the Dean’s List, was named to three Academic All-Conference teams, and was inducted into UNE’s Chi Alpha Sigma National Honor Society. A native of Lyman, Maine, Lampron majored in political science with a minor in sport and recreation management. She also completed an internship with the Lawyers Project in 2018. She served on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) each year, along with being a team lead for various events including March of Dimes Touch A Truck and Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. She also volunteered at a local soup kitchen, packaged Thanksgiving food boxes and participated in the Maine chapter of Special Olympics.
Portions of this release are courtesy of the NCAA.
ABOUT THE COMMONWEALTH COAST CONFERENCE
The Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC), founded in 1984, is an NCAA Division III athletic conference comprised of nine full member and two associate member institutions throughout the New England region. Its membership aims to provide student-athletes with a positive experience in their pursuit of excellence through high academic standards, quality competition, and a meaningful student life. The conference administers championships in 18 intercollegiate sports.