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PHILADELPHIA -The University of Pennsylvania women's lacrosse team begins Ivy League play on Saturday, heading to Providence to take on the Brown Bears. First draw is set for 1 p.m.
Saturday's meeting will be the earliest the Quakers have ever played the Bears, with most meetings previously having taken place in late April.
Both teams enter the game with 3-0 records, and the game will be the first Ancient Eight contest of the season for both sides.
Penn has won at least a share of the last eight Ivy League championships and enters 2015 looking to win a ninth consecutive Ivy League crown. All-time against the Bears, Penn is 27-9 with wins in the last 11 meetings.
Tory Bensen enters the game tied for the lead among all Ivy players in points with 14 through three games this season. Her 13 goals through three games has her ranked fourth in the nation in goals-per-game with 4.33.
As a team, Penn is 27th in the country in scoring offense, averaging 12.67 goals-per-game. In addition, the Quakers are No. 28 in scoring defense -- allowing 8.33 goals-per-game.
A big factor into Penn's gaudy numbers on both sides of the ball has been dominating the possession game. The Quakers are tops in the Ivy League -- and ninth in the country -- in draw controls with 15.33 per game. If Penn does not win the draw control, they are likely to win the ball back via caused turnover as they lead the Ivy League -- and are 28th in the country with 9.00 caused turnovers-per-game. Meg Markham leads the way again for Penn in both categories with 2.67 caused turnovers-per-game (ninth in the country) and 5.00 draw controls-per-game (12th in the country) through three games.
One of the 14 remaining unbeaten teams in Division I will be knocked from the ranks of the unbeaten on Saturday when Penn takes on Brown. The Bears have not scored less than 12 goals in any of their first three games, nor have they allowed more than eight. Brown's 6.33 goals allowed-per-game are tied with Princeton for fewest in the Ivy League.
Lauren Toy leads Brown with eight goals and three assists through three games. The junior is already halfway to her point total from all of last season. Janie Gion and Yuna Hur each have six goals, while Abby Bunting has two goals and an assist.
Brown is averaging just over 10 draw controls-per-game, with 31 total through three games. Senior Alyysa DiBona has a third of those with 10 of her own.
Quakers Rush Past Rutgers
In their first-ever game against a Big Ten opponent, Penn took the pace of play right to Rutgers en route to a 17-7 win in New Jersey. The 17 goals scored were the most ever by a Penn team against Rutgers in 17 total meetings, led by a career-high five from Iris Williamson. Nina Corcoran had a career-high five assists, while Tory Bensen tied her career high with six points on five goals and an assist.
Nina CorcoranNamed Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week
JuniorNina Corcoranregistered a career-high six points in Penn’s win over Vanderbilt, earning her first career Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week award. Corcoran tied her career high with four assists in the game.
Bensen Scores a Dandy Late to Vanquish Vandy
SeniorTory Bensenwas quiet for most of Penn’s game against Vanderbilt, but came through late with the tying goal to send the game to overtime and then netting the game-winner with 0:04 to play in OT as Penn edged the Commodores, 12-11.
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 BensenBrings The Offense to Blue Hens
Senior attackerTory Bensenpicked right up where she left off last season, tying her career high with six goals against Delaware.
Megan KellyNamed Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week Following Impressive Debut
Sophomore defenderMegan Kellymade 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. Currently, she is 15th overall at Penn all-time with 113 points. She enters this week with 96 career goals -- tied for eighth-most all-time by a Quaker-- and is just four away from becoming the eighth player in program history to join the “100 Goal Club.”
Markham Hits Century Mark "Daily Double"
Meg Markhamhas been causing havoc defensively for the Quakers the past three years, setting her up for a few career milestones this season. She recorded her 100th career ground ball against Vanderbilt and hit the centruy mark in draw controls against Rutgers.
Corcoran Climbs All-Time Assist Ranks
Nina Corcoran broke into the Top-10 all-time in assists against Rutgers, registering five helpers to move into ninth place all-time with 39. Up next for Corcoran are Julie Heller and Rachel Manson who are tied for seventh with 41.
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 MillerandLindsey Smithall 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 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-AmericanMeg Markhamleads 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 areLydia Miller,Taylor FoussadierandLeah McBride.
Ferguson Returns to the Cage
Senior goalkeeperLucy Fergusonis 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 FergusonandMeg Markhamwere 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.
Another Chance at the Champs
With Penn’s game at Maryland on March 18, the Quakers will take on the defending national champions for the ninth consecutive season. Add in regular-season foe Princeton, and the Quakers have taken on the reigning champs in 11 of the last 12 seasons.
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.
Penn is Climbing Ivy Title Charts
Penn is tied with Princeton for third-most Ivy League titles with ten overall. Harvard is first with 12, while Dartmouth is second with 11.
Quakers Proficient at “Hanging Ten”
The Quakers have won 10 games in a season in eight of the last nine seasons after going 23 years without a 10-win season.
All-Time in the Ivy League
This year marks the 36th year of Ivy League women’s lacrosse. The Red and Blue are 163-97-2 all-time in Ivy League contests.
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 atPennWomensLax.