A-10 Awards UMass Field Hockey 12 Year-End Laurels
Nov. 1, 2012
AMHERST, Mass. - Seven members of the UMass field hockey program combined to earn 12 accolades from the Atlantic 10, as the conference announced its yearly award recipients on Thursday morning. To lead the group, sophomore defender Lauren Allymohamed was tabbed the Atlantic 10 Defensive Player of the Year while head coach Carla Tagliente earned the A-10 Coach of the Year laurel.
"I am very proud of the program and where we have come in a short amount of time," Tagliente said. "This is a tremendous honor for those individuals that were recognized. More importantly, I believe it's an honor for the collective team and a reflection of the effort and hard work that they all have committed to make this program better. We would not be where we are without all 25 players that step on the practice field every day. We win together, we lose together, we play together and we celebrate together."
Allymohamed - a starter on the backline in each of UMass' 20 games this season - also secured Atlantic 10 All-Conference First Team along with a trio of squad mates, including senior forward Nicole Cordero, senior midfielder Kim Young and senior defender Thando Zono. Allymohamed and Zono helped the Minutewomen defense limit A-10 opponents to just 0.86 goals per game while the group combined for 75 point on 31 goals and 13 assists.
In addition to the four first team honorees, a pair of freshman were named to the A-10 All-Conference Second Team and All-Rookie Team in goalkeeper Sam Carlino and midfielder Noralie Weusthuis. Carlino backstopped the UMass squad throughout 2012, recording a 1.60 goals-against average and .712 save percentage in 1,400 minutes of action. Weusthuis contributed on the attack with clutch scoring performances, including the game-tying goal against No. 1 Syracuse and game-winner vs. Lock Haven en route to 14 points on six marks and a pair of helpers.
On the academic side, Young and Zono were tabbed as part of the 11-student Atlantic 10 Academic All-Conference squad. The laurel is the second such for Young while it marks the first time Zono was recognized for her academic success at the University of Massachusetts.
Allymohamed was the fourth consecutive Minutewoman to be named the defensive player of the year as goalkeeper Alesha Widdall took home the honor following the 2011 regular season and Makaela Potts was selected as the recipient after the 2009-10 campaigns. The first team honors for Allymohamed and Young mark the second consecutive for both, while Cordero and Zono were previously named to the second teams following the 2011 and 2010 seasons, respectively.
UMass (12-8 overall, 6-1 A-10) continues its season with an Atlantic 10 Tournament Semifinal contest against Temple (12-8, 5-2). The Minutewomen will face the Owls on Friday, Nov. 2 at home on Garber Field at 2 p.m.