PHILADELPHIA - With the start of women's lacrosse practice less than a week away for the five-time defending Ivy League champion Penn Quakers, the team will count on its two seniors to provide leadership as the team has announced that two-time All-American Erin Brennan and All-Region goalkeeper Emily Leitner will serve as captains this season.
"Erin and Emily are two tremendous leaders," head coach Karin Brower Corbett said. "They have exceptional work ethics and raise the intensity and excitement to every drill. They are both coming off of strong seasons and I am excited to see them as seniors this year. Their passion and love for Penn Lacrosse show in everything we do and we couldn't have asked for two more capable people to lead us in 2012."
Brennan and Leitner are no strangers to success as member of the Red and Blue. Over their first three seasons, they have won a combined 42 games to just 13 losses. They have won an Ivy title in all three of those seasons, and were a part of the inaugural Ivy League Tournament champions in 2010. The Ancient Eight crowns have propelled Penn to the postseason in each of their first three campaigns, and in 2009 both were part of Penn's Final Four team.
Brennan began her Penn career with an Ivy League Rookie of the Year season in 2009 where she scored 45 points. She has been an All-Ivy performer in each of her three seasons as a Quakers, with a second-team nod in 2009 leading to first-team selections the last two seasons. In both 2010 and 2011, Brennan was a first-team All-Region choice by the IWLCA and she has been a second-team (2011) and third-team (2010) All-American. Last season, Brennan served as one of Penn's tri-captains and was an offensive leader for the Quakers as she paced the club in goals (34), assists (18) and points (52). She enters this season ranked fourth all-time on Penn's scoring list with 153 points.
Leitner took control of the starting spot in the cage for the Quakers last season and played her way to second-team All-Region and second-team All-Ivy honors. She started all 17 games for the Red and Blue, totaling over 1,000 minutes between the pipes. Leitner was difficult to beat, posting an 8.38 goals-against average which ranked first in the Ivy League and was seventh in the nation. Leitner will become the second member of her family to serve as captain of a Penn lacrosse team as her father, Chuck, was captain of the men's lacrosse team in 1981.
The Quakers open their 2012 season on Feb. 25 with a short trip up West Philadelphia to Drexel at 3 p.m.