Yale Captain Competing for National Title, Chance to Play for Team USA
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Rising senior midfielder/back Georgia Holland (Stony Brook, N.Y.), the captain of the Yale field hockey team, has been selected to play for USA Field Hockey's Under-21 Team at the Women's National Championship in Norfolk, Va., May 23-29. Holland was one of 19 players selected for the U-21 team, and one of 108 selected for the championship. The event features some of the best field hockey players in the country competing for the title of national champions while also trying to earn a spot on the U.S. Women's National Team.
U.S. head coach Craig Parnham will be evaluating matches and selecting outstanding players from the pool of participants to represent Team USA on the international stage. He will select 24 players for the National Team within three days of the end of the championship, and will also announce a development squad.
The selection to the U-21 team for the National Championship marks another remarkable milestone for Holland, the 43rd captain in Yale history. She is in the midst of a comeback from an injury that cost her the final 14 games of the 2012 Yale season -- an injury that 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.
Holland has been a part of a record-breaking run by Yale in the past three years, a run that included the school's first Ivy title since 1980 (2011). The Bulldogs are 14-7 in the Ivy League in Holland's three seasons (including a first-place finish and a second-place finish). In Holland's last full season, 2011, 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.
In addition to her accomplishments at Yale, Holland has been a rising star in the USA Field Hockey system for years. She competed for the North team at the 2012 USA Field Hockey National Championship and won the Junior National Championship with the Pennsylvania team in June of 2010. In 2010 she was also part of Olympic Development Select and the U-19 National Team, taking part in a tour of Argentina in April. She attended Junior National Camp from 2008-2010 and was part of Futures Elite in 2009. She won National Futures Championships in 2008 and 2009. She also played for Yale associate head coach Tamara Durante, and with current Yale classmate goalie Emily Cain (Laytonsville, Md.), on the Junior Olympic Team in 2008, earning second place.
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. Prior to Yale she attended Ward Melville.
The Women's National Championship tournament features some of the best field hockey players in the country, including members of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team. Holland's teammates on the U-21 team include 2012 All-Americans Marie Elena Bolles of UConn, Emma Bozek of North Carolina, Laura Gebhart of Penn State and Emily Wold of North Carolina.
In addition to the U-21 team, there are five regional teams at the tournament: Mid-Atlantic/South, Midwest/California, New England/North, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Melissa Gonzalez, an Olympian who served as a volunteer assistant at Yale this past season, is on the New England/North team.
The Bulldogs also have a pair of coaches working at the National Championship, as Yale head coach Pam Stuper is an assistant coach with the New England/North team and Durante is team manager for the New England/North team (Carla Tagliente of UMass is the New England/North head coach).
Stuper, the 2009 NFHCA Mideast Region Coach of the Year, has been at Yale for 16 seasons, including eight as an assistant coach and eight as head coach. A member of the USA Field Hockey Hall of Fame, she led Yale to the 2011 Ivy League championship. A nine-year member of the U.S. National Team, Stuper participated in three World Cups (1990, 1994 and 1998), one Pan-American Games (1995) and two Champion's Trophy Tournaments (1995, 1997). She was an alternate for the 1996 U.S. Olympic Team. Stuper earned a silver medal in the 1995 Pan American Games and a bronze medal in the 1994 World Cup.
At the National Championship, the six teams will play each other once. The tournament ends May 29 with classification matches based on the teams' places in the standings (1 vs. 2, 3 vs. 4, 5 vs. 6).
Admission to the National Championship tournament is free and open to the public. All matches will be held at Powhatan Sports Complex on the campus of Old Dominion, Stuper's alma mater, in Norfolk, Va.
Report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity
U-21 Team Schedule
2013 USA Field Hockey Women's National Championship
Thursday, May 23, 4:00 p.m. vs. Midwest/California
Friday, May 24, 9:00 a.m. vs. New England/North
Saturday, May 25, 8:00 p.m. vs. Mid-Atlantic/South
Monday, May 27, 1:00 p.m. vs. New Jersey
Tuesday, May 28 9:00 a.m. vs. Pennsylvania
Wednesday, May 29 TBD
2013 USA Field Hockey Women's National Championship U-21 Team
Teresa Benvenuti (Morristown, N.J.)
Lauren Blazing (Chapel Hill, N.C.)
Marie Elena Bolles (Phoenixville, Pa.)
Emma Bozek (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.)
Maddy Carpenter (Wilbraham, Mass.)
Alyssa Chillano (Phoenixville, Pa.)
Anna Dessoye (Mountaintop, Pa.)
Maxine Fluharty (Millsboro, Del.)
Laura Gebhart (Mount Joy, Pa.)
Katie Gerzabek (Springfield, Pa.)
Ashley Hoffman (Mohnton, Pa.)
Georgia Holland (Stony Brook, N.Y.)
Aileen Johnson (Oceanport, N.J.)
Lisa McCarthy (Evanston, Ill.)
Heather Morris (Pottstown, Pa.)
Nikki Parsley (Evanston, Ill.)
Kelsey Smither (Suffolk, Va.)
Tara Vittese (Cherry Hill, N.J.)
Emily Wold (Freehold, N.J.)