Holland Honored with Yale’s Francis Gordon Brown Prize

Georgia Holland (center) was presented with Yale's Francis Gordon Brown Prize in a ceremony at Mory's Wednesday. She is shown here with Dean of Yale College Mary Miller (left) and Dean of Ezra Stiles College Camille Lizarribar (right).
Georgia Holland (center) was presented with Yale's Francis Gordon Brown Prize in a ceremony at Mory's Wednesday. She is shown here with Dean of Yale College Mary Miller (left) and Dean of Ezra Stiles College Camille Lizarribar (right).

Bulldog Captain Recognized for Leadership and Scholarship in Luncheon at Mory's

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - 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.

Brown, a 1901 Yale graduate and a member of the College Football Hall of Fame, captained Yale's 1900 "Team of the Century" to a 12-0 record and a National Championship. He passed away just 10 years after graduating.

"I am very proud of Georgia," said Pam Stuper, Yale's Caroline Ruth Thompson '02 Head Coach of Field Hockey. "For her name to be mentioned alongside former U.S. President George H.W. Bush '48 is quite an honor. Georgia has represented herself, her team, her university, and her country with the ideals that Francis Gordon Brown held. To be selected for this award from her incredibly talented Class of 2014 is quite an accomplishment. On behalf of the Yale team and our alumnae, congratulations to Georgia for her achievements both on and off the field and in the classroom."

Holland, the 43rd captain in Yale history, made a comeback this year that helped illustrate her character and leadership. In the third game of the 2012 season she suffered a season-ending injury. It came just a day before she was set to depart for Guadalajara, Mexico, to play for the United States at the Junior Pan Am Championship.

Despite that setback Holland remained an integral part of the Yale team on the sideline, and she worked diligently to get back on the field as soon as possible. One of the first milestones she achieved was her selection to the U.S. roster for the Junior World Cup this past August. She scored a goal en route to helping the U.S. to three wins in the tournament, matching the program's best finish in the event's history (seventh place). She made her return to the field for Yale in the season opener Sept. 6.

Holland was a part of a record-breaking run by the Yale field hockey team, 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 went 18-10 in the Ivy League in Holland's four seasons (including a first-place finish and a second-place finish).

Holland was a second team All-Mideast Region selection and a unanimous first team All-Ivy League selection this year. She started all 17 games for the third time in her career, leading the team in goals and finishing second in points (8-4-20). She was 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.

In 2011, Holland helped 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 three-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 was first Team All-American, Newsday's Long Island Field Hockey Player of the Year and a National Academic Squad selection as a senior in high school at Ward Melville, where she also captained the team. A cellist in the Ward Melville Symphony Orchestra, she was an AP Scholar with Honor and a member of both the National Honor Society and the French Honor Society.

Report by Sam Rubin '95 (sam.rubin@yale.edu), Yale Sports Publicity