CHANDLER, Ariz. - Senior midfielder and captain Emma Erler (New Hampton, N.H.) of the 20th-ranked University of New Hampshire field hockey team was selected to the 2012 NFHCA Division I Senior Game, the organization announced Wednesday afternoon. This year's senior contest will be held Saturday, Nov. 17 (3 p.m.) at Old Dominion University.
Erler, who was also named to the America East All-Conference First Team and All-Academic Team on Wednesday, started all 18 regular-season games. She recorded three goals and six assists for 12 points to rank tied for second on the team in assists. Erler had a team-best four-game assist streak spanning Aug. 31 to Sept. 14 in which she tallied a total of five assists.
Her season highlights include a one-goal, two-assist effort at Brown University (Aug. 31) in which she tied her personal bests in both assists and points (four). Erler is an integral part of UNH's success on the offensive penalty corner unit as the insert, and she is also a member of the defensive penalty corner unit.
Erler stepped into a starting role as a sophomore and has been a linchpin in New Hampshire's midfield ever since; she has also been an important part of the team's successful penalty corner units – both offense and defense – the past two years. Erler emerged as an offensive threat last year, when she recorded 18 points (4g, 10a) to rank second in assists and fourth in points. In 71 career games (60 starts), Erler has tallied 36 points (9g, 18a).
Her other collegiate accolades include NFHCA All-Academic Squad (2009-10-11), America East Commissioner's Honor Roll (2009-10-11) and the aforementioned All-Academic Team (2010-11).
This marks the fourth year in a row the Wildcats will be represented in the NFHCA Senior Game. Dating back to 2009, senior forward and current Wildcats' assistant coach Meg Shea was named to the squad. In 2010, it was midfielder Kara Connolly representing UNH in College Park, Md. In 2011, the game was held at the University of Maryland, where UNH sent a pair of seniors – forward Whitney Frates and back Kyle Lyons.
Erler and New Hampshire (11-7 overall, 5-0 America East) return to action Nov. 2 as host of the America East Championship for the third consecutive year. Top-seeded UNH faces Fairfield University in a semifinal at Memorial Field. Game time is 2 p.m.