Nicholas named finalist for Honda DIII Athlete of the Year for field hockey

Middlebury senior Erin nicolas (Scarsdale, NY) was named the Honda DIII finalist for Field Hockey Athlete of the Year, as announced today by General Manager Chris Voelz of THE Collegiate Women Sports Awards (CWSA) presented by Honda .

Nicholas is now named one of 11 finalists for the prestigious DIII Honda Athlete of the Year. This will be voted on at the end of the school year by a national vote among 1,000 NCAA member schools under the CWSA program, now in its 46th year.

“I am extremely honored to be recognized for this award and owe it to my teammates, coaches, friends and family who have helped me reach this point,” said Nicholas. “My Middlebury teammates and coaches challenged me every day and helped me grow both as an individual and as a student-athlete. The environment and team culture that I ‘ve had the privilege of living the past four years are second to none. I feel so lucky to have been surrounded by such a remarkable group of individuals and I am thrilled to watch the program and my teammates continue to grow in it. ‘to come up. “

The midfielder was recently named the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) DIII Region II Player of the Year for the third consecutive year. In the past two full seasons, she has been named the NFHCA National Player of the Year and was a two-time member of the NFHCA First Team All-Star.

She led her team to an unbeaten season and their fourth straight NCAA Championship title, becoming the first team to win four straight titles. A three-time winner of the NCAA All-Tournament, she also received MVP honors this year as well as in 2019. Following the conference game, she received her third consecutive Player of the Year award at the NESCAC and his third mention of the NESCAC First All-Star Team. .

Nicholas ended his field hockey career at Middlebury with 161 points (65G, 31A). She has placed first at NESCAC with 28 goals this season, which propelled her to third on Middlebury’s single-season roster. Nicholas also led NESCAC with nine game-winning goals and her career-high 64 points placed her third on the Panthers’ all-time list.
Off the field, she is a four-time member of the NFHCA National Academic Team and a three-time NESCAC All-Academic Laureate.

“There are so many ways to characterize Erin nicolas – she is a dominant and relentless competitor for sure, ”said the head coach Katharine DeLorenzo. “What makes Erin extraordinary, however, is that she’s a human with many other forms of greatness. Erin is a friend in the purest definition of the word. She cares about you; she makes you better. As a teammate, Erin stays in the fray, in the mix, in the chaos of competition until the job is done. She will stick to you and the plan, not being intimidated by anything. C this is how she leads. Erin nicolas is a powerful role model for so many people. She leads with grace, kindness and dedication and is never distracted from how far the team has come. Erin deserves all the recognition she’s received and yet we still don’t think she could ever get enough credit. Its legacy on and off the pitch lies in its continued redefinition of the best. Erin nicolas sets new standards for itself and for all of us. It is a tremendous honor to coach Erin and to see Erin represent our team is a great honor for Middlebury College and Middlebury Field Hockey. “

All Honda Sports nominees from DIII and DII become finalists for the prestigious 2022 Honda Athlete of the Year in their respective divisions, featured on a live television broadcast on CBS Sports Network on June 27, 2022, in downtown Los Angeles . Honda Award finalists are recognized in 11 NCAA DIII and DII sanctioned sports; cross country, basketball, field hockey, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, volleyball and track and field.

The CWSA, now entering its 46th year, honored the nation’s top female NCAA athletes for their superior athletic skills, leadership, academic excellence, and eagerness to participate in community service. Since the beginning of its partnership in 1986, Honda has provided more than $ 3.4 million in institutional grants to the universities of the winners and nominees to support the women’s track and field programs.

About Honda Corporate Social Responsibility

For more than 60 years in the United States, Honda has been committed to making positive contributions to the communities where its associates live and work. Honda’s mission is to create products and services that improve people’s lives while doing business in a sustainable manner and fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace. As a result, Honda believes it is important to help people reach their life potential with a focus on the areas of education, environment, mobility, road safety and safety. community. Learn more at