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PHILADELPHIA - For the sixth season in a row, Penn will enter the women's lacrosse season as defending Ivy League champions - a distinction which as the Quakers in possession of the nation's longest run of consecutive conference titles. Karin Brower Corbett will add 10 players to her squad for the 2013 season, bringing nine freshmen to University City and adding a transfer with extensive college experience. This class, which features six high school All-Americans and five players named by ESPN Rise as Top-100 players, was recently ranked No. 10 in the country by Inside Lacrosse.
"We are very excited about the addition of these 10 players to the Penn program," head coach Karin Brower Corbett said. "They embody everything we look for in a Quaker - dynamic, smart players who can contribute in many ways and are just as successful off the field. We cannot wait for them to arrive on campus and start their careers."
Depth has been added all over the field for the Quakers, with four players listed primarily as midfielders - and another two combo midfielders who can move around the field as needed, two as goalkeepers, and one each on defense and attack. Three players will come to Penn from New York, two each from New Jersey and Pennsylvania, while Connecticut, Maryland and Massachusetts each have one player set to suit up for the Red and Blue.
Meet the New Quakers
Nina Corcoran - M
Point Lookout, N.Y./Sacred Heart Academy
High School: 2012 All-American ... Four-time runner-up in CHSLAA championship ... Four-time All-League selection ... Four-time second-team All-Long Island selection ... Also lettered in basketball ... 2010 New York Division B state champions in hoops ... Named All-League in basketball three times (2010-12) ... MSG Varsity Award recipient for outstanding student-athlete ... News 12 Scholar-Athlete award recipient ... Principals List student all four years ... National Honor Society member.
Personal: Daughter of Maria and James Corcoran ... Older sister, Rosie, is a senior at Georgetown and a member of the women's lacrosse team ... Enrolled in Wharton.
Coach Corbett on Nina: "Nina has great game sense and really understands the game. She has terrific height and speed to match. She has tremendous instincts, especially on the defensive end of the field, however her speed and stick work will have her competing for a position in the midfield."
Lely DeSimone - D/M
High School: Four-year letterwinner ... Twice served as team captain ... Three-time league and county champion (2009-11) ... Twice named first-team All-American (2011-12) ... ESPN Rise Top-100 selection ... Ranked No. 17 on ESPN Rise Top Defensive Midfielders list ... 2012 Journal News Athlete of the Season ... Four-time NYS All-Section ... Four-time All-County ... Four-time All-League ... Played three seasons for Hudson V in the Women's Division national tournament ... Also played for Hudson Valley Empire team ... Lettered four years in field hockey, captaining team senior season ... Claimed three league and county championships in field hockey (2009-11) ... Twice named first-team All-League and All-County (2010-11) ... Named NYS All-Section in 2010 ... Three-time letterwinner in basketball, captaining team senior season ... Twice claimed league and county championships on the hardwood (2010-11) ... Honorable mention All-League in hoops in 2012 ... National Honor Society member ... Nominated for HOBY Leadership Award .. Journal News Scholar-Athlete for field hockey.
Personal: Daughter of Sandra and Mick DeSimone ... Father wrestled for Bucknell ... Older sister, Micaela, is a junior at Union College (NY) and is a member of the women's lacrosse team ... Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences with a major in communication.
Coach Corbett on Lely: "Lely has tremendous speed and endurance. A natural athlete with so much potential, she is extremely coachable and quick - both with her feet and adapting to the game. We can't wait to coach Lely and think she can compete this year for us giving us much needed depth."
Catherine Dickinson - M
Garden City, N.Y./Garden City
High School: Four-year letterwinner, starting all four years ... Captained team senior season ... Contributed to four consecutive Nassau County, Long Island and New York State championships ... Ranked No. 41 on ESPN Rise Top-100 ... Ranked No. 11 on ESPN Rise Top Attackers list ... 2012 US Lacrosse first-team All-American ... 2012 Under Armour All-American ... First-team All-County (2011-12) ... Honorable mention All-County (2010) ... Newsday second-team All-Long Island ... Recipient of Team Leadership and Team MVP awards in 2012 ... Named All-Tournament at 2012 state championship ... Played for Long Island Metro Team #1 in Women's Division National Championship, claiming the title in 2010 and finishing second in 2011 ... 2010 Empire State team ... Under Armour Long Island Underclass team (2009, 2011) ... National Draw Tournament champions (2011) ... MSG Varsity Top-10 Players to Watch (2012) ... Also lettered four times in field hockey, captaining team senior season ... Four-time county and Long Island champions, winning state championship in 2009 and finishing second twice (2011-12) ... Twice named first-team All-County (2010-11) and once honorable mention All-County (2009) ... All-Tournament at NYS state championships (2011) ... 2011 All-State ... NFHCA National Academic Squad (2011) ... Newsday second-team All-Long Island ... AP Scholar ... National Honor Society and German National Honor Society member ... Principal's List student ... German Literary Magazine member.
