Borgo, Holland Conclude Competition at USA Field Hockey National ChampionshipTwo members of Yale’s Ivy League champion field hockey team concluded play in USA Field Hockey’s Women’s National Championship last week in College Park, Md. Rising juniors Erica Borgo (Randolph, N.J.) and Georgia Holland (Stony Brook, N.Y.) were part of a group of 18 players selected to the North team roster for the tournament, which included eight teams. The North went 2-3, missing out on a chance to play in Friday’s finals after losing to Pennsylvania 3-2 in overtime last Wednesday.
Borgo, Holland to Compete at USA Field Hockey National ChampionshipTwo members of Yale’s Ivy League champion field hockey team have been selected to play in USA Field Hockey’s Women’s National Championship June 1-8 in College Park, Md. Rising juniors Erica Borgo (Randolph, N.J.) and Georgia Holland (Stony Brook, N.Y.) are part of a group of 18 players selected to the North team roster for the tournament, which includes eight teams. They and their North teammates will compete for the title of National Champions while also vying for spots on the U.S. National Team and the U.S. Development Squad.
Bulldogs Conquer “Tough Mudder” as Fundraiser for Myotonic Dystrophy FoundationThree members of Yale’s Ivy League champion field hockey team now officially qualify as “Tough Mudders” on behalf of a good cause. Rising sophomore forward Jessie Accurso (Jamison, Pa./Central Bucks South), rising senior goalkeeper Ona McConnell (London, England/American School) and rising senior forward Maddy Sharp (San Diego, Calif./La Jolla) spent Mother’s Day at the “Tough Mudder” challenge in Pocono Manor, Pa., battling obstacles such as mud, fire, ice water, 10,000 volts of electricity, 12-foot walls and underground tunnels. They used the event to raise funds for the Myotonic Dystrophy Foundation, finishing with more than $1,300 in donations for their efforts. McConnell was diagnosed with myotonic dystrophy, the most common form of muscular dystrophy, during her freshman year at Yale.
Trio of Bulldogs Take on “Tough Mudder” for Myotonic Dystrophy FoundationFor a cause close to their hearts, three members of Yale’s Ivy League champion field hockey team will spend Mother’s Day battling obstacles such as mud, fire, ice water, 10,000 volts of electricity, 12-foot walls and underground tunnels. It is all part of the “Tough Mudder” challenge in Pocono Manor, Pa., and the three Bulldogs participating -- freshman forward Jessie Accurso (Jamison, Pa./Central Bucks South), junior goalkeeper Ona McConnell (London, England/American School) and junior forward Maddy Sharp (San Diego, Calif./La Jolla) -- are using the challenge to raise funds for the Myotonic Dystrophy Foundation. McConnell was diagnosed with that disease, the most common form of muscular dystrophy, during her freshman year at Yale.
Mandi Schwartz Marrow Donor Registration Drive Adds 500 More Potential Life SaversA year has gone by since Mandi Schwartz ’10 (1988-2011) passed away after battling cancer for more than two years. Yet her impact remains evident in the annual marrow donor registration drive at Yale that is named in her memory. Thursday, her Yale women’s ice hockey teammates once again worked together with the football and field hockey teams in an effort to save the lives of patients with illnesses similar to Mandi’s. Yale’s drive, part of the nationwide “Get in the Game. Save a Life.” campaign, added more than 500 potential marrow donors to the Be The Match Registry® Thursday.
Bulldogs Aim to Keep Saving Lives with Mandi Schwartz Marrow Donor DriveIn its first three years, the Mandi Schwartz Marrow Donor Registration Drive at Yale has added nearly 2,500 people to the Be The Match Registry® and located at least six genetic matches for patients with life-threatening illnesses in need of transplants. This Thursday at Commons, Yale hopes to keep adding to those numbers. The football, women’s ice hockey and field hockey teams are once again leading the drive, which is named in memory of women’s ice hockey player Mandi Schwartz ’10 (Wilcox, Sask.) (1988-2011) and her courageous battle with cancer.
