Middlebury College field hockey sophomore Erin Nicholas (Scarsdale, N.Y.) has been named as the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division III National Player of the Year. She is the first sophomore to garner the national award by the organization in its history. Nicholas joins Lauren Greer '13, who was the 2012 National Player of the Year, as the two Panthers who have earned the national accolade. Nicholas helped lead the Panthers to the program's third NCAA Championship in the last four years and fourth overall with a single-season record 21 wins (21-1).
Nicholas was recently selected as a First-Team All-American after being named the New England West Regional Player of the Year. She is a two-time all-region selection with first-team laurels this year. Nicholas was also just the fifth Panther to be named the NESCAC Player of the Year and the first since 2013. She was the first NESCAC player to earn rookie of the year and player of the year honors in back-to-back seasons since Meighan McGowan of Williams (2005 & 2006). Nicholas was the fourth Panther since 2011 to earn the league's top honor. For her efforts in a 1-0 victory over No. 2 Tufts, she was tabbed as the NESCAC Player of the Week on November 5.
Nicholas topped the Panthers in points (45), goals (17) and assists (11) and recorded points in 18 of the team's 22 games this season. She led in the conference in scoring and was tied for second in assists. Nicholas also had five game-winning goals, including the winning tally in the NCAA Championship victory over Tufts.
The Panther has played in all 44 games during her first two seasons with 41 starts, including all 22 in 2018. She has scored 26 goals and added 16 assists for 68 points with six game-winning tallies.