Multiple Bulldogs Part of USA Field Hockey’s National Championships

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Erica Borgo. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Borgo, Holland and Stuper All Part of Competitions

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – With one Yale field hockey player (rising sophomore midfielder/back Georgia Holland (Stony Brook, N.Y.)) having just wrapped up a stint at USA Field Hockey's Senior National Championship, two other Bulldogs -- rising sophomore forward Erica Borgo (Randolph, N.J.) plus head coach Pam Stuper -- are getting ready for the Junior National Championship, held June 18-25 in Virginia Beach, Va., at the USA Field Hockey National Training Center.

The USA Field Hockey National Championships are a pair of round-robin tournaments (Junior and Senior) featuring the top athletes from USA Field Hockey's regional High Performance Centers. Beginning early in the spring, High Performance Centers throughout the country conduct trials. Once selected to a High Performance Center, athletes receive elite-level training from some of the nation's top coaches over the course of the spring. At the conclusion of the program, athletes are selected to represent regions at the National Championships.

Holland just finished competing in the Senior National Championship at American University in Washington, D.C., May 20-27. She was on the New England team roster, which ended the tournament with a 4-0 shutout of California in the playoff game between the fifth- and sixth-place teams. New England had lost three and drawn two in the round-robin portion.

There are six regional teams at the upcoming Junior National Championship that Borgo and Stuper are participating in: Mid-Atlantic, Midwest, New England, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and South. Borgo and Stuper are with the New England team, which opens the tournament against New Jersey at 8 p.m. on June 18. The tournament ends June 25 with playoffs based on the teams' places in the round-robin standings (1 vs. 2, 3 vs. 4, 5 vs. 6).

Borgo, a second team All-Ivy League selection, finished with the Yale team lead in points (23), tied for the team lead in goals (eight) and was second on the team in assists (seven). She was the first freshman to lead Yale in scoring since Amanda Walton '02 (18-3-39) in 1998. Borgo had eight points in the final four games, including a pair of goals in the season finale at Brown. Her previous USA Field Hockey experience includes being selected for the USFHA National Futures Championship in 2008 and 2009.

Stuper, the 2009 NFHCA Mideast Region Coach of the Year, has been at Yale for 14 seasons, including eight as an assistant coach and six as head coach. A member of the USA Field Hockey Hall of Fame, she helped lead Yale to three ECAC Championships (1998, 2002 and 2003) as an assistant. A nine-year member of the U.S. National Team, Stuper participated in three World Cups (1990, 1994 and 1998), one Pan-American Games (1995) and two Champion's Trophy Tournaments (1995, 1997). She was an alternate for the 1996 U.S. Olympic Team. Stuper earned a silver medal in the 1995 Pan American Games and a bronze medal in the 1994 World Cup.

Athletes participating in the USA Field Hockey Junior National Championship tournament will have the opportunity to be selected to attend the 2011 Junior National Camp at Old Dominion University from June 12-15. The Junior National Camp serves as a selection opportunity on to the USA Women's U-21, U-19, and U-17 National Teams.

Admission to the Junior National Championship is free and open to the public. All matches will be played at the Virginia Beach National Training Center located at 2181 Landstown Road, Virginia Beach, Va., 23456. Parking is available on site at no cost.

 

New England Team Schedule
2011 Junior National Championship
Forward Erica Borgo, Coach Pam Stuper

Saturday, June 18, 8 p.m. vs. New Jersey
Sunday, June 19, 8 p.m. vs. Pennsylvania
Tuesday, June 21, 6:15 p.m. vs. Midwest
Wednesday, June 22, 4:30 p.m. vs. South
Friday, June 24, 4:30 p.m. vs. Mid-Atlantic
Saturday, June 25 Playoffs

 

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

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