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Maryland women's lacrosse takes home 5 Big Ten awards

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The top-ranked and undefeated Terps nearly swept the Big Ten honors.

Taylor Cummings, Alice Mercer, Megan Whittle, Megan Taylor and Cathy Reese all won 2016 Big Ten individual honors
Taylor Cummings, Alice Mercer, Megan Whittle, Megan Taylor and Cathy Reese all won 2016 Big Ten individual honors
Noah Niederhoffer

Maryland women's lacrosse doesn't care much for individual accolades. The Terps have always been more focused on the team's accomplishments. But when you play this well as a team, year after year, the awards and honors just keep rolling in.

At the end of last season, Taylor Cummings became the youngest person ever to win two Tewaaraton Awards. If she wins this year, and many pundits say she will, she'll become the first player in the men's or women's game to win three Tewaaraton Awards. It's safe to say that she is one of the most dominant players ever and she might finish her career as the most decorated lacrosse player in NCAA history.

She was one of five Terrapins to win Big Ten individual honors. Cummings was unanimously selected as the Big Ten Midfielder of the Year while her fellow senior captain, Alice Mercer, was unanimously selected as the Big Ten Defender of the Year.

Megan Whittle, Maryland's super sophomore attacker, was named Big Ten Attack Player of the Year, freshman Megan Taylor was named Big Ten Goaltender of the Year and Cathy Reese was named Big Ten Coach of the Year. This is eighth time in Reese's illustrious coaching career that she has been named conference coach of the year.

The only award that Maryland didn't receive was Big Ten Freshman of the Year. That honor went to Penn State's Madison Carter.

The Terps are 19-0 and have the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament. They have the nation's most potent scoring offense and the nation's sixth-ranked scoring defense. They went wire-to-wire as the top team in the country last season and won their second consecutive national championship. The Terps are looking for the three-peat this year.

The Terrapins know that honors are nice, but they have their eyes on the prize: the big prize.