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Wood & Gomez Named CCC's NCAA Woman Of The Year Nominees

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(Portions of this release courtesy of the Commonwealth Coast Conference)

BEVERLY, 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 NCAA 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.


In her four years at Endicott, Wood put together an impressive career as a student-athlete with highlights both on and off the field. Athletically, Wood was named a Longstreth/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) All-American Second Team selection, a three-time NFHCA All-New England honoree, a three-time All-CCC First Team selection, the 2017 CCC Co-Defensive Player of the Year and Endicott's 2018 Female Athlete of the Year award.

In 79 games played, Wood scored 23 goals and dished out seven assists for a total of 53 points. Wood also collected seven defensive saves and registered five game-winning goals. Wood ranks tied for fifth all-time in defensive saves and tied 10th all-time in games started.

Academically, Wood earned three CCC Academic All-Conference honors, multiple Dean's List citations, three ZAG/NFHCA Division III National Academic Squad selections, Phi Sigma Biological Sciences Honor Society and Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing – Chi Epsilon Chapter laurels.

She also was elected as the 2018 Nursing Class Representative, named a two-time captain of the field hockey team, is a member of Endicott College's Student-Athlete Leadership and Advisory Committee (ECLead) and a member of both the Massachusetts and National Student Nurses' Associations, served as a peer mentor for Team IMPACT, and lastly, volunteered with Habitat for Humanity and the Special Olympics.

Additionally, Wood holds certifications with the American Heart Association (BLS certified), and phlebotomy certified and trained in the management of aggressive behavior.

Meanwhile, her coursework included an extensive amount of work in her major including the following practicums/rotations: senior nursing practicum at Anna Jaques Hospital working in the labor and delivery/neonatal intensive care unit, a community health rotation at Gloucester Preschool, and intensive care rotation at Holy Family Hospital, a psychiatric rotation at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital, a pediatric rotation at Beverly Hospital, a maternity rotation at Tufts Medical Center, a medical-surgical rotation at Lawrence General Hospital, and a fundamentals of nursing rotation at Lahey Hospital. Wood also has worked as an emergency department clinical care technician at Tufts Medical Center and a cardiology technician at Anna Jaques Hospital.


Gomez, a liberal arts major with a concentration in education, was a three-year student-athlete 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 CCC Academic All-Conference honoree.

During her senior year, Gomez served as an Executive Board Member on the CCC Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) as well as volunteering with Special Olympics. Since arriving at Eastern Nazarene, 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.


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. 

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