NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The impact of Yale's 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.
In addition to her two goals Holland also had a pair of defensive saves, including an acrobatic one with Yale clinging to a one-goal lead in the final four minutes. A Cornell player attempted to lift the ball in with the Yale goalie down after making a save on a penalty corner, but Holland swung her stick over her head to bat the ball away in the air and preserve the lead. The win helps Yale keep pace in second place in the league, one game out of first.
With six points in her last two games, Holland has moved into the team lead in points (4-5-13). She is tied for second on the team in assists.
In addition to Holland's two selections, freshman forward Erica Borgo (Randolph, N.J.) was selected as Rookie of the Week in the first week of the season.
Holland was an All-American and a National Academic Squad selection last year at Ward Melville, and won USA Field Hockey's Junior National Championship with the Pennsylvania team this past June.
Yale plays at No. 5 UConn Wednesday night.
Every goal Yale scores this season brings the world closer to a cure for myotonic dystrophy. Sophomore goalkeeper Ona McConnell(London, England) has been diagnosed with the disease, the most common form of muscular dystrophy. The Bulldogs are taking pledges for a season-long "Goal-a-thon" as part of their "Get a Grip" campaign to raise awareness and funds for the Myotonic Dystrophy Foundation. For more information, visit http://www.yalebulldogs.com/getagrip
Report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity