Four Minutewomen Selected As NFHCA All-Region Honorees
Nov. 15, 2012
CHANDLER, Ariz. - After finishing the 2012 season with an Atlantic 10 Tournament Title and NCAA Tournament appearance, the UMass field hockey team was honored by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) with four all-region awards on Thursday morning. Senior defender Thando Zono and sophomore defender Lauren Allymohamed tallied first team recognition while senior forward Nicole Cordero and senior midfielder Kim Young took home second team laurels.
Zono, the A-10 Tournament's Most Outstanding Player capped her UMass career with 33 points, tied for the most on the team with Young, on 14 goals and five assists. Zono tallied five goals and an assist during the conference tournament, including the game-winners over Temple and No. 16 Richmond to help the Minutewomen secure a berth in the NCAA Tournament Play-In Game against Rider. The Grahamstown, South Africa, native has also been recognized as an All-Atlantic 10 First Team and Academic All-Conference selection during 2012.
Allymohamed provided clutch defensive performances throughout her sophomore campaign, earning UMass fourth consecutive A-10 Defensive Player of the Year laurel as the Minutewomen held opponents to just 1.75 goals per game. Allymohamed also factored into the offensive success of the squad with her accurate passing out of the backfield, which included an assist on the game-tying goal when UMass upset No. 1 Syracuse, 2-1 at Garber Field on Oct. 11.
Young closed her four-year tenure with UMass as the active leader in points due to a consistent offensive output at a senior, securing 33 points on 13 goals and seven assists in her final season. Young tied with Zono for the team-lead with three game-winning goals and capped her career as a four-year starter with 65 points on 24 goals and 17 assists.
Cordero finished third on the Minutewomen with 29 points on 14 goals and an assist, tying with Zono for most tallies on the year. Cordero needed only 28 shots to produce her 14 marks on the season and secured 49 points through 22 goals and five assists in games played at UMass.
The NFHCA will announce its Division-I All-America Teams on Tuesday, Nov. 20.