Maryland’s Taylor Cummings was named one of five finalists for the women's Tewaaraton Award Sunday night, giving the McDonogh graduate a chance to become the first three-time winner. Her teammate Alice Mercer, a defender from Century, was also named a finalist.
Two years ago, Cummings became the first sophomore to win the Tewaaraton, awarded to the top women's player and the top men's player in the college game each June. Last year, she was the fourth woman to repeat as winner.
Cummings and Mercer have the No. 1 Terps (20-0) on course for their third straight national championship after winning their first Big Ten Conference Tournament. After a 12-8 win over Johns Hopkins in the NCAA Tournament Sunday, Maryland will host Massachusetts in the next round next Sunday at noon in College Park.
The Big Ten Midfielder of the Year for a second straight season and a three-time first-team All-American, Cummings impacts play all over the field. She leads the Terps in points with 70, draw controls with 128, caused turnovers with 47 and ground balls with 60.
Mercer, leader of the Terps defense and the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, has 32 ground balls and 27 caused turnovers as well as 16 draw controls. She was a second-team All-American last season.
Maryland has won the women's Tewaaraton four straight years with Katie Schwarzmann (Century) winning in 2012 and 2013. Caitlyn (McFadden) Phipps (Notre Dame Prep) won in 2010 and Jen Adams won the first Tewaaraton in 2001.
The other nominees include Syracuse attacker Kayla Treanor, a three-time finalist; Notre Dame defender Barbara Sullivan, a two-time finalist; and Florida midfielder Nicole Graziano.
The 16th annual Tewaaraton Awards ceremony will be held June 2 at the Smithsonian Institustion’s National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C.