Taylor Cummings is one of the most decorated players in the history of women's lacrosse, so it's no surprise she now serves as an ambassador for the game. She was an All-American at McDonogh, where she was a member of four IAAM lacrosse championship teams, including undefeated squads in 2010, 2011 and 2012. Cummings then was a standout midfielder at the University of Maryland, where she became the first three-time Tewaaraton Award winner. Cummings was also a four-time IWLCA first-team All-American. She owns her own company, Taylor Cummings Lacrosse, and also has a deal with Under Armour to promote the sport.
How has it been working with Under Armour to grow the game of lacrosse?
Cummings: It's been a really awesome experience. Learning the ins and outs of the business side of the game, as well as the equipment development piece, has been really cool. UA is looking to push the boundaries of the game and continue to innovate, and I'm so proud to be a part of it.
Who have been some of the biggest influences with your coaching/training style?
TC: My club coach, Scott Robinson, and my Maryland coach, Cathy Reese, have both been huge influences in my style of coaching. Both of them were coaches who were more focused on fundamentals before flash, and I think that's something I try to instill in all of the girls I work with. They also instilled hard work, dedication, and a pure enjoyment of the game in me and my teammates. Being able to do the fancy moves is awesome, but you need to have a solid core of fundamentals and the right attitude before being able to push the limits of your game.
As a former player in the Under Armour All-America Game, what do you remember most about the experience?
TC: I think it was a great opportunity to surround myself with a team full of girls who are equally, if not more, talented than me. Everyone on both teams was so good, and it was amazing to just watch everyone do their thing on the field. Plus, all the girls were super nice, and we just had so much fun those three days.
What will be your message to the girls as they prepare to play in the game?
TC: This is one of their first opportunities to not only play with their future college teammates, but to play against girls they will be competing against come next spring. I think that can create quite a lot of pressure for them, but I don't want them to feel like that at all. I think my message at the end of the day will be pretty simple -- enjoy the moment and go do your thing.
What is your strategy as far as practice with such a short time together?
TC: I think the important thing will be for everyone to just figure out what each other's styles are and how to best work off of that. We'll be doing a lot of freestyle and not as much X's and O's. These are the best players in the country at their age, and I trust they know what they're doing, so I'm going to let them.