Bulldogs Welcome Six Incoming Freshmen

The Yale huddle. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
The Yale huddle. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Class of 2014 Brings Impressive High School Credentials to Yale

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Looking to build on last season's accomplishments, which included the school record for wins in Ivy League play, the Yale field hockey team welcomes six incoming freshmen to the roster. The Yale Field Hockey Class of 2014 includes an all-state selection who captained her team to a New Jersey sectional championship, a USA Field Hockey Olympic Development and Futures Elite selection who helped her team to four division championships in Maryland, an all-state selection who was part of three Long Island championships, an all-state selection who helped her team to three sectional championships in New York, an All-American who helped her team to the first New York State championship in her high school's history, and an all-state selection who helped her team to three Delaware state championships.

Here is a look at the newest Bulldogs:

Erica Borgo
Randolph, N.J./Randolph

High School: All-area and all-state 2009 … Team captain and led team with 22 goals and 14 assists as a senior … Team was State Sectional Champions in 2009 … All-conference and all-county 2007-2009 … Team MVP 2007 … Team Dedication/Desire/Determination Award 2006 … Also played lacrosse.

USA Field Hockey: Selected for USFHA National Futures Championship in 2008 and 2009.

Club Team: Played for The Edge … Won three National Outdoor Championships … Won two National Indoor Championships.

Notes: Has participated in Girl Scouts for 11 years, receiving ultimate Gold Award in 2009 … Father played baseball for Monmouth.

Why Yale? "Yale has the distinction of coupling a great academic university with a great field hockey program; things I have always looked for in a school. Having the opportunity to play under the direction of both Coach Stuper and Coach Durante is yet another amazing facet this university has to offer."

Emily Cain
Laytonsville, Md./Garrison Forest

High School: Captained team as a senior … Conference all-star 2007-09 … First team Baltimore Sun All Metro Team in 2008 and 2009; second team in 2007 … First team all-state in 2009; second team in 2008 … Team was IAAM "A" Conference Division Champions all four years she played, and was tournament champions in 2007 and 2008 … School forum member (Class president 2008-09) … Service League liaison 2008-10.

USA Field Hockey: Selected for USFHA National Futures Championship in 2008 and 2009 … Selected to Junior National Camp in 2008 and 2009 … Olympic Development and Futures Elite Select 2009-10 … Played for Yale associate head coach Tamara Durante, and with current Yale teammate Georgia Holland, on Junior Olympic Team in 2008, earning second place … Played for Yale head coach Pam Stuper on USA Under-16 National Team in 2009, placing third at the International Easter Tournament.

Notes: Father, Marty, is also an Ivy Leaguer (1972 Dartmouth graduate) … Involved with church and Teen Community Bible Study 2006-10. 

Why Yale? "I am honored to attend Yale College because of its high academic standard and the never-ending opportunities provided to undergraduate students. The first time I visited, I instantly fell in love with the campus and its rich history. After spending time with the field hockey team and the community on campus I knew that Yale was a perfect fit for me."  

Gabrielle Garcia
Garden City, N.Y./Garden City

High School: All-state … All-county … Two-time all-league … Three-time scholar-athlete … Team won one state championship and was a two-time state finalist … Team was three-time Long Island champions … Also played three years of lacrosse, winning three state championships in a row … Was on winter track and field team for one year, winning one county championship … Captain of math team … Peer AIDS educator … Student Council Treasurer ... Grade Council Vice President … Volunteer field hockey coach.

Notes: Snowboard instructor … Ralph's Italian Ice Girl … Father played football at Lafayette.

Why Yale? "When I began to visit schools my sophomore year, it was always easy for me to pick out the schools I disliked. It seemed that there was a negative aspect to every school ... until I saw Yale. Aside from the field hockey component, which I must say, is incredible, Yale is absolutely wonderful. I am in awe each time I step on campus, and there is no place I would rather spend the next four years of my life."

Brooke Gogel
Bronxville, N.Y./Bronxville

High School: All-state and all-section as a senior … Four-time all-league … Golden Dozen recipient as a senior (scholar-athlete award, one of 12 students in section 1) … Con-Ed Scholar Athlete of the Week Award as a senior … Led league and team in scoring as a senior, and was second in section … 35 goals as a senior … Led league, section and team in scoring and was named team's Offensive Player of the Year as a junior … Team won four league championships, three sectional championships (2006, 2008 and 2009) and one regional championship (2008) … Academic All-American in lacrosse as a junior and senior … Honorable mention all-league in lacrosse as a sophomore and junior … President of the Student Faculty Legislature as a senior … Vice President of the Student Faculty Legislature as a junior … Class president as a sophomore … Member of the Bronxville Youth Council community service organization all four years, serving as Vice President senior year … Group leader for the Freshman Transition Project, sponsored by the Princeton Center for Leadership Training, as a senior … Senior scholar athlete award recipient.

