Susan Woodworth-Scheinman '88, Women's Soccer

Susan Woodworth-Scheinman '88, Women's Soccer

During her three-year career at Keene State College, Susan Woodworth gathered enough honors and notable accomplishments to fill the net she so watchfully guarded for the Owl women's soccer team between 1986 and 1988. A two-time All-Region selection and the only netminder of the 1988 NCAA All-Tournament team, Woodworth led Keene State to consecutive ECAC titles in 1986 and 1987 and backstopped the team to its first-ever NCAA post-season appearance in 1988. She still holds KSC records for most victories in a season (15) and shutouts in both a season (14) and a career (34). Whether it was practicing on the old "A'' Joyce Field or playing in that crucial tournament game, "Woody" demonstrated the same unrelent­ing intensity. "It didn't make a difference if it was practice or a game. Woody didn't want anyone to put the ball behind her," said her former coach, Dave Lombardo. "She was such a fierce competitor that we sometimes had to tone her down before the games."

And there were times that just couldn't be done. In a memorable mid-season game against soccer power Barry University, protecting the net like she was guarding Fort Knox, Woodworth was knocked out during a crease confrontation. "She had to sit out for two weeks and made everybody's life miserable," said Ken Howe, her goaltending and head coach during her final season.

When she returned to the field, she was still the same Woody, even though she had to play with football-type head gear. "I later found out that wasn't her only concussion during her career," said Howe.

Originally from Wellesley, Mass., Woodworth came to Keene State after a one-year detour to the University of Central Florida. Referring to her team as "a little family," Woodworth quickly assumed a leader­ship role as the Owl program rose in prominence. Completing her career with the shutout records and a sparkling 0.74 G.A.A., Woody, as she did with opposing shots, deflected the credit for her success.

"I had tremendous defenders in front of me and we worked together," she said.

Woodworth, who graduated with a degree in sports medicine, has also prospered off the field. She has worked as an assistant trainer at Babson College and a physical therapist in hospitals in New York and Maine. Recently completing her nursing degree at St. Joseph's College in Maine, she presently works in the orthopedic department at Health-South Rehabilitation Hospital in Concord, N.H. She is married to John Scheinman, a former Keene State assistant baseball and basketball coach.