The Washington Times - May 4, 2011, 09:57AM

Maryland lacrosse coach John Tillman declined to go into specifics Wednesday about midfielder Joe Cummings‘ arm injury.

He did insist the junior will play again this season.

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Cummings’ right arm was hurt when he was slashed in the third quarter of the April 24 ACC title game at Duke.

“We’re working on it,” Tillman said. “I’m a bit vague on that. He’s making progress. His year’s not over. We’re not sure what’s going to happen this weekend. He’s optimistic and he’s in good spirits and so are we. I was super concerned that ‘Oh boy, he’s done,’ and he’s not done.”

Cummings has a team-high 24 goals for the Terrapins (10-3), who will play host to Colgate (10-5) on Saturday in the regular-season finale for both teams. Maryland will then almost certainly play the next weekend in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

While Tillman wouldn’t outright declare Cummings out for Saturday, it would come as no surprise if the Terps held Cummings even if he was able to play.

“We’ve got to be smart with it,” Tillman said. “He means a lot to us, but we can’t rush him back and sacrifice the bigger picture for one day. What we have to hope collectively is that if Joe can’t go, everyone has to be good enough to overcome that.”

Patrick Stevens