#16 Women's Lacrosse Heads to Hawk Hill Tuesday

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PHILADELPHIA – No. 16 Penn begins a three-game road swing with a short trip to Saint Joseph’s on Tuesday, looking to improve upon a 3-1 record and continue a recent stretch of dominant defensive play.

The Quakers are coming off an 8-3 defeat of Brown to open Ivy League play on Saturday. That win was one of two victories for the Red and Blue last week, the other a 15-8 defeat of Rutgers in a game where Penn’s starters got off to an 11-1 start.

Notes to Know …

The Quakers and Hawks have met just twice all-time. The Quakers have had the better of the two meetings for a 2-0 record in the all-time series.

Both previous meetings have taken place at Franklin Field, making Tuesday’s game the first to be held at Sweeney Field.

Penn has outscored Saint Joseph’s, 27-1, in the two meetings. Last year, the Quakers cruised to a 13-1 win to follow up a 14-0 shutout in 2010.

Eight different players had a goal in last year’s win for Penn, led by Tory Bensen who had three. A trio of Quakers – Nina Corcoran, Lely DeSimone, and McKenzie Hunt – each had two goals.

The Quakers pushed the issue on defense last year, causing 19 of Saint Joseph’s 23 turnovers.

Scouting Saint Joseph’s …
The Hawks are 1-3 this season, and have a penchant for playing tight games. All four games for the Hawks have been decided by three goals or less, including a 13-10 win over Monmouth on Feb. 24. On Saturday, Saint Joseph’s was edged by Wagner, 11-9. Nora McCallion, younger sister of former Penn captain Kelly McCallion ’13, leads the Hawks in scoring with 13 goals and four assists for 17 points. She had seven goals in a single game this season, doing so against American. Junior Sarah Smith is second on the team with 10 goals. Maggie Egan has 10 assists to lead the Hawks, and has also added 19 draw controls. In goal, Genevieve Giblin has played every minute with a 12.75 GAA and a .301 save percentage.

Corcoran Ascending Assist Charts …
Nina Corcoran is one of the nation’s leading playmakers, ranking fifth among active players with 79 assists and sixth in assists-per-game with 1.41.

Britt Brown Backstopping Defense …
Goalkeeper Britt Brown is second among Ivy League goalkeepers with a 6.40 GAA – despite having played 35 more minutes than the top-ranked goalie. Her .531 save percentage is third among Ivy keepers.

Williamson Among League Leaders in Goals …
Senior Iris Williamson has scored 10 goals this season, tied for third among Ivy Leaguers.

Corcoran Claims Second Ivy Weekly Award …
Nina Corcoran’s 10-point week secured her second Ivy League weekly award of the season as she was named Co-Offensive Player of the Week. The selection was the third of her career.

Penn Blasts Brown, 8-3 …
The Red and Blue opened Ivy League play on March 5 with an 8-3 defeat of Brown at Franklin Field. Britt Brown made six saves in the win as the defense limited Brown to just 12 shots on goal. The win extended Penn’s winning streak over Brown to 10 games.

Quakers Run Past Rutgers, 15-8 …
The offense was clicking and the defense was stifling for Penn in a convincing win over Rutgers at Franklin Field. By the time the starters were subbed off, it was 11-1 for the Red and Blue. Nina Corcoran had a career night, tallying a career-high six assists and eight points.

Quakers Look to Rebound After Loss at #10 Duke …
Penn’s first road trip of the season saw the Quakers nearly miss on a comeback attempt at Duke. The Quakers closed to within one, 7-6, with 21 minutes to play, but could not find the equalizer. The Blue Devils got the next one to regain the two goal lead with 10:55 to play, and Penn decided to press the issue with the goalkeeper joining the defensive push. Duke took advantage with four more goals for the final 12-6 score. Iris Williamson had four goals in the game, while Brooke Kiley had two caused turnovers and three draw controls. Britt Brown made nine saves in goal, adding two ground balls.

Penn Downs Delaware, 12-10, in Season Opener …
The Quakers got off to a hot start to the 2016 season with the game’s first three goals in an eventual 12-10 win over Delaware at Franklin Field on February 20. Nina Corcoran scored twice and added four assists for her 12th career game with five or more points. In her first game with the Quakers, Britt Brown made nine saves in goal for her first collegiate win. Defender Liz Gully made the most of her first career start with three caused turnovers and two ground balls.

Corcoran Named Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week …
For her six-point effort in the opener, Nina Corcoran was named Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week. Honored as such for the second time in her career, Corcoran leads the Ivy League in assists after one week of play.

Tewaaraton Award Watch List Includes Nina Corcoran …
On February 23, the Tewaaraton Award Watch List was announced, and Nina Corcoran was one of the 50 women’s players announced as potential candidates for college lacrosse’s top honor.

Nina Corcoran and Lely DeSimone Named Preseason All-American …
Before the season, co-captains Nina Corcoran and Lely DeSimone were named Preseason All-American by Inside Lacrosse. Corcoran, a second-team All-Region selection in 2015, was named second-team All-American. DeSimone, also a second-team All-Region selection last season, was selected as honorable mention preseason All-American.

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