February 3, 2014

Three Team Awards for Holland, One for Reinwald at Banquet

Yale's Captain Named Player of the Year

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – 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.

Holland has now won Yale's Player of the Year Award twice, as she also won it in 2011. This is the third year Yale has given a Player of the Year Award, but it is based on an award that has been in place since 2007. The Player of the Year Award had been known previously as The Cup. It is awarded to the member of the team who has performed at the highest level for the season as a whole, determined by the coaching staff through game-to-game recognition as the Player of the Match.

The Coaches' Award that Holland received is given to the player who exemplifies principles, direction and persistence in pursuit of field hockey excellence at Yale.

The Amanda Walton Award that Holland received is given by the Yale players and coaching staff to that team member who demonstrates the ability to confront challenges, displaying the courage to overcome them, while inspiring teammates with her work ethic and unselfish attitude. The award is named after Amanda Walton '02, who has been an inspiration to the Bulldogs. After her sophomore year at Yale, Walton -- a field hockey and lacrosse player -- was involved in an automobile accident that put her career on hold. She overcame a coma and physical injuries with hard work and dedication.

The three awards Saturday night add to an already impressive collection for Holland, Yale's captain, from the past season. In addition to being named an ECAC All-Star, she was a second team All-Mideast Region selection and was a unanimous first team All-Ivy pick after making a comeback from a serious injury that cost her the final 14 games of the 2012 season.

Holland came back from that injury to earn a spot on Team USA's roster at the Junior World Cup last summer in Germany. She then started all 17 games for Yale 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.

Holland 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. She 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).

A three-time NFHCA National Academic Squad honoree, Holland is a molecular, cellular and developmental biology major in Ezra Stiles College. She received one of Yale's highest undergraduate accolades, the Francis Gordon Brown Prize, earlier this year for her academic and athletic accomplishments. She was a first team All-American in high school at Ward Melville.

The Senior Award that Reinwald received is awarded by the senior class to a freshman team member who reflects positive contribution to the team's philosophy and whose individual character encourages the future direction and excellence of Yale Field Hockey.

Reinwald earned a regular role as a starter in her freshman year, appearing in 14 games and starting 12. She was a key part of a Yale defense that allowed only 10 goals in seven Ivy League games -- the second-best total in the league. That included limiting Princeton, the Ivy League champions, to just two goals -- the Tigers came into that game averaging nearly six goals per game in their 12 previous league games.

Reinwald is in Timothy Dwight College. Prior to Yale, she attended Mountain View, where she was captain and all-district. 

The Bulldogs also recognized the senior class at the banquet: Holland, forward/midfielder Erica Borgo (Randolph, N.J.), goalkeeper Emily Cain (Laytonsville, Md.), forward/midfielder Gabby Garcia (Garden City, N.Y.) and midfielder Emily Schuckert (Wilmington, Del.). In addition to helping Yale to an Ivy League title in 2011, that group went 18-10 in Ivy League games.

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