Seniors Shine as Yale Beats Brown 2-1 in Finale

Georgia Holland. (photo by Alexandra Schmeling)
Georgia Holland. (photo by Alexandra Schmeling)

Holland Scores Game-Winner, Cain Makes Save on Final Play

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – 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.

"This was a great team effort, all the way to the end," said Pam Stuper, Yale's Caroline Ruth Thompson '02 Head Coach of Field Hockey. "It took all 20 of us to come up with the win. For the seniors, it was great to see them finish their careers with a win on Johnson Field."

Cain, Holland and Schuckert were all honored before the game, along with classmates forward/midfielder Erica Borgo, forward/midfielder Gabby Garcia and forward Brooke Gogel. Schuckert then put Yale (8-9, 4-3 Ivy League) ahead 1-0 just 4:38 into the game with her fifth goal of the season -- more than double her previous career high. She would end up with career highs in goals, assists and points (5-9-19) this year.

Other than Schuckert's goal, Brown goalie Shannon McSweeney shut the Bulldogs down in the first half despite a lopsided 15-4 shot advantage. Yale junior goalie Heather Schlesier stopped three of the four shots she faced in the half, with Brown (6-11, 1-6 Ivy League) tying the game at the 10:11 mark on a goal by forward Meghan O'Donnell.

Cain came on to play the second half, and the Bulldogs' shot advantage for that frame was an even more lopsided 18-3. Still, McSweeney kept her team in the game until freshman forward Rhoni Gericke set up Holland for the go-ahead goal after a Yale corner.

Holland finished the season with 20 points (8-4-20), nearly identical to her offensive output from her last full season before missing almost all of last year with an injury -- she had 22 points on nine goals and four assists in 2011, Yale's Ivy League championship season.

Still, Saturday's game came down to a penalty corner with no time left on the clock. Cain's denial of a hard shot by Brown midfielder Alexis Miller, which Cain kicked out of the circle emphatically, finally sealed the victory.

Borgo, Holland and Schuckert all wound up their careers with spots in Yale's career top 15 in various categories -- in assists, Borgo was third (35), Schuckert was seventh (23) and Holland tied for 13th (14); in points, Borgo tied for third (87) and Holland tied for 12th (56); and in goals, Borgo was eighth (26) and Holland was 13th (21). Cain's 24 career wins are the most for a Yale goalie since Krissy Nesburg '04 finished her career with that same amount 10 years ago.

"This was a great tribute to our senior class, which is one of the most talented classes we have had," said Stuper. "They each have had tremendous careers, including the Ivy League championship as sophomores, and I could not be more proud of them."

This marks the fourth time in the last five seasons the Bulldogs have had a winning record in Ivy League play; their record in Ivy games with the Class of 2014 was 18-10.

"We had a lot of trials and tribulations this season," said Stuper. "This team worked for every win they got."

Report by Sam Rubin '95 (, Yale Sports Publicity