Graduating senior and field hockey first team all-American becomes one of 11 to receive award
Department recognizes more than 90 student-athletes for academic, athletic success
Cordero named offensive player of the year, Allymohamed takes home top defensive honor
Duo honored on Wednesday for excellence in the classroom and in sport.
Second-year UMass leader earns first NFHCA head coaching honor
Thando Zono and Dominic Skrajewski are named the UMass Fall Scholar-Athletes
FH vs. RICHMOND (A10 FINAL) Photos by Thom Kendall '93
FH vs. RIDER (NCAA PLAY-IN) Photos by Thom Kendall '93
FH vs. LOCK HAVEN Photos by Thom Kendall '93
FH vs. SYRACUSE Photos by Thom Kendall '93
FH vs. ALBANY Photos by Thom Kendall '93
2012 - Senior: Game-by-Game Statistics ... NFHCA First Team All-American ... UMass Female Senior Athlete of the Year ... UMass Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year ... UMass Female Fall Scholar-Athlete Award Honoree ... NFHCA Division I Senior Game Selection (10/31) ... A-10 All-Conference First Team ... A-10 Tournament Most Outstanding Player ... A-10 All-Tournament Team ... ECAC First Team All-Star ... A-10 Player of the Week (10/15) ... UMass Co-Athlete of the Week (10/22) ... UMass Athlete of the Week (11/5) ... NFHCA National Academic Squad ... Atlantic 10 Commissioner's Honor Roll ... Made 18 appearances and 17 starts as a senior ... Tied for the team lead with classmate Kim Young for most points (33), using 14 goals and five assists to achieve the feat ... Notched the game-winning goal against No. 1 Syracuse (10/11) ... Recorded first goal of the season against #15 Ohio State (8/25) ... Tied the contest with #7 Northeastern at 3-3 with only 57 seconds remaining in regulation ... Had a six-point game against Vermont (9/21) with a pair of goals and two assists ... Totaled a penalty stroke goal against Saint Louis (10/12) ... Had four points on a goal and a pair of helpers at Saint Joseph's (10/21) ... Led UMass to the A-10 Tournament Title with 11 points on five goals and an assist over both contests, including a hat trick against #16 Richmond in the championship game ... Added her 13th and 14th goals of the season during the NCAA Tournament First Round contest vs. #Syracuse ... Finished postseason play with 15 points on seven goals and an assist over four games against Temple, #16 Richmond, Rider and #5 Syracuse ... Was the 12th UMass field hockey player to be named the A-10 Tournament Most Outstanding Player ... Became 32nd Minutewomen in program history to be named an NFHCA All-American and the 18th first team honoree ... Took home UMass field hockey's Kathy Phelan "Heart of the Team" and Scholar Athlete awards at the annual team banquet ... Was honored as a 21st Century Leader at the Undergraduate Commencement, held on Friday, May 10.
2011 - Junior: Game-by-Game Statistics ... NFHCA National Academic Squad ... Atlantic 10 Commissioner's Honor Roll ... Suffered an injury during competition and was only able to play in one game (Oct. 23 at Temple).
2010 - Sophomore: Game-by-Game Statistics ... Atlantic 10 All-Conference Second Team ... NFHCA National Academic Squad ... Played in 16 games, starting 14 ... Notched her first point as a Minutewoman on an assist at Boston University on Sept. 5 ... Scored both goals in UMass' 2-1 victory at Richmond on Oct. 17 ... Also added a multi-goal performance when the Minutewomen bested Saint Joseph's, 4-1, on Oct. 24 ... Followed with a goal each over the next two contests, including at West Chester (10/29) and at La Salle (10/31) ... Took 31 shots on the year, putting 15 on-target.
2009 - Freshman: Attended Rhodes University in Grahamstown, South Africa, before transferring to UMass beginning in the Spring of 2010
Before UMass: 2009 member of the South African U21 Hockey World Cup Team and a member of the South African U19 National Team ... Attended Rhodes University, where she was a back-to-back nominee for the school's Sportswoman of the Year Award ... In 2008 she was a member of the South African U18 National Team, a member of the Eastern Province U18 Team on which she served as team captain and was the field hockey winner at the Makana Civic Awards ... Also played tennis on the Eastern Province U18 Team.
Personal: Goes by Thando (pronounced TAHN-doe) ... Full name is Thandolwethu Gugulethu Zono ... Born on May 21, 1990 ... Daughter of Maboy and Boniwe Zono ... Has two sisters, Lelethu and Siphosethu.