Amy Olsen, sophomore member of the Iona College women's water polo team, will chronicle this season on ICGaels.com as the Gaels look to repeat as MAAC Champions and return to the NCAA Championships. A season ago, Olsen was named MAAC Rookie of the Year and a Second Team All-MAAC Selection after scoring 95 points on 75 goals and 20 assists. Outside the pool, Olsen is a double major in English and Mass Communication with a concentration in Television and Video and writer for the school newspaper, The Ionian.
Last weekend ended on a great note when we came home with three wins. On Saturday we beat Villanova University and Virginia Military Institute. I saw the team communicating well together and with that came more confidence, not amongst eachother, but working as a unit.
As I've mentioned before, I play with girls who possess tremendous talent and they always continue to surprise me. After Saturday's games, I was really impressed with our freshmen. Although it is their first year playing college water polo, they have each adapted in their own way and that is something to be proud of. It is important to step up for your team when they need you to, and to understand your role. It doesn't matter if you are the scorer, passer, or the support that helps motivate everyone. It also doesn't matter if you are a Freshman or a Senior, everyone is needed.
On Sunday we had the momentum of Saturday's wins with us going into the game against Wagner. It was imperative that we beat them because not only were they seeded first in the MAAC, but they had beaten Marist already before we had lost to them. We started off the Wagner game with a three point lead in the first quarter. Wagner fought back and brought the game to a tie, and eventually they were up against us by a one point lead. Even though we were frustrated and nervous, we managed to pull it together and we beat Wagner by one point. Needless to say, everyone was excited that we held strong as a team and finished the game the way we were supposed to.
The wins of the weekend led to a solid week of training, and our positive attitude in practice this week helped us get through the rough swim sets and the weights with Coach Carr.
This weekend we head up to Siena, once again taking on Marist playing Siena at their home pool. We will continue to play as a team and stay focused as we inch closer to the MAAC championship.