Ivy Champs Honor Holland, McConnell, Schlesier and Schuckert with AwardsThe Ivy League champion Yale field hockey team held its post-season banquet Friday night at Ray Tompkins House, announcing the team awards. Sophomore midfielder/back Georgia Holland (Stony Brook, N.Y.) was recognized with the Player of the Year Award. Junior goalkeeper Ona McConnell (London, England), the inspiration behind Yale’s season-long “Get a Grip” campaign, won the Walton Award again for confronting the challenge of playing with myotonic dystrophy. Another goalkeeper, freshman Heather Schlesier (San Diego, Calif.), received the Senior Award. Sophomore forward Emily Schuckert (Wilmington, Del.) won the Coaches’ Award.
Mandi Schwartz Marrow Donor Registration Drive at Yale Set for Thursday, Apr. 19In recognition of the impact her courageous battle with cancer has had on efforts to save lives through marrow donor registration drives, the Yale athletic department will once again hold a drive in memory of women’s ice hockey player Mandi Schwartz ’10 (Wilcox, Sask.) (1988-2011). The Mandi Schwartz Marrow Donor Registration Drive at Yale, which is part of the nationwide “Get in the Game. Save a Life.” campaign for the Be The Match Registry®, will be held on Thursday, Apr. 19 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. this year. The drive, which takes place at Commons on the corner of College Street and Grove Street in New Haven, is open to the general public. Donors that could help save lives are located through testing that consists of simple cheek swabs.
Ivy Champs Earn National Academic Team Award, Place 10 on Academic SquadThe Ivy League champion Yale field hockey team has also been excelling in the classroom, as recognized recently by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association. As a team, the Bulldogs earned the NFHCA National Academic Team Award for the 2011 season. They also had 10 individuals named to the NFHCA National Academic Squad.
Rosati Training with U.S.A. Women’s National Indoor TeamLess than two months after helping the Yale field hockey team to its first Ivy League championship in 31 years, senior forward Mia Rosati (Lower Gwynedd, Pa.) is training again -- this time for her country. Rosati is one of 31 players on USA Field Hockey’s 2011-12 Senior National Indoor Team roster and is preparing for the chance to play for the U.S. in the 2012 Pan American Indoor Championship.
Defending Ivy Champions Elect Maddy Sharp 2012 CaptainThe 2011 Ivy League champion Yale field hockey team took its first major step towards the 2012 season on Monday Dec. 5, electing junior forward Maddy Sharp (San Diego, Calif.) captain. Sharp, the 42nd captain in Yale history, was selected by a team vote at Ray Tompkins House.
Fall Academic All-Ivy AnnouncedThe Ivy League has released its list of student-athletes selected for 2011 All-Ivy Academic honors in fall sports. Ten Yale student athletes were selected.
Carter and Landshut Named All-Region AgainThe Ivy League champion Yale field hockey team had a pair of players honored Thursday as the National Field Hockey Coaches Association announced its annual all-region awards. Senior back Erin Carter (Perkiomenville, Pa.) was named first team All-Mideast Region and senior midfielder Dinah Landshut (Hamburg, Germany) was named second team All-Mideast Region.
Carter Named Ivy Defensive Player of the Year; Seven Bulldogs Earn All-Ivy HonorsThe Ivy League champion Yale field hockey team had seven players honored Wednesday as the league announced its annual awards, including senior back Erin Carter (Perkiomenville, Pa.)’s selection as the inaugural Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year. Carter, Yale’s captain, was also a first team All-Ivy selection along with sophomore forward Erica Borgo (Randolph, N.J.), sophomore midfielder Georgia Holland (Stony Brook, N.Y.) and senior midfielder Dinah Landshut (Hamburg, Germany). Carter, Holland and Landshut were unanimous first team selections. Junior midfielder Mary Beth Barham (Fairfax, Va.), sophomore goalkeeper Emily Cain (Laytonsville, Md.) and senior forward Mia Rosati (Lower Gwynedd, Pa.) were named second team All-Ivy.
