Matson, Taylor named Play Safe/NFHCA Division I National Players of the Week
BROCKPORT, N.Y. — Syd Taylor, junior goalkeeper from Syracuse University, and Erin Matson, junior forward from the University of North Carolina, have been named this week’s Play Safe/NFHCA Division I Defensive and Offensive Players of the Week, respectively.
Play Safe/NFHCA Division I Defensive Player of the Week
Syd Taylor, Syracuse University, Jr., Goalkeeper (Coatesville, Pennsylvania)
Taylor and Syracuse University went 1-1 in ACC games last weekend. Taylor faced 20 shots and conceded only one goal.
Taylor and the Orange bounced back after the 1-0 loss to the University of North Carolina on Friday with a 2-1 win on Sunday against Wake Forest University. The ‘Cuse defense, led by Taylor, was dominant over the two-game stretch denying opponents scoring opportunities on 12-of-13 penalty corners.
Taylor was named ACC Defensive Player of the Week on Tuesday.
Play Safe/NFHCA Division I Offensive Player of the Week
Erin Matson, University of North Carolina, Jr., Forward (Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania)
Matson had a hand in all three game-winning goals for the University of North Carolina last week.
Against the University of Virginia on Monday, Matson assisted on the game-winning goal that led the Tar Heels to a 2-1 win. On Friday against Syracuse University, Matson broke the 0-0 tie in the 53rd minute of the match to secure the win for the Tar Heels. Then, on Sunday against Duke, Matson tallied four points on two assists and a goal in the 5-4 Tar Heel win. She scored to tie the game at 2-2, then assisted on UNC’s fourth goal of the game, and finally assisted on the overtime game winner to end the contest.
Matson has either scored or assisted on the game-winning goal in all six UNC victories this season. She has a team-best four game-winning goals and leads the team in both goals and assists with six each.
Matson was named ACC Offensive Player of the Week on Tuesday.
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