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Mary Beth Barham Named Second Team All-Region

Mary Beth Barham. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Mary Beth Barham. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Senior Was Also an All-Ivy Pick; Will Play in NFHCA Senior Game Saturday

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Yale senior midfielder/back Mary Beth Barham (Fairfax, Va.) has been named second team All-Mideast Region by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association. This is the third major honor for Barham since the end of October, as she was also named first team All-Ivy League and selected to play in the upcoming NFHCA Senior Game.

Barham, who was an honorable mention All-Ivy selection as a freshman and a second team selection last year, made a remarkable transition to earn her first All-Region and third All-Ivy honor this year. She spent her first three seasons at Yale as a forward/midfielder, where she was a major factor in generating attack. But this year, with the graduation of Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year Erin Carter '12, the Bulldogs found themselves in need of help in the backfield. That need was exacerbated when one of Yale's best defensive players, junior midfielder/back Georgia Holland (Stony Brook, N.Y.), was lost to a season-ending injury in the third game. Barham wound up being the player who stepped up to fill that void on defense, emerging as a steadying force for a unit that had just one other upperclassman (senior back Lexy Adams (Lancaster, Pa.)). With Barham's help, Yale held five opponents to just one goal.

Barham, who started all 17 games this year and 66 games over the past four seasons, also scored four goals. That included a pair in Yale's 2-1 overtime win at Harvard, which made the senior class the first in school history to go 4-0 vs. the Crimson. The seniors were a part of 20 Ivy League wins, setting the school record in that category. That group was also a part of an Ivy League championship (2011) and a pair of second-place finishes.

Prior to Yale Barham attended W.T. Woodson High School, where she was second team all-state. She is in Jonathan Edwards College.

Barham will play in the NFHCA Senior Game on Saturday at 3:00 p.m. at Old Dominion.

Report by Sam Rubin '95 (, Yale Sports Publicity

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