Delay Of Game: Maryland Eastern Shore’s Dayona Godwin

The UMES senior reflects on her career being ended abruptly by the Coronavirus

SALISBURY, Md- Ocean Pines native Dayona Godwin is one of hundreds of thousands of NCAA athletes who saw their seasons cut short when the COVID-19 pandemic struck America.

A senior guard on the Maryland Eastern Shore women’s basketball team, Godwin saw her senior season ended  at one of the worst possible times. The Lady Hawks had just knocked off defending champion Bethune Cookman in round two of the MEAC tournament. Before UMES could play their semifinal matchup, the MEAC followed suit with other major conferences, cancelling the remainder of their tournament. “We ended on a good note, but we really thought this was our year to get that MEAC championship,” said Godwin.

“It didn’t really hit me until we had that meeting with our coaches, and a couple of our seniors broke down, because that’s really how most of our careers ended,” Godwin explained.

The Stephen Decatur graduate also referenced being heartbroken when UMES cancelled their spring commencement. “That’s what all of us graduates work so hard for, we want to walk that stage because its just awarding us and showing us in front of our family and friends that we made it.” The University has had talks to allow spring graduates walk the stage at the following winter commencement.

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