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LIer Georgia Holland competing in world field hockey event

Georgia Holland.

Georgia Holland. Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan

Georgia Holland made Team USA's Under-21 field hockey squad and, right now, is competing for a Junior World Cup championship in Germany.

That's quite an accomplishment. Now consider this:

Stardom seemed certain in 2011, with Holland coming off a stellar freshman season at Yale and having been a longtime standout in USA Field Hockey's Futures program, but she was one of the final cuts from the Under-19 roster.

"That was extremely disappointing,'' said Holland, a Stony Brook native and former Ward Melville High School star. "After putting in so many years with them, I didn't know if I even wanted to bother with the Team USA stuff after that.''

Then last summer, motivated and recommitted, she made it onto the even more prestigious Under-21 team and was ready to play in the Pan-American Games in Mexico . . . but tore her right ACL the day before the flight. At that point, she said, "It was like, 'Something always goes wrong.' ''

Holland injured the knee in a game on Sept. 8. She was back to full-speed by spring, and a return to form became her mission. "I think I'm completely back,'' the 21-year-old said.

In May, she competed in the national championships and went on to Junior National Camp tryouts. There, a group of America's elite players eventually was cut to 18 in June.

"It's exciting to travel and be able to represent your country on this stage,'' Holland said. "The whole time I was rehabbing, I had the Junior World Cup in the back of my mind.''

Team USA began with a 4-1 win over Korea yesterday.

The Under-21 squad often is a pipeline to the Olympic team, but Holland said she weighs those aspirations with her plans to enter medical school.

A former high school All-American, Holland led Ward Melville to a 2008 state title and was Newsday's Long Island Player of the Year in 2009. She now is the captain of the Yale team.

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