#13 Women's Lacrosse Set for Saint Joseph's

3.10.15 // 4 p.m. // Philadelphia, Pa.
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The No. 13 University of Pennsylvania women's lacrosse team returns to Franklin Field on Tuesday, hosting Philly rival Saint Joseph's at 4 p.m.

The Quakers (4-0) will be playing their first game against a Philadelphia opponent since the beginning of the 2013 season when the Quakers hosted Drexel. The last time the Quakers hosted the Hawks was March 17, 2010 -- a 14-0 win for Penn in the only previous contest between the two teams. Penn's all-time record against Philly opponenst is 30-27-1 but the Red and Blue have been dominant of late with a 19-6 record since 2000 and wins in 14 of their last 15 meetings against local schools.

Penn is on its longest winning streak to start a season since the Quakers went 6-0 to begin the 2011 campaign. Overall, Penn is 7-0 in regular season games dating back to the end of last season -- the longest regular-season winning streak for the Quakers since a nine-game run from 4/17/10-3/19/11.

One of 12 remaining unbeaten teams in the nation, Penn enters the game ranked 24th in the country in scoring defense with 8.00 goals-allowed per game. The Quakers are also 31st in scoring offense with 11.75 goals-scored per game.

Senior attacker Tory Bensen has been on fire to start the season, leading the Ivy League with 16 goals. Her 4.0 goals-per-game is second in the country and her 4.5 points-per-game rank 15th among all Division I players.

Nina Corcoran has 11 assists to start the season, a number which leads the Ivy League and is 10th in Division I. Her 2.75 assists-per-game rank sixth among all Division I players and her 4.25 points-per-game are 26th.

Meg Markham is a third Quaker who leads the Ivy League in a statistical category with her 2.5 caused turnovers-per-game. That number ranked seventh among all Division I players. She also paces the Ivy League with 4.0 draw controls-per-game.

Saint Joseph's is 3-1 to start the season, winning its last three after an overtime loss to start the season. The Hawks have been in three overtime games this season, with a 2-1 record in games needing extra time.

On Saturday, the Hawks took care of Longwood, 15-7 at home. In fact, Tuesday's game will be the first of the season away from Hawk Hill for Saint Joseph's this season.

Saint Joseph's has been dominant on the draw, averaging 16.0 draws-per-game which ranks sixth in the country. In addition, the Hawks have been causing a large amount of turnovers, sitting sixth in the country with 12.0 caused turnovers-per-game. When opposing teams get to goal, Nora McGeever has been ready in goal with 11.0 saves-per-game, a number which is fifth nationally.

Kelly Phelan has 14 goals and 17 total points this season, accounting for over a half of SJU's goals scored. The junior is already more than halfway to her goal total from all of last season.

Red and Blue are Better than Brown
In the opening game of the 2015 Ivy League season, Penn burst out to a 6-1 halftime lead at Brown, and denied the Bears a late comeback in a 9-7 win. Tory Bensen and Nina Corcoran each finished the game with three goals and an assist. Lucy Ferguson made 10 saves in the victory as the Quakers dealt Brown its first loss of the season.

Quakers Rush PastRutgers
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 fromIris Williamson.Nina Corcoranhad a career-high five assists, whileTory Bensentied her career high with six points on five goals and an assist.

Nina CorcoranNamed Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week on March 2
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.

Lucy Ferguson and Meg Markham Named to Tewaaraton Watch List
For the second season in a row, Penn had a pair of players named to the Tewaaraton Award Watch List as goalkeeper Lucy Ferguson and defender Meg Markham were announced as 50 players to watch for college lacrosse's top honor.

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 12th overall at Penn all-time with 117 points. She enters this week with 99 career goals -- eighth-most all-time by a Quaker-- and is just one 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 AssistRanks
Nina Corcoranbroke into the Top-10 all-time in assists against Rutgers, registering five helpers to move into ninth place all-time. She currently has 40 assists, one back of Julie Heller and Rachel Manson who are tied for seventh with 41.

Welcome Back...
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 54-3 in regular season Ivy League games dating back to the 2007 season. That equates to a .947 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 164-97-2 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.