Terps' Cummings, Mercer, Whittle headline women's lacrosse All-America team

No. 1 Maryland lands five players on IWLCA All-America teams, Loyola has two.

Maryland's Taylor Cummings, Alice Mercer and Megan Whittle headline the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association Division I All-America first team announced Wednesday.

Cummings, the two-time Tewaaraton Award winner, earns her fourth first-team All-America honor. The Big Ten Midfielder of the Year and McDonogh graduate impacts play all over the field. She leads the No. 1 Terps in points (70), draw controls (128), ground balls (60) and caused turnovers (47). The Most Valuable Player of the Big Ten Tournament, she is a Tewaaraton finalist for the third straight year.

Mercer, also a Tewaaraton finalist, was a second-team All-American last season. The senior Century graduate and Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year has 27 caused turnovers, 32 ground balls and 16 draw controls.

Whittle, the Big Ten Attack Player of the Year, leads a Terps offense averaging 15.25 goals per game. She leads the team in goals for a second straight year with 65 along with three assists. The sophomore McDonogh graduate also has 19 ground balls and nine caused turnovers.

Terps junior midfielder Zoe Stukenberg (Marriotts Ridge) was named to the second team and junior defender Nadine Hadnagy made the third team.

Two other players with local ties were also named to the first team -- Florida junior attacker Sammi Burgess (McDonogh) and Princeton junior goalie Ellie DeGarmo (Bryn Mawr).

Johns Hopkins senior midfielder Dene' DiMartino and Loyola Maryland senior defender Maddy Lesher were named to the second team and Loyola senior goalie Molly Wolf made the third team.

Penn State attacker Madison Cyr (Winters Mill) was the only other local player on the second team while Florida defender Taylor Bresnahan (South River) and Penn State midfielder Steph Lazo (St. Mary's) were named to the third team.

The rest of the first team includes the other three Tewaaraton finalists -- Syracuse senior attacker Kayla Treanor, Notre Dame senior defender Barbara Sullivan and Florida senior midfielder Nicole Graziano -- as well as Duke senior goalie Kelsey Duryea, Notre Dame junior attacker Cortney Fortunato, North Carolina junior attacker Molly Hendrick, North Carolina sophomore midfielder Marie McCool, USC junior attacker Michaela Michael, Louisville midfielder Kaylin Morissette, Stony Brook junior attacker Courtney Murphy and USC senior defender Courtney Tarleton.

In Division III, Salisbury senior attacker Megan Wallenhorst (Centennial) and junior midfielder Gabbi Nieves were named to the first team while sophomore goalie Gianna Falcone made the third team. St. Mary's senior midfielder Tori Poffenberger was named to the second team.

To see the entire lists of All Americans go to the IWLCA web site.

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