May 19, 2011

Georgia Holland to Compete at National Championship

Freshman Midfielder/Back Makes New England Squad

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Freshman Georgia Holland (Stony Brook, N.Y.) was one of 18 players selected to the New England team roster and will compete at USA Field Hockey's Senior Women's National Championship at American University May 20-27. Holland and her teammates will compete for the title of Regional Champions while also vying for spots on the National Team roster.

Rosters for the National Championship were selected for teams from each of the six High Performance Centers throughout the country (California, Mid Atlantic, New England, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and South). Holland's teammates on the New England squad include first team All-American midfielder Melissa Gonzalez of UConn, second team All-American forward Whitney Frates of New Hampshire and third team All-American goalie Alesha Widdall of UMass.

Teams will compete in six matches, including the finals on Friday, May 27. Following the conclusion of the championship match, names selected to represent the USA Women's National Team will be announced. These athletes will have the opportunity to train at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif., and compete against top international competition.

Holland recently traveled with the Under-19 Junior Women's National Team to Santiago, Chile, to play the Chilean Junior National Team as well as top local clubs. Her previous experience in the USA Field Hockey system includes winning 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 freshman Emily Cain (Laytonsville, Md.) on the Junior Olympic Team in 2008, earning second place.

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 was a high school All-American in 2009 at Ward Melville.

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

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