Notes: Brother, Evan, graduated from Yale in 2010 and was a member of the Whiffenpoofs singing group … Two older sisters went to Harvard and one was on the track and field team … Father, Donald, played lacrosse at Harvard and earned a Rhodes Scholarship.

Why Yale? "Someone once told me that while other schools are great, Yale is simply a state of mind."

Georgia Holland
Stony Brook, N.Y./Ward Melville

High School: First Team All-American as a senior … National Academic Squad as a senior … All-state and all-county 2007-09 … All-county honorable mention 2006 … Captained team senior year … All-state tournament team as a senior … Newsday's Long Island Field Hockey Player of the Year as a senior … Newsday All-Long Island Field Hockey Team 2007-09 … Empire State Games Silver Medal 2008 … Nancy Cole Award and Exceptional Senior Award 2009 … Led Long Island in goals (22) and assists (15) as a junior, and was second on Long Island in goals (18) and assists (11) as a senior … Team won first New York State Class A championship in 2008 and was New York State Class A semi-finalists in 2009 and 2007 … Also played basketball, captaining team for two years … Basketball team was Suffolk County semi-finalists in 2010, a first for the school, and was quarterfinalists in 2008 and 2009 … All-county in basketball in 2009 and 2010 … All-league in basketball in 2007 and 2008 … League rookie of the year in basketball in 2007 … Exceptional Senior Team in basketball in 2010 … Most Valuable Player in Suffolk County Shoot Out in basketball in 2010 … Also played lacrosse … Cellist in Ward Melville Symphony Orchestra … AP Scholar with Honor … National Honor Society … French Honor Society.

USA Field Hockey: Won Junior National Championship with Pennsylvania team June 2010 … Olympic Development Select 2010 … U-19 National Team 2010 (Argentina Tour in April) … Junior National Camp 2008-2010 … Futures Elite 2009 … National Futures Championship 2008, 2009 … Played for Yale associate head coach Tamara Durante, and with current Yale teammate Emily Cain, on Junior Olympic Team in 2008, earning second place …

Notes: Two-year captain of US Soccer Region I Premier club team …Soccer team was Eastern New York State champions in 2007 and 2008 … Father played football at Bucknell.

Why Yale? "I chose Yale because I think it provides the best combination of academics and athletics."

Emily Schuckert
Wilmington, Del./Tower Hill

High School: First team all-state in 2009 … Represented school in Senior All-Star Game … Team captain in 2009 … Honorable mention all-state in 2008 … All-conference in 2008 and 2009 … Second team all-conference in 2007 … Team was state champions 2006-2008 and state runners-up in 2009 … Team was conference champions 2007-2009 … Also played lacrosse, captaining team as a senior … All-American in lacrosse in 2010 … Honorable mention All-American in lacrosse in 2009 … 2010 Delaware Girls' Lacrosse Player of the Year … First team all-state in lacrosse in 2009 and 2010, second team all-state in 2008 … First team all-conference in lacrosse 2007-2009 … Lacrosse team was state champions and conference champions in 2007 and 2008 … Played with current Yale women's lacrosse players Mahi and Myra Trivellas … Cum Laude Society … Grade 11 Second Scholar … Spanish Language Award … Delaware Interscholastic Athletic Association Senior Scholar-Athlete Award winner.

USA Field Hockey: Futures program for five years … Played in U-19 National Futures Tournament … Played with Strikers Field Hockey Club in National Indoor Tournament … Played with Delaware First State Diamonds Field Hockey Club in National Field Hockey Festival in California.

Notes: Has done more than 60 hours of community service at the Latin Community Center in Wilmington, working with a program for Spanish-speaking senior citizens … Senior ambassador to the Blue-Gold program of Delaware Foundation Reaching Citizens with Disabilities … Referees youth lacrosse in the spring.

Why Yale? "I visited Yale a few times during my junior year and the summer before my senior year, and the one thing I consistently noticed was that everyone I met who attended or worked at Yale absolutely loved it."



Report by Sam Rubin '95 (sam.rubin@yale.edu), Yale Sports Publicity