Each week during the 2013-14 season a Maryland student-athlete, who has shown excellence on and off the playing field, will be selected as the Solomon Eye Associates Terp of the Week. This week's Solomon Eye Associates co-Terps of the Week are senior Mike Chanenchuk of the Maryland men's lacrosse team and sophomore Taylor Cummings of the Maryland women’s lacrosse team.
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Baltimore is the center of the lacrosse world this weekend as both the NCAA men’s and women’s championships will be decided and the University of Maryland is the only school that will be represented in both Final Fours. That’s thanks in large part to the quarterfinal efforts of senior Mike Chanenchuk on the men’s side and sophomore Taylor Cummings on the women’s side.
Chanenchuk, a 2014 first team USILA All-American, scored five goals and added four assists for a career-best nine-point outing to lead the No. 7 seed Maryland men's lacrosse team to a dominating 16-8 victory over Bryant in front of a record crowd at Shuart Stadium in the NCAA quarterfinals on May 17.
Chanenchuk, who scored the game-winner in the first round vs. Cornell with :02 left in the game, continued to make this a postseason to remember by doing something no other Terp has done in the past 35 years. His nine points were the most for a Terrapin player since March 28, 1979 when Bob Boneillo had 13 points on three goals and 10 assists vs. Duke.
It has been nearly 38 years since the last time a Maryland player had nine points in a game with more goals than assists was May 23, 1976 when Ed Mullen had 12 points on seven goals and five assists in a 22-11 win over Navy in the NCAA semifinals.
Even if Chanenchuk only had the five goals his afternoon would have been momentous as it has been more than eight years since a Maryland player has had five goals in an NCAA tournament game. The last Terp to do so was Max Ritz vs. Denver in the first round in 2006 at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium.
The nine-point effort vaulted Chanenchuk over eight former Terps in career points and he is now tied for 28th with 119 points.
Cummings led all scorers with five goals to lead the No. 1-seeded Maryland women’s team to a dominating 15-8 victory over Duke on May 17 in College Park.
Cummings, a two-time first team IWLCA All-American and a 2014 Tewaaraton Award finalist, scored twice in the first half to help Maryland race out to a 9-3 lead at the break.
She then scored three times; including the first two scores of the second half, in the final 30 minutes to help put the game out of reach.
Cummings played a vital role on both ends of the field for Maryland with three caused turnovers.
The victory propelled the Terrapins to their sixth-straight Final Four appearance and sends them back to Towson’s Unitas Stadium, the site of their 2010 NCAA championship victory.
The women’s team plays No. 5 seed Northwestern on Friday, May 23, at 7:30 p.m., while the Maryland men’s team plays No. 6 seed Notre Dame at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore on Saturday, May 24 at 3:30 p.m.