PHILADELPHIA – With opening day of the 2016 women’s lacrosse season approaching, a pair of senior stalwarts have been named captain for the University of Pennsylvania. Attacker Nina Corcoran and midfielder Lely DeSimone have been chosen as co-captains for a Quakers team which is looking to reach a 10th consecutive NCAA Tournament.
“Nina and Lely have quietly been gaining tremendous amounts of experience during their careers,” head coach Karin Corbett said. “Now, they have an opportunity to lead. They are a humble duo, poised to not only carry on the great tradition we have instilled at Penn, but build on it. They thrive in the big-game situations, and I am looking forward to watching our group feed off their confidence and play-making abilities.”
Nina Corcoran is coming off a record-breaking season in 2015 as an attacker for the Quakers. She dished out 40 assists for the Red and Blue, which was a new Penn single-season record and the tops in the Ivy League. Twice named second-team All-Region, Corcoran was second-team All-Ivy in 2015 after a first-team All-Ivy season in 2014. Corcoran enters 2016 fourth all-time in career assists (69) and 13th in points (119) among Penn players.
Lely DeSimone will be returning to the midfield this year for the Red and Blue. A two-way standout, she earned second-team All-Region in 2015 and has been an All-Ivy selection each of the last two seasons. DeSimone has been dangerous on both sides of the ball for the Quakers during her career. She has been second on the team in goals each of the past two campaigns, including a 30-goal effort last season. Six of her 30 goals last year were game-winning scores, including an overtime goal in the NCAA Tournament against Albany. She also poses as a threat defensively, causing 14 turnovers and 19 ground balls last year for the Quakers.
The Quakers, ranked No. 14 in the IWLCA Coaches Poll, open their 2016 season on February 20 against Delaware at Franklin Field. First draw with the Blue Hens is scheduled for 12 p.m.