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Westerly’s Woodman tops scoring, assists lists

WESTERLY — Eliza Woodman’s name is at the top of every scoring list that the Westerly High girls’ lacrosse team maintains.

The Bulldogs’ senior holds the school record for goals and assists in a game, a season and a career and earned a spot on the Division III All-Class team, her third consecutive season with a postseason honor.

Woodman, who has been a varsity starter each of the last three seasons, earned a 2013 Division III South first-team selection and a 2012 Division II All-Class selection.

The 12 best players from all of Division III are named to the All-Class team.

“Eliza, being from Stonington, has played the longest out of all the girls on the team,” Westerly coach Meg Paisley said. “She has a great shot, she can roll the crease, she can shoot around people and over people.”

Woodman started her career at Stonington High where she played as a freshman.

Woodman scored 36 goals this season and assisted on 11 others. Her 110 career goals are twice as many as the next closest player Melissa Gencarelli (2011), who had 55 goals.

The program began in the 2008 season.

Paisley said she was very pleased with the increase in Woodman’s assist numbers this season after having just one assist in 2013.

“It was something we really worked on as a team,” Paisley said. “There were a lot more players for her to pass to this season. A lot of it was just everyone getting used to each other and getting familiar with the style of play.”

Woodman’s records include: goals in a season (46), goals in a game (seven — tied with Emily Sullivan), assists in a game (four) assists in a season (11) and career assists (19).

Woodman was also named to the All-Select team. After each game, a coach votes for two players on the opposing team as the game’s outstanding players. The top vote getters for the season are named to the All-Select team.

Two-year captain and senior midfielder Haley Nix garnered a spot on the Division III-South first team.

“I’m going to miss Haley next season,” Paisley said. “She’s very athletic, can play any position, she’s very fast, she can score and she can play defense.”

“I told her to stay on Haley McCusker when we played Pilgrim (May 6) and that’s all she did that game. She held her to one goal and she (McCusker) was one of the best scorers in Division III.”

Nix’s responsibilities were mostly defensive, but she still managed three goals and two assists in 2014.

Nix was also named to the Division III All-Class team in 2013.

Nix, like Woodman, was named to the All-Select team.

Junior goaltender Kyra McCormick also made Division III-South first team.

“Kyra was seventh in the state in saves,” Paisley said. “For a Division III goalie that’s pretty amazing.

“She’s an extremely hard worker both with her offseason conditioning and goalie camp. She’s always trying to improve and she was so much better this season than last season.”

Paisley said that McCormick bounced back quickly from allowing goals and never got too down on herself during a game.

It was the first postseason award of McCormick’s career.

Emily Sullivan and Meghan Crawford, both sophomore attackers, earned second-team Division III spots.

Paisley described both Sullivan and Crawford as solid offensive players who played at a high level at a young age.

Sullivan scored 34 goals (including a seven-goal game April 18 against Scituate) and also had seven assists. Crawford had 16 goals and eight assists.

Sullivan earned the same honor in 2013, but it was Crawford’s first postseason award.

Two juniors, Sarah Garvey and Serenity Chen, were named to the Division III-South second-team.

Garvey scored 16 goals and assisted on four others after she missed 2013 with an injury.

Paisley said Chen, a defensive midfielder, is very good at intercepting passes.

Garvey and Chen were both first-time award winners.

A total of 12 players were named to the Division III first-team and 12 to the second-team.

Four teams played in Division III-South.

Westerly finished 4-8 losing to runner-up Pilgrim in the playoffs.

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