Fernsler, Matson named NFHCA Division I National Players of the Week

Sep 8, 2021 | 2021-2022, Division I, News

BROCKPORT, N.Y. — Fifth-year goalkeeper from No. 23 Kent State University, Azure Fernsler, and senior forward from No. 4 University of North Carolina, Erin Matson, have been named this week’s NFHCA Division I Defensive and Offensive Players of the Week, respectively.

NFHCA Division I Defensive Player of the Week


Azure Fernsler, Kent State University, 5Yr., Goalkeeper (Sinking Spring, Pennsylvania)

  • Led the Flashes to wins over Ohio State University and No. 16 Syracuse University last week
  • Played all 120 minutes of the weekend
  • Faced 26 shots over two games
  • Only allowed one goal per game, recorded a total of 12 saves
  • Her dominance in goal helped the Flashes secure two come-from-behind wins defeating the Buckeyes 3-1 and Cuse 2-1 in overtime
  • Was named MAC Defensive Player of the Week

NFHCA Division I Offensive Player of the Week


Erin Matson, University of North Carolina, Sr., Forward (Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania)

  • Totaled 12 offensive points last weekend
  • Assisted on two goals in UNC’s 4-1 road win at No. 13 Princeton on Friday
  • Scored four goals and added two assists to total 10 points in UNC’s 9-1 neutral-site win over the University of Pennsylvania on Sunday
  • Became the Tar Heel career leader in both points and goals with 87 career goals and 221 points
  • Was named ACC Offensive Player of the Week

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 champion, strengthen, and celebrate field hockey coaches and the game. 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.