PHILADELPHIA – For the first time since 2010, the University of Pennsylvania will play in the NCAA Quarterfinals when the No. 7 Quakers take on unseeded Penn State in Happy Valley on Saturday. First draw with the Nittany Lions is set for 12 p.m. at the Penn State Lacrosse Field.
The Quakers advanced to the quarterfinals with a pair of convincing wins last weekend. Penn first dispatched Wagner, 17-7, before cruising past host Towson, 12-4.
The Nittany Lions also won two games last weekend to reach the quarterfinals. Penn State opened its NCAA Tournament with a 16-6 win over Winthrop, and followed with a 14-13 win over No. 2 Florida in overtime to reach the quarterfinals for the fourth time in the past five seasons.
Notes to Know …
• Penn is 13-11 all-time in NCAA Championship games
• Penn’s 13 wins are tied with Temple for 11th all-time.
• The Quakers and Nittany Lions have met one time previously in the NCAA Tournament -- a 12-2 win for Penn State in the 1983 NCAA Second Round.
• The Quakers are 6-9 all-time against Penn State, the two teams have not met since 2009.
• Nina Corcoran’s 19 career assists in NCAA Tournament games are tied for 6th most all-time.
• For her career, Nina Corcoran is averaging 2.71 assists-per-game in the NCAA Tournament -- second-best all-time.
Corcoran Named Ivy League Attacker of the Year
For the second year in a row, Penn has been deemed to possess the Ivy League’s top attacker as Nina Corcoran was selected unanimous Ivy League Attacker of the Year. She joins Tory Bensen as the only Quakers to earn the honor. Corcoran leads the nation in assists with 48, and her 69 points are tops in the Ivy League.
Karin Corbett Named Ivy League Coach of the Year
The winningest coach in Penn Women’s Lacrosse History, Karin Corbett was named 2016 Ivy League Coach of the Year for the first time after guiding the Red and Blue to their ninth Ivy League championship in the past 10 years. The 2007 IWLCA and Inside Lacrosse National Coach of the Year, Corbett won her 200th career game as a head coach on April 30 at Cornell – 187 of those wins have come as head coach of the Quakers.
Penn Lands Six on All-Ivy Team
The Quakers placed six players on the All-Ivy team for the second straight year, led by first-team All-Ivy selections Nina Corcoran, Alex Condon and Iris Williamson. Combined, that trio accounted for 140 of Penn’s 340 points this season – or 41%. Also named All-Ivy were second-team selections Lely DeSimone and Megan Kelly who were joined by honorable mention goalkeeper Britt Brown.
Corcoran, Condon Named All-American
Penn had a pair of players named IWLCA All-American in Nina Corcoran and Alex Condon. Both first-time All-Americans, Corcoran was named to the second team while Condon was a third team selection.
Four Quakers Named All-Region
Just before the start of the 2016 NCAA Tournament, four Penn players were named All-Region by the IWLCA. Nina Corcoran and Alex Condon were selected as first-team All-Mid-Atlantic, while Megan Kelly and Iris Williamson earned second-team All-Mid-Atlantic honors.
Red and Blue Set Ivy Record for Weekly Awards
Through 11 weeks of Player of the Week Awards, Penn earned eight Offensive Player of the Week honors – a new Ivy record. Nina Corcoran accounted for six of those awards – also a single-season record – while Alex Condon garnered two.
Penn Claims 11th Ivy League Championship
With a 10-6 win at Cornell on April 30, Penn staked claim to its ninth Ivy title in the last 10 years – and its 11th overall. Women’s Lacrosse now has the most Ivy titles of any women’s program at Penn, surpassing the women’s fencing team which has 10.
Quakers Knock Off Four Top-20 Teams
Again taking on a challenging schedule, Penn played six Top-20 opponents this season, posting a 4-2 record in those games. Three of those wins – No. 11 Princeton (12-7), No. 17 Towson (7-4) and No. 18 Cornell (10-6) were on the road, while the fourth was a 14-13 win over No. 8 Northwestern in overtime.
Quakers Rank No. 9 in RPI
The latest NCAA RPI slots Penn in at No. 9 – second-highest among Ivy League teams. Of the eight teams ahead of the Quakers, Penn has played three of them. Penn has played six games against the RPI Top-20 and seven against the RPI Top-25. Penn is 5-2 against the RPI Top-25 this season.
Keeping It Clean
Penn is one of the stingiest teams in the country when it comes to coughing up the ball, ranking No. 3 in the nation with 10.59 turnovers per game. In ten games where Penn committed 12 or fewer turnovers, the Quakers are 10-2 with wins in their last ten after turning the ball over 11 times at Duke in the second game of the season.
Quakers Can Handle OT in NCAAs
Last year’s 11-10 win over Albany was Penn’s third overtime win in a NCAA Tournament game, tied for fourth-most all-time by any team. Overall, Penn is 3-2 in OT during NCAAs -- tied for fifth-most OT games in tournament history.
Corbett Looks to Keep Climbing
Karin Corbett’s 12 wins in NCAA Tournament games are ninth-most all-time. Overall, her .526 winning% is 13th all-time in the NCAA Tournament and eighth among coaches who have appeared in 19 or more games.
Nina Knows Assists
Nina Corcoran’s assist prowess has not been limited to just regular season games. In seven career NCAA Tournament appearances, she has recorded 19 assists - most by a Penn player. Her five assists last year against Syracuse in the second round are tied for No. 6 all-time in a game during the national tournament. Her eight assists during the 2015 tournament are tied for No. 10 all-time.
Getting to Know the Nittany Lions
Penn State is 13-6 this season … The Quakers and Nittany Lions share five common opponents –Cornell, Maryland, Northwestern, Princeton and Rutgers – from the 2016 season … Penn State went 3-3 against those teams, the Quakers were 4-2 … The Nittany Lions split with Northwestern, and lost to Maryland and Cornell … Madison Carter has scored 45 goals this season, earning Big Ten Freshman of the Year honors … Madison Cyr, a Tewaaraton Award nominee, leads the Nittany Lions in goals (55), points (76), caused turnovers (37) and ground balls (33) … Four Nittany Lions have scored 32 or more goals, three have 45+.
Download: Penn Womens Lacrosse NCAA Notes.pdf