Liberty League Commissioner Tracy King recently announced that Richie Bonney ’14 and Olivia Zitoli ’14 are the 2013-14 Liberty League Men’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year and Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year, respectively.
“Olivia Zitoli and Richie Bonney represent the very best of intercollegiate athletics and I am pleased to announce their selection as Liberty League Scholar-Athletes of the Year,” King said. “Not only have Olivia and Richie excelled in their respective sports, they have achieved at the highest levels academically while also emerging as leaders on their campus. It is only fitting that we recognize the dedication and commitment that they have demonstrated to their academic and athletic pursuits during the past four years.”
By virtue of her selection, Zitoli will also be the league’s nominee for the NCAA Woman of the Year award. It’s the second year in a row a William Smith Heron has earned the award. Emily D’Addario ’13 received the honor last year.
A first team All-American defender on the national champion William Smith soccer team, Zitoli anchored one of the stingiest defenses in NCAA Division III history. Under her leadership, the Herons posted a William Smith record 21 shutouts, just one shy of the NCAA record. The Herons notched 16 consecutive shutouts to close out the season which stands as the third longest streak in NCAA history. William Smith led the nation with a .875 shutout percentage and allowed just six goals all year.
A starter in all 24 games this season, Zitoli chipped in the game-winning goal over then No. 16 Skidmore. She was selected the Liberty League Player of the Year and unanimously voted to the all-conference first team. Zitoli garnered first team all-region honors, was named to the NCAA All-Tournament Team and tabbed the NCAA Championship Most Outstanding Defensive Player. She was selected THE Collegiate Women Sports Awards Division III Soccer Woman of the Year and became just the second soccer player in Heron history to be named the NSCAA National Player of the Year. Zitoli was voted to the ECAC Upstate All-Star first team, the D3soccer.com All-American first team and was tabbed the D3soccer.com Defender of the Year.
In her four years on the Heron soccer team, Zitoli helped William Smith to a 75-7-8 (.878) record, posting the most wins, fewest losses and highest winning percentage for a graduation class. She chipped in three goals and an assist in 85 career games.
Zitoli was a member of the Herons’ leadership group and a team representative in William Smith’s partnership with Team IMPACT, a non-profit that works to improve the quality of life for children facing life-threatening illnesses by harnessing the power of teamwork by matching these courageous kids with college athletic teams. Zitoli also excelled in the classroom. She was named to the NSCAA Scholar All-American first team and earned a spot on the Liberty League All-Academic Team three years in a row.
A member of Phi Beta Kappa, Bonney graduated with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and public policy studies. He was the recipient of the Durfee Award as Hobart’s most outstanding senior and the Sutherland Prize in Philosophy for excellence in the classics. The eight-time Dean’s List honoree is a member of all three Hobart honor societies (Druid, Chimera and Orange Key).
Bonney’s combination of excellence in the classroom and on the basketball court earned him the 2013-14 Capital One Academic All-America of the Year award for Division III Men’s Basketball. He was a two-time Capital One first team Academic All-American and a three-time Capital One Academic All-District selection, as well as a three-time Liberty League All-Academic pick.
Bonney is the Hobart career record holder in points (1,738), field goals made (680), field goal percentage (.583) and games played (114). A unanimous selection as the 2013-14 Liberty League Player of the Year, Bonney was second in the nation this season in double-doubles (21) and field goals made (234). He led the conference in rebounding (11.0 rpg) and was second in scoring (20.4 ppg).
Now in its second year, Bonney is the first Statesman to win the Liberty League Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award.