MAAC Student-Athletes of the Week (11.12.12)
Release: November 12, 2012
Men's Basketball, Sr., G, 6-4, 189, Silver Spring, Md./Georgetown Prep
A Preseason All-MAAC Second Team honoree, Robert Olson has demonstrated a strong commitment in the classroom, community and on the court while at Loyola University Maryland. Last month, he was named one of 30 candidates nationwide for the Senior CLASS Award, a prestigious honor that recognizes student-athletes who excel in the classroom and on the court. Last season, Olson averaged 11.1 points per game and emerged as one of the top shooters in college basketball. He shot 45.1-percent from the field and 43.1-percent from 3-point range. Recently, he was named No. 36 on the list of the Top-50 shooters in college basketball by CBSSports.com's Jeff Goodman. Olson was named to the All-MAAC Third Team and later the MAAC All-Tournament Team while helping the Greyhounds win the league title and advance to the NCAA Championships for the first time in 18 years. He was third in the MAAC in 3-point field goal percentage as a junior (66-of-153, .431), and his 66 3-pointers made are sixth-most in school single-season history. He matched his career-high with 21 points at Iona on January 15 in the midst of an 11-game stretch in which he scored 11 or more points from January 7-February 12, raising his scoring average from 8.8 to 11.9 in the process. The senior co-captain enters the 2012-2013 season ranked fourth at Loyola in career 3-point percentage (138-of-336, .4107) sixth in career 3-pointers made (138) and eighth in 3-pointers attempted (336). Olson is a finance major in Loyola's Sellinger School of Business where he has earned Dean's List recognition in the classroom and multiple opportunities in the business community. This past summer, he interned for a venture capital firm, Wasabi Ventures, and he has also been a speaker to and involved with the Catholic Business Network of America.
Alma Lopez - Saint Peter's University
Women's Swimming, Jr., 5-5, Lawrenceville, Ga./Brookwood High
Junior swimmer Alma Lopez led the Peacocks with a second place finish in the 500 yard freestyle in their meet against Seton Hall last Friday. Lopez posted a time of 5:28.87 in the event. The Lawrenceville, GA native also scored points for Saint Peter's in the 1000 yard freestyle by coming in fourth with a time of 11:06.68. Last spring, she was one of four Peacocks named to the MAAC women's swimming and diving All-Academic team. A Spanish major, she currently maintains a 3.369 GPA.