2013-14 Yale Field Hockey News

June 24, 2014
Ona McConnell ‘13 Part of Lab Featured at NIH Common Fund Symposium
Ona McConnell ’13, the inspiration behind the Yale field hockey team’s “Get a Grip” campaign for the Myotonic Dystrophy Foundation, continues to play a role in the battle against the disease. McConnell, who was diagnosed with myotonic dystrophy (known as DM, for dystrophia myotonica) during her freshman year at Yale, is now doing research on DM as a technical assistant at the Eric Wang Laboratory at MIT in Boston. This past Thursday McConnell and that lab were featured prominently in a symposium celebrating 10 years of achievement by the NIH (National Institutes of Health) Common Fund.

June 12, 2014
Holland Earns Spot at USA Field Hockey National Championship
Midfielder/back Georgia Holland ‘14, the captain of the 2013 Yale field hockey team, has been selected to play for USA Field Hockey at the Women’s National Championship in Lancaster, Pa., June 16-21. Holland was one of 135 players invited to the championship. The event features some of the best field hockey players in the country divided up into teams competing for the title of national champions while individual players also try to earn a spot on the U.S. Women’s National Squad.

June 4, 2014
Keating ‘77, Lehman Dillman ’93, Nattress ‘85 and Stuper to Play in Masters World Cup
As the world-wide field hockey community converges on the Netherlands for the 13th World Cup this month, there will be a heavy Yale Field Hockey presence there as part of an official side event: the FIH Masters World Cup. The Masters World Cup includes men’s and women’s teams of players age 40 and older representing their home countries. Three Yale alums -- Anne Keating ’77, Anne Lehman Dillman ‘93 and Georganne Nattress ’85 -- and Pam Stuper, Yale’s Caroline Ruth Thompson ’02 Head Coach of Field Hockey, will play for the U.S. in the Masters World Cup. Additionally, associate head coach Tamara Durante will serve as the U.S. women’s over-40 team manager, and long-time Yale trainer Daphne Benas will be the U.S. trainer.

April 17, 2014
Mandi Schwartz Marrow Donor Registration Drive Adds Nearly 700 Potential Life Savers
To date the annual Mandi Schwartz Marrow Donor Registration Drives at Yale have located at least 23 donor matches for patients with life-threatening illnesses, and that number is likely to increase in the very near future thanks to the Bulldogs’ efforts at the sixth annual drive, held Thursday at Commons. Over the course of nearly seven hours -- with volunteers from the field hockey, football and women’s ice hockey teams leading the way -- Yale added 686 more people to the Be The Match Registry®. That brings the total number of registrants from Yale’s six drives to 4,538.

April 15, 2014
Mandi Schwartz Marrow Donor Registration Drive at Yale Set for Thursday, Apr. 17
In 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 Be The Match®, will be held on Thursday, Apr. 17 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 join the Be The Match Registry® through testing that consists of simple cheek swabs.

March 19, 2014
Bulldogs Earn National Academic Team Award, Place 13 on Academic Squad
The Yale field hockey has been recognized by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association with the NFHCA National Academic Team Award for the 2013 season. The Bulldogs also had 13 individuals named to the NFHCA National Academic Squad. The NFHCA announced the awards on Tuesday and Wednesday.

February 3, 2014
Three Team Awards for Holland, One for Reinwald at Banquet
Senior midfielder/back Georgia Holland (Stony Brook, N.Y.) was recognized with three awards -- the Player of the Year Award, the Coaches’ Award and the Amanda Walton Award -- at the Yale field hockey team’s annual post-season banquet Saturday night. Additionally, freshman midfielder/back Emmy Reinwald (Stafford, Va.), received the Senior Award.

January 14, 2014
Nicole Wells to Captain Bulldogs in 2014
Sophomore midfielder Nicole Wells (Bryn Mawr, Pa.) has been elected captain of the Yale field hockey team for the 2014 season. Wells, the 44th captain in Yale history, was selected by a team vote on Nov. 18.

December 20, 2013
Holland Named ECAC All-Star
Senior back Georgia Holland (Stony Brook, N.Y.) added another honor to her impressive list on Friday, as she was named to the ECAC Field Hockey All-Star Team. Holland was one of four players named to the first team on defense.

December 11, 2013
Holland Honored with Yale’s Francis Gordon Brown Prize
Senior midfielder/back Georgia Holland (Stony Brook, N.Y.), the captain of the Yale field hockey team, was honored with one of the school’s highest undergraduate accolades Wednesday: the Francis Gordon Brown Prize. She was presented with the award in a luncheon at Mory’s. The award, selected by the Committee on Honors and Academic Standing from nominees in the junior class at the end of each academic year, goes to the student in Yale College “who most closely approaches the standards of intellectual ability, high manhood, capacity for leadership, and service to the University set by Francis Gordon Brown.” Past recipients of the award include former U.S. President George H.W. Bush ’48.

