Taylor Cummings, a 3x Tewaaraton award winner from the University of Maryland that currently plays for the WPLL’s New York Fight and the US National team, will serve as WPLL Futures Director for Maryland. A character and leadership intensive program, WPLL Futures is not intended to replace or interfere with a player’s high school or club commitments. Players selected to a Futures team will not be required to attended any practices prior to the championship weekend July 10th-12th, but rather will take part in a variety of activities that will help them develop lacrosse and life skills. All players that attend the Maryland Futures Tryout will be able to meet Cummings, Stevens, and Slifer, and will take part in in-person leadership development activities.
Cummings and a team of WPLL players including Mollie Stevens and Erin Slifer will hold a regional tryout on Saturday, May 5th at the McDonogh School in Owings Mills, MD for 9th, 10th, and 11th grade players interested in taking part in the Maryland branch of the WPLL Futures Program.
“Maryland remains a lacrosse powerhouse. There are so many high school girls in Maryland that play lacrosse, and we are excited to connect them with the Futures curriculum.” explained WPLL Commissioner Jen Adams, who graduated from the University of Maryland in 2001. “We are absolutely thrilled to have a proven winner and true role model like Taylor in charge of working with the Maryland Futures players. One of our goals for the Futures Program is to connect today’s youth directly with the professional players of today—and working so closely with Taylor will help them see one of their role models as a strong person, not just a player.”
Central to the WPLL’s mission is helping the next generation of female lacrosse talent grow into strong, confident leaders. With the help of partner Brave Enterprises, the WPLL’s Futures Program is designed to expose high school players across the country to lacrosse and leadership experiences that will prepare them for any challenges they may face. Players selected for the Futures Program will receive a mix of lacrosse and life skills that will help them for life. Futures players will also have the opportunity to play in a national tournament this summer, competing against top-talent from across the country.
The tryout consists of a variety of lacrosse and fitness drills that will be run by Cummings, Stevens, and Slifer. Stevens, a standout attacker for Florida, was a 2017 First Team All-American and was named the 2017 BIG EAST Attacker of the Year and BIG EAST Tournament Most Outstanding Player. Slifer, a midfielder that graduated from Princeton in 2015, was unanimously named Ivy League Midfielder of the Year in 2015. Both Stevens and Slifer are Maryland natives, with Stevens coming from Centreville and Slifer from Mt. Airy. In addition to meeting and learning from WPLL pros, all players that attend the May 5th tryout will take part in in-person activities designed to test and improve their leadership and bravery skills. After the evaluations are completed, 60 players will be named to the three Maryland Futures teams, 20 players from each grade.
A native of Richmond, Virginia, Cummings moved to Ellicott City as a child and attended McDonogh before starting her legendary career at Maryland. The only player to ever win three Tewaaraton Awards, Taylor also was a 3x Honda Award winner, a 4x IWLCA First Team All-American, and a 2x Big Ten Midfielder of the Year. A key part of two NCAA championships and Team USA’s 2017 FIL Rathbones World Cup victory, Cummings continues to work on spreading the game of lacrosse through her company Taylor Cumming Lacrosse. With TLC, Cummings travels the country running clinics and camps in areas that are growing their lacrosse presence.
“Throughout my many years of playing sports, I have learned so many invaluable lessons that still impact me on a daily basis. Lacrosse, in particular, has taught me so much about teamwork and communication, my love of competition, the drive it takes to win, and what it means to dedicate yourself wholeheartedly to your passion. This sport, one that started out as a fun way to pass the time, has become my life over these past two decades. I love competing on the field with my teammates just as much as I love working to help grow the game throughout the country and continuing to impact as many girls as possible through coaching. I’m extremely excited to continue to grow this game through the WPLL Futures program and help shape the future of our sport. From all of the players I’ve seen over the last two years, I’m happy to say that our future is in incredibly skilled and capable hands,” explained Cummings.
Players interested in the Futures tryout can register here.