In his freshman season for the Loyola Maryland men's lacrosse team, Aidan Olmstead ranks second in assists with 16 and third in points with 33. The attackman raised his points total with a career-best-tying six points in the No. 8 Greyhounds' 23-9 thumping of Boston University on Saturday.
Olmstead, who was named the Patriot League's Rookie of the Week on Monday, discussed his outing against the Terriers, his emergence as a starter in his first year, and his role as older brother to twin sisters Riley and Logan, who will begin playing for the Loyola women's lacrosse team in 2020.
Aidan, you had a career-high four goals and tied a career high with six points. What was working for you today against Boston University?
First off, Coach [Marc] Van [Arsdale] put us in a really good position on offense to basically produce against whatever defense they put out against us. They ran a little bit of zone and a little bit of man, and we've been clicking a lot offensively. And as a freshman, me and [attackman] Kevin [Lindley], we've really flowed together and played well with the whole team. In general, my success was based on the team playing well as a group. I hit some shots and everybody else hit some shots. We didn't really press. We played calm and collected and just did what we did offensively.
How meaningful is it for you to start as a freshman?
It's great. I think the coaches have put us all in great positions, and I just want to do my part with what they want for the game plan. So that's what I'm looking for.
With 23 goals today, what does that suggest about the offense and where you guys are now?
Yeah, definitely the offense produced today. I think I've got to give credit to Bailey at the faceoff and the defense for always causing turnovers and getting us more opportunities. But I think everybody did their job and the coaches put us in a really great position to produce.
You have two younger sisters who are coming to Loyola. What is it like being the first member of the family here?
It's awesome to set an example for them on the field and then off the field as well, and just allowing them to see their older brother play is pretty cool. And then also, I just want to set a good example for them. I know they do what they do just as well as I do. So I'm excited for them to come and be more of a family atmosphere than it already is.