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Zitoli ’14 Named Woman of the Year

The NCAA Woman of the Year selection committee has named William Smith College’s Olivia Zitoli ’14 one of the top 30 honorees from 446 school nominees for the 2014 Woman of the Year award. Ten women from each of the three divisions make up the top 30, spanning various NCAA sports. The top 30 honorees reflect the pillars of the Woman of the Year award: outstanding achievements in academics, athletics, community service and leadership. Zitoli is the first Heron to achieve the honor since Lisa Krug ’99 was named the NCAA New York Woman of the Year in 1999. The NCAA previously announced 51 state-level winners, including the District of Columbia, before narrowing it down to 10 finalists. “Olivia is an outstanding representative of William Smith College and the Liberty League as a Top 30 honoree,” said William Smith Athletic Director Deb Steward. “She is an amazing person of high character who brings out the good in those around her. An exceptional vocal leader whose competitiveness and discipline drive success in all aspects of her life, Olivia epitomizes the values of William Smith athletics.” A first team All-American defender and 2013 national champion, Zitoli anchored one of the stingiest defenses in NCAA Division III women’s soccer history. She guided the Herons to a record 21 shutouts. William Smith tallied 16 straight shutouts to end the season which ranks as the third longest streak in NCAA history. The Herons led the nation with a .875 shutout percentage and allowed just six goals all year. Zitoli started all 24 games in 2013. She was named the Liberty League Player of the Year and the conference’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Zitoli was a unanimous All-Liberty League first team selection and garnered first team all-region honors. She was named to the NCAA All-Tournament Team and tabbed the NCAA Championship Most Outstanding Defensive Player. Zitoli 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. In addition, Zitoli earned ECAC Upstate All-Star first team honors, D3soccer.com All-American first team recognition and was tabbed the D3soccer.com Defender of the Year. Zitoli and the Herons posted a 75-7-8 (.878) record over her four years on the team, logging the most wins, fewest losses and highest winning percentage for a graduation class. She recorded three goals including the game-winner over then No. 16 Skidmore in 2013, and an assist in 85 career games. “We are thrilled for Olivia,” said Head William Smith Soccer Coach Aliceann Wilber. “When I think about her four years here I can chart her personal growth and consequent development into an extraordinary leader, citizen and talented soccer player. She was a tour de force for us — both to William Smith Soccer and to William Smith Athletics — last year because of the enormous impact and influence of those combined abilities.””These women are perfect examples of NCAA student-athletes succeeding on the field, in the classroom and in life,” said Gloria Nevarez, NCAA Woman of the Year selection committee chair and senior associate commissioner for the Pac-12 Conference. “We are impressed by their outstanding achievements, and no matter the paths they take after college, we are confident that they will continue to lead their peers for many years to come.” In late September, three finalists from each division will be selected to form the nine finalists for the award.  The 2014 Woman of the Year will be announced at an annual ceremony in Indianapolis Oct. 19.