Erin Matson tabbed as NFHCA Division I National Player of the Year
BROCKPORT, N.Y. — Erin Matson, junior forward from the University of North Carolina, has been named the NFHCA Division I National Player of the Year for the second year in a row.
Matson had another standout season for the 2020 Division I National Champion Tar Heels, earning Atlantic Coast Conference Offensive Player of the Year honors for the third-consecutive year and accumulating 67 offensive points on 29 goals and 9 assists. She was named the NFHCA South Region Player of the Year for the second-consecutive season and was selected to the NFHCA All-South Region First Team as well as the All-ACC First Team. Matson was a six-time ACC Offensive Player of the Week and a three-time NFHCA Offensive Player of the Week.
This year, the Chadds Ford native was recognized with her second-consecutive Honda Sport Award for Field Hockey, second-consecutive NCAA Tournament Most-Valuable Player award, and second-consecutive ACC Tournament Most-Valuable Player award. In May, the ACC Network placed Matson on a list of the top-10 ACC female athletes of all time, alongside the likes of Mia Hamm and Dawn Staley.
The 2020 NFHCA Division I National Player of the Year was announced live on the NFHCA Awards Show sponsored by AstroTurf® on June 15, 2021.
The National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) is a nonprofit organization serving field hockey coaches and supporters of the game from across the United States. The mission of the organization is to stimulate the professional development of coaching leadership within the sport of field hockey. The NFHCA strives to cultivate and recognize the professional contributions of its membership and to foster and promote the growth of the sport. The NFHCA is responsible for providing a recognizable presence and voice in regard to legislation affecting the sport as well as interscholastic and intercollegiate programs.