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June 23, 2019 — An incubator for greatness

The scene was the ancestral home of American lacrosse, Homewood Field at Johns Hopkins University. The game was a WPLL fixture between the (formerly Philadelphia) Fire and (formerly New England) Command, a game which would determine the top of the league table with just two match weekends to go.

With the clock ticking down to under six minutes to go in the second half, Katrina Dowd, the former Northwestern star, threw a lollipop pass across the face of goal about three feet over the plane of the crossbar. Suddenly, a blue-shirted Fight player stuck her stick in the air, and in one motion, guided the ball over the Fire goalie and into the net.


It was an amazing bit of teamwork which is pretty much to be expected from some of the best female lacrosse players on the planet. Cummings has been spectacular this year for the Fight, as she had five goals this afternoon, including a handful of the artful variety. And that’s also to be expected from her as a three-time Tewaaraton Trophy winner.

But it also turns out that Cummings is a heck of a coach, too. She was able to get her alma mater, Owings Mills McDonogh (Md.), to run the table in the nation’s most demanding league schedule, winning non-league matches against teams in New York and Florida, and taking the IAAM Class A title at the end of the season to claim the consensus No. 1 designation as the finest girls’ scholastic lacrosse team in the land.

And now, just two years after helping the United States to wins in the World Cup and the World Games in 2017, Cummings is tearing it up in the WPLL. It’s almost as if though everything she touches turns to gold when it comes to the game of lacrosse.