#16 Women's Lacrosse Hosts #1 Maryland Wednesday

PHILADELPHIA – No. 16 Penn will take on its toughest test of 2016 on Wednesday night, hosting No. 1 Maryland at Franklin Field at 7 p.m.

The Quakers enter the contest against the defending national champions on a five-game winning streak after a 7-4 win at No. 17 Towson over the weekend. The Terrapins are 6-0 this season, and have won 10 games in a row dating back to the start of the 2015 NCAA Tournament.

Notes to Know …

Wednesday’s meeting will be the 24th all-time between Penn and Maryland in women’s lacrosse. The Quakers have just two wins in the all-time series, the most recent one coming in 2007 during the NCAA Tournament.

Since that win in the NCAAs, Maryland has claimed the last eight meetings between the two teams – including three at Franklin Field and six during the regular season.

Last year, Penn hung in with the Terps in College Park in a 12-7 loss. The game was tied, 2-2, midway through the first half, but a 5-0 Terrapins run – which ultimately became a 10-2 stretch in favor of Maryland – was the difference in the game. Nina Corcoran had two goals in the game, while Catherine Dickinson and Iris Williamson each had one.

Maryland Musings …
Maryland is on an 11-game road winning streak, the longest in the nation … The Terps have outscored their opponents by 8.8 goals-per-game this season, which ranks No. 3 nationally … Maryland’s 15.5 goals-per-game also ranks No. 3 in the country … The Terps are also stout on defense, holding opponents to 6.67 goals-per-game which is good for No. 6 in the country … Taylor Cummings, two-time Tewaaraton Award winner, is up to her old tricks with a team-high 19 points on 14 goals and five assists … She also has a team-high 24 draw controls and 15 caused turnovers … Megan Whittle leads the Terps in goals with 18 … 13 different Terrapins have scored at least one goal this season … Megan Taylor has started five games in goal, posting a 5.70 GAA which ranks No. 2 among Division I keepers.

Corcoran Ascending Assist Charts …
Nina Corcoran is one of the nation’s leading playmakers, ranking fifth among active players with 90 assists and sixth in assists-per-game with 150. Corcoran’s 21 assists this season are No. 1 in the Ivy League and sixth in the county. Her 3.0 assists-per-game in 2016 are also No. 1 in the Ivy League and rank No. 3 among all Division I players.

Nina’s Numbers are No. 1 …
In terms of points, Nina Corcoran is No. 1 in the Ivy League and No. 31 in the country with 31 points through seven games. Her 4.43 points-per-game are second in the Ivy League and 15th in the country.

Corcoran Closing in on All-Time Record …
One of the most prolific playmakers in Penn history, Nina Corcoran is closing in on the program’s all-time assists record. She has 90 helpers entering this weekend – second-most all-time (Erin Brennan ’12) and 18 away from tying the all-time record of 108 set by Sherry Marcantonio ’83. Corcoran’s 150 career points are seventh-most all-time by a Quaker. She is seven away from taking over fifth place.

Britt Brown Backstopping Defense …
Goalkeeper Britt Brown is first among Ivy League goalkeepers with a 6.22 GAA. Her .512 save percentage is third among Ivy keepers. Among goalkeepers nationally, she ranks No. 5 in GAA and No. 12 in save percentage.

Williamson Among League Leaders in Goals …
Senior Iris Williamson has scored 16 goals this season, fifth among Ivy Leaguers.

The Williamson Watch …
With her 82 career goals and 15 career assists, Iris Williamson is sitting on 97 career points – three away from becoming the 23rd Quaker to reach 100 career points. Her 82 goals are already among the program’s all-time records – ranking tied for No. 13.

Penn Prides Itself on Possession …
The Quakers have not been kind to opponents this season, refusing to give up possession without a fight. Penn is No. 3 in the county and tops in the Ivy League in turnovers-per-game, committing just 10.29 per outing.

Corcoran Triples Up on Ivy Awards …
For the third consecutive week – and fourth time this season – Nina Corcoran was named Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week after a four-point day in the win at No. 17 Towson. Corcoran is the first Ivy Leaguer to win three consecutive Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week awards since Jacque Weitzel in 1998 for Dartmouth.

DeSimone Dominates Defensively …
Corcoran’s fellow co-captain, Lely DeSimone, was named Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week following her effort against Towson. DeSimone had three ground balls, a caused turnover and a draw control against the Tigers, helping Penn keep the Tigers off the score board for the final 34:12 of the game.

Quakers Trip Up #17 Towson, 7-4
In Penn’s second Top-20 matchup of the season, the Quakers erased a 4-0 deficit with the game’s final seven goals in a 7-4 win in Baltimore. Penn held Towson off the scoreboard for the final 34:12 of the game. Alex Condon had two goals for the Quakers, while Corcoran had a goal and three assists.

Another Ivy Nod for Nina …
For the third time this season – and second consecutive week – Nina Corcoran was named Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week. For the second week in a row, she racked up 10 points in a pair of Penn wins. After going for seven points in a win at Saint Joseph’s via two goals and five assists, she had three helpers in a win at Georgetown.

Quakers Hound Hoyas …
Penn traveled to the nation’s capital last weekend and was clearly the party in power to the tune of a 15-8 win over Georgetown. Emily Rogers-Healion had four goals and an assist in the win, while Lely DeSimone had four caused turnovers and three ground balls.

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 Wins City Showdown at Saint Joseph’s, 12-6
An 8-0 run to open the game built a comfortable cushion for the Quakers in a Philly clash at Saint Joseph’s on March 8. Nina Corcoran had two goals and five assists to lead the Quakers, while Iris Williamson and Alex Condon each recorded hat tricks. Brooke Kiley was a force on the draw, winning six.

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.