November 19, 2013
Borgo, Holland Earn All-Region Honors
The Yale field hockey team had two players honored Tuesday as the NFHCA announced its annual all-region awards, including senior forward Erica Borgo (Randolph, N.J.) and senior back Georgia Holland (Stony Brook, N.Y.). Both were named second team All-Mideast Region, the first regional honors of their careers. This is the sixth time in Pam Stuper’s nine-year tenure as Yale’s Caroline Ruth Thompson ’02 Head Coach of Field Hockey that Yale has had multiple all-region honorees.

November 13, 2013
Borgo, Holland, Schlesier and Wells Earn All-Ivy Honors
The Yale field hockey team had four players honored Wednesday afternoon as the Ivy League announced its annual awards, including two first team All-Ivy selections in senior forward Erica Borgo (Randolph, N.J.) and senior back Georgia Holland (Stony Brook, N.Y.) (who was one of four unanimous first team selections). Also honored were junior goalkeeper Heather Schlesier (San Diego, Calif.) and sophomore midfielder Nicole Wells (Bryn Mawr, Pa.), who made the second team.

November 9, 2013
Seniors Shine as Yale Beats Brown 2-1 in Finale
On Senior Day at Johnson Field Saturday afternoon, the Yale field hockey Class of 2014 delivered one final victory. Senior midfielder/back Georgia Holland broke a 1-1 tie by scoring with less than six minutes to play, and senior goalkeeper Emily Cain stopped a shot on a penalty corner for Brown with no time left in regulation to seal the win. Yale’s other goal came from senior midfielder Emily Schuckert.

November 8, 2013
Senior Day Saturday as Yale Hosts Brown
The Yale field hockey team pays tribute to the six members of the Class of 2014 this Saturday, as Brown comes to town for the season finale. The Senior Day ceremony will take place before the game and will recognize the contributions of senior forward/midfielder Erica Borgo (Randolph, N.J.), senior goalkeeper Emily Cain (Laytonsville, Md.), senior forward/midfielder Gabby Garcia (Garden City, N.Y.), senior forward Brooke Gogel (Bronxville, N.Y.), senior midfielder/back Georgia Holland (Stony Brook, N.Y.) and senior midfielder Emily Schuckert (Wilmington, Del.).

November 3, 2013
Schlesier’s 16 Saves Not Enough; No. 8 UConn Beats Yale 3-0
No. 8 UConn overcame a career high 16-save effort by Yale junior goalkeeper Heather Schlesier to beat the Yale field hockey team 3-0 Sunday afternoon at Johnson Field. Midfielder Roisin Upton scored a pair of goals for the Huskies, including one on a penalty stroke.

November 1, 2013
Borgo, Fitzgerald, Villa Score in 3-1 Win at Columbia
Goals from three different Bulldogs -- including the first goal of the season by junior back Noelle Villa -- led the Yale field hockey team to a 3-1 win at Columbia Friday night. Junior goaltender Heather Schlesier made eight saves, and senior midfielder/back Georgia Holland added a defensive save -- remarkably, her fourth straight game with a defensive save.

October 29, 2013
Bulldogs Visit Columbia Friday, Host No. 8 UConn Sunday
The Yale field hockey team looks to bounce back from a tough loss last Saturday as it visits Columbia for an Ivy League game on Friday at 6:00 p.m., then hosts No. 8 UConn on Sunday at 2:00 p.m.

October 26, 2013
Shootout Victory for Penn, 1-0
With a history of closely played contests, the Yale-Penn field hockey series reached a new level on Saturday afternoon at Vagelos Field. After 70 minutes of regulation play and a pair of overtimes totaling 30 minutes, neither team had scored. The game was thus decided by penalty strokes -- with the Quakers scoring twice and Yale scoring once -- for a final score of 1-0 Penn.

October 22, 2013
Ivy League Showdown in Philly Saturday as Yale Visits Penn
The Yale field hockey team travels to Philadelphia this weekend to take on a much-improved Penn team that features the nation’s leader in goals per game and points per game. The Bulldogs have won three of their last four games, climbing to within one win of the .500 mark after starting the season 1-4.

