"Her style of play's going to shine at Maryland," Reese said. "She's going to be able to control the draw, be a transition player for us, run the ball from one end to the other, to dodge, to take people to goal. Everything she does right now is how we play. She's a championship-caliber athlete in everything she does."

'A really good decision'

For Cummings, perhaps the toughest decision of her sporting life was deciding which sport to focus on.


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Lacrosse came into the picture kind of late.

When most of her peers started learning the sport at 5, Cummings didn't even know what lacrosse was. She didn't pick up the sport until she was 7, after her family moved to Ellicott City from Richmond. She spent her earliest years ice skating.

"I wasn't very good [at lacrosse] for a really long time," she said, "but I fell in love with it slowly. It used to be my least favorite sport but it grew on me throughout the years. As I started to play club, travel teams I just started to get the hang of it. I really love how intense and aggressive it is, and I really liked the friendships I made from it, which made me like it even more."

Figure skating, gymnastics and a brief experience with ballet didn't fit Cummings' competitive nature even at such a young age.

"I think they recommended ice hockey," her mother Carol said with a laugh.

Soccer filled the bill, and Eagles coach Harry Canellakis says that even after five years away from club competition, Cummings could play Division I. In the A Conference soccer semifinal victory over Notre Dame Prep, Cummings scored four goals, which Canellakis said was one of the best playoff performances he's ever seen.

"We have college coaches that have come to our games to watch other players that are playing Division I soccer, and all the sudden they'd ask me about Taylor, 'Where's she going to play soccer?'" Canellakis said.

"With lacrosse, she's always probably been the go-to goal scorer. For soccer, she just finds out exactly what the team needs and she tries to perform that role. That's definitely the case in basketball. For us, in what's considered to be a pretty competitve league, she was our leading scorer one year. She's been in the top in scoring throughout her career."

In seventh grade, however, lacrosse edged out soccer when Cummings had to decide between the two because of their conflicting club schedules.

"I decided that lacrosse would probably give me more opportunities," Cummings said. "I wasn't really thinking about college too much, but I knew that it was becoming an increasingly popular sport, so I chose lacrosse.

"It was a really good decision for me. I love it."

katherine.dunn@baltsun.com

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