WASHINGTON, D.C. – Midfielder Taylor Cummings was named the recipient of the Tewaaraton Award, becoming the first-ever three-time winner of the prestigious honor Thursday night at the National Museum of the American Indian.
The Tewaaraton Award, in its 16th year, annually honors the top male and top female college lacrosse player in the United States.
“I’m so incredibly honored to win the Tewaaraton for a third time,” Cummings said. “Our season didn’t end the way we wanted, but I’m so proud to call every one of those women my teammates. I’m proud to forever call myself a Terp. This award is for everyone on my team and my coaches who helped me get here.”
Last season, Cummings became the youngest two-time recipient of the Tewaaraton and is now the first men’s or women’s player to win the honor three times. The Ellicott City, Md., native is Maryland’s seventh overall winner and fifth straight.
“Taylor was an amazing person and player for our program,” head coach Cathy Reese said. “She worked so hard to help out this team, and we are so proud of her for earning this honor. It’s so incredible that she has won this award three times, and we have truly been amazed by her tenacity and ability during her time as a Terp.”
A senior co-captain in 2016, Cummings led the Terps to the Big Ten regular season and tournament titles and their fourth straight national championship game. She set the Maryland single-season records for draw controls (144) and caused turnovers (52) this season.
One of the most decorated lacrosse players of all time, the Ellicott City, Md., native was also named the 2016 Big Ten Midfielder of the Year and the Big Ten Tournament MVP. Cummings was selected as an IWLCA First Team All-American for the fourth straight season. She has been named the IWLCA National Midfielder of the Year and the Honda Award winner the last two seasons. The midfielder has been an all-conference selection in each of her four seasons at Maryland.
In 2016, Cummings also notched 60 goals, 19 assists, 79 points and 62 ground balls as she led the Terps across the field.
Cummings finished her Maryland career ranked in multiple Terrapin record book categories: third in goals (229), ninth in assists (94), second in points (323) and first in draw controls (509).
Defender Alice Mercer was one of five Tewaaraton finalists alongside Cummings.