8 Alyssa Zupon
8 Alyssa Zupon
Height: 5-6
Year: Jr.
Hometown: Basking Ridge, N.J.
High School: The Pingry School
Position: F
Major: Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology
Previous Team: New Jersey Rockets
S/C: R

USA Hockey: Member of USA Hockey Select 15s, 16s and 17s.

2012-13 (Senior): Elected captain by her teammates.

2011-12 (Junior): ECAC Hockey All-Academic ... One goal, four assists in 29 games.

2010-11 (Sophmore): ECAC Hockey All-Academic ... Four goals, seven assists in 29 games.

2009-10 (Freshman): ECAC Hockey All-Academic ... First career points came on a pair of assists in 10-1 win vs. Sacred Heart Nov. 27 ... Scored first career goal Jan. 8 at BU ... Five goals, 11 assists in 29 games.

Before Yale: Mid Atlantic Women's Hockey Association scoring leader (37 goals, 33 assists in 54 games) with New Jersey Rockets in 2008-09 ... Member of Atlantic District Select Team ... Three-time MAWHA League Champions ... Two-time Atlantic District Champions ... Also played lacrosse and soccer ... Captained soccer team and was first team all-state (non-public), all-county and all-conference ... Soccer team was two-time New Jersey State Champions, two-time county champions and three-time conference champions ... Member of Cum Laude Society ... National Merit Commended Scholar ... New Jersey Edward J. Bloustein Distinguished Scholar .. Somerset County Scholar Athlete Award winner.

Notes: First degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do ... Founded an International Food Club in high school to promote cultural awareness through the culinary arts and to raise funds for local hunger relief agencies ... Founded the organization "Hope for Tomorrow Japan" with her mother, Shizuko, to provide tsunami and earthquake relief ... Also started "Bulldog PAWS" program, partnering Yale athletic teams with young patients at Yale-New Haven Hospital ... Intends to go to medical school ... Spending summer of 2012 in New Haven working as a laboratory associate in Yale-New Haven Hospital's neurosurgery department ... Spent summer of 2011 in New Haven in that same department, and is listed as a contributing author for a journal article from that time ... Worked as counselor at Hole in the Wall Gang Camp for children with cancer and serious blood diseases (2010) ... Worked as resident assistant at Fellowship Village Nursing Facility (2009) ... From 2008 to 2011 participated in five fundraising or site building projects with Habitat for Humanity ... From 2007 to 2011 participated in multiple events for Special Olympics in New Haven and the Girls & Boys Club in Newark, N.J. ... Has been appointed to the NCAA Student Athlete Advisory Committee and was selected to head the Community Service sub-committee ... 2012-13 will be her second season with that group.

Why Yale? "I believe Yale will provide me with an ideal balance between education and athletics. I am excited to have the opportunity to represent Yale on the ice while studying at one of the finest universities in the world."