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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.