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College notes: Woodland (Avon Grove) overcomes obstacles at Philadelphia U.

Tuesday, 8th July 2008

Categories College, Girl's/Women's  

By Chris Goldberg, Posted 7/8/08

Brooke Woodland (Avon Grove) has starred in both lacrosse and field hockey for Philadelphia University and overcome a major knee injury while compiling an impressive 3.98 GPA as a psychology major.

Last week, Woodland was rewarded for her hard work by receiving an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship and the honor of Academic All-Area Women’s Player of the Year from The Inquirer as recommended by the Sports Information Directors from the Philadelphia area.

“I always do better when I am busier,” Woodland said. “I played three sports in high school and I just seem work better when I have more structure.”

Woodland plans to use her scholarship at Philadelphia University and play out her fourth year of field hockey eligibility this fall while pursuing her master’s degree in occupational therapy.

“I minored in OT and decided in my sophomore year that I would become an occupational therapist,” Woodland said. “Having a degree in Psychology, it goes hand-in-hand with OT. It’s definitely a growing field.”

Woodland was a four-year starter for the Lady Rams’ lacrosse team and scored 108 points (77 goals, 31 assists) in her career. She scored 27 goals this year for the 12-5 Rams and helped Philadelphia University to the 2007 ECAC Division II Women’s Lacrosse Championship, the first-ever postseason title for the program.

In field hockey, Woodland has already set school records for career goals (37) and career points (86) in just three seasons while also holding the school record for single-season goals with 15 and points with 37, both set in 2006. She missed the 2007 hockey season after tearing her anterior cruciate ligament and medial cruciate ligaments as well as her meniscus late in the 2007 lacrosse season.

Woodland endured eight grueling months of extensive rehabilitation after having yet another operation to remove scar tissue. She was cleared to play again in January of 2008 and said she felt close to 100 percent in the lacrosse season.

Woodland is also a member of the University’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.

Bolton, Geary are honored

William and Mary’s Ashley Bolton (Penn Charter), a senior defender, and Emily Geary (Radnor), a freshman goalie, were named to the Virginia Sports Information Directors second-team all-state Division I squad.

Bolton, a second-team Colonial Athletic Conference (CAA) pick in 2008, was one of the Tribe¹s top defender this season and finished with 17 groundballs and 15 caused turnovers.

Geary had a strong rookie season in goal for the College, ranking fifth in the nation with 193 saves. A second-team all-league choice, she led the CAA with 10.16 saves per game and was second in the conference with a .482 save percentage. Both her saves per game average and save percentage ranked among the top 20 nationally.

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