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May 29, 2015 — An equation for the ages

Last night, Taylor Cummings of the University of Maryland won her second straight Tewaaraton Trophy, emblematic of the finest NCAA Division I women’s lacrosse player.

It was well-deserved, even though her competition may have been a bit more robust this season than last.

There is no doubt, however, about Cummings’ play over the last couple of seasons. She is not just a draw-taker, not just a finisher, but an all-around midfielder. She is a hybrid player who would have worn the “C” for a center and either “AW” attack-wing pinny in the days when female lacrosse players were required to match up position-for-position.

To me, she’s shown the best attributes of two U.S. Lacrosse Hall-of-Famers: Quinn Carney and Jen Adams. Like Carney, Cummings is a player who wins draws to either herself or to the spots on the field where her teammates are more likely to win possession. Like Adams, Cummings has developed skills and shotmaking ability at speed.

Cummings isn’t about to break Adams’ record NCAA totals (267 goals, 178 assists). But the thing is, she doesn’t have to. Like at her time with Owings Mills McDonogh (Md.), she shared the ball, made plays, and didn’t care how many goals she had in comparison to her teammates.

In these days where you have had a number of players break 400 goals for a career, it’s instructive to note that Cummings had exactly 200 in four years at McDonogh.

But the statistic that defines her the most, however, is the fact that in the last seven years, the varsity teams for which she has played have lost exactly three games in seven years. And for perhaps a couple of inches, that number could have been two.

The remarkable thing is that Cummings has one more year at Maryland.

One more shot at glory, both personal and for the team. And at history.


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