Yale Midfielder/Back and Coach Part of Junior National Teams
New Haven, Conn. – 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.
Holland, the Ivy League Co-Rookie of the Year last season, stepped right in as one of Yale's best two-way players as a midfielder and back. She led the Ivy League with five defensive saves and finished third on the team with six assists. She also had four goals.
Holland, who was a high school All-American in 2009 at Ward Melville, has previous experience in the USA Field Hockey system. She won a Junior National Championship with the Pennsylvania team in June of 2010. Last year she was also part of Olympic Development Select and was on the U-19 team for the Argentina Tour in April. She attended Junior National Camp from 2008-2010, was part of Futures Elite in 2009, and attended the National Futures Championship in 2008 and 2009. She played with current Yale teammate Emily Cain (Laytonsville, Md.) on the Junior Olympic Team in 2008, earning second place.
Stuper has been involved with the game on an international level since her days as a player. A member of the USA Field Hockey Hall of Fame, she was on the U.S. National Team for nine years. She participated in three World Cups (1990, 1994 and 1998), one Pan American Games (1995) and two Champion's Trophy Tournaments (1995, 1997). She also was an alternate for the 1996 U.S. Olympic Team. Stuper earned a silver medal in the 1995 Pan American Games and a bronze in the 1994 World Cup. She added to her international experience by playing for the Amsterdam Ladies First Team, which was Dutch National League Top Division runner-up in 1996-1997.
In addition to her playing experience, Stuper also has significant experience in international competition at other levels. In 2007 she served as a manager for the National Team's Netherlands tour and at the Champions Challenge in Baku, Azerbaijan. She has been an assistant coach/manager for the U.S. Under-16/Under-17 team since 2008. She has worked at the Easter tournament twice before, in 2008 and 2009. In 2010, she earned a bronze with the U-17 team at the Youth Pan American Games in Montevideo, Uruguay. She has also served as manager for the National Team's European Tour to Spain and England in 2010 and for the U-21 National Team at the Junior World Cup in Boston in 2009.
The Under-17 team will compete against top club teams in Holland and the Irish Junior National Team leading up to the DOMO International Easter Tournament. The tournament will be held at the HOD Club in Valkenswaard, Netherlands, Apr. 24-25.
The schedule for the U-17 tour is as follows:
- Tuesday, Apr. 19 5 p.m. (local time) USA vs. EMHC Eindhoven
- Wednesday, Apr. 20 4:30 p.m. (local time) USA vs. Pinoke
- Thursday, Apr. 21 3:00 p.m. (local time) USA vs. Ireland
- Saturday, Apr. 24 (schedule TBD) DOMO Tournament
- Sunday, Apr. 25 (schedule TBD) DOMO Tournament
Report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity