#16 Women's Lax Hosts #8 Northwestern on Sunday

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PHILADELPHIA – One last non-conference game awaits the University of Pennsylvania women’s lacrosse team for the 2016 regular season, and it is a big one – a noon draw with No. 8 Northwestern on Sunday at Franklin Field.

The No. 16 Quakers will be playing their second Top-20 opponent in three games, welcoming the Wildcats in a game which will be broadcast on ESPN3 and the WatchESPN App in addition to its regularly-scheduled appearance on the Ivy League Digital Network.

Sunday is “Youth Day” for Penn women’s lacrosse as all young lacrosse players are invited to visit the “Poster Station” before the game to cheer on their favorite Quaker and then head down to the Franklin Field turf for an autograph session with the Quakers after the game.

Penn (6-3) is looking to end a two-game losing skid, while the Wildcats (4-5) are coming in off a 17-4 loss at No. 1 Maryland on Thursday night.

Notes to Know …

Penn and Northwestern are meeting for the 15th time in women’s lacrosse.

The Quakers have just one win in the all-time series, an 11-7 win in 2008 at Franklin Field.

Last year’s meeting required overtime in a 9-8 win for Northwestern at Lakeside Field.

The Quakers outscored the Wildcats, 5-2, in the second half of that game to force overtime. Tory Bensen had three goals, and Penn had a 13-8 edge on the draw. The Wildcats won it on a goal with 0:13 left in overtime.

Northwestern Nuggets …
The Wildcats are 4-5 this season after a 17-4 loss at Maryland on Thursday … All five losses have come to ranked opponents – No. 1 Maryland, No. 2 Syracuse, No. 4 North Carolina, No. 10 Virginia, and No. 12 Louisville … The Wildcats also have wins over No. 4 Duke and No. 10 Stony Brook … Sunday’s game is Northwestern’s sixth away from Evanston this season – each has come against a ranked opponent … Northwestern has been playing it even for most of 2016 – they score 9.75 goals-per-game and allow an average of 9.50 goals-per-game … Freshman Mallory Weisse lead the Big Ten in saves (61) and saves-per-game (7.53) … Sophomore Selena Lasota has 15 goals and 1 assist while battling through faceguards most of the season after a 69-goal, 78-point freshman season in 2015 … Kaliegh Craig has the overall team lead with 18 goals and 23 points – she is one goal away from her 100th career goal … Shelby Fredericks has 46 draw controls, ranking No. 10 in the country with 5.25 draws-per-game.

Corcoran Ascending Assist Charts …
Nina Corcoran is one of the nation’s leading playmakers, ranking fifth among active players with 96 assists and seventh in assists-per-game with 1.55. Corcoran’s 27 assists this season are No. 1 in the Ivy League and third in the county. Her 3.0 assists-per-game in 2016 are also No. 1 in the Ivy League and rank No. 2 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. 23 in the country with 40 points through nine games. Her 4.44 points-per-game are first in the Ivy League and 12th 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 96 helpers entering this weekend – second-most all-time and 12 away from tying the all-time record of 108 set by Sherry Marcantonio ’83. Corcoran’s 159 career points are sixth-most all-time by a Quaker. She is five away from taking over fifth place.

Britt Brown Backstopping Defense …
Goalkeeper Britt Brown is second among Ivy League goalkeepers with a 7.43 GAA. Her .508 save percentage is third among Ivy keepers. Among goalkeepers nationally, she ranks No. 15 in GAA and No. 13 in save percentage.

Williamson Joins 100-Point Club …
With an assist at Dartmouth on March 27, Iris Williamson became the 23rd player in Penn program history to reach the 100 point mark for her career. Of those 23 players, 14 have reached that mark under head coach Karin Corbett.

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 10.78 per outing.

Quakers Downed at Dartmouth, 10-9 …
The Quakers fell silent on attack in the middle stages of their game at Dartmouth, falling behind, 10-6, with 15 minutes to play. The Red and Blue would mount a rally, but were ultimately one goal short in a 10-9 loss in Hanover. Nina Corcoran had three goals and four assists for seven points in the game, while Emily Rogers-Healion had two goals.

Late Rally Note Enough in 12-8 Loss to #1 Maryland …
The Quakers spotted the defending champions a 12-2 lead on March 23, but put together a 6-0 run over the game’s final 15:00 to close within four. Despite the 12 goals allowed, Britt Brown was a big part of Penn staying in range with 13 saves. Alex Condon had a hat trick for the second game in a row, adding four caused turnovers.

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.

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