October 19, 2010

Carter, Holland Sweep Ivy League Weekly Awards for Yale

Junior Back, Freshman Midfielder/Back Honored After Wins at Dartmouth and Holy Cross

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Following a sweep of Dartmouth and Holy Cross over the weekend, Yale swept the Ivy League's 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.

Yale's weekend sweep moved the Bulldogs' record to 8-5 on the season and 3-1 in the Ivy League. It came in impressive fashion defensively. Dartmouth had been averaging more than four goals per game, but was limited to only one in Yale's 4-1 Saturday. The Bulldogs then notched their fourth shutout of the year Sunday, blanking Holy Cross 2-0.

In addition to her continued role as one of Yale's defensive leaders, Carter also scored three goals over the weekend. She had two goals in Saturday's come-from-behind win at Dartmouth, including the game-winner. She scored Yale's second goal in the win at Holy Cross Sunday. With six goals in the last six games, Carter has taken over Yale's team lead with seven for the season. She is also second on the team in points with 14.

Carter was an honorable mention All-Ivy League selection last season, when she was second on the team with eight goals and second in the Ivy League with four game-winning goals.

While Carter has been a constant presence in the Yale backfield for three seasons now, Holland has given the Bulldogs a new option when looking for contributions at that end of the field. She has been one of Yale's best two-way players as a midfielder, but this weekend the Bulldogs needed to play her more in the backfield.  Holland made the most of her time at back, helping limit Yale's two opponents to six shots on goal combined.

This is the third Rookie of the Week selection for Holland, who is third on Yale in points (4-5-13). 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.

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