The top-ranked Maryland’s women lacrosse team swept the Big 10 when the inaugural all-conference team was announced April 29. A squad has 10 players on the field and eight Terps were recognized by the Big 10.
Tewaaraton Award nominees Taylor Cummings, Megan Douty, Brooke Griffin and freshman Megan Whittle led the hit parade. The Tewaaraton is similar to football’s Heisman trophy. Maryland’s Cummings and former Terp Katie Schwarzmann won the trophy following the past the past three seasons. Caitlyn McFadden was honored in 2010.
Zoe Stukenberg, Alice Mercer, Alex Fitzpatrick and Casey Pepperman also represent the Terps 17-0, 5-0, on the team.
Griffin (South River) leads Maryland’s offense, which ranked seventh in the nation with 14.41 goals per game. Griffin is third on the team with 35 goals and seconds with 18 assists. This is the senior attacker’s third straight all-conference honors.
Cummings (McDonogh Baltimore) leads the team with 28 assists, 81 points, 37 ground balls, 121 draw controls and 30 caused turnovers. The junior midfielder ranks seconds nationally in points per game and fifth in the nation in goals per game.
Stukenberg (McDonogh Baltimore) compiled 32 goals and 14 assists this season and ranks fourth with 48 points on the team. The sophomore midfielder closed the regular season with three straight multi-goal games, including a hat trick against Penn State.
Douty leads the eighth-ranked Terrapin defense that allowed just 7.06 goals per game. The senior defender caused 19 turnovers and picked up 23 ground balls this season.
Mercer (Century) has been one of Maryland’s top defenders this season. The junior has 14 ground balls, 10 draw controls and 11 caused turnovers this year.
Fitzpatrick has excelled for the Terps in goal as a graduate student transfer. She holds a 6.68 goals-against average and a .481 save percentage.
Whittle (McDonogh Baltimore) leads the Terps with 56 goals on the season. The freshman attacker has earned Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors six times.
Pepperman (Marriotts Ridge) played a key role for Maryland on defense this season. The senior has 20 ground balls and 28 draw controls. Pepperman was also recognized as Maryland’s Sportsmanship Award recipient.
Northwestern’s Selena Lasota and Sheila Nesselbush were both named to the All-Big Ten team. Lasota, who is also a Tewaaraton Award nominee, currently leads the league with 3.5 goals per game. Nesselbush is averaging 2.94 draw controls per game.
Ohio State saw four players placed on the team, including Katie Chase (Glenelg), Jackie Cifarelli, Taylor Donahue and Jennifer Porretto. Chase ranks second in the Big Ten with 4.31 draw controls per game, Cifarelli leads the conference with 2.71 assists per contest, Donahue is third in the conference with 1.29 caused turnovers per game and Porretto scored 12 goals during league play.
Penn State claimed five All-Big Ten honors, including Tatum Coffey, Madison Cyr (Winters Mill), Maggie McCormick (Liberty), Emi Smith and Abby Smucker (C. Milton Wright). Coffey averaged 2 points per game during conference play, Cyr scored 26 goals and gathered a team-high 25 ground balls during the regular season and McCormick led the conference with 3.2 assists per game in conference play. Smith averaged 8 saves per game in the cage for the Nittany Lions and Smucker added 10 goals, 23 ground balls and 16 draw controls.
Rutgers’ Lauren Sbrilli averaged 2.2 goals and 4.6 shots per game in conference play, which both ranked among the top 10 in the conference.