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SYDNEY, Australia _ At the end of every U.S. water polo team game, Maureen O'Toole walks stone-faced past reporters, much like a veteran warrior somewhat dissatisfied with the battle.
Friday night was different.
After the United States upset the Netherlands, 6-5, in the semifinals of the Olympic tournament, you couldn't wipe the toothy Colgate smile from O'Toole's face nor mistake the importance of the victory over the 1999 worlds champs.
At age 38, and six-time the world' most valuable player, O'Toole is regarded as the greatest female water polo of all time.
"Obviously, leading into the game, I told myself, `This is just a game.' But …