CMU Women's Lacrosse: Hayden earns Defensive Player of the Week honors

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT) CMU women's lacrosse has won two in a row with relative ease scoring 19 and 20 goals in their last games. The seniors will be recognized in their final regular season home game on Friday and Olivia Hayden is one who has had an incredible year.

She was named the RMAC Defensive Player of the Week and she leads the nation in ground balls per game at 5.21. She is second in the nation in caused turnovers and she broke her own school record with 14 draw controls in the win over Westminster over the weekend. For Hayden, she says she is a perfectionist and it's why she goes after every ball like it's hers.

"Part of that reason is, yes, but also my teammates are also giving me the opportunity to give me ground ball," Hayden said. "They are causing the turnover and I just happen to be the one to pick it up. It's really a team effort in that way so for me to be leading in the nation in that is actually a reflection of our defense. It's just about who gets to it first and it happens to be me sometimes."

"Olivia is top five in the country in ground balls, caused tournovers, draw controls," head coach Shanta Loecker said. "We've talked about how as a midfielder, those are really meant to be her bread and butter. I think that part is just really her doing her job. The offensive points, that's the frosting. Just kind of goes to show how much of a full field midfielder she is."

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