Terps' Cummings wins Honda Award for women's lacrosse

At this rate, Taylor Cummings is going to need an awfully big trophy case.

The Maryland sophomore added another prize to her growing list of awards Thursday when she was announced as the Honda Award winner for women's lacrosse.


Last week, Cummings, a McDonogh graduate, became the first sophomore to win the women's Tewaaraton Award as the best player in the women's college game. She is already a two-time first-team All-American.

This spring, she led No. 1 Maryland with 63 goals, 128 draws, 37 ground balls and 30 caused turnovers.

After the Terps won the NCAA championship with a 15-12 win over No. 2 Syracuse May 25, she was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player. She is also a two-time All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection and made the ACC All-Tournament team after the Terps won their sixth ACC straight title in their final season before departing for the Big Ten.

As the Honda Award winner for lacrosse, Cummings is one of 12 women named the best in their sports as chosen by 1,000 administrators from more than 1,000 NCAA schools. She is now a finalist for the Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year and the 2014 Honda Cup, which will be presented June 30 in Los Angeles.

"I am so honored and humbled to win the prestigious Honda Award," Cummings said in a news release. "I want to thank my coaches and teammates for an amazing season and for helping me continue to grow both as a student-athlete and as a person. The future is bright for Maryland women's lacrosse, and I feel incredibly blessed to be part of it."

Cummings, a two-time All-Metro Player of the Year and two-time Baltimore Sun Female Athlete of the Year at McDonogh, is a U.S. women's national team player.

"I'm incredibly proud of Taylor and the magnificent season she put together for us in our championship run," Terps coach Cathy Reese said. "Taylor shows a strong commitment to success both on the field and in the classroom and, even as a sophomore, is a leader for our team. This is a tremendous honor, not just for Taylor but for our entire program."

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