No. 7 Penn vs. Wagner
PHILADELPHIA - May Madness will officially get underway for the University of Pennsylvania women’s lacrosse team on Friday as the No. 7 seed Quakers take on Wagner College in the First Round of the 2016 NCAA Division I Women’s Lacrosse Tournament.
Tournament Time …
Penn begins its 12th NCAA Championship appearance as the No. 7 seed after a 13-4 regular season which resulted in an Ivy League regular season championship and a berth in the Ivy League Tournament title game. The 12 national tournament appearances are 14th-most among all Division I programs.
Notes to Know …
• Penn is 11-11 all-time in NCAA Championship games
• Penn’s 11 wins are tied for 12th-most all-time (Dartmouth)
• The Quakers are 3-2 all-time at Johnny Unitas Stadium, including a 1-2 record in NCAA Championship games
• The Quakers have never met Wagner in women’s lacrosse. In fact, this will be Penn’s first-ever game against a NEC program.
Quakers Earn 10th Consecutive NCAA Bid …
Penn has now qualified for the last 10 NCAA Tournaments, reaching the Final Four in 2007, 2008, 2009 with a title game appearance in 2008. Penn’s at-large selection extends the nation’s sixth-longest streak of national tournament trips. The only teams with longer active streaks of NCAA appearances are Maryland (26), Virginia (21), Duke (19), Northwestern (13) and North Carolina (12).
Penn’s Regular Season Rewarded With No. 7 Seed …
Penn is seeded for the fifth time in the NCAA Championship, and the No. 7 seed is Penn’s first since entering the 2010 tournament as the No. 8 seed. Penn’s previous seeded entries to the national tournament include No. 8 (2010), No. 4 (2009), No. 2 (2008), and No. 4 (2007). The Quakers are 8-4 all-time in the NCAA Tournament as a seeded team.
Quakers Win 13 Games in Back-to-Back Seasons for 5th Time …
Penn’s 13 wins this season are tied for sixth most in a season by a Quakers club, and give the Red and Blue 13 wins in back-to-back seasons for just the fifth time in program history. A win on Friday will give Penn 14 wins in back-to-back seasons for just the fourth 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.
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 11 or fewer turnovers, the Quakers are 8-2 with wins in their last eight 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 10 wins in NCAA Tournament games are tied for ninth-most by an active coach. Overall, her .526 winning% is 18th all-time in the NCAA Tournament and ninth 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 five career NCAA Tournament appearances, she has recorded 13 assists - tied for 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 and are tied for No. 2 in the first and second rounds. Corcoran averages 2.6 assists-per-game which is No. 2 all-time among players who have appeared in at least five NCAA games. Her eight assists during the 2015 tournament are tied for No. 10 all-time.