COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Taylor Cummings was named the IWLCA National Midfielder of the Year for the third straight season and Alice Mercer earned IWLCA National Defender of the Year honors at the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association All-America banquet Saturday.
Cummings is a four-time IWLCA First Team All-American and became the first-ever player to win the Tewaaraton three times. One of the most decorated players in lacrosse history, she was also named the Big Ten Midfielder of the Year for the second straight season. The Ellicott City, Md., native posted 144 draw controls and 52 caused turnovers, setting the Maryland single-season record in both categories. She also notched 60 goals, 19 assists, 79 points and 62 ground balls. Cummings was also named to the All-Big Ten, Big Ten All-Tournament and NCAA All-Tournament teams as well as the Big Ten Tournament MVP.
The 2016 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, Mercer led Maryland’s eight-ranked defense, which allowed just 7.07 goals per game. She posted 39 ground balls, 16 draw controls and 31 caused turnovers this season. The Woodbine, Md., native is a three-time IWLCA All-American and a two-time All-Big Ten honoree. She was also named to the Big Ten All-Tournament team.
Maryland’s senior captains this year, Cummings and Mercer helped lead the Terps to a 22-1 record this season as the team reached the NCAA Championship game for the fourth straight year. The duo put up an 88-4 record in their four seasons as starters, including a 44-0 record in College Park.
Cummings and Mercer were both Tewaaraton finalists last week and are the Terps’ Honda Award finalists this season.
Cummings and Mercer are Maryland’s seventh consecutive duo to earn multiple honors at the IWLCA banquet. In 2014 and 2015, Cummings and Megan Douty were named the top midfielder and defender. In 2013, Alex Aust and Katie Schwarzmann earned top attacker and midfielder honors. Schwarzmann and Iliana Sanza were named top midfielder and defender of the year in 2012, and Schwarzmann and Brittany Dipper were named top midfielder and goalie in 2011. Caitlyn McFadden and Karissa Taylor grabbed top midfielder and defender accolades in 2010.
Maryland has captured the IWLCA’s top midfielder honors for nine straight seasons (Dana Dobbie, 2008; McFadden, 2009-10; Schwarzmann, 2011-13; Cummings, 2014-16). The Terps have also had the last three defenders of the year.