Fall 2012 Fall Scholar-Athletes Honored

Dominic Skrajewski and Thando Zono Honored at Minutemen Club Sports Luncheon.

University of Massachusetts seniors Dominic Skrajewski and Thando Zono were named the Fall Scholar-Athlete Award winners, as announced at the weekly UMass Sports Luncheon Wednesday. The award is given during the Fall, Winter and Spring and recognizes the male and female athlete at the University who most exemplifies excellence in the classroom and in their particular sport.

Skrajewski is a center defender on the men's soccer team who started in every game for the Mintuemen. The native of Downington, Pa., ranked fourth on the team in goals (1), tied for first in assists (2), while placing fourth in points (4). He anchored a defense that posted five shutouts in the team's seven wins and ties. He is an architecture major with a 3.88 grade point average.

Assistant professor of Art, Architecture & Art History Caryn Brause spoke about Skrajewski's academic achievements, while men's soccer head coach Sam Koch spoke about his accomplishment's on the field.

Zono was named First Team All-America following a 2012 campaign that saw her lead the team in scoring (33) and goals (14). The starting defender from Grahamstown, South Africa was named the Most Outstanding Player of the Atlantic 10 Tournament after leading UMass to the championship with five goals and an assist in its two games. She is a resource economics major with a 3.52 GPA.

Associate professor of Resource Economics Nathalie Lavoie and UMass field hockey head coach Carla Tagliente each spoke to the luncheon about their respective relationships with Zono during her time in Amherst.

The award is given to a junior or senior with a 3.00 cumulative gpa and is based on 50% academic and 50% athletic accomplishments.