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Offensive stalwart Cummings to join UMaine field hockey program

Former BAHS Lion standout takes her talents to Black Bears in Orono
By Staff | Aug 07, 2014
Courtesy of: Cummings family Maddy Cummings, a Belfast Area High School graduate, will play field hockey at Division I University of Maine in Orono.

Belfast — The University of Maine field hockey team recently announced a pair of additions to its squad for the 2014-15 season, one of which is a familiar name to Waldo County high school athletic fans.

Maddy Cummings, who graduated from Belfast Area High School in June, will join the squad this fall as a forward. The 17-year-old Cummings, who resides in Belfast and turns 18 in September, plans to major in nursing.

Cummings, arguably the most prolific goal scorer in the illustrious Lion stick program's history, logged 49 career goals and 35 assists, including a 20-goal, 10-assist season as a junior.

Cummings led Belfast to back-to-back Eastern Class B field hockey championships during the 2012 and 2013 season, the former of which led to a state Class B championship win over York.

She was named the team's most valuable player her sophomore, junior and senior years and also earned all-rookie, All-State and all-academic awards.

Cummings also participated in basketball and track and field during her time with the Lions.

Cummings competed for the Maine Majestix club team and won a National Festival U19 championship as well competing at NIT's and the Disney Showcase. She also participated in the futures program since 2007, playing in National Futures three times (2010, 2011 and 2012). The new Maine forward also was a part of the 2011 junior Olympics.

Cummings' sister, Brittany, a UMaine alumni, also played field hockey for the Black Bears 2007-2011.

“It's really exciting,” Cummings said. “I'm already starting with the girls. The girls volunteered to start early and we've been going for about two weeks now.”

Preseason officially begins Tuesday, Aug 12, so any team activities until that date are seen as informal and consist of primarily weight lifting and conditioning.

Cummings said “it is definitely a lot harder, but that's what is expected at the Division I level.”

Cummings, who will wear jersey number 32 on the field, had been recruited by UMaine field hockey coach Josette Babineau during her junior year and committed to the program during the winter.

“I knew I wanted to stay close [to home] and Brittany played there, so we knew each other already,” Cummings said of the Black Bear coach.

Emily Corbett of Listowel, Ontario, also will join the squad as a transfer from Old Dominion University.

The Black Bears will begin the regular season on Friday, Aug. 29 at Central Michigan.

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