October 20, 2013
Wells Delivers Knockout Punch as Yale Beats Maine 4-3 in OT
When the horn sounded with the score tied 3-3 at the end of regulation on Sunday afternoon at Johnson Field, the Yale field hockey team was ready to fight one more round. Just a day after an emotional last-second Ivy League win over Dartmouth, the Bulldogs knew they had to guard against any chance of a letdown and be ready for a battle with Maine. That was one of the points of focus in the pregame meeting, where Pam Stuper, Yale’s Caroline Ruth Thompson ’02 Head Coach of Field Hockey, chose to read a quotation from boxer James Corbett that included the line “When your nose is bleeding and your eyes are black and you are so tired that you wish your opponent would crack you one on the jaw and put you to sleep, fight one more round -- remembering that the man who always fights one more round is never whipped.”

October 19, 2013
Wells’ Game-Winner with 25 Seconds Left Lifts Yale Past Dartmouth 4-3
All’s well that Wells ends. Shakespeare himself could not have scripted a more dramatic ending to Saturday’s game for the Yale field hockey team, as sophomore midfielder Nicole Wells’ highlight-reel goal with 25 seconds remaining gave the Bulldogs a 4-3 win over Dartmouth and capped a memorable battle between these two Ivy League rivals.

October 16, 2013
Big Green, Black Bears at Johnson Field this Weekend
After traveling 6,000 miles round trip last weekend and splitting a pair of games in California, the Yale field hockey team returns to Johnson Field to host Ivy League rival Dartmouth on Saturday (12:00 p.m.) and Maine on Sunday (2:00 p.m.). The Bulldogs will look to put together their first back-to-back wins of the season.

October 13, 2013
Bulldogs Battle, but Fall 4-0 at No. 13 Stanford
No. 13 Stanford took advantage of all three of its penalty corners, scoring a goal on each of them, en route to a 4-0 win over the Yale field hockey team Sunday afternoon at Stanford’s Varsity Turf.

October 12, 2013
Early Lead Holds up as Bulldogs Win 3-2 at Cal
The Yale field hockey team jumped out to a 3-0 lead early in the second half Saturday afternoon at Maxwell Field, then held on for a 3-2 win vs. Cal in the first game of the Bulldogs’ West Coast trip. Sophomore midfielder Nicole Wells, senior midfielder Emily Schuckert and senior forward/midfielder Erica Borgo scored Yale’s goals. Junior goalkeeper Heather Schlesier made a pair of saves for the win.

October 8, 2013
Two Big Tests out West for Bulldogs
Two teams with a combined total of 23 NCAA Tournament appearances await the Yale field hockey team in California this weekend. The Bulldogs are headed to the Golden State to play at Cal on Saturday (1:00 p.m. Pacific time) and at No. 13 Stanford on Sunday (12:00 p.m. Pacific time).

October 7, 2013
Pam Stuper Inducted into Connecticut Field Hockey Hall of Fame
Pam Stuper, Yale’s Caroline Ruth Thompson ’02 Head Coach of Field Hockey, has been inducted into the Connecticut Field Hockey Hall of Fame. Stuper was inducted in a ceremony Sunday. The 2013 Hall of Fame class included one of Stuper’s former assistant coaches at Yale, Abby Ostruzka, an All-American at UConn who also played for Greenwich High.

October 6, 2013
Yale Rally Falls Short at Quinnipiac, 3-2
A three-goal first half by Quinnipiac proved to be too much for the Yale field hockey team Sunday afternoon at Quinnipiac Field Hockey Turf Complex, as the Bulldogs rallied with two goals in the second half but fell 3-2. That was their third one-goal loss of the season.

October 5, 2013
Cain, Schlesier Blank Cornell 3-0
The Yale field hockey team continues to make its two-goalie platoon work. On Saturday afternoon vs. Cornell at Johnson Field the Bulldogs got their second combined shutout of the season, beating the Big Red 3-0 as senior goalkeeper Emily Cain and junior goalkeeper Heather Schlesier tag-teamed for the whitewash.

October 1, 2013
Yale Hosts Cornell for “Get a Grip” Game Saturday, Travels to QU Sunday
The Yale field hockey team hosts Cornell on Saturday, then travels to Quinnipiac on Sunday. Saturday is the team’s annual Get a Grip game, a fundraiser for the Myotonic Dystrophy Foundation in honor of former Yale goalkeeper Ona McConnell ’13, who has the disease.

September 27, 2013
No. 10 Princeton Holds Off Yale 2-0
No. 10 Princeton held off an upset-minded Yale field hockey team Friday night at Bedford Field, edging the Bulldogs 2-0. That marked the Tigers’ smallest margin of victory in an Ivy League game since Oct. 1, 2011.

