8 - Alyssa Zupon
Alyssa Zupon
Height: 5-6
Year: Sr.
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
Residential College: Morse

2012-13 (Senior): ECAC Hockey All-Academic ... Won Sarah Devens Award, a joint award between ECAC Hockey and Hockey East presented annually to a student-athlete who "demonstrates leadership and commitment both on and off the ice." ... Won ECAC Hockey's Mandi Scwartz Student-Athlete of the Year Award ... Received the Yale Athletics Department's Ford Award, given annually to the male and female senior student-athletes who have demonstrated their commitment to strengthening the relationship between Yale Athletics and the New Haven community ... Received the Yale women's ice hockey team's Bingham Award for leadership ... One of five finalists nationally for BNY Mellon Wealth Management Hockey Humanitarian Award ... Semifinalist for Coach Wooden Citizenship Cup ... Elected captain by her teammates ... Five goals, one assist ... Appeared in all 29 games, completing her career having played all 116 games.

2011-12 (Junior): ECAC Hockey All-Academic ... One goal, four assists in 29 games ... Led team in faceoffs, winning nearly 62 percent.

2010-11 (Sophomore): 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.

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

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: Profiled on NESN in fall of 2012 ... 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."