November 13, 2013

Borgo, Holland, Schlesier and Wells Earn All-Ivy Honors

Two on First Team, Two on Second Team

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – 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.

Borgo is the third player in Yale history to earn three first team All-Ivy selections, joining Janet Colarusso '82 and Anne Lehman '93. Borgo, who was a first team pick as a junior and sophomore and was a second team pick as a freshman, led Yale in points and was second on the team in goals and assists (7-8-22). That included eight points (three goals and two assists) in Ivy League games, and she earned Ivy League Co-Player of the Week honors Sept. 25. She started all 68 games of her career. She finished third on Yale's career assists list, tied for third on Yale's career points list and eighth on Yale's career goals list (26-35-87). She set the school single-season assist record with 17 in 2011, helping the Bulldogs win the Ivy League championship that year.

A two-time NFHCA National Academic Squad selection, Borgo is a political science major in Branford College at Yale. Prior to coming to Yale, Borgo was an all-state selection at Randolph High School.

Holland's selection serves as another milestone in her comeback from the serious injury that cost her the final 14 games of the 2012 season. She was a second team All-Ivy League selection (and Ivy Co-Rookie of the Year) as a freshman and a unanimous first team All-Ivy selection as a sophomore. This year, she started all 17 games for the third time in her career. She led the team in goals and was second in points (8-4-20). Three of her goals came in Ivy League games, including the game-winner in the season finale vs. Brown at Johnson Field. She is currently second in the country in defensive saves with 10, and had a stretch of five straight games with a defensive save from Oct. 19 through Nov. 3.

Holland finished her career tied for 12th on Yale's career points list, 13th on Yale's career goals list and tied for 13th on Yale's career assists list (21-14-56). In 2011 she earned the team's Player of the Year Award. She was elected captain by her teammates this season despite missing all but three games of her junior year to an injury. She came back from that injury to earn a spot on Team USA's roster at the Junior World Cup last summer in Germany.

Holland, a three-time NFHCA National Academic Squad honoree, is a molecular, cellular and developmental biology major in Ezra Stiles College. She was a first team All-American in high school at Ward Melville.

This is the first All-Ivy honor for Schlesier, who is sixth in the nation and leads the Ivy League in save percentage at .792 -- 16 percentage points better than the No. 2 Ivy goalie (Penn's Carly Sokach, .776). She is also fourth in the league in saves with 95. Her .860 save percentage in league games is also best in the Ancient Eight, and her 1.27 goals-against average in league games is second. She had four double-digit save games this season, including a career-high 16 vs. then-No. 8 UConn on Nov. 3. From Sept. 27  (when she allowed just one goal in 35 minutes against Princeton) on, her save percentage was .824.

Schlesier is a political science major in Trumbull College at Yale. She was a two-time all-county selection at Torrey Pines High School.

This is the second All-Ivy honor for Wells; last year she became just the third freshman to earn second team All-Ivy honors in Pam Stuper's tenure as Yale's Caroline Ruth Thompson '02 Head Coach of Field Hockey (Borgo and Holland were the others). Wells started all 17 games this season despite an injury in the Penn game that forced her to play with a mask for the final three games. She finished with three goals and three assists while providing excellent defense in the midfield. All three of her goals were game-winners, including a dramatic deflection to beat Dartmouth 4-3 in overtime on Oct. 19.

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

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