PHILADELPHIA – For the eighth consecutive season, Penn will compete for a women’s lacrosse national championship as the Quakers will take on Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference champion Canisius.
The Ivy League’s automatic entrant into the NCAA Tournament via a 9-6 win over Princeton in the Ivy League Tournament championship game on Sunday, the Quakers (11-4) will play the Golden Griffins on May 9 at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex at the University of Maryland. The Terrapins are the tournament’s top seed, and the winner of Friday’s game will advance to play the Terps on May 11.
Overall, this will be Penn’s 11th trip to the NCAA Tournament and the first time that the Quakers will play Canisius in the NCAA Tournament.
Overall in the NCAA Tournament, the Quakers are 9-9. Eight of those wins have come over the past seven entries, including three Final Four runs from 2007-09. The 2008 and 2009 teams competed in the season’s final weekend at Johnny Unitas Stadium at Towson University which is again serving as the host site for the Final Four May 23-25. In 2008, the Quakers were national runner-up to Northwestern.
Penn, which features two Tewaaraton Award nominees for the nation’s best player in Meg Markham and Lucy Ferguson, is one of six teams in this year’s field making its eighth or more consecutive appearance. Last week, Markham was named unanimous first-team All-Ivy and Ivy League Defender of the Year. Ferguson joined her as a first-team All-Ivy selection, one of an Ivy-best seven All-Ivy selections for the Red and Blue.