Erin Matson, a sophomore forward on the North Carolina field hockey team, was named the recipient of the 2019-2020 Mary Garber ACC Female Athlete of the Year Award.
Matson became the youngest player to ever win the award — all previous recipients have been upperclassmen — and is the ninth UNC athlete to receive the honor.
Initially, Matson wasn’t fully aware of the historic value the recognition held.
“I honestly didn’t know that it was as big of a deal as it is," Matson said. "It’s pretty cool and it’s great for myself — even more so for our program and university — just to bring another Carolina athlete on that list."
Even after after being named a first team All-American as a first-year, Matson's success in her second season in Chapel Hill managed to exceed her first. She led the nation in both points per game and goals per game, notching 4.05 and 1.65 in those categories, respectively. She also averaged a conference-best 0.75 assists per game, adding to her impressive list of offensive statistics. Matson's play earned her first team All-American honors in 2018 and 2019, spots on the All-ACC team two years in a row, as well as the National Player of the Year award in 2019.