PHILADELPHIA – It was leadership by example for the University of Pennsylvania women’s lacrosse team over the weekend, as its co-captains – Nina Corcoran and Lely DeSimone – paced the Quakers to a 7-4 win at No. 17 Towson.
For their efforts in assisting the No. 16 Quakers to a fifth consecutive win and a 6-1 record, the duo were justly honored by the Ivy League as Corcoran was named Co-Offensive Player of the Week and DeSimone was tabbed Defensive Player of the Week.
For Corcoran, the award is her third consecutive selection as Offensive Player of the Week and fourth overall this season. She is the first Ivy League to earn three consecutive Offensive Player of the Week awards since Dartmouth's Jacque Weitzel did so in 1998.
The Ivy League’s leader in points (31) and assists (21), Corcoran ranks sixth among all Division I players in assists and her 3.0 assists-per-game ranks No. 3 in the country.
This past week, she was a catalyst for Penn’s offense in a come-from-behind win over Towson. Facing a 4-0 deficit with just over one minute to play in the first half, the Quakers rebounded for a 7-4 win. Corcoran had four points in the game – all in the second half as she scored Penn’s final goal and assisted on three others.
Over her last three games, Corcoran has scored three goals and added 11 assists while causing five turnovers.
Lely DeSimone helped the defense clamp down over the final 31:00 of game play, causing one turnover and picking up three ground balls as Towson managed just two shots – and zero goals after taking the 4-0 lead.
This is the first Ivy League weekly award of DeSimone’s career, a well-earned recognition for one of Penn’s best two-way players. She has 10 goals this season – tied for second on the team – and is tied for the team lead in ground balls with 11.
The Quakers, who went 3-0 over a three-game road swing, return to Franklin Field on Wednesday to host No. 1 Maryland at 7 p.m.