Personal: Daughter of Ann and Franklin Dickinson ... High school teammate of current Penn teammate Shannon Mangini ... Enrolled in Wharton.
Coach Corbett on Catherine: "Catherine is the work horse of the class. She is that middie who owns the field between the 30's. She is a ground ball queen and will out-hustle anyone. Her game sense and non-stop effort will have her competing for immediate playing time."
Lucy Ferguson - GK
Montclair, N.J./Montclair (William & Mary)
2012 (William & Mary): Started all 17 games and was selected second-team All-CAA ... Also named CAA All-Rookie Team ... Ranked fourth nationally in total saves (172) and fifth in saves per game (10.12) ... Led the conference in both categories ... Saves total ranked tied for fourth on W&M's single-season list... Ranked third in the CAA with a .457 save percentage ... Recorded a single-game school record 23 saves in the season-ending win at Hofstra (4/22), also the high mark for most saves in a game by a player in the nation during the 2012 season ... Honored as the CAA Co-Rookie of the Week on April 23 following the performance ... Totaled 14 saves at Drexel (4/20)... Registered 14 saves against No. 5 Duke (2/8) in the season opener ... Tallied 12 stops at Navy (2/15) ... Posted 13 saves at Richmond (3/21) ... Recorded 11 saves against No. 9 Penn State 3/25) ... W&M Provost Award winner ... Earned the CAA Commissioner's Academic Award.
High School: Four-year letterwinner ... US Lacrosse first-team All-American (2011) ... Invited to the All-American Showcase/ESPN Rise Tournament in Florida following her senior season ... Helped her team win the championship, 17-16, and was selected to the All-ESPN Rise Games Team ... Named first-team all-league and first-team all-county (2011) ... Team MVP as a senior (2011) ... Started all but five games of her high school career ... Selected as a US Lacrosse honorable mention All-American in 2010 ... U19 National Team finalist following her junior year (2010)... Ranked No. 9 on ESPN Rise Top Goalkeepers list (2011) ... Chosen as a US Lacrosse Academic All-American in 2010 ... Third-team all-state selection (2010) ... Named first-team All-North Jersey, first-team All-Essex County and first-team All-Essex County Tournament teams in 2010 ... Member of the North New Jersey Team at the Women's Division National Tournament in 2010 (Team 1) and 2009 (Team 2) ... Twice participated in the Under Armour Underclassman Games (2009- 2010) ... First-team All-Essex County honoree in 2009 ... Also lettered three times in tennis ... Metro Lacrosse Club Foundation Scholarship winner ... Named a 2011 Essex County Scholar Athlete ... National Honor Society and German National Honor Society member ... Montclair High School Community Service Award ... Served as a counselor at On the Ball Lacrosse Camp ... Volunteered as a youth league lacrosse coach ... Volunteered with Human Needs Food Pantry ... Made a community service trip to Yakima Indian Reservation (2009) and Peru (2007) ... Youth Member, Union Congregational Church Outreach Committee.
Personal: Daughter of Kelly and David Ferguson ... Father wrestled at Johns Hopkins University ... Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Coach Corbett on Lucy: "Lucy brings a year of college experience to the field after her successful season at William & Mary. She has great size and quick hands. She is extremely active and commanding on the field. We had recruited Lucy to come here as a freshman and are excited that we finally have her on our side. Lucy has the tools to compete for a starting position and we look forward to coaching her."
Liz Gully - D
Summit, N.J./Kent Place School
High School: Four-year letterwinner ... Captained team senior season ... Advanced to four County championships ... 2012 Under Armour All-American ... 2012 Academic All-American ... ESPN Rise Top-100 selection ... Ranked No. 16 on ESPN Rise Top Defenders list ... 2012 first-team All-League ... Twice honorable mention All-League (2010-11) ... Named All-County all four seasons ... Played on 2010 Under Armour New Jersey team ... 2012 N.J. All-Star Team ... Twice recipient of Unsung Hero award for most groundballs on team ... Also lettered four times in soccer, captaining team senior season ... Twice named honorable mention All-County in soccer (2009, 2011) ... Recipient of Kent Place School's Pat Conley Award for most outstanding senior athlete ... Kent Place Athletic Association class representative ... Kent Place Green Key Club member.
Personal: Daughter of Robin and Josh Gully ... Father played lacrosse at Cornell ... Enrolled in the college of Arts and Sciences.
Coach Corbett on Liz: "Liz is a tremendous defender. She has great size and a lethal check. She is always looking to take the ball away from her opponent and get into the offensive zone. She communicates well and sees the slide. We can't wait to coach Liz defensively and know that she will be competing for a starting position as a freshman."
