NEW ROCHELLE, NY - Iona College women's water polo rising senior Amy Olsen and recent graduate Alyssa Turza were named All-American Honorable Mention by the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches (ACWPC). The honor is given to athletes who demonstrate athletic talent in the pool, show strong leadership, and help to solidify the sport of water polo.
Olsen appeared in 31 games, recording a team best 128 points and 102 goals. She had 26 assists, 49 steals, drew 89 kickouts, and recorded seven field blocks.
The All-American recognition added to a plethora honors for Olsen. She was named 2013 MAAC Offensive Player of the Year and named to the All-MAAC First Team, MAAC Championship All-Tournament Team and NCAA Championship All-Tournament Team. Additionally, Olsen earn three MAAC Player of the Week awards in 2013 (2/19, 3/19, 3/29).
Turza appeared in 31 games, scoring 102 points on 85 goals and 17 assists. Turza also drew 40 kickouts and recorded three field blocks.
Turza earned First Team All-MAAC honors this season as well as an MAAC Championship All-Tournament Team selection.
As dual captains of the Gaels, both Olsen and Turza were pivotal in Iona’s successful 2013, leading the team to a 21-11 record and its third consecutive MAAC Championship and third straight NCAA Championship appearance.
Iona head coach Brian Kelly was a finalist for the ACWPC Divison I Coach of the Year, which was claimed by Jovan Vavic, head coach of the national champion USC Trojans.