WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Maryland women’s lacrosse program will be on full display in the nation’s capital Thursday night at the 2014 Tewaaraton Award Ceremony at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian.
For the second consecutive year, the Terps boast two finalists for the nation’s top individual honor in the game. Sophomore Taylor Cummings and junior Megan Douty join Syracuse attackers Alyssa Murray and Kayla Treanor and Shannon Gilroy of Florida.
Maryland student-athletes have captured four Tewaaraton awards, including three of the last four. Current assistant coach Caitlyn McFadden won in 2010 after the Terps took home the national championship and Katie Schwarzmann won back-to-back honors in 2012 and 2013. Jen Adams won the inaugural Tewaaraton in 2001.
What They’re Saying:
Megan Schneider, Lacrosse Magazine
On Taylor Cummings:
“Cummings' performance was nothing short of amazing during the Terps' four games in the NCAA tournament, where she was named the Most Outstanding Player. She posted a total of 14 points on 13 goals and one assist, as well as a whopping 27 draw controls. In the second round against Penn, she had three goals on five shots and had one of her best games on the draw, grabbing 10 of her team's 17 controls. She followed that up with five goals against Duke in the quarterfinals. Then, in the championship game, Cummings earned another hat trick and controlled half of her team's 16 draws. If a blip in her performance had to be identified, one might say her single point against Northwestern in the semifinals. But with a tough faceguard from the Wildcats' Kerri Harrington, while holding by the restraining line to watch her team do the work, Cummings still managed to break free to grab 40 percent of her team's draw controls, pick up two ground balls, and play tight defense to win key possessions back for her team to advance to the title game. She ends the season as the most well-rounded Terp, leading in goals (63), ground balls (37), draw controls (128) and caused turnovers (30).”
On Megan Douty:
“To be the first defender in the last five years to be named a Tewaaraton finalist in the company of high-scoring attackers speaks volumes of the accomplishments Douty has made as the ACC Defender of the Year, top stopper for Maryland and a member of the NCAA All-Tournament team. She may be a quiet leader, but she has always been the go-to one-on-one defender for coach Cathy Reese, consistently shutting down several of the top attackers in the country. Her teammates, including Cummings, do not believe they would have won the national championship without Douty. She is able to get her defense to play as one cohesive unit. In the tournament alone, she scooped up a total of nine ground balls as the leader in that category for her team during their four games, and is just one ground ball shy of Cummings' team leading total for the season. Douty also caused three turnovers and was the key playmaker in the clear, carrying the ball coast to coast to ensure that her team could maintain their leads. But statistics do not tell the whole story. Thanks to Douty, the Terps have been able to hold their opponents below their offensive potential and to fewer goals.”
Dave Vatz, Inside Lacrosse
On the young group of finalists:
"This is the first time in a while that the many of the best players in the game are not seniors; see the list of 2014 Tewaaraton finalists which has just one senior, Alyssa Murray, of the five. Assuming no injuries, I cannot see how Taylor Cummings and Kayla Treanor (and potentially Shannon Gilroy), each just finishing their sophomore years, do not take the 2015 and 2016 Tewaraaton Trophies. Cummings is a player that is a factor everywhere on the field, being a strong scorer, a crafty defender on the draw and a solid shut down defender, and she seems to have unlimited energy and explosiveness. Then you have Treanor, an explosive offensive player that can score on the tightest of angles, she had a great goal off a one-on-one against fellow Tewaaraton finalist Megan Douty from behind the cage, and also has great feeding skills to players in the arc. Plus those two have a lot of help from teammates, Maryland and Syracuse will always be in the mix. Unless another dominant underclassman breaks through the ranks, Cummings and Treanor likely will battle at the top for years."