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Syracuse’s Murray and Treanor, Maryland’s Douty and Cummings, Notre Dame’s Smith and North Carolina’s Holman recognized
GREENSBORO, N.C. – The Atlantic Coast Conference dominated Inside Lacrosse’s postseason individual honors as Syracuse senior Alyssa Murray and sophomore Kayla Treanor were named IL’s Co-Attackers of the Year, Maryland sophomore Taylor Cummings earned IL’s Midfielder of the Year award, Maryland junior Megan Douty and Notre Dame senior Margaret Smith shared IL’s Co-Defender of the Year honors, and North Carolina’s Sydney Holman was named IL’s Rookie of the Year.
Treanor, the 2014 ACC Offensive Player of the Year and Tewaaraton Award finalist, led the nation in scoring this spring with 117 points on 79 goals and 38 assists, while her 79 goals were a Syracuse single-season record. Treanor already has 209 points (148g, 61a) to her name through just two seasons, ranking seventh on the Orange’s career scoring list and sixth on the career goals list.
Murray, a three-time First Team All-American and two-time Tewaaraton Award finalist, finished the 2014 season ranked second in the nation in scoring with 110 points on 65 goals and 45 assists, and finished her career second on the Orange’s all-time scoring list with 358 points (223g, 135a).
Cummings, the 2014 Tewaaraton Award winner, had a stellar sophomore campaign for Maryland. The Ellicott City, Md., product led Maryland with 63 goals, 128 draw controls, 37 ground balls and 30 caused turnovers and ranked second on the Terps’ fourth-ranked scoring offense with 24 assists and 87 points. Cummings, who is also a U.S. Women’s National Team member, is a two-time IWLCA First Team All-American and earned All-ACC honors for a second time in 2014.
Douty, the ACC’s Defensive Player of the Year and Tewaaraton Award finalist, anchored Maryland’s defense that held opponents to single-digit scoring in 17 of 23 games in 2014. Douty also collected IWLCA First Team All-America honors for her efforts this season.
Smith led the ACC in ground balls (64) and caused turnovers while leading the Irish in draw controls (47) after Notre Dame lost All-American Barbara Sullivan to injury early on this spring. Smith's play was especially strong in ACC games, as she caused a total of 21 turnovers in Notre Dame's seven league contests.
Holman, the ACC Freshman of the Year, emerged as one of the top attackers in the nation as she finished the 2014 season with 34 goals and a team-high 27 assists.
It was another banner year for ACC women’s lacrosse as it saw a record seven teams selected to the NCAA Championship field. Six of the seven teams advanced to the quarterfinals, while three ACC teams earned berths in the final four. The title game was an all-ACC affair for the sixth time in tournament history, with Maryland topping Syracuse 15-12 to collect its 11th NCAA Championship.
Inside Lacrosse Individual Postseason Honors
Co-Attackers of the Year: Alyssa Murray, Syracuse & Kayla Treanor, Syracuse
Midfielder of the Year: Taylor Cummings, Maryland
Co-Defenders of the Year: Megan Douty, Maryland & Margaret Smith, Notre Dame
Rookie of the Year: Sydney Holman, North Carolina