Ivy League Champions! Bulldogs Beat Brown on Senior Day to Complete Run to TitleIt was a celebration 31 years in the making. The Yale field hockey team’s run to the Ivy League title culminated Saturday afternoon at Johnson Field on Senior Day, with all six members of the Class of 2012 contributing to the 7-0 win over Brown that earned the Bulldogs a piece of the Ancient Eight crown for the first time since 1980.
Senior Day Saturday Includes Chance to Win Ivy League TitleThe Yale Field Hockey Class of 2012 has been a part of 40 wins over the past four seasons, more than all but one class in school history. One more victory -- on Saturday vs. Brown at Johnson Field on Senior Day (1 p.m.) -- would guarantee the Bulldogs at least a share of the Ivy League championship. Yale enters the final weekend of the regular season tied for first in the standings with Princeton.
Carter Earns Third Ivy Player of the Week SelectionSenior back Erin Carter (Perkiomenville, Pa.), Yale’s captain, was named Ivy League Player of the Week for the third time this season on Tuesday. Carter scored four goals, including one that set a school record, to help the Bulldogs go 2-0 and remain in first place in the Ivy League standings.
Multiple Records Fall as Yale Beats Holy Cross 8-0The snow fell on Johnson Field on Saturday; on Sunday, with that snow cleared away, the records fell. By the time the Yale field hockey team had finished beating Holy Cross 8-0, the Bulldogs had broken the team records for goals and assists in a season. Senior midfielder Dinah Landshut added an individual record, as her three assists made her the Yale career leader in that category. Senior back Erin Carter and sophomore midfielder/back Georgia Holland each scored two goals for the Bulldogs, who have won six straight.
Battle for First Place Goes to Yale, 3-1Ever since a victory by Yale over Dartmouth created a five-way tie atop the Ivy League standings two weeks ago, each weekend has seen teams get weeded out of that logjam. On Friday night in New York, it was time for either Yale or Columbia to either step up or take a tumble from first. The Bulldogs and the Lions entered the game with identical 4-1 records in Ivy League play, part of what was a three-way tie for first with Princeton. In the end only Yale was left standing atop the Ancient Eight, as two goals from senior back Erin Carter and one from sophomore forward Erica Borgo gave the Bulldogs a crucial 3-1 victory that keeps them on pace for at least a share of the Ivy League championship.
Weekend Includes First-Place Battle at Columbia FridayThree teams enter the second-to-last weekend of the regular season tied for first place in the Ivy League. The Yale Bulldogs are one of them, and on Friday they face one of the others: at Columbia (6 p.m.). The winner of that game will maintain control of its own destiny for at least a share of the Ivy League title. The Bulldogs also have a non-league game vs. Holy Cross at Johnson Field Sunday (1 p.m.).
Bulldogs Edge Penn 2-1 to Maintain Their Grip on First PlaceThe Yale field hockey team entered Sunday afternoon’s game vs. Penn at Franklin Field knowing that only a win would be good enough to keep pace atop the Ivy League standings. The Bulldogs began the weekend as part of a five-way tie for first, and two of the teams they were tied with -- Columbia and Princeton -- picked up wins Saturday. In the process two other teams -- Dartmouth and Harvard -- got weeded out of the first-place logjam, and to avoid a similar fate Yale wound up having to make a comeback on unfamiliar turf. The Quakers grabbed a 1-0 lead midway through the first and made that lead stand up for almost 30 minutes, but in the end the Bulldogs got the goals that they needed -- from sophomore forwards Gabby Garcia and Erica Borgo -- to come away with the win.
First-Place Yale Plays at Penn SundayEntering the final three weekends of the regular season, the Yale field hockey team is right where it wants to be: in first place. The Bulldogs’ 5-1 win over Dartmouth last Saturday forged a five-way tie atop the Ivy League standings. Now, to stay in first, the Blue must beat Penn at Franklin Field Sunday (1 p.m.).
