PHILADELPHIA – Throughout the course of the 2016 women’s lacrosse season, Nina Corcoran has established herself as the country’s top playmaker. The Ivy League’s head coaches took notice, selecting her as a unanimous choice for Ivy League Attacker of the Year.
Corcoran is the first unanimous Attacker of the Year since the Ivy League started handing out the award in 2013, and gives Penn back-to-back Attacker of the Year nods (Tory Bensen) – the first Ivy program to do so.
Corcoran, also a unanimous first-team All-Ivy selection, leads six All-Ivy selections for the 2016 Ivy League champions. She is joined on the first team by fellow attacker Iris Williamson and midfielder Alex Condon. Midfielder Lely DeSimone and defender Megan Kelly were named second-team All-Ivy, while goalkeeper Britt Brown was named honorable mention All-Ivy.
The coach of the Quakers, Karin Corbett, was named Ivy League Coach of the Year after guiding the Red and Blue to their ninth Ivy League championship in the last 10 years.
The 2016 season for Nina Corcoran has been one for the record books. A Tewaaraton Award nominee, Corcoran’s 48 assists this season leads all of Division I and is a new school record for assists in a single season. Week to week, no one has had more dominance over the course of an Ivy League season than Corcoran – her six Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week awards during 2016 are a new Ivy record for one season. She has recorded three or more assists in 10 of Penn’s 15 games this season and notched four or more on eight occasions.
Corcoran’69 points this season are a new career high and rank No. 4 all-time in a single season by a Penn player. She is concluding one of the most prolific careers in Penn history, setting a new Penn career record for assists with 117 – breaking a record which had stood since 1983 – and ranking No. 4 all-time with 188 career points.
The first-team All-Ivy selection is the second of Corcoran’s career (2014) and marks her third All-Ivy selection to go with second-team All-Ivy honors last year.
Penn was the only Ivy team to have two attackers named first-team All-Ivy as Iris Williamson earned her first career All-Ivy nod during her senior season. Williamson set career highs in goals (29) and points (36) while tying her career best in assists (7) while proving to be one of the best 1v1 attackers in the Ivy League.
A two-way threat in the midfield, Alex Condon has capped a breakout sophomore season with first-team All-Ivy honors. After netting just two points during 2015, Condon has exploded with a team-high 33 goals in 2016. She ranks No. 4 in the Ivy League in goals, and her 33 markers in 2016 are tied for No. 14 in a single season by a Quaker. Twice named Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week, Condon has scored at least one goal in each of her last 11 games, and has eight hat tricks over that span – including one in each of the last six contests. At the defensive end of the field, Condon has caused a team-high 20 turnovers which is second in the Ivy League, also picking up 22 ground balls.
Lely DeSimone earned her third career All-Ivy selection with second-team All-Ivy honors in the midfield. Fifth on the team with 16 goals, DeSimone added 18 ground balls, eight caused turnovers and eight draw controls while playing a key role in Penn’s transition game. She earned one Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week award this season after helping Penn keep No. 17 Towson off the scoreboard for the final 31:00 of game play to complete a 7-4 comeback after trailing, 4-0.
Defender Megan Kelly took over a leadership role for a defensive unit which had graduated most of its starters from last season, and earned her first career All-Ivy nod with a second team selection. Second on the team with 18 caused turnovers, Kelly added 22 ground balls.
For the sixth consecutive season, Penn’s goalkeeper has earned All-Ivy honors as Britt Brown was named honorable mention All-Ivy in her first season with the Quakers. A junior, Brown transferred in to Penn before the 2016 season and posted a 7.29 GAA – second-best in the Ivy League – and .505 save percentage – also second-best in the Ivy League. Brown is also statistically one of the top keepers in the country, ranking No. 7 nationally in save percentage and No. 12 in GAA.
Penn has earned the right to host the 2016 Ivy League Tournament, and will begin play on May 6 against No. 4 seed Harvard at 7 p.m. A win advances the Quakers to the championship game on May 8 against the winner of the Princeton-Cornell semifinal, with first draw for the title tilt scheduled for 11 a.m.