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Girls lacrosse: Player of the Year

Taylor Cummings

McDonogh, jr., midfield

Highlighting the one thing Cummings does best would be impossible. A superb end-to-end player, the junior led the No. 1 Eagles in scoring but also proved a difficult matchup in the midfield, where she excelled on the draw and hounded opponents on defense.

Cummings, an All-Metro first teamer last year, led the Eagles (19-0) in almost every statistical category, including points (75) and goals (60). She scored five times — including the game-winner — in an 18-17 victory over No. 2 Roland Park for the Eagles' third straight IAAM AConference championship and their 51st straight win. In the midfield, she simply overwhelmed many opponents and led the team in draw controls (80), ground balls (63) and caused turnovers (41).

"Her motor goes 100 percent of the time, but she's so talented, too," McDonogh coach Chris Robinson said. "She's got all the tools. She's tall. She's quick. She's agile. Hand-eye coordination. Sees the field. She really is a supreme athlete with a lot of drive. She's relentless. It's the type of intensity that you can't teach, and the other kids feed off that."

Cummings, an All-Metro soccer player who also plays basketball, will play for the Baltimore Girls All-Stars in the Under Armour Underclassmen tournament during the Fourth of July weekend. Also The Baltimore Sun's 2010-11 Female Athlete of the Year, Cummings has committed to play lacrosse at Maryland.

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