PHILADELPHIA -The University of Pennsylvania women's lacrosse team improved to 6-0 last week with a pair of wins over Saint Joseph's and Georgetown. The last remaining unbeaten team in the Ivy League, the Quakers were recognized with a pair of Ivy League Player of the Week awards.
Tory Besnen repeated as Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week this week, sharing the honors with Cornell's Emily Tripodi. Defender Meg Markham joined them on the weekly award list, earning Ivy League Defender of the Week.
The Quakers gave up nine goals over their two games last week, including just one goal allowed in a 13-1 victory over Saint Joseph's. Meg Markham was a big part of that defensive effort, totaling eight caused turnovers, six draw controls and five ground balls. Her 3.0 caused turnovers-per-game are second in the country and lead the Ivy League.
Tory Bensen scored eight goals last week, the second week in a row that she scored eight times for the Red and Blue. She leads the Ivy League and ranks 14th in the country with 24 goals this season. Her 4.0 goals-per-game ranks first in the Ivy League and is third overall in Division I.
Penn has now had at least one weekly award winner in each of the first four weeks of the season.Penn has received the Offensive Player of the Week award three straight weeks, the first team to accomplish the feat since Cornellfrom March 4-18, 2013. It marksthe first time Penn earned three-straightOffensive Player of the Week honors since April 13-27, 2009, when they went toBeccaEdwards, Erin Brennan and Emma Spiro.
This marks the first timePenn swept the two awards since April 15, 2013, when Caroline Bunting sharedOffensive Player of the Week andMarkham was named Defensive Player of theWeek.
The Quakers will travel to No. 1 Maryland on Wednesday night. First draw with the Terps is schedueld for 7 p.m. and the game can be seen on the Big Ten Network.
Penn Weekly Award Winner for2015
February 23 --Megan Kelly, Defensive Player of the Week
March 2 --Nina Corcoran, Offensive Player of the Week
March 9 -- Tory Bensen, Offensive Player of the Week
March 16 -- Tory Bensen, Co-Offensive Player of the Week
March 16 -- Meg Markham, Defensive Player of the Week