IWLCA All-Region Selections
PHILADELPHIA – Penn finished up its 2014 season over the weekend, a campaign which featured a record eighth consecutive Ivy League championship, a third Ivy League Tournament title and the program’s eighth consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance. Along the way, the Quakers played 18 games – ties for third most in a season by the Quakers – and won a program fifth-best 13 of them. On Monday, the team’s success was rewarded with some individual recognition as four players were named All-Region by the IWLCA.
Honored by the region’s coaches were first-team All-Region selections Lucy Ferguson and Meg Markham as well as second-team All-Region choices Nina Corcoran and Taylor Foussadier. Each is now eligible for IWLCA All-American honors.
Penn’s four All-Mid-Atlantic selections were tied for second among the 11 schools in the region which were honored. Leading the way was Loyola (MD) with five, while the Quakers were tied with Ivy rival Princeton and Johns Hopkins for second.
Overall, Penn was tied for seventh out of the 44 schools which received at least one All-Region selection.
Making the four selections even more exciting for head coach Karin Corbett is that all four of them are underclassmen and will return for the 2015 season. 14 of the 44 schools honored with All-Region selections this season will return their entire complement in 2015, but only one (Florida, 6) will return more than the Quakers.
Lucy Ferguson, a 2013 second-team All-Region selection, was one of 25 players named a Tewaaraton Award nominee this season and earned her second consecutive first-team All-Ivy selection in goal for the Quakers. She posted an Ivy League-best 7.70 goals-against average this season, good enough for seventh in the country. Her .463 save percentage was second in the Ivy League and 16th among all Division I goalkeepers. She earned three Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week awards over the course of the season, while allowing eight or fewer goals in 11 of 18 games. In Ivy League play, she was dominant to the tune of seven Ivy games without allowing double figures in goals – finishing the Ivy slate with a 6.61 GAA in League play.
Meg Markham was named the Ivy League’s Defender of the Year in 2014 and picked up a Tewaaraton nomination as she led the nation’s seventh-ranked team defense which allowed just 7.78 goals-per-game. A unanimous first-team All-Ivy selection for the second consecutive season, Markham led the Ivy League in caused turnovers with 43 and her caused turnovers-per-game average of 2.39 ranks fifth in the nation. She finished 2014 second in the Ivy League in ground balls with 46 and her 42 draw controls led the Quakers. She earned two Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week awards and was named All-Tournament at the Ivy League Tournament for the second year in a row.
Nina Corcoran followed up her first-team All-Ivy selection with a second-team All-Region selection after finishing 2014 second on the Quakers in points with 49 – the 11th most in a single season by a Penn player. Corcoran’s 24 assists led the Quakers and ranked third in the Ivy League, also tying for seventh most in a single season by a Quaker.
Taylor Foussadier was named second-team All-Ivy earlier this season and followed that up with a second-team All-Region selection. Part of Penn’s staunch defense, which ranked No. 7 in the country and tops in the Ivy League, Foussadier earned All-Tournament honors at the Ivy League Tournament in early May. She was fifth on the team in caused turnovers and sixth in ground balls.