Holland Named Ivy League Player of the WeekSophomore midfielder/back Georgia Holland (Stony Brook, N.Y.) did a little bit of everything this past weekend -- including four goals and a pair of defensive saves -- to help the Yale field hockey team to a pair of wins. On Tuesday she was rewarded for her work by being selected as Ivy League Player of the Week.
Four Goals from Carter as Yale Beats Fairfield 6-0The thrilling win over Ivy League rival Dartmouth that pulled the Yale field hockey team into a tie for first place in the league on Saturday featured a hat trick from a sophomore, 13 saves from another sophomore and a game-winning goal from a freshman. On Sunday afternoon at Johnson Field against Fairfield, it was several members of Yale’s senior class who racked up significant numbers. Led by four goals from senior back Erin Carter and three assists from senior midfielder Dinah Landshut, the Bulldogs avoided any threat of a letdown in a non-league game with a convincing 6-0 win over the Stags.
Win Over Dartmouth, 5-1, Lifts Yale into Tie for FirstThe Yale field hockey team beat Dartmouth 5-1 to forge a tie atop the Ivy League standings Saturday afternoon at Johnson Field. Sophomore midfielder/back Georgia Holland had a hat trick, and sophomore goalie Emily Cain made 13 saves. A full recap will be available later today.
Weekend at Johnson Field Includes First-Place Dartmouth, FairfieldThe Yale field hockey team enters the final four weekends of the regular season still in control of its own destiny for at least a share of the Ivy League title. Maintaining that control starts with winning Saturday’s game vs. Dartmouth at Noon at Johnson Field. The Bulldogs, 2-1 in the league, must knock off the Big Green (3-0 in the league) to forge a tie atop the standings heading into the final three league games. Yale also hosts Fairfield in a non-league game Sunday at 2 p.m.
Carter Named Ivy League Player of the Week AgainSenior back Erin Carter (Perkiomenville, Pa.), who scored the game-winning goal in Yale’s historic 3-2 upset at No. 14 Northwestern, has been named Ivy League Player of the Week for the second time this season. Carter, Yale’s captain, established a career high in points by scoring that goal, and she leads the team in goals and points this year (8-3-19).
Midwest Trip Ends on High Note as Bulldogs Upset No. 14 Northwestern 3-2The Yale field hockey team has been knocking on the door of the top 20, looking for a win over a nationally ranked opponent, for quite some time. On Sunday, the Bulldogs finally burst through that door, knocking off No. 14 Northwestern 3-2 on the Wildcats’ home turf, Lakeside Field. Senior back Erin Carter, Yale’s captain, had the game-winning goal.
Yale Falls to No. 13 Michigan at NorthwesternAfter 20 minutes of Yale’s game vs. No. 13 Michigan at Northwestern’s Lakeside Field Saturday afternoon, the Bulldogs held a 1-0 lead thanks to a goal from sophomore forward Gabby Garcia. But the final 50 minutes of the game belonged to the Wolverines, as they scored seven unanswered goals to beat the Bulldogs 7-1.
Midwest Trips Includes Pair of Ranked Big Ten FoesFresh off putting a scare into the No. 4 team in the country, UConn, the Yale field hockey team gets a shot at two more nationally ranked opponents with a trip to the Midwest this weekend. The Bulldogs will play a pair of games at Northwestern’s Lakeside Field, taking on No. 13 Michigan in a neutral-site game on Saturday (Noon Central) and then the No. 14 Wildcats on Sunday (Noon Central).
No. 4 UConn Eludes Yale, 1-0Against just about any other team in the country, the Yale field hockey team’s effort on Sunday afternoon at Johnson Field would have been good enough for a win. But against the No. 4 team in the country, UConn, it was only enough to leave the Bulldogs just short of an upset. UConn forward Marie Elena Bolles’ goal at 40:22 enabled the Huskies to come away with a 1-0 win.
