By Tom Peace
TopLaxRecruits.com, Posted 11/12/15
BALTIMORE – On Wednesday, Mercy High School held a press conference for National Signing Day as two members of the girls’ lacrosse team, midfielder Caroline Cummings and goalie Taylor Sisk, were officially committing to play the game at the collegiate level.
Cummings signed with Drexel University and Sisk will be staying in state and attending University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC).
“I verbally committed two summers ago, going into my junior year. So it has been a long time coming in becoming apart of the Dragon family,” said Cummings.
Sisk, who also committed two years ago, said, “Just having this document signed its surreal, it’s done, I know where I’ am going to college and its great to feel a part of the (Retriever) family.”
Sisk – who will major in Pre-Med (Biological Science) said in her recent recruit story that the academics played a key role. “First thing that was very important was that they had my Pre-Med major and the Neuroscience & Cognitive Science program,” she said.
Playing in the big city of Philadelphia and the coaching staff were a huge selling point for Cummings to go to Drexel. For Sisk it was how the UMBC women’s team bonded and supported each other, whether it was on the field or off the field.
Both athletes have helped build the Magic lacrosse team into a contender for the IAAM B conference title on a yearly basis. In the last two seasons Mercy has compiled a 26-9 record.
In 2014, Mercy made it to the semifinals before being ousted by Friends and then this past season Glenelg Country defeated Mercy by five goals to win the league title.
“We have a lot of good competition between Glenelg Country, Friends, Park, Seton Keough, There’s a lot of new teams stepping up in the conference and finding their own,” said Mercy head coach Jackie Dysert. “Glenelg Country is going to be a tough opponent for us this year, they won the conference championship last year, they beat us. So we have something to prove this season and we want to win. We are going to be working hard during the offseason and working hard in season because our ultimate goal every year is to be at that championship game and to win that championship.”
Sisk and Cummings, both captains and leaders of the Magic, know what is at stake this season and they want to finish their high school careers as champions.
“I think a successful team is one that is together, and without being together you can’t thrive,” said Sisk. “I think one of our main focuses is being together and pushing each other to become better.”