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BULLETIN: March 26, 2015 — Maryland 16, Northwestern 5

EVANSTON, Ill — The stars were out at Lakeside Field for the inaugural Big Ten women’s lacrosse game. And they weren’t only the members of the Northwestern and Maryland teams, but on the uniforms specially made for the occasion. Northwestern had seven stars on the backs of their black uniforms with purple Gothic numerals, while Maryland had 12 stars on the backs of their special red uniforms with a patch of the Maryland state flag on their shoulders.

But the biggest stars on the night were a pair of former high-school teammates. Super-frosh Megan Whittle had five goals while her former Owings Mills McDonogh (Md.) teammate Taylor Cummings had a pair of goals, three assists, and an otherworldly performance in the draw circle, winning 13 draws.

Cummings was an absolute master at center for the Terps, like her forebears Quinn Carney, Dana Dobbie, and Karri Ellen Johnson. But in this game, even with three opposing sticks whisking at her ankles trying to gain possession, Cummings would, again and again, secure possession for the Terps after any made goal. It was as if there was a secret button in her stick to draw the ball into her pocket.

Northwestern, which had a good first 20 minutes of the first half, saw its balloon popped with a 9-0 run. The penultimate goal was an absolute work of art as Cummings lobbed a ball to Kristen Lamon, who was cutting from behind the cage. Lamon leaped and finished in a single devastating move.

Northwestern was led by its own freshman star Serena Lasota, who had three goals and an assist. The Wildcats, however, were unable to get senior leader Kara Mupo enough open shots, and the Wildcats’ use of space was wanting, and the team’s usual sense purpose was seemingly missing after Maryland made its eruption.

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  Rob Aldave wrote @

Al, Just wanted to say I really enjoy your articles.  Very insightful and a great read! Keep up the great work! Rob Aldave

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