#16 Women's Lacrosse Home Twice This Week

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PHILADELPHIA – No. 16 Penn returns to Franklin Field this week for a pair of games, hosting Rutgers at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday before taking on Brown (3 p.m.) on Saturday in the first Ivy League game of 2016.

Setting The Scene …
The Quakers and Scarlet Knights are meeting for the 18th time on Wednesday. The Quakers are 7-10 against Rutgers all-time, but have won five of the last six meetings. At Franklin Field, the Red and Blue are 4-3 against Rutgers, and have won the past two meetings.

Penn is 28-9 against Brown all-time with wins in the last 12 meetings. At Franklin Field, the Quakers have been dominant with a 15-3 record all-time and seven straight wins.

Notes to Know …

The Quakers have not lost back-to-back games in the same season since a three-game losing streak to open the 2013 season. Since that skid, Penn is 9-0 in the regular season in games immediately following a loss.

The Red and Blue have won their last three home games dating back to last season.

Last year, Penn was 4-0 in home non-conference games. Adding in Penn’s win over Delaware to start the season, the Quakers have won their last five home non-conference contests.

Since 2007, when Penn began its run of Ivy League success, the Quakers are 9-0 against Brown and have outscored the Bears, 115 to 49.

Researching Rutgers …
The Scarlet Knights enter Wednesday’s game with a 1-3 record and losses in three consecutive games. Most recently, Rutgers was downed by Delaware, 13-9. Junior Kristina Dunphey leads the Scarlet Knights with 10 goals and 12 points, while senior Halley Barnes is second with nine goals and 11 points. Dunphey has done it all for the Scarlet Knights, also leading the team in caused turnovers (four), ground balls (six) and draw controls (eight) from the midfield. In goal, Bianca Dente has played in all four games with a GAA of 13.91 and a .390 save percentage.

Bracing for Brown …
The Bears are 2-1 on the young season, with wins over Iona (12-11) and Central Connecticut (8-2) before a 5-3 loss to Denver over the weekend. The Bears have not ventured from home this season, with Saturday’s game against the Quakers the first road tilt of the year. Senior Lauren Toy leads Brown in points with 11, scoring seven goals and adding four assists. Kerianne Hunt and Rose Mangiarotti are second on the team with four goals each. Defensively, Marissa Hudgins and Ali Kim each have six caused turnovers, while Hudgins has been active on the floor with 10 ground balls. Hunt has been the main draw control recipient for Brown, winning seven so far this season.

Britt Brown Among Nation’s Top Goalkeepers …
In her first two games with the Quakers, junior goalkeeper Britt Brown has made nine saves in each contest. Her 9.00 saves-per-game rank 16th among Division I keepers and is second among Ivy goalies.

Corcoran Leads Ivy League in Assists-Per-Game …
Nina Corcoran has four assists through two games, and her 2.00 apg leads the Ivy League. That number is also 16th among all Division I players.

Katy Junior is Causing Trouble …
Through just two games as a collegiate player, freshman Katy Junior has adapted herself quite well on defense. The rookie has four caused turnovers through those two games, ranking second in the Ivy League and 25th across the country in CTs-per-game.

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.

Quakers Return Two All-Ivy Players From 2015 …
In addition to being preseason All-Americans, Corcoran and DeSimone are Penn’s two returning All-Ivy selections from last season. Both were second-team All-Ivy last season, the second career All-Ivy selection for each.

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