Seven Different Goal Scorers Lead Yale Past Cornell, 7-2The Yale field hockey team found a way to overcome some of the best goaltending in the country on Saturday -- and the Bulldogs did so decisively. Seven different players scored goals as Yale beat Cornell 7-2, scoring almost as many goals in one game as the Big Red had allowed in all seven of its previous games (10). The win was the most lopsided in the series in 30 years (Yale 10, Cornell 1 in 1981).
Cornell, No. 4 UConn at Johnson Field This WeekendThe Yale field hockey team returns to the familiar turf of Johnson Field this weekend seeking a return to its winning ways. The Bulldogs won their last two home games by a combined score of 14-2, but then got tripped up by Princeton 3-2 last weekend on the road. That adds a sense of urgency to Saturday’s Ivy League game vs. Cornell (Noon), and on Sunday the Bulldogs get a shot at knocking off a nationally ranked opponent in No. 4 UConn (2:00 p.m.).
Effort to Knock off Princeton Comes up Short, 3-2Facing a Princeton team that had just lost an Ivy League game for the first time in four years a week before, the Yale field hockey team had a chance to make a major move in the Ivy League standings Saturday afternoon at Class of 1952 Stadium. Instead the Tigers got the win they needed to keep their own Ivy title hopes alive, knocking off the Bulldogs 3-2. Princeton and Yale are now part of a four-way tie for third in the league, one game behind the two 2-0 teams (Columbia and Dartmouth).
Defending Ivy Champs Await Bulldogs in PrincetonJust a week into the Ivy League portion of the field hockey season, the standings have already been jumbled up in a way that rarely happens. With Princeton falling to Dartmouth in the opener last Saturday -- the Tigers’ first league loss in four years -- it is clear that the Ivy title is very much up for grabs this year. Princeton has won the last six championships outright, and has won or shared 16 of the last 17, but the Tigers enter play this weekend looking up in the standings at the four teams that won their Ancient Eight openers. That includes Yale, which beat Harvard 5-1 last Saturday and will attempt to top another rival with a visit to Princeton this Saturday at Noon.
Attack Continues Producing as Bulldogs Top Sacred Heart 9-1Coming off an emotional win in the Ivy League opener Saturday against Harvard, and with another crucial league game looming next Saturday against Princeton, the Yale field hockey team had to avoid a letdown Sunday afternoon at Johnson Field against Sacred Heart. The Bulldogs did just that, and they did it in a big way. Seven different players scored goals, led by two each from senior forward Mia Rosati and senior back Taylor Sankovich, as Yale bested Sacred Heart 9-1. The game also included the first career goal for sophomore forward Gabby Garcia.
Yale Starts Ivy Play with Decisive 5-1 Win Over HarvardUnfortunately for the Harvard Crimson, the Yale field hockey team came into Saturday’s game on a mission. After three close losses in their first four games, the Bulldogs came out with a vengeance against their ancient rival and rode three first half scores -- two from sophomore forward/midfielder Emily Schuckert -- to an impressive 5-1 win to start their Ivy League season.
Alumnae Weekend Includes Visits from Harvard, Sacred HeartIn a rivalry that dates back all the way to the start of intercollegiate sports, 1852, the Yale and Harvard field hockey programs have carved a unique niche in the storied history of battles between the two schools. For the last seven years, they have played games that have been decided by the slimmest of margins -- one goal. That is the backdrop for Saturday’s 1 p.m. showdown at Johnson Field, which also marks the start of Ivy League play for both teams. The Alumnae Weekend festivities continue Sunday with the Bulldogs hosting Sacred Heart at 2 p.m.
Matt Porter Joins Yale StaffMatt Porter, who captained the Riverside Lions back in his native Australia, has joined the Yale field hockey staff as assistant coach. Porter will assist head coach Pam Stuper, associate head coach Tamara Durante and volunteer assistant Abby Ostruzka in working with the 2011 Bulldogs. He is in the process of getting his Masters of Environmental Management degree from Yale’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.