With one Yale field hockey player (rising sophomore midfielder/back Georgia Holland (Stony Brook, N.Y.)) having just wrapped up a stint at USA Field Hockey’s Senior National Championship, two other Bulldogs -- rising sophomore forward Erica Borgo (Randolph, N.J.) plus head coach Pam Stuper -- are getting ready for the Junior National Championship, held June 18-25 in Virginia Beach, Va., at the USA Field Hockey National Training Center.
Freshman Georgia Holland (Stony Brook, N.Y.) was one of 18 players selected to the New England team roster and will compete at USA Field Hockey’s Senior Women’s National Championship at American University May 20-27. Holland and her teammates will compete for the title of Regional Champions while also vying for spots on the National Team roster.
The woman that inspired the drives was gone, but her spirit clearly remained as Yale Athletics hosted its annual Mandi Schwartz Marrow Donor Registry Drive Thursday at Commons. Mandi, the women’s ice hockey center whose battle with cancer helped draw record-setting numbers of people to Yale’s first two drives, had passed away just 18 days before Thursday’s drive. With her tragic story still fresh in everyone’s minds, the Bulldogs banded together and added nearly 900 people to the Be The Match Registry in Mandi’s honor. It was the second biggest drive of its kind, trailing only Yale’s drive from a year ago.
A pair of Bulldogs will be part of upcoming international competitions for two different USA Field Hockey teams. Freshman midfielder/back Georgia Holland (Stony Brook, N.Y.) is on the Under-19 Junior Women’s National Team roster for the trip to Santiago, Chile, this week to play the Chilean Junior National Team as well as top local clubs. Additionally, head coach Pam Stuper is going to Holland with the Under-17 team to compete in the DOMO International Easter Tournament.
In recognition of the impact her courageous battle with cancer has had on efforts to save lives through marrow donor registry drives, the Yale athletic department has named its annual drive in honor of women’s ice hockey player Mandi Schwartz (Wilcox, Sask.). The Mandi Schwartz Marrow Donor Registry Drive at Yale, which is part of the nationwide “Get in the Game. Save a Life.” campaign for the Be The Match Registry®, will be held on Thursday, Apr. 21 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. this year. The drive, which takes place at Commons on the corner of College Street and Grove Street in New Haven, is open to the general public. Food will be served.
Yale field hockey coach Pam Stuper is serving as a member of the executive board for FIH, the international governing body for the sport of field hockey, after being elected last fall. Stuper’s work with the board took her to Switzerland for the first weekend of March.
The Yale field hockey team, which earned the National Field Hockey Coaches Association National Academic Team Award for the 2010 season last month, had 14 individuals named to the NFHCA National Academic Squad on Wednesday. The Bulldogs had more selections than any other Ivy League school.
The Yale field hockey team earned the National Field Hockey Coaches Association National Academic Team Award for the 2010 season, the NFHCA announced Tuesday. The Bulldogs have earned the award in each of their six seasons under head coach Pam Stuper.
Yale’s Lexy Adams will give the ultimate gift this holiday season by donating bone marrow to help save the life of a cancer patient. The 18-year old sophomore, a back on the Yale field hockey team, found out she was an excellent genetic match for the patient last month. She had initially joined the National Marrow Donor Program’s® Be The Match Registry® at a drive organized by the Yale football and women’s ice hockey teams this past spring.
Ten Yale student-athletes have earned Fall Academic All-Ivy honors. Football players Patrick Witt and Jesse Reising, Jeff Perrella from the cross country team, soccer player Eric Meyer and lightweight rower William Zeng were honored on the men’s side. The women selected were soccer players Kate Macauley and Miyuki Hino, field hockey player Dinah Landshut, volleyball player Taylor Cramm and rower Stephanie Madner.
The Yale field hockey team held its post-season banquet Friday night, announcing the team awards. Appropriately for a season where Yale held a season-long “Get a Grip” campaign in her honor, sophomore goalkeeper Ona McConnell (London, England) won the Walton Award for confronting the challenge of playing with myotonic dystrophy. Sophomore forward Mary Beth Barham (Fairfax, Va.) and junior forward/midfielder Chelsey Locarno (Boston, Mass.) shared the Coaches’ Award. Also honored was freshman forward/midfielder Emily Schuckert (Wilmington, Del.), who received the Senior Award.
Junior back Erin Carter (Perkiomenville, Pa.) has been elected captain of the Yale field hockey team for the 2011 season. Carter, the 41st captain in Yale history, was selected by a team vote at Ray Tompkins House Monday afternoon.
A pair of juniors on the Yale field hockey team, back Erin Carter (Perkiomenville, Pa.) and midfielder Dinah Landshut (Hamburg, Germany), were named All-Mideast Region by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association on Thursday. Landshut made the first team, while Carter made the second team.
Wednesday’s announcement of the Ivy League’s annual field hockey awards included the selection of Yale freshman midfielder/back Georgia Holland (Stony Brook, N.Y.) as Ivy League Co-Rookie of the Year, making her the fourth player in school history to earn that honor. Holland was also one of four Yale players named All-Ivy League. Junior back Erin Carter (Perkiomenville, Pa.) and junior midfielder Dinah Landshut (Hamburg, Germany) were named first team All-Ivy, while Holland and freshman forward Erica Borgo (Randolph, N.J.) earned second-team status.
Freshman forward Erica Borgo (Randolph, N.J.) who finished off her rookie season by scoring a pair of goals in the finale at Brown to claim the team lead in points (23) and tie for the team lead in goals (eight), was named Ivy League Rookie of the Week Tuesday.
Brown’s Elara Mosquera broke a 2-2 tie with 5:15 left, and the Bears held on to hand Yale a 3-2 loss in the season finale Saturday afternoon at Warner Roof. Both Yale goals came from freshman forward Erica Borgo.
