SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Eastern Nazarene’s Emily Gomez (Floral Park, N.Y.) and Endicott’s Emylee Wood (Kensington, N.H.) were selected as the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) nominees for the 2018 NCAA Woman of the Year Award as announced by the conference office on Wednesday afternoon.
As conference nominees, Gomez and Wood will be forwarded to the Woman of the Year selection committee, which will choose the top 10 honorees in each NCAA division. The committee will then determine the top three candidates from each division from that pool. The nine finalists will be sent to the Committee on Women’s Athletics, which will vote to determine the 2018 NCAA Woman of the Year.
The 30 Woman of the Year candidates will all be honored at a dinner on Oct. 28 in Indianapolis. The 2018 NCAA Woman of the Year winner will also be announced at that time.
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.
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.
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 one 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.