Rising Juniors Make North Team Roster
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Two 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.
The Women's National Championship tournament features the best field hockey players in the country, including collegiate all-stars, current National Team members and members of the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team. Selection to play in the tournament is the culmination of months of preparation. Beginning early in the spring, eight USA Field Hockey High Performance Centers located throughout the country conduct trials. Once selected to a High Performance Center training squad (37 were selected for the North squad this year), athletes receive elite-level training from some of the nation's top coaches over the course of the spring. Eighteen players from each of the training squads are then selected to represent their region at the National Championship.
There are teams from eight regions at the tournament: Boston, California, Midwest, New England, New Jersey, North, Pennsylvania and South. The North region includes Connecticut, Massachusetts and New York. Borgo and Holland's teammates on the North squad this year include a pair of 2011 NFHCA All-Americans: back Jestine Angelini (the 2011 NFHCA Mideast Region Player of the Year) and back Rayell Heistand, both from UConn.
Borgo, one of four first-team All-Ivy League honorees for Yale this year, led the Ivy League in assists in league games (nine) and had a school-record 17 assists overall, placing 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). She is already in sixth place on Yale's all-time assists list (24).
Borgo was a second team All-Ivy League selection as a freshman, when she finished with the 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 took part in USA Field Hockey's Junior National Championship last year. Her previous USA Field Hockey experience includes being selected for the USFHA National Futures Championship in 2008 and 2009.
A member of Branford College at Yale, Borgo was an all-state selection at Randolph High prior to joining the Bulldogs.
Holland was named Yale's Player of the Year this past season and was a unanimous first team All-Ivy League selection. She continued to be an offensive threat 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), including a hat trick in the win vs. Dartmouth Oct. 15. Holland scored the game-winning goal in the 7-0 win over Brown in the regular season finale Nov. 5 that clinched a share of the Ivy League championship for Yale.
Holland took part in USA Field Hockey's Senior National Championship last year. She was on the New England team, 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.
Holland's USA Field Hockey experience also includes traveling 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. She won a Junior National Championship with the Pennsylvania team in June of 2010. She was also part of Olympic Development Select and was on the U-19 team for the Argentina Tour in April 2010. 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 Yale rising junior goalkeeper Emily Cain (Laytonsville, Md.) on the Junior Olympic Team in 2008, earning second place.
Holland, who was Ivy League co-Rookie of the Year and a second team All-Ivy League selection in 2010, was an All-American at Ward Melville prior to coming to Yale. She is in Ezra Stiles College.
In addition to Borgo and Holland Yale also has a pair of coaches involved with the North team, as head coach Pam Stuper and associate head coach Tamara Durante are assistant coaches (UConn associate head coach Paul Caddy and UMass head coach Carla Tagliente are the head coaches). Stuper, the 2009 NFHCA Mideast Region Coach of the Year, has been at Yale for 15 seasons, including eight as an assistant coach and seven 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.
For the National Championship, teams are divided up into two pools (A and B). They will play three matches during pool play, then a cross-over match. The tournament ends June 8 with classification matches based on the teams' places in the standings (1 vs. 2, 3 vs. 4, 5 vs. 6, 7 vs. 8). Following the conclusion of the tournament, players will be selected for the National Team and for the Development Squad.
Admission to the National Championship tournament is free and open to the public. All matches will be held at the Field Hockey and Lacrosse Complex on the University of Maryland campus.
Report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity
North Team Schedule
2012 Women's National Championship
Friday, June 1, 9 a.m. vs. New Jersey
Saturday, June 2, 2 p.m. vs. Mid Atlantic
Sunday, June 3, Rest day
Monday, June 4, 6 p.m. vs. California
Tuesday, June 5, Rest day
Wednesday, June 6, Cross-over games (A1 vs. B2, etc.)
Thursday, June 7, Rest day
Friday, June 8, Classification matches (3 p.m. championship, 1 vs. 2)
2012 North High Performance Tournament Team
Marie Elena Bolles