DANBURY, Conn. - Simmons College field hockey player Alexia Malone Oliver (Bristol, R.I.) was named an Eastern College Athletic Conference New England Second Team All-Star, it was announced by the league.
Malone Oliver was also named to the Great Northeast Athletic Conference First Team last month to cap an oustanding final campaign. An excellent one-on-one defender, the senior locked down the right side of the backfield for the Sharks, starting 17 of 18 matches she appeared in. She helped Simmons post a school-record 12 shutouts for a rate of 0.63 shutouts per game to lead the nation, while posting a paltry 0.68 goals against average to rank fifth among NCAA Division III squads. Her stellar play in the GNAC Tournament helped to limit the Sharks' opponents to just nine shots in two matches and earned her All-Tournament recognition. Malone Oliver also helped the Simmons defense hold opponents to just 6.4 shots per match, allowing only 122 in 19 contests, including nine matches with less than five allowed and eight occasions where the opponent has failed to record a shot in a half. The Tri-Captain proved to be the most reliable shooter in the conference in penalty stroke situations, putting away all three of her attempts to give her a career-high six points on the season. A graduate of Saint Mary Academy Bay View, Malone Oliver was one of two players in the GNAC to have at least three goals, a defensive save and a game-winning goal for the season.
The senior started 56 of 70 matches during her four-year tenure for the Sharks and tallied four markers to go with a pair of defensive saves.
Simmons finished the season with a 14-5 record, while winning the GNAC Championship for the second straight season. The Sharks advanced to the First Round of the NCAA Tournament, but fell to State University of New York at New Paltz, 1-0, on November 11.