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Bulldogs Take Part in USA Field Hockey’s National Championships

Mary Beth Barham was the captain of the Mid-Atlantic team at USA Field Hockey's National Championship. (Tom Barham photo)
Mary Beth Barham was the captain of the Mid-Atlantic team at USA Field Hockey's National Championship. (Tom Barham photo)

Three Players and Coach Stuper Participate in Event

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - There was a major Yale presence at USA Field Hockey's National Championships, held June 20-26 in Virginia Beach, Va., at the USA Field Hockey National Training Center. Three Bulldogs -- rising sophomore midfielder/forward Mary Beth Barham (Fairfax, Va.), rising junior back Erin Carter (Perkiomenville, Pa.) and incoming freshman midfielder/back Georgia Holland (Stony Brook, N.Y.) -- played in the event, and head coach Pam Stuper served as an assistant coach. Holland's Pennsylvania team beat Barham's Mid-Atlantic team 2-0 for the junior tournament championship.

The USA Field Hockey National Championships are a pair of round-robin tournaments (junior and senior) featuring the top athletes from USA Field Hockey's regional High Performance Centers. Beginning in the early spring, High Performance Centers serving the California, Maryland, Midwest, New England, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and South regions conduct open trials. Once selected to a High Performance Center, athletes receive elite-level training from some of the nation's top coaches over the course of the spring. At the conclusion of the program, athletes are selected to represent regions at the National Championships. Athletes competing in the tournament have the opportunity for selection to the U.S. National Squad.

Carter played in the Senior National Championship, which featured eight teams and a total of 141 players. Carter was on the California team, which went 2-2-1. Barham and Holland both played in the Junior National Championship, which featured four teams with 18-player rosters -- Mid-Atlantic, New England, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Barham was the captain for the Mid-Atlantic team, which included three players from 2009 NCAA Champion University of North Carolina and went 3-2-0. Holland's Pennsylvania team included a pair of players from 2009 NCAA runner-up University of Maryland and went 4-0-1.

Barham was an honorable mention All-Ivy selection last year. She started all 16 games that she was healthy for, scoring a pair of goals and adding one assist. She also had a defensive save.

Barham is in Jonathan Edwards College at Yale. She attended W.T. Woodson High School.

Carter has been a USA Field Hockey Futures participant and a National Hockey Festival participant. She won a gold medal at the National Futures Tournament in 2006, and a bronze medal in 2005. Carter is also a four-year National Indoor Tournament medalist (two gold, one silver, one bronze). She was a Junior Olympics selection as a sophomore in high school.

Carter was an honorable mention All-Ivy selection last season, when she had a breakthrough campaign offensively while remaining one of Yale's best defenders. She finished second on the team in goals with eight, and increased her point total from four in 2008 to 17 in 2009. She got stronger as the year wore on, scoring seven of her eight goals in the final 11 games.

Carter is in Ezra Stiles College at Yale. She is a graduate of Perkiomen Valley High School.

Holland, who attended Ward Melville High School, was selected for USA Field Hockey's 2010 Under-19 National Team and was part of that team's Argentina Tour in April. She also attended Junior National Camp in 2008 and 2009, and won a silver medal at the 2008 Junior Olympics -- where one of her coaches was Yale Associate Head Coach Tamara Durante. Holland was also picked for the Olympic Development Select Team this year, and was part of the Futures Elite in 2009. She took part in the National Futures Championship in 2008 and 2009.

Stuper, the 2009 NFHCA Mideast Region Coach of the Year, has been at Yale for 13 seasons, including eight as an assistant coach and five as head coach. A member of the USA Field Hockey Hall of Fame, she helped lead Yale to three ECAC Championships (1998, 2002 and 2003) as an assistant. A nine-year member of the U.S. National Team, Stuper participated in three World Cups (1990, 1994 and 1998), one Pan-American Games (1995) and two Champion's Trophy Tournaments (1995, 1997). She was an alternate for the 1996 U.S. Olympic Team. Stuper earned a silver medal in the 1995 Pan American Games and a bronze medal in the 1994 World Cup.

Report by Sam Rubin '95 (, Yale Sports Publicity