"Thando Zono brings South African roots to streaking UMass field hockey". Brought up in Grahamstown, her field hockey career began at the age of eight and whilst at Rhodes, she was recruited by former UMass coach Justine Sowry, who convinced Zono to come to Amherst without ever seeing the campus.
This year, Zono has led the Minutewoment to nine consecutive victories, the last four of which her mother saw in person. But Zono's on-field talents are eclipsed by what she brings off it. "She just has tremendous energy and spirit. She's a special person."
"Thando Zono's energy is contagious - enough to turn the frown of even the grumpiest of sports reporters upside down on a Monday".