November 9, 2011

Carter Named Ivy Defensive Player of the Year; Seven Bulldogs Earn All-Ivy Honors

Borgo, Carter, Holland and Landshut First Team; Barham, Cain and Rosati Second Team

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The 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.

This is the second time in the last three seasons that Yale has had seven All-Ivy League selections. In addition to earning the school's first Ivy League title since 1980 this year, the Bulldogs set the team records for goals (69), assists (68) and points (206). They tied the school record for wins in Ivy League play with six, tying Princeton for first place to earn a share of the Ivy League title. Yale went 11-6 overall, reaching double digits in wins for the third straight season -- the first time in school history that feat has been accomplished.

In lieu of awarding one Player of the Year Award, this year the Ivy League named a Defensive Player of the Year and an Offensive Player of the Year. Carter was named Defensive Player of the Year after captaining Yale to one of the most successful seasons in school history. One of Yale's best defensive players, she also factored into the scoring as the team's primary weapon on attack corners. She is currently ninth in the NCAA in goals per game, and her six goals in Ivy League games tied for the league lead. She had 18 goals overall this season, tied for third on Yale's career list with Amanda Walton '02 (1998). She led Yale in points (18-4-40), the third-most points in school history. Carter had a pair of goals in Yale's last two Ivy League games, and had the game-winner in the victory at Columbia Oct. 28. She is fifth on Yale's career points list and tied for fourth on Yale's career goals list (35-7-77).

Carter, a first team All-Ivy and second team All-Region selection in 2010 and an honorable mention All-Ivy selection in 2009, was a three-time Ivy League Player of the Week this past year. She is a graduate of Perkiomen Valley High School, where she was first team all-state.

Barham, who was an honorable mention All-Ivy selection as a freshman, has started 49 games over the past three seasons. She had two goals and two assists this season while consistently helping to generate attack from the midfield. That included an assist on Yale's second goal of the 3-1 win at Columbia, a battle between two of the teams that were tied for first place in the Ivy League. The Bulldogs' win that day set them up for a chance to clinch the Ivy League title with a win in the regular season finale vs. Brown Nov. 5.

Prior to Yale Barham attended W.T. Woodson High School, where she was second team all-state.

Borgo, who was a second team All-Ivy selection last season, led the Ivy League in assists in league games (nine) and had a school-record 17 assists overall (currently second in the league and second in the country in assists per game). She scored one of the biggest goals of the season -- the game-winner with 15 minutes to play in Yale's 2-1 win at Penn Oct. 23 that helped the Bulldogs keep pace in the race for the Ivy League title. She also had the game-winner in the 5-1 win over Harvard Sept. 17, Yale's third straight win over its archrival. She was second on the team in points (5-17-27).

Borgo is already in sixth place on Yale's all-time assists list (24). Prior to coming to Yale, she was an all-state selection at Randolph High.

Cain took over as Yale's starting goalie this season and posted a .752 save percentage and a 1.84 goals-against average overall. She was a part of three shutouts, all in the last five games. Cain was even more impressive in Ivy League games, going 6-1 with a .765 save percentage and a 1.21 goals-against average. Her 13-save effort in a 5-1 win vs. Dartmouth Oct. 15 gave the Big Green its first loss in league play, forging a five-way tie for first in the league that eventually was whittled down to two (Yale and Princeton) by the end of the season. In five of Yale's seven league games she allowed one goal or less.

Cain is the third different goalie to earn All-Ivy honors for Yale in the last five years, joining Katie Bolling '11 (second team in 2008) and Charlotte Goins '10 (second team in 2007). Prior to coming to Yale, Cain attended Garrison Forest, where she was first team all-state.

Holland continued to be an offensive threat this year while also handling plenty of defensive responsibility, as indicated by her team-high three defensive saves. She tied for second on the team in goals and points (9-4-22). That included five goals and two assists in Ivy League games, including a hat trick in the win vs. Dartmouth. Holland scored the game-winning goal in the 7-0 win over Brown in the regular season finale that clinched a share of the Ivy League championship for Yale.

Holland, who was Ivy League co-Rookie of the Year and a second team All-Ivy League selection last season, was an All-American at Ward Melville prior to coming to Yale.

Landshut has now been selected All-Ivy three times, including a unanimous first team selection last year and a second team selection as a sophomore. She has also been all-region twice: first team in 2010 and second team as in 2009. She had 16 assists this season, one shy of Borgo's school record, making her the only player in school history with 15 or more assists in a season twice (she had 15 in 2010). She was fourth on the team in points (3-16-22). Landshut had two assists in Yale's Ivy League games vs. Columbia, Cornell and Dartmouth, and she also assisted on Yale's final goal of the season vs. Brown. She is Yale's all-time assists leader (44) and is tied for sixth on Yale's career points list (15-44-74).

Landshut, who started all 68 games of her career, attended Rudolf Steiner Schule prior to Yale.

Rosati, an honorable mention All-Ivy League selection as a sophomore, finished the season with career highs in goals and points (9-2-20). She had three goals in Ivy League games, including the game-winner vs. Cornell. She ends her career 10th on Yale's career goals list with 23.

Prior to Yale Rosati attended Gwynedd Mercy Academy, where she was first team all-state.

The All-Ivy League team is determined by a vote of the league's eight head coaches.

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