Entering 2010, the Yale field hockey team adopted the slogan “raising the bar”. The goal was to keep momentum from the record-setting 2009 campaign going. Now -- with one game left in the season, at Brown on Saturday -- the Bulldogs have a chance to do just that by matching or exceeding the marks they established a year ago.
Pushed to overtime by Columbia for the second year in a row, the Yale field hockey team once again found a way to respond. Junior forward Mia Rosati slipped one over the goal line 1:22 into the extra session to lift Yale to a 3-2 win. It was the fifth win in a row for the Bulldogs, who can tie the school record for victories in Ivy League play with a win next Saturday at Brown.
The Yale Field Hockey Class of 2011 had a tough act to follow, leading Yale into a 2010 season where the Bulldogs had to replace their all-time leading scorer and single-season assist leader while also trying to follow up on a record-setting 2009 campaign. But entering Saturday’s Senior Day game vs. Columbia at Johnson Field, the senior class -- goalkeeper Katie Bolling (Ann Arbor, Mich.), forward Erica Cullum (Morristown, N.J.), forward Johna Paolino (East Greenwich, R.I.) and back Marissa Waldemore (New Vernon, N.J.) -- has helped put the team in a position to match or exceed some of the most significant records in school history.
Upset-minded Fairfield began celebrating as what appeared to be the game-tying goal headed towards the goal line with just over 11 minutes left Sunday afternoon at University Field. The Stags had hung tough against the Bulldogs all game long, and Marit Westenbergs shot on the only Fairfield penalty corner of the game was behind the Yale goalkeeper and on its way in to knot the game 2-2 -- until freshman midfielder/back Georgia Holland made the play of the game. Holland lunged forward and got to the ball in the air just before it crossed, winding up in the cage herself but keeping the ball out. The game-saving effort proved vital in Yales 2-1 win.
It has been nearly a month since Yale played a game on its home turf, as a stretch of five straight road games has finally come to an end. Still within a game of first place, Yale hosts Penn in a crucial Ivy League contest Saturday at Noon at Johnson Field. The Bulldogs are then right back on the road Sunday, but this time its a short trip down I-95 to play at Fairfield Sunday at 1 p.m.
After five straight games on the road, the Yale field hockey team was anxious to get back to Johnson Field and set the tone early in an Ivy League showdown with Penn Saturday afternoon. The Bulldogs did so in emphatic fashion, scoring six times in the first half. By the end of the day three different players had scored two goals, and nine different players had points, for a 10-0 win over Penn. Junior midfielder/back Taylor Sankovich led the way with two goals and two assists.
Following a sweep of Dartmouth and Holy Cross over the weekend, Yale swept the Ivy Leagues weekly awards on Tuesday. Two players who were key parts of the dominant defensive effort that saw the Bulldogs allow only one goal in 140 minutes were honored: junior back Erin Carter (Perkiomenville, Pa.) was named Player of the Week and freshman midfielder/back Georgia Holland (Stony Brook, N.Y.) was named Rookie of the Week.
After a hard-fought league win at Dartmouth on Saturday, the Yale field hockey team showed no let-up Sunday afternoon against a winless Holy Cross team. The Bulldogs outshot the Crusaders 7-1 in the first half, taking a 1-0 lead on a goal by sophomore forward/midfielder Mary Beth Barham. Junior back Erin Carter added another goal in the second half, and senior goalkeeper Katie Bolling combined with sophomore goalkeeper Ona McConnell for the 2-0 shutout.
Facing a Dartmouth team that was ranked No. 3 in the country in goals per game, the Yale defense knew it would be put to the test on Saturday. So it was fitting that, on a day where the Bulldogs became just the fourth team this season to hold Dartmouth to less than two goals, one of Yales top backs provided the necessary offense for the win. Junior Erin Carters two penalty corner goals turned an early 1-0 Dartmouth lead into a 2-1 Yale lead, and senior goalkeeper Katie Bolling kept the Big Green at bay with four saves. Senior forward Johna Paolino put the game out of reach with a goal midway through the second half.
A span of 40 seconds wound up being all that separated Yale from an upset win at No. 12 Boston College Sunday. The Bulldogs had a 1-0 lead on a first-half goal by freshman forward Erica Borgo, but the Eagles Janna Anctil scored twice in less than a minute early in the second half to reverse that lead. Borgo tied it again with 15 minutes to play, but Anctil finished off her hat trick seven and a half minutes later to lift her team to the 3-2 win.
UConn started strong and finished strong Wednesday night at the Sherman Family Sports Complex, scoring four goals in the first 26 minutes and three in the last 10 minutes. In between those two spurts, Yale managed to hang with the No. 5 team in the country. Junior back Erin Carter scored the only goal by either team in a stretch of more than 30 minutes of playing time, but it was not enough for Yale to avoid a 7-1 loss.
The Yale field hockey team gets the chance to test itself against two of the top teams in the country this week, as the Bulldogs visit No. 5 UConn Wednesday and No. 12 BC Sunday. It will be a particularly tough task for the Bulldog offense, with both opponents featuring goalies ranked in the top 10 in the country in goals-against average. Yale garnered a vote in the NFHCA poll released Tuesday, the second straight week the Bulldogs have been among the teams receiving votes.
The impact of Yales freshman field hockey class continues to draw the notice of the Ivy League. Midfielder/back Georgia Holland (Stony Brook, N.Y.) was named Rookie of the Week Tuesday, the second time this season she has earned the honor and the third time in five weeks that a Yale player has been selected. Holland had a pair of goals, including the game-winner, to lead Yale to a 3-2 win at Cornell Saturday.