For most NCAA field hockey players, a four-goal performance would be seen as a career highlight and likely one of the highest-scoring games in school history. Last season, only eight players across the country accomplished such a feat.
However, North Carolina forward Erin Matson breaks the mold.
She is the most statistically dominant college field hockey player at any level over the last decade, and her success has been a key part of why the Tar Heels have won so many important games during her time at UNC. Matson has been part of three national championships and won four straight ACC titles at UNC.
So, when Matson added career goals 119, 120, 121 and 122 in her fourth-career four-goal game against Liberty University on Sunday, it was merely another phenomenal game in her illustrious career as a Tar Heel.
Matson came to Chapel Hill with a decorated resume, having been named to the United States Women’s National Field Hockey Team before turning 18 years old and winning a medley of international medals in her junior career. Her time at UNC has ascended her to legend status, not just for the Tar Heels, but for the game of field hockey as a whole.
Matson has won ACC Offensive Player of the Year in each of her previous four seasons, and through nine games this year, she is on track to win the award again.
Her total goals lead the conference and rank second nationally, behind only Northwestern University forward Bente Baekers, who has played an additional three games. Matson has also been the key offensive force for the team with one of the best offenses in the nation, with UNC ranking second among all Division I programs in scoring average.