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Midfielder Drew Hayden (sophomore, speech pathology) of the women’s No. 11-ranked lacrosse team has had an outstanding year thus far, breaking and extending the single-season goals-scored record for Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Hayden, a native of Gibsonia, has exploded onto the scene in the crimson and gray.
The team finished the regular season at 12-4 overall. IUP is set to host a quarterfinal matchup to open the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference playoffs Tuesday.
“It is insane,” Hayden said. “We want to win it all this year, and I know we have a good chance.”
Coach Mindy Richmond commented on Hayden’s importance to the team.
“We are playing so well as a team, and Drew is making a huge impact with not only her scoring, but defense, too, that we already clinched a playoff berth,” she said. “The team wants to make a deep run this year, and Drew can lead us there.”
Hayden, a 5-foot-10, left-handed midfielder, gives her opponents problems on the field through her style of play.
She is “long, fast, strong and a very confident player,” Richmond said.
Hayden said she had confidence issues last season and early on, but this has not been impacting her performance lately.
Over the last four games, she has had 25 points: the best four-game streak of the season for anyone on the team.
Off the field, she would like to work as a speech therapist in a hospital setting.
“Drew puts effort into her classes,” Richmond said. “Her major is not easy. She has been on honor roll and is passionate about what she wants to do with her life after college.”
Hayden, whose 61 goals set a single-season record, is proud of her accomplishments.
“It feels absolutely amazing,” she said. “Coming into this season, I had no idea I even had a shot of breaking any records, and to do it before the season is over is such an awesome feeling.”
Hayden also handed out 17 assists on the season. Her 73 points rank fifth all-time in a single season.
Hayden was just as impressive during her freshman season in 2013.
She was named to the Synapse Sports Division II All-Rookie Team, and was named PSAC Freshman of the Year. She added 33 goals in her freshman season.
Vaughn Dalzell also contributed to writing this article.