DAVIS, Calif. - UC Davis sophomore midfielder Taylor Cuenin captured Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Women's Lacrosse Defensive Player of the Week from a vote of the conference's sports information directors, it was announced by the MPSF office Monday afternoon.
This is the first such award for the second-year neurobiology, physiology & behavior major from Danville's San Ramon Valley High School. It is also the second MPSF weekly honor to go to an Aggie this year, as freshman Amanda Outcalt won MPSF Rookie of the Week distinction back on March 13.
Cuenin totaled 13 caused turnovers, 12 ground balls and six draw controls in three Spring Break games. Her eight steals in Thursday's 8-5 win over Mount St. Mary's tied a conference record, and matches Bucknell's Annie Gilbertson as the highest single-game total in NCAA Division I this season. Through Sunday, Cuenin ranks second in the country in CTs per game (3.50) while her ground balls rate of 3.83 ranks fifth. Cuenin also set the school season caused turnovers record during the trip back east. Her season total of 42 surpasses Katie McMahon's previous mark of 37, set in 2005.
On top of her defensive contributions, Cuenin was the Aggies' leading scorer in the road trip, totaling six goals in games at UMBC, The Mount and Drexel.
UC Davis returns to action in an MPSF road game at Fresno State on Saturday. Game time is 5 p.m.