Montclair Sophomore Named Elite 89 Scholar-Athlete

Field hockey center back Abby Erler received the Elite 89 Award for the NCAA Division III Field Hockey Championship, a prestigious award for scholar-athletes, at a pre-tournament banquet at William Smith College in Geneva, N.Y., in November. The NCAA’s Elite 89 Award honors scholar-athletes who compete at the national championship level in their sports. It is presented to the athlete with the highest cumulative grade point average participating in each NCAA championship.

A National Student-Athlete Day Award Winner boasting a perfect 4.0 GPA, Erler is a Business Administration major and has been on the University Dean’s list three times.

“I honestly was not expecting to receive this award and I was completely shocked when they announced my name,” says Erler, a sophomore from New Hampton, N.H. “It is a huge honor to be recognized out of all the hard-working and deserving girls who made it to the Final Four.”