Just weeks away from leading the UNC to a third consecutive NCAA championship with a winning goal in extra time, junior forward Erin Matson was selected as one of four finalists for the Honda Award in field hockey on Tuesday.
The award recognizes the best player in college field hockey, and the finalists were selected by a panel of coaches and experts from the National Field Hockey Coaches Association.
Matson, who won the Honda Award in 2019, led the tar heels with 29 goals in just 20 games and finished second on the team with nine assists. Her average of 1.45 goals per game led the country when she received the ACC Offensive Player of the Year award for the third time in her illustrious career.
Since Matson arrived on campus before the 2018 season, UNC has won 62-1 in the 63 games she has played – including a 47-game winning streak at the start of her career and a 19-1 record in this one Season.
In her three years at the Tar Heels, the Pennsylvania native has scored a whopping 82 goals and 43 assists – good enough for 207 total points.
Although she still has a year to go, she has already started comparing Mia Hamm and Michael Jordan as one of the best athletes in UNC history.
On #UNCErin Matson:
.@awaytoworthy: “It is what the campus (Mia) Hamm has seen closest.”@ patjames24: Matson is one of the BEST field hockey players in the world. All levels.@ UNCKirschner: “She’s on the shortlist as one of the best tar heels, any sport of all time.”
– Ross Martin (@RossMartin_IC) May 10, 2021
The winner of this year’s Honda Award will be announced in early June once the voting is complete. Other finalists besides Matson are: Sophie Hamilton (Connecticut), Megan Schneider (Louisville) and Corinne Zanolli (Stanford).
The Honda Sport Award has been presented annually to the best female athletes in 12 different NCAA-approved sports for the past 45 years.
The winners will become finalists for the Sportswoman of the Year and the prestigious Honda Cup 2021, which will air on June 28th on the CBS Sports Networkth.
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