Bona, Women's Hockey Win at Golden Goldys

Go Gophers! Junior Rachael Bona
Go Gophers!
Junior Rachael Bona
Go Gophers!

April 29, 2014

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MINNEAPOLIS - The Gopher women's hockey team was named the Female Team of the Year and Rachael Bona was named the Female Breakthrough Athlete of the Year as the University of Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletics department held its annual Golden Goldys/Scholar Athlete banquet Monday night at TCF Bank Stadium.

Minnesota recognized both the athletic and academic achievements by honoring its 750 student-athletes at the annual awards gala. It was the eighth-annual Golden Goldys recognition and 25th of the Scholar Athlete banquet.

With an NCAA runner-up performance, women's hockey took home the team of the year award. The Gophers defeated Wisconsin in the Frozen Four semifinal but fell to Clarkson in the NCAA championship game. The Gophers posted a 38-2-1 overall record and secured a 26-1-1 WCHA record en route to winning the team's third-straight WCHA postseason title and the program's eighth regular season championship.

Junior Rachael Bona was named the Female Breakthrough Athlete of the Year after she nearly doubled her point production from a year ago. Bona ranked third in the nation and second on the team with 61 points (23g-38a) and was named a Patty Kazmaier top-10 finalist, All-WCHA Second Team honoree and All-USCHO Third Team honoree for the first time in her career.

The Golden Goldys voting process included spring sports of 2013 (baseball, men's and women's golf, rowing, softball, men's and women's outdoor track & field and men's and women's tennis) and the fall and winter sports of the 2013-14 athletic year. 

2013-14 Golden Goldy Winners

Female Athlete of the Year
Rachel Banham, Basketball

Male Athlete of the Year
Adam Wilcox, Hockey

Female Rookie of the Year
Amanda Zahui B. Basketball

Male Breakthrough Athlete of the Year
David Cobb, Football

Female Breakthrough Athlete Of the Year
Rachael Bona, Hockey

Male Rookie of the Year
Wally Ellenson, Track & Field

Best Female Team
Hockey

Best Male Team
Hockey 

Best Women's Team Coach
Jessica Allister, Softball

Best Men's Team Coach
Don Lucia, Hockey

Outstanding Student-Athlete Achievement Award
Sara Moulton, Softball
Nate Condon, Men's Hockey

Outstanding Achievement Award in Leadership and Service
Katherine Windsor, Rowing
Chris Hawthorne, Football 

Big Ten Postgraduate Scholarship
Rachel Drake, WCC/TRK - Biochemistry
Justin Morinishi, M/GYM - Electrical Engineering

Gladys Brooks and Norman Borlaug Commitment to Academic Excellence Award
Women's Cross Country and Men's Golf  

Top Five Awards (top five GPAs for both men and women)
Rachel Drake, CC
Becca Dyson, CC
Erica Meyer, Softball
Jessica Plant, Swimming & Diving
Rebecca Rethwisch, CC
Nathan Fortunato, Gymnastics
Mathieu Froment, Tennis
Matthew Jergenson, Track & Field
Corey Mills, Swimming & Diving
Josh Shupe, Wrestling 

Teammate of the Year Award
Jeff Keiser, Chris Lagasse and Michelle Traen (Creative Services and Athletic Communications) 

Tom H. Swain Campus Recognition Award
University of Minnesota Orientation & First-Year Programs 

Richard "Pinky" McNamara Student-Athlete Achievement Award
Cedric Thompson, Football 

Community Service Team Award  
Women's Track & Field/Cross Country, Men's Swimming & Diving 

Outstanding Academic Team Award
Women's Teams - Soccer, Tennis
Men's Team - Swimming & Diving, Tennis

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