PHILADELPHIA – On Senior Day for the University of Pennsylvania, one of the greatest players to ever don a Penn uniform put on a show as Nina Corcoran tied her career high with eight points in a 15-9 win over Columbia.
Corcoran scored a career-high four goals as No. 16 Penn improved to 8-3 overall and 2-1 inside the Ivy League. Her four assists in the game extended her streak of four-assist games to three and marked the sixth time in 11 games this season that she has recorded at least four assists.
How impressive is the season Nina Corcoran is putting together?Corcoran’s 53 points through 11 games this season already rank 11th all-time in a single season by a Quaker.
Her 35 assists to this point in 2016 are second-most all-time in a single season by a Quaker – trailing only the 40 Corcoran dished out in 2015.
Her 104 assists are second all-time in a career by a Quaker – five away from setting a new Penn record.
Her 172 points are fourth-most in a career by a Quaker. The 163 points she has scored over the past three seasons are more than all but five players to ever put on a Penn jersey.
Before the win, the nine members of Penn’s Class of 2016 – Corcoran, Lely DeSimone, Catherine Dickinson, Liz Gully, McKenzie Hunt, Brooke Kiley, Marisa Noto, Courtney Rushford, and Iris Williamson – were honored for their contributions to the program over the past four years. Each then got the starting nod in the game – a special moment for the players and their families.
The special moments would continue as the Class of 2016 accounted for eight of Penn’s 15 goals in the game and Rushford would go on to earn her second consecutive win in goal.
The Red and Blue scored five of the game’s first six goals to build a 5-1 lead 10:03 into the contest. Four of the five goals were unassisted as the Red and Blue worked individual dodges to goal to generate early offense. Only Alex Condon’s goal to give Penn a 5-1 lead – her first of a career-high four in the game – came off an assist, naturally the helper was Corcoran’s.
Each time Columbia seemed to have a rally in mind, Penn had an answer. Outside of leads of 2-1 and 5-3, Penn was never really in danger. Each of the six final times Columbia would score, Penn would answer right back as to not allow any semblance of a run to develop.
Corcoran would finish the game with four goals, four assists, four ground ball, three caused turnovers, and a draw control. Condon had four goals, four ground balls, and three caused turnovers of her own. Iris Williamson Finished with four points on three goals and an assist, while adding two caused turnovers and two ground balls. Sarah Barcia had two goals while Catherine Dickinson and Caroline Cummings each had one.
Penn had a 15-11 edge on the draw, led by a career-high four draw controls from Katy Junior. Brooke Kiley added three draws, while Katie Cromie and Megan Kelly each had two. Overall, eight different players had at least one draw control for the Quakers.
Penn closes outs its home slate for the regular season on April 16 against Harvard at noon as part of Alumni Weekend.