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Iona Tabbed to Win MAAC Water Polo League in 2013
Courtesy: MAAC Sports  
Release: 02/07/2013
Iona Amy Olsen was named Preseason Player of the Year for the second...
Courtesy: MAAC Sports

Edison, NJ - The Iona College Gaels have been selected as the MAAC preseason favorite and the team to beat during the 2013 MAAC Water Polo season, according to the annual poll voted on by the leagues’ head coaches.

The Gaels, who have captured the past two MAAC Water Polo championships, received 46 points and also earned 5 out of the total 7 first place votes. Iona went 11-1 in conference matches last season and 25-13 overall. Head coach Brian Kelly, will be looking to guide the Gaels to their fourth MAAC Championship.

Wagner finished second in the poll with 42 points and 2 first place votes. Marist was third with 37 points. Villanova University was fourth (23pts) followed by St Francis College (NY) in fifth (20pts). Siena (18pts) and VMI (10pts) finished sixth and seventh, respectively.

Iona College standout Amy Olsen was named the 2013 MAAC Water Polo Preseason Player of the Year for the second year in a row. Olsen, a 2012 All-MAAC First Team selection, tallied 98 points (81g, 15a) last season.

Alongside Olsen on the All-MAAC team are her two teammates Alyssa Turza and Erika Lauraitis. Joining Iona’s trio on the All-MAAC team is another trio from Marist with Jessica Hamby, Alison Hamby, and Robyn Crabtree. Regina Toth of St. Francis (N.Y.) rounds the members of the All-MAAC team. The preseason selection for top goalkeeper went to Marist’s Rebecca Thomas.

 

Preseason Coaches’ Poll

1.

Iona

46

2.

Wagner

42

3.

Marist

37

4.

Villanova

23

5.

St. Francis (N.Y.)

20

6.

Siena

18

7.

VMI

10

Preseason All-MAAC Team

Amy Olsen

Iona

Alyssa Turza

Iona

Erika Lauraitis

Iona

Jessica Hamby

Marist

Alison Hamby

Marist

Robyn Crabtree

Marist

Regina Toth

St. Francis (N.Y.)

Preseason Players of the Year

Amy Olsen

Iona

Preseason Goalkeeper of the Year

Rebecca Thomas

Marist


MAAC Water Polo


Water Polo
Team MAAC Pct. Overall Pct.
Wagner 13-1 .929 25-12 .676
Marist 11-3 .786 20-17 .541
Iona 10-4 .714 15-16 .484
Villanova 6-8 .429 10-19 .345
VMI 3-9 .250 12-19 .387
Siena 3-9 .250 7-21 .250
St. Francis (NY) 0-12 .000 4-19 .174
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