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.
Holland has been a part of a record-breaking run by the Yale field hockey team in the past three years, a run that included the school's first Ivy title since 1980 (2011). Yale went 11-6 overall and 6-1 in the league that year, tying Princeton for first place to earn a share of the Ancient Eight crown. The Bulldogs are 14-7 in the Ivy League in Holland's three seasons (including a first-place finish and a second-place finish). That is the second-most league wins in a three-year span in school history.
In Holland's last full season, 2011, the Bulldogs set the school records for goals (69), assists (68) and points (206). They tied the school record for wins in Ivy League play with six and reached double digits in overall wins for the third straight season -- the first time in school history that feat has been accomplished.
Holland was named first team All-Ivy League unanimously that year. She also earned Yale's Player of the Year award. She tied for second on the team and tied for sixth in the Ivy League in goals with nine, and tied for third on the team and tied for eighth in the league in points (9-4-22). She led the team and tied for fourth in the league with three defensive saves.
In her freshman season (2010), Holland earned Ivy League Co-Rookie of the Year and second team All-Ivy League honors. She started all 17 games, scoring four goals and adding six assists.
Holland is a molecular, cellular and developmental biology major and a member of Ezra Stiles College. She is a two-time NFHCA National Academic Squad honoree and hopes to go to medical school, possibly going into orthopedic surgery. In addition to her academic work she has also been active in community service. She volunteers for Big Brothers Big Sisters, where she helps mentor a local child. She also takes part in the Yale Athletics Department's Kiphuth Leadership Academy, which helps student-athletes develop leadership skills, and Yale's Student Athlete Advisory Committee.
Holland and the Bulldogs host Harvard (Saturday, 1:00 p.m.) and Vermont (Sunday, 2:00 p.m.) at Johnson Field as part of Alumnae Weekend festivities.
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