PHILADELPHIA – The Ivy League’s leader in points and assists was back at it again over the weekend as Nina Corcoran tied her career high with eight assists in a 15-9 win for Penn over Columbia. Her work in taming the Lions was recognized by the Ivy League as Corcoran earned Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week honors for a record-setting fifth time this season.
Corcoran was an equal opportunity attacker against the Lions, scoring a career-high four goals while dishing out four assists. Her four helpers in the game mark the sixth time this season – and third game in a row - that she has recorded at least four assists in a game.
In addition, Corcoran impacted the game in the midfield with three caused turnovers and four ground balls to go with one draw control.
Through 11 games, Corcoran leads the Ivy League with 35 assists and 53 points. She leads the nation in assists-per-game with 3.18 and her 35 assists are third overall.
Corcoran can be considered the nation’s best playmaker at the moment. She has assisted on 35 of Penn’s 121 goals this season – picking up the assist on 29% of Penn’s goals. That assist percentage is the highest of any player in the country. Overall, her 53 points on Penn’s 121 goals give her a scoring percentage of 53% which is fourth-best among all Division I players.
She already ranks second all-time in assists by a Penn player in a single season, just five behind her own record of 40 set last season. She is also closing in on Penn’s career assists record, entering this week with 104 assists – four away from tying Penn’s all-time mark.
This week’s Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week honor is the fifth of the season for Corcoran – the first time any Ivy Leaguer has won a weekly award five times in a single season. Overall, it is the sixth weekly award of Corcoran’s career – making her the first Quaker and fifth Ivy League to do so.
The Quakers are home one final time for the 2016 regular season on April 16, hosting Harvard at noon at Franklin Field as part of a doubleheader with the men’s team. The game will be streamed live on ESPN3 and the Ivy League Digital Network.