September 25, 2013
Borgo Earns Ivy League Co-Player of the Week Honor
Senior forward/midfielder Erica Borgo (Randolph, N.J.), who continued her climb up Yale’s career lists with a seven-point weekend that included two goals and three assists, has been named Ivy League Co-Player of the Week. The league made the announcement on Tuesday. Borgo shares the award with Penn’s Jasmine Cole.

September 25, 2013
Trip to No. 10 Princeton Friday Night
This Friday night, for just the third time in the program’s history, the Yale field hockey team will face a team that is the defending NCAA champions. The Bulldogs visit No. 10 Princeton -- which beat North Carolina 3-2 to win the NCAA title last year -- for a 7:00 p.m. game.

September 22, 2013
Accurso's Game-Winner Caps Comeback in 3-2 Victory over Vermont
Three goals in the final 20:22 Sunday afternoon at Johnson Field propelled the Yale field hockey team to an exhilarating come-from-behind win over Vermont, capped by the game-winner from junior forward Jessie Accurso with 6:45 left in regulation. The Bulldogs, coming off a tough 3-2 loss to archrival Harvard Saturday, dominated play to the tune of a 41-9 shot advantage and a 13-0 edge in penalty corners en route to securing their second victory of the season.

September 21, 2013
Harvard Snaps Yale’s Streak, 3-2
The Yale field hockey team saw its streak of four straight wins against its archrival Harvard come to an end Saturday afternoon at Johnson Field, as the Crimson came away with a 3-2 victory. Harvard outshot Yale 26-16 and had a 17-6 advantage in corners, getting goals from three different players. Senior goalkeeper Emily Cain kept the Bulldogs in the game by making 16 saves.

September 19, 2013
Alumnae Weekend Includes Visits from Harvard, Vermont
What promises to be a memorable Alumnae Weekend for the Yale field hockey team centers around two games at Johnson Field, as the Bulldogs host Harvard on Saturday and Vermont on Sunday. Saturday’s game, the Ivy League opener, includes ceremonies recognizing the program’s new coaching endowment -- Pam Stuper is now Yale’s Caroline Ruth Thompson ’02 Head Coach of Field Hockey. It is also Yale’s chance to notch a fifth straight win in the series against Harvard, something that the Bulldogs have never done before.

September 18, 2013
Total Mortgage Bulldog Spotlight of the Week – Field Hockey Player Georgia Holland
Senior midfielder/back Georgia Holland (Stony Brook, N.Y.) established herself as one of the best field hockey players in the country in her age group this past summer, earning a spot on the U.S. roster for the Junior World Cup in August. She returned to the field for the Bulldogs in the season opener Sept. 6 vs. Virginia, marking another milestone in her comeback from an injury that cost her the final 14 games of the 2012 season. Now Holland, the 43rd captain in Yale history, is featured in the third Total Mortgage Bulldog Spotlight of the Week.

September 17, 2013
Head Coach Position Endowed in Memory of Caroline Ruth Thompson ‘02
The Yale field hockey head coach position has been endowed in memory of Caroline Ruth Thompson ’02, who played for the Bulldogs from 1998 through 2001. Pam Stuper, who is in her ninth year as Yale’s mentor, is now the Caroline Ruth Thompson ’02 Head Coach of Field Hockey. Yale plans to recognize the new endowment at Alumnae Day, Sept. 21 vs. Harvard.

September 15, 2013
Yale Rallies, but Hofstra Wins in OT 4-3
The Yale field hockey team rallied from a 3-1 deficit with two goals in the final nine minutes to force overtime Sunday afternoon at Hofstra. But Pride forward Jonel Boileau had the final say on this day, scoring her third goal of the game at the 75:08 mark to give Hofstra the 4-3 win. This was the second straight season that the Pride edged Yale by a goal, with Boileau getting the winner each time.

September 14, 2013
No. 13 Albany Rallies Past Yale 4-2 to Avoid Upset Bid
The Yale field hockey team got more than halfway towards an upset Saturday afternoon against No. 13 Albany at Alumni Turf Field. A goal by senior forward Gabby Garcia gave the Bulldogs a 2-1 lead at halftime, but in the second half Albany utilized a 10-2 shot advantage -- and a 7-0 penalty corner advantage -- to score three goals and come away with a 4-2 win.

September 9, 2013
O’Neill, Adams ‘13 Join Stuper’s Staff
Pam Stuper, Yale’s Caroline Ruth Thompson ’02 Head Coach of Field Hockey, has made two additions to her staff for the 2013 season, as Kristen O’Neill and Lexy Adams ‘13 have joined the Bulldogs. O’Neill and Adams complete Stuper’s staff, which already included associate head coach Tamara Durante (returning for her ninth year). O’Neill will be the assistant coach and Adams will be the volunteer assistant.

