Barham, Borgo and Wells Earn All-Ivy Honors

Mary Beth Barham, Erica Borgo and Nicole Wells. (photos by David Silverman, DSPics.com)

Two on First Team, One on Second Team

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale field hockey team had three players honored Wednesday as the league announced its annual awards, including two first team All-Ivy selections in senior back Mary Beth Barham (Fairfax, Va.) and junior midfielder Erica Borgo (Randolph, N.J.). Freshman midfielder Nicole Wells (Bryn Mawr, Pa.) earned second team All-Ivy League honors.

Barham, who was an honorable mention All-Ivy selection as a freshman and a second team selection last year, made a remarkable transition to earn her third All-Ivy honor this year -- and a spot in the NFHCA Senior Game, coming up on Nov. 17. She spent her first three seasons at Yale as a forward/midfielder, where she was a major factor in generating attack. But this year, with the graduation of Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year Erin Carter '12, the Bulldogs found themselves in need of help in the backfield. That need was exacerbated when one of Yale's best defensive players, junior midfielder/back Georgia Holland (Stony Brook, N.Y.), was lost to a season-ending injury in the third game. Barham wound up being the player who stepped up to fill that void on defense, emerging as a steadying force for a unit that had just one other upperclassman (senior back Lexy Adams (Lancaster, Pa.)). With Barham's help, Yale held three Ivy League opponents to just one goal.

Barham, who started all 17 games this year and 66 games over the past four seasons, also scored four goals. That included a pair in Yale's 2-1 overtime win at Harvard, which made the senior class the first in school history to go 4-0 vs. the Crimson. The seniors were a part of 20 Ivy League wins, setting the school record in that category. That group was also a part of an Ivy League championship (2011) and a pair of second-place finishes.

Prior to Yale Barham attended W.T. Woodson High School, where she was second team all-state. She is in Jonathan Edwards College.

Borgo, who was a first team All-Ivy selection last year and a second team All-Ivy selection as a freshman, led Yale in goals and points (6-3-15). That included a team-best eight points (3-2-8) in Ivy League games. She scored the game-winner in overtime vs. Columbia, part of a five-point day for her vs. the Lions. She had 10 points in the season's final seven games.

With one year to go in her career Borgo is already in fourth place on Yale's all-time assists list (27), 17 shy of all-time leader Dinah Landshut '12. She is also ninth in career points and 13th in career goals (19-27-65). She holds the school single-season assist record, 17, set in 2011.

Prior to coming to Yale, Borgo was an all-state selection at Randolph High School. She is in Branford College at Yale.

Wells is just the third freshman to earn second team All-Ivy honors in Pam Stuper's eight years as head coach, joining Borgo and Holland (who earned the honor in 2010). Wells' selection is a testament to the impact that she had on games beyond just what shows on the stat sheet, as her ability to generate attack through the midfield was a key part of Yale's offense. She was also instrumental in defending opponents' attacking opportunities on Yale's left side. She played in all 17 games and started 16, scoring two goals and adding one assist.

Prior to coming to Yale, Wells was an all-Main Line selection at Baldwin School. Like Barham, she is also in Jonathan Edwards College at Yale.

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

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

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