Only a sophomore, Olivia Rubin has already emerged as a team leader and is among the best lacrosse players in the metro area. She had another solid season for Bryn Mawr, earning All A-Conference honors in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland. Rubin created matchup problems all season, and she had a five-goal performance against Maryvale Prep April 15. Rubin, who excels academically, has committed to Duke and was selected for the 2016 Under Armour All-America Underclass Lacrosse Tournament.
Having played varsity as a freshman and sophomore, what tips would you have for younger players now that you're an upperclassman?
Olivia Rubin: Going into my freshman year, the idea of playing with older girls for the first time was intimidating. But playing with more experienced girls really helped me develop as a player and a teammate. This year, one of our seniors, AP Smith, had a big impact on me. She has an incredible work ethic and such a positive attitude. She made me want to be a better teammate. In terms of tips, when I am out there, I am always thinking about hustling and trying to impact the game all over the field. Go hard for every ground ball, sprint back on defense and move the ball fast. If you hustle and play hard, good things will happen.
How did you improve during the season?
OR: Most importantly, I think we improved a lot as a team. We had a whole new set of coaches this year, and they did a great job of teaching us new offensive and defensive sets and bringing us closer together as a team. I think the part of my game that improved most was my dodging. Last year, I focused more on playing off-ball and cutting. But this season, I really worked on attacking my defenders and creating opportunities to go hard to the goal.
Are you going to play club ball this summer?
OR: I am going into my sixth season now with TLC, and it's pretty much the same group of girls since fifth grade. But whenever we add a new player, it's like they have been there since the start as well. I love playing with my club team, because we are all so close and get along so well. And one of the really special parts about our team is that we all play to make each other look better and not ourselves. Even through all the pressure of the recruiting process, no one tried to show off for college coaches or played selfishly. We have so many great individual players, but we work well together. I am so lucky to be on a team where I honestly consider all of them to be my best friends.
What do you like most about attending Bryn Mawr?
OR: Through my 11 years at Bryn Mawr, I have made such great friends. Bryn Mawr is known to really push its students academically, but the teachers and other students are so supportive and want to help you succeed. It is a really special place, and I have a developed self-confidence there that I know I will carry my whole life.
What went into your decision to commit to Duke?
OR: The recruiting process for me was really exciting, and I wasn't in any rush to make a decision. I spent a lot of time trying to see as many campuses as I could and really tried to get a sense of what I was looking for in a school. Once I got a good feel for that, I focused on schools with strong academics and a top lacrosse program. I think Duke was ultimately the perfect fit for me. It's a great school. I loved the coaches, the team and the other commits in my class. It has always been a lifelong dream of mine to go to Duke, and the recruiting process only confirmed it for me.