Zono Named NFHCA First Team All-America
Nov. 20, 2012
CHANDLER, Ariz. - The National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) named University of Massachusetts senior defender Thando Zono to its First Team All-America listing on Tuesday morning. Zono marks the 32nd Minutewoman to secure All-America status in UMass field hockey history and the award is the 52nd All-America laurel issued to an individual representative of the program by the NFHCA since the team's creation in 1975.
"This is a tremendous honor for Thando and for the program," UMass head coach Carla Tagliente said. "I am very happy for her. She has faced so much adversity in two seasons and has persevered in a remarkable manner. I am so proud of her - not just for her accomplishments but for the impact she has made on this program and her teammates."
Zono tied for the team lead with classmate Kim Young in points recorded, with 33 on 14 goals and five assists. The Grahamstown, South Africa, native, also matched Young with three game-winning goals, including a pair as UMass ousted Temple and No. 16 Richmond for the 2012 A-10 Tournament Title at home on Garber Field. Zono finished the conference championship with 11 points on five goals and an assist over two games while her additional game-winner was earned when UMass upset No. 1 Syracuse, 2-1 on Oct. 11.
Zono's career-year as a senior has also earned the defender All-Atlantic 10 First Team, A-10 Tournament Most Outstanding Player, Atlantic 10 All-Tournament Team and A-10 Player of the Week (Oct. 15) laurels while securing Zono a spot in the NFHCA Division-I Senior Game.