Photo from King’s College Athletics Caitlin Wood
Photo from King’s College Athletics
Caitlin Wood

The field hockey squad has enjoyed contributions from many of its stars as they sit in first place in the MAC Freedom Conference through the end of September. As of Sept. 24, they have reeled in four consecutive wins.

One of those standouts is Caitlin Wood, a James M. Coughlin High School graduate, who lives in Plains. Our September Athlete of the Month for women’s sports is a senior who plans on graduating from King’s with a degree in Early Grades and Special Education in order to pursue a career in teaching. However, that doesn’t mean Wood will leave field hockey behind.

“I plan on staying involved with field hockey through coaching and officiating,” Wood said.

That’s not surprising, considering the fact that field hockey has offered Wood many opportunities.

“I feel one of my greatest accomplishments on the field has been being selected to various field hockey teams, allowing me the opportunity to explore and travel various parts of the world,” Wood said. “Thus far, my field hockey career has allowed me to travel throughout the United States and beyond, to places such as Bermuda, Holland and Amsterdam.”

Wood’s classmate and a team captain, Nicole Sott, commends Wood’s leadership.

“As a senior forward and one of our leading scorers from last season, it is really good to see her energy has not changed!” Sott said. “Caitlin’s energy allows other players on the team to build off of it and also be successful on the field.”

Field hockey head coach Martha Kerrick said Wood “has become a better passer during the course of our season as she works with the other players, and she can find the open player and give a touch pass to her.”

In terms of on-the-field presence, she is, according to Kerrick, “an even stronger presence in the offensive circle, while continuing to improve her defensive skills.”

Wood’s energy is proving an example of the team’s theme this season “Make Them React.”As of Sept. 24, she is the unit’s leading scorer, with six goals and two assists. Three of her goals proved to be game winners, where she is tied for the conference lead in that category.

When she’s not playing hockey or studying for classes, Wood spend her time volunteering in the community and pursuing other hobbies.

“I enjoy spending my extra time volunteering for the Special Olympics and Valley Santa,” Wood said.  “Aside from field hockey, I have participated in numerous other sports as well as Irish dancing my entire life.”