By Callie Caplan
Midfielder Taylor Cummings played a pivotal role during the University Maryland women's lacrosse team's 9-8 win against North Carolina May 22 for the program's second straight national championship. Cummings tallied three goals, two assists and secured seven draws during the victory and was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player. Her production capped a season during which she led Maryland in assists (37), points (100), ground balls (41), draw controls (143) and caused turnovers (36).
Though the Terps' 2015 campaign is finished, Cummings earned another accolade May 28, when she received the 2015 Tewaaraton Award in Washington, D.C.
Here are five things to know about the Maryland lacrosse star as she prepares for her final season in College Park, Md.
1. Cummings is a McDonogh School graduate.
In her time as an Eagle, Cummings posted a 77-1 record in lacrosse and won four IAAM A Conference championships. She also added two titles for soccer and one for basketball. She earned The Baltimore Sun Athlete of the Year and Lacrosse Magazine National Player of Year honors as both a junior and senior. When she graduated in 2012, Cummings joined the Terps as the nation's top recruit.
2. Cummings took the Big Ten by storm during the Terps' first season in their new conference.
Cummings led the Big Ten in three statistical categories in Maryland's first year away from the ACC. She posted 4.45 points, 6.55 draw controls and 1.70 caused turnovers per game to lead the conference during the Terps' inaugural year in the Big Ten.
3. Cummings won the Tewaaraton Award in 2014.
As a sophomore, Cummings led the Terps in goals (63), ground balls (37), draw controls (128) and caused turnovers (30), while ranking second in points (87) and assists (24) to earn the distinction as the most outstanding female collegiate lacrosse player. She was the youngest female recipient in the award's history, and has a chance to become the first three-time winner if she can continue her dominant production as a senior.
4. Cummings shined against fellow Tewaaraton finalists this season.
In 2015, Cummings and the Terps faced two of the other four Tewaarton finalists three times and won each match.
Cummings combined for 13 points and 11 draw controls during two victories against Syracuse, including the Terps' Final Four match against Syracuse attacker/midfielder Kayla Treanor May 22. Cummings also added three points and six draw controls against the University of Florida and midfielder Shannon Gilroy during the Terps' meeting with the Gators March 14.
Boston College midfielder Sarah Mannelly and Notre Dame defender Barbara Sullivan round out the five finalists for the 2015 trophy.
5. Cummings extends Maryland's long-standing Tewaaraton tradition.
The Terps have boasted at least one Tewaaraton finalist in all but three seasons of the award's 14-year history. Cummings joined Katie Schwarzmann (2012, 2013) as the Terps' only other two-time winner and became the fourth straight Terp to win the award. Caitlyn McFadden (2010) and Jen Adams (2001) also won a Tewaaraton trophy during their time at Maryland.