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PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania women’s lacrosse team opens the home portion of its 2015 schedule on Sunday, hosting Vanderbilt at Franklin Field. First draw is set for 1 p.m.
The Quakers, ranked No. 12 this week in the IWLCA Coaches Poll, enter the game coming off a 9-7 win at previously unbeaten Delaware last weekend and are 1-0 overall this season.
Vanderbilt is 3-1 this season, claiming victory in its first three games before suffering a loss against Denver on Monday.
Quakers Derail Delaware’s Hot Start
Penn ventured south to Delaware for its first game of 2015 last weekend, taking on a Blue Hens team which was 2-0 and had scored 39 goals in two games to start the season. The Quakers neutralized the Delaware attack, and put the first loss of the season on the Blue Hens, 9-7.
Tory Bensen Brings The Offense to Blue Hens
Senior attacker Tory Bensen picked right up where she left off last season, tying her career high with six goals against Delaware.
Megan Kelly Named Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week
Sophomore defender Megan Kelly made her first career appearance a memorable one as she recorded three caused turnovers and three ground balls in the win at Delaware. After missing all of 2014 with injury, Kelly’s remarkable debut earned her Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week in the opening round of weekly awards.
Penn’s Starting Defense is “All-Ivy”
With Kelly earning Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week last week, each of Penn’s four starting defenders as earned either Ivy Defensive Player of the Week or been named All-Ivy at some point during their careers. Meg Markham (Two-time All-Ivy, 2014 Ivy Defender of the Year, two-time Defender of the Week), Taylor Foussadier (Two-time All-Ivy), Lydia Miller (All-Ivy) and Kelly (All-Ivy) give Penn the League’s most recognized defense.
Bensen Cracks 100-Point Plateau
Tory Bensen’s first goal of the season gave her 100 career points, just the 21st player in program history to reach the 100-point plateau. She enters this weekend with 89 career goals, just 11 away from becoming the eighth player in program history to join the “100 Goal Club.”
“Tory Terrific” Drives Offense
Dating back to April 19 of last year, Tory Bensen has scored three or more goals in seven of Penn’s last eight games. Her goal total over her last eight games is 31 – an average of 3.9 per game.
Markham Milestones Imminent
Meg Markham has been causing havoc defensively for the Quakers the past three years, setting her up for a few career milestones this season. She enters the weekend with 99 ground balls and 88 draw controls, closing in on the century mark in each.
Quakers Look to Put Commodores Away
The only two meetings between Penn and Vanderbilt have been one-goal games, each going in favor of the Quakers. In both meetings, the Red and Blue led by as much as five goals, needing to stave off late Commodore charges for each victory.
Williamson and Corcoran Have Been Dandy vs. Vandy
Iris Williamson and Nina Corcoran have been go-to performers for Penn in the two games against Vanderbilt. Williamson went for four goals in 2013, and has five goals and an assist all-time against the Commodores. Corcoran has four goals and three assists in two games against the Commodores.
Vanderbilt Enters Game at 3-1
The Commodores crushed their first three opponents of 2015, outscoring opponents by a 60-20 margin, before Denver downed Vandy, 13-9, on Monday.
Schonk Shines for Commodores
Mallory Schonk has 14 goals and eight assists through four games, leading the Commodores in both categories. Her 22 points are the most by any Division I player this season. For her efforts, she has earned two consecutive BIG EAST Attacker of the Week awards. The junior attacker had 52 points last season.
Chandler Chips In Offensively
Kelly Chandler is second on the team with 11 goals through four games, but has been the true presence for the Commodores on the draw with a team-high 26. She is already halfway to her season total for all of 2014 when she had 50 draw controls in 15 games.
The Red and Blue return 25 players from last year’s team, including 11 who started 12 or more games during the 2014 season.
Welcome Back (Part II) …
Among the 25 returning players is a quartet of “Fifth-Year Seniors” who were injured at some point during their careers and earned a medical hardship. Tory Bensen, Shannon Mangini, Lydia Miller and Lindsey Smith all will finish their careers this season for the Quakers. Among them, they have earned two All-Region awards and three All-Ivy awards while compiling 158 goals, 200 points, and 210 ground balls during their careers.
Defense Looks to Dominate Again
The Quakers will return four players who appeared in 15 or more games on defense last season as the Red and Blue finished seventh in the country in scoring defense at 7.78 goals allowed-per-game. Reigning Ivy League Defender of the Year and first-team All-American Meg Markham leads the group, coming off a 2014 campaign where she led the Ivy League in caused turnovers with 43 and averaged 2.39 CTs per game which ranked fifth nationally. Joining Markham among the returners are Lydia Miller, Taylor Foussadier and Leah McBride. Sophomore Megan Kelly is expected to add to that mix, returning from injury which caused her to miss all of 2014.
Ferguson Returns to the Cage
Senior goalkeeper Lucy Ferguson is back between the pipes for the Quakers in 2015, coming off a second consecutive first-team All-Ivy season which saw her lead the Ancient Eight in GAA (7.70) and finish second in save percentage at .463. Those numbers ranked her seventh and 16th in the nation in those respective categories.
Pair of Tewaaraton Nominees Back for Penn
Lucy Ferguson and Meg Markham were two of 25 nominees for the prestigious Tewaaraton Award – presented annually to college lacrosse’s top players – last season.
Wealth of Offense Returns
You’d be hard pressed to find a team in the country which returns as much of its scoring output from 2014 as the Quakers do this season. Last year, Penn scored 158 goals. The players returning to the lineup from last season add up to 155 of those goals – or a whopping 98.1 percent.
Atop the Ancient Eight
Penn is 53-3 in regular season Ivy League games dating back to the 2007 season. That equates to a .946 winning percentage in conference games. Outside of Princeton (6-2) and Dartmouth (7-1), the Quakers are a perfect 8-0 against every other Ivy team in regular season action since their title run began.
Follow Along With the Red and Blue
You can keep up with the Quakers all season online via Twitter (@PennWomensLax) and Facebook (Facebook.com/PennWomensLacrosse) and on Instagram at PennWomensLax.