November 23, 2010

Erler Named to America East Field Hockey All-Academic Team

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.Emma Erler (New Hampton, N.H.), a sophomore midfielder on the University of New Hampshire field hockey team, was named to the America East Field Hockey All-Academic Team, the league announced Tuesday morning.

Student-athletes must be a starter or prominent reserve and record a minimum 3.20 cumulative grade-point-average to be placed on the All-Academic Team ballot. Freshmen are not eligible, and transfers must complete a full academic year at the current institution to receive consideration for the All-Academic Team.

Erler, an environmental horticulture major, started all 20 games in which she played, including both America East postseason games; she missed the third game of the season vs. Bryant. Erler recorded two goals and two assists for six points and that included 1-1-3 in five America East league games.

She recorded a career-high three points (one goal, one assist) in the regular-season finale vs. (then) 15th-ranked Albany. Erler was credited with an assist in the Aug. 28 season opener vs. Lock Haven at the Wildcat Invitational and she scored a goal Sept. 24 at Michigan.

Beyond the statistics, Erler was an integral part of UNH's defensive penalty corner unit and the Wildcats' transition game from defense to offense.

Erler's previous academic accolades include 2009 National Field Hockey Coaches Association All-Academic Squad, 2009 America East Commissioner's Honor Roll and UNH Dean's List (Fall '09 and Spring '10).

New Hampshire won the America East regular-season championship with a perfect 5-0 record en route to a 14-7 overall record. The Wildcats climbed as high as No. 19 in the Kookaburra/NFHCA Poll.

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