McKenzie Hunt - A
Sudbury, Mass./Thayer Academy
High School: Four-year letterwinner, playing three years at Thayer after transferring from The Rivers School ... Three-time All-American (2010-12) ... Twice named Under Armour All-American (2010-11) ... Won Independent Schools League titles in 2010 and 2012, going undefeated senior season ... Named ISL Most Valuable Player in 2012 ... Thrice named All-ISL (2009, 2011-12) ... Boston Globe All-Scholastic (2012) ... Played three years on Eastern New England first team (2009-11) ... Played club for Revolution Lacrosse ... Four-year letter winner in soccer ... Captained Thayer senior season ... Olympic Development soccer club reached two national tournaments ... Class president ... Hope for Haiti Club member ... Best Buddies volunteer ... Leader in the STOP (Students, Together, Opposing Prejudice) mentoring junior high students ... Lacrosse and soccer youth coach.
Personal: Daughter of Susan and Greg Hunt ... Sister, Kaleigh, plays lacrosse at St. Anselm College ... Brother, Trevor, played two seasons of lacrosse at Providence College ... Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Coach Corbett on McKenzie: "McKenzie has some of the best stick work I have ever seen. Her vision and command on the offensive end is impressive for her young age. She is feisty and determined and will make an immediate impact on our offensive end."
Brooke Kiley - M
Lower Gwynedd, Pa./Germantown Academy
High School: Four-year letterwinner ... Captained team senior season ... Honorable mention US Lacrosse All-American (2012) ... Honorable mention ESPN All-American (2012) ... Selected to try out for USA Lacrosse Women's U-19 National Team ... Ranked No. 22 on ESPN Rise Top-100 list ... Ranked No. 5 on ESPN Rise Top Defensive Midfielder list ... Broke four Germantown Academy school records, including most goals in a season (119) and most goals in a career (300) ... Team MVP ... Twice named first-team All-Philly (2011-12) ... Three-time first-team All-InterAc (2010-12) ... Played in three Women's Division National Tournaments for Philly Team 1 ... Academic All-American (2011-12) ... Lettered four times in field hockey, captaining team senior season ... Three-time first-team All-InterAc (2009-11) ... Team MVP ... Academic All-American (2010-11) ... William David Lyons Memorial Prize winner, awarded to GA senior for outstanding leadership, achievement and athletics ... Leopold Prize winner for outstanding student-athlete ... Volunteers with animal rescue organizations.
Personal: Daughter of Maria and Matthew Kiley ... Enrolled in Wharton.
Coach Corbett on Brooke: "Brooke is one of the hardest workers I have encountered. She brings everything to the field and leaves it there. She is aggressive and competitive. These characteristics coupled with her speed and determination will have her vying for a position immediately."
Marisa Noto - A/M
Darien, Conn./Greenwich Academy
High School: Three-time letterwinner ... Member of 2012 Western New England Prep School championship team ... Two-time Fairchester Athletic Association champion (2010, 2012) ... 2012 Academic All-American ... Also lettered twice in field hockey ... Two-time FAA field hockey champion (2010-11) ... Honorable mention All-FAA in field hockey (2011) ... Honor Board member ... Greenwich Academy Press staff writer ... American Red Cross volunteer.
Personal: Daughter of Kristin and Anthony Noto ... Father played football at Army, earning Academic All-American and All-East honors ... Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Coach Corbett on Marisa: "Marisa brings great size to the field. She is versatile and can play on either end. She has a strong sense of the game and is very coachable."
Courtney Rushford - GK
High School: Four-year letterwinner ... Captained team senior season ... Won Independent School League title in 2012 ... Two-time Coach's Award winner ... 2011 Academic All-American ... Second-team All-Gazette (2012) ... Honorable mention All-Gazette (2011) ... Holton-Arms Athletic Association member.
Personal: Daughter of Janet and Yetta Rushford ... Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Coach Corbett on Courtney: "Courtney has quick hands which is key for a goalkeeper. She is very coachable and we can't wait to have the chance to work with Courtney on a consistent basis because we think she has all of the tools to make a great college keeper."
Iris Williamson - M
Philadelphia, Pa./Germantown Friends School
High School: Four-year letterwinner ... Captained team her senior season ... Member of 2009 league champions ... Four-time All-Friends League selection ... Twice named Team MVP ... Two-time Academic All-American (2011-12) ... Lettered four times in soccer, serving as captain senior season ... Four-time All-Friends League selection in soccer ... Twice named All-SEPA and All-State in soccer (2010, 2012) ... Three-time Team MVP (2010-12) ... Twice lettered in basketball and indoor track and field ... Leader of Support for Positive Body Image group ... 2011 Writers Award recipient.
Personal: Daughter of Damaris South and Michael Williamson ... Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Coach Corbett on Iris: "Iris has tremendous speed - especially in bursts. She is strong, has great size and is defensively intimidating. Iris has a fifth gear she can go to following her dodge which I have not seen in anyone in awhile. Her ability to get to goal is incredible. We are so excited for the chance to help Iris reach her amazing potential. Iris's pure athleticism will make her an impact player."