September 9, 2013
Empire State Visit for Bulldogs this Weekend
The Yale field hockey team heads to the state of New York this weekend for the first road games of 2013, as the Bulldogs visit No. 13 Albany Saturday (1:00 p.m.) and Hofstra Sunday (3:00 p.m.).

September 7, 2013
Seniors -- and a Freshman – Fuel Offensive Outburst in 6-0 Win Over SHU
The Yale field hockey team entered the 2013 season knowing that its six seniors were all capable of contributing significantly on the field. The six brought a total of 192 games of experience into 2013, including 39 goals, 40 assists and 20 wins in goal. It did not take long for them to start adding to those numbers this year. Seniors combined for five goals and three assists as Yale blanked Sacred Heart 6-0 in the second game of the year Saturday afternoon at Johnson Field. Senior goalkeeper Emily Cain got the win, the 21st of her career -- the most by a Yale keeper since Krissy Nesburg ’04 finished her career with 21 10 years ago. Freshman midfielder Kelsey Nolan added her first career goal.

September 6, 2013
No. 7 Virginia Prevails in Opener
The Yale field hockey team had a tough task in its season opener Friday afternoon at Johnson Field, hosting a Virginia team that was ranked No. 7 in the country and playing its third game after starting the season with a pair of wins. The Bulldogs held off the Cavaliers at the start, but a goal by forward Caleigh Foust at the 10:09 mark of the first started a stretch where Virginia scored five goals in a span of less than 30 minutes. Senior forward Gabby Garcia ended that run by scoring Yale’s first goal at the 44:43 mark, but the Cavaliers eventually came away with a 6-1 win.

September 5, 2013
Season Starts this Weekend vs. No. 7 Virginia, Sacred Heart
The 2013 season gets underway this weekend for the Yale field hockey team, as the Bulldogs host No. 7 Virginia on Friday at 2:00 p.m. and Sacred Heart Saturday at 2:00 p.m. at Johnson Field.

September 1, 2013
2013 Outlook: Bulldogs Seek Return to Top of League
The Yale field hockey team enters the 2013 season two years removed from winning a share of the Ivy League title, and four starters from that championship squad are still around. Last year’s attempt at a repeat was derailed by injuries and three one-goal losses in league games, but the talent remains in place for the Bulldogs to challenge for a spot at the top of the league again this year. Pam Stuper, the 2009 NFHCA Mideast Region Coach of the Year, enters her ninth season at Yale having lost four players from last year’s team to graduation, but six of the top seven scorers are back.

August 8, 2013
Holland, Team USA Conclude Junior World Cup Play
Rising senior midfielder/back Georgia Holland (Stony Brook, N.Y.) and Team USA concluded play at the Junior World Cup this past Sunday in Mönchengladbach, Germany. The U.S. won its final game, 4-2 over South Africa, to finish in seventh place -- tied for the team’s best finish in the event’s history.

August 1, 2013
2013 Schedule Includes Five Games vs. NCAA Tournament Teams
Five games vs. teams that were ranked in the final 2012 national poll, and five vs. teams that took part in the 2012 NCAA Tournament, highlight the 2013 Yale field hockey schedule, which was released today. The 17-game regular season starts Friday, Sept. 6 vs. Virginia at Johnson Field. In addition to the seven Ivy League games -- starting with a visit from archrival Harvard for Alumnae Day on Sept. 21 -- the Bulldogs have 10 non-league games. This is Yale’s ninth season with Pam Stuper as head coach.

July 24, 2013
Holland, Team USA Start Junior World Cup Play Saturday
Rising senior midfielder/back Georgia Holland (Stony Brook, N.Y.) and Team USA start play at the Junior World Cup this Saturday in Mönchengladbach, Germany. The Junior World Cup tournament, which occurs every four years and features the top players 21 and younger from 16 countries, runs until Aug. 4.

June 28, 2013
Holland Earns Spot on USA’s Junior World Cup Team
Rising senior midfielder/back Georgia Holland (Stony Brook, N.Y.) has been chosen to represent her country in one of the most prestigious international competitions for players her age. Following Junior National Camp this past week, on Friday Holland was one of 18 players selected to the U.S. roster for the Junior World Cup.

June 24, 2013
Bulldogs Add Six in Class of 2017
The Yale field hockey team welcomes six incoming freshmen to the roster for the 2013 season. The group comes from four different U.S. states and also includes the first Yale field hockey player from South Africa.

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