Springtime seems to be awards season for Maryland student athletes. It's not that Terrapins are limited to winning awards only in the spring - they win awards and honors year round - but with advent of lacrosse season the plaudits seem to accumulate more quickly. For the week ended March 13, 2016, the B1G honored three Terps lacrosse players - Taylor Hensh and Taylor Cummings in women's lacrosse and Tim Muller in men's lacrosse.
The conference recognized Muller's standout performances in Maryland's wins over Drexel (12-8) and Princeton (17-5) by naming him its Defensive Player of the Week for the second time in his career. The junior from Garden City, NY picked up his first conference honor on April 13,2015.
Muller picked up a groundball against Drexel and, in the win over Princeton, set new career highs picking up four groundballs and two caused turnovers. His efforts anchored a Terps defense that held Princeton five goals below their season average entering the contest. Muller is the fourth Terrapin to win a conference player of the week award thus far in the 2016 season.
In being named the B1G women's lacrosse Co-Offensive Player of the Week, Taylor Hensh ends a two week dry spell for the Terps in that particular award. Hensh, a sophomore midfielder from Woodstock, MD, had a breakout game in Maryland's 13-9 road win over the third ranked Syracuse Orange. Hensh scored nine goals as a freshman and had tallied four in the four games leading up to the Terps' trip up north.
The Carrier Done must have suited her as Hensh erupted for four goals and added her first career assist totaling five points in the game against the Orange. Hensh scored her four goals on an efficient seven shots that included finding the net twice on three free position attempts. She joins Zoe Stukenberg and Taylor Cummings as Maryland's Offensive Players of the Week through the first few weeks of the lacrosse season.
It would require some significant effort to quantify the amount of digital "ink" that's been written about Taylor Cummings. It would probably take some effort to count just the words I've written about the Ellicott City senior who, with no "oops" needed, did it again. For the second time this season and third time in her career, Cummings was named the B1G Defensive Player of the Week.
Thanks in no small part to Cummings' effort in which she gobbled up four of the Terps' 21 ground balls and cause three of Syracuse's 18 turnovers, Maryland's very stout defense held the Orange under ten goals for only the second time this season - a total that's five below their season average. Cummings currently leads the B1G with three goundballs per game and is fourth in draw controls at 3.60 per contest. And, as an oh, by the way look what else I can do, she added a second half hat trick scoring three times in the space of about two and a half minutes helping to put the game safely out of reach.