Olivia Zitoli, a senior from William Smith College, was named the 2014 DIII Woman of the Year nominee for soccer as announced by Executive Director Chris Voelz of THE Collegiate Women Sports Awards (CWSA) presented by Honda.
She is now designated one of 11 finalists for the prestigious DIII Woman Athlete of the Year honor. This will be voted on at the end of the academic year by national balloting among 1,000 NCAA member schools as part of THE CWSA program, now in its 38th year.
Zitoli was named a first-team All-American and earned 2013 Liberty League Player of the Year honors. She is a three-time All-Liberty League honoree and a NSCAA All-East region honoree. In addition, she was named the Most Outstanding Defensive Player and earned a spot on the All-Tournament team at the NCAA Championship.
The defender from Walpole, Mass., helped lead her team to a program-record 21 shutouts which tied for the second most in a season in DIII women's soccer, just one off the record. She has played in 85 career games having posted three goals and an assist for seven career points. In her William Smith career, the Herons have logged a 75-7-8 record.
“I’m extremely honored to receive this recognition,” says Zitoli. “It’s truly a reflection of the outstanding teammates I played with this season.”
“I’m thrilled Olivia has earned this honor, she’s had a sensational year,” says William Smith Head Soccer Coach Aliceann Wilber. “Olivia marshaled the back line. She’s an exceptional player and an exceptional individual.”
All sports nominees from DIII and DII become a finalist for the prestigious 2014 CWSA Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year in their respective divisions, presented in June. The sports nominees are recognized in 11 DIII and DII NCAA-sanctioned sports; cross country, basketball, field hockey, golf, lacrosse, soccer,softball, swimming & diving, tennis, volleyball, and track & field.
THE Collegiate Women Sports Awards has honored the nation’s top NCAA women athletes for 37 years, recognizing superior athletic skills, leadership, academic excellence and eagerness to participate in community service. Since commencing its sponsorship in 1986, Honda has provided more than $2.7 million in institutional grants to the universities of the award winners and nominees to support women’s athletics programs at the institutions.