The Herald (Harare)

19 September 2012

Zimbabwe: Goromonzi Shines in USA

TALENTED Zimbabwean female hockey player Rachel Goromonzi was last week voted as the Student Athlete of the Week at her American university college Limestone. Goromonzi (19) won this accolade after her sterling performances for the two weekend matches against St Mary's on September 8 and Virginia Wesleyan the following day.

She came out tops ahead of other students from other sporting disciplines at Limestone such as cheer-leading, baseball, basketball, cross-country, golf, lacrosse, soccer, swimming, tennis, track and field, and volleyball.

Goromonzi was voted as Limestone's Student Athlete of the Week after she netted a pair of goals as her university college side beat Virginia Wesleyan 3-1 in an NCAA Division II match on September 9.

Already, Goromonzi is category leader at Limestone in field hockey for shots on goals contributing 29%, shots on target - 40% and 4 points.

She has established herself as the playmaker for Limestone's women's field hockey team.

Goromonzi, daughter of former Premier Soccer League treasurer Joseph Goromonzi, is ranked in the top 10 by the NCAA Division II as one of the players to watch this semester.

This week Rachel will be leading Limestone against Roanoke College (today), American International College (on Saturday) and Mercy (on Sunday).

The award that Rachel won last week was the second recognition she has received in her short but successful stay at Limestone, the South Carolina-based college she joined in August last year on a four-year hockey scholarship.

In November last year, Rachel was named to the All-Rookie Squad after only three months at Limestone College.

This came after the most impressive season in Limestone field hockey's brief history which saw Rachel, then a freshman, and senior defender Poirier Mackenzie garnering the programme's first major post season honours as announced by Synapse Sports.

Mackenzie was named as a Second-Team All-American while Rachel was named to the All-Rookie Squad.

Both awards for Rachel and Mackenzie were the first in the history of the programme.

Last year, Rachel, a former pupil of Watershed College in Marondera here in Zimbabwe, delivered the most impressive season in Limestone's field hockey history as she set programme records with 12 goals and 29 points while starting all 17 games as a freshman (first-year student).

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