PHOTO BY BOB CORNELL/COLGATE ATHLETICS
Olivia Zafuto is a defender from Niagara Falls, New York, playing for Colgate University. Before going to Colgate, Zafuto attended Nichols School and played high school hockey for the Nichols Vikings. While at Nichols, Zafuto helped the team win the North American Prep Hockey Association (NAPHA) Championship and the Conference of Independent Schools Athletic Association (CISAA) for four consecutive years from 2012-2015. She was recognized with NAPHA first team all-league honors in 2014 and 2015. In 2015, as a senior, she captained the Vikings while also earning a Western New York Scholar Athlete Honorable Mention and being named team MVP. For club hockey, Zafuto started out with the Buffalo Bison where she finished third at Tier I nationals at the U14 and U16 levels. As a U19, Zafuto made the switch to the Niagara Purple Eagles.
As a freshman at Colgate, Zafuto recorded a very respectable 21 points in 38 games in her rookie season. Her 21 points came off 7 goals and 14 assists. She also had 120 shots on net, good for second on the team. Defensively, she recorded 14 blocked shots. Her sophomore year, her point total decreased a bit, mostly due to her reduction in assists. While she scored seven goals for the second straight year, her assist total dipped to 9. However, she improved in blocked shots as she more than doubled her freshman year total with 38. Also, she had 115 shots on net throughout the season, including an impressive 12-shot performance against Harvard. Academically, Zafuto was named to the Colgate Raider Academic Honor Roll.
Last year, as a junior, Zafuto broke out for 33 points in 41 games. Her 33 points (11 goals and 22 assists) were good for third-most among all defenders in the nation. She continued to get the puck on net with a total of 133 shots. Additionally, she continued to improve upon her blocked shots total as she registered 53 blocks.
In the postseason, Zafuto helped lead Colgate to the national championship game, where Colgate lost a very close matchup to ECAC Hockey foe Clarkson in overtime. Her assist and game-winning goal in the NCAA Quarterfinal against Northeastern propelled Colgate to the Frozen Four. Zafuto was awarded for her efforts in the postseason when she was named to the All-NCAA Tournament Team. She was also named to the Raider Academic Honor Roll at the end of the year, for the second consecutive year.
Zafuto has started off her senior year strong with 9 points in 12 games thus far. She will graduate at the end of the school year with a degree in Psychology.
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