PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania had four women’s lacrosse players invited to the 2015-16 U.S. National Team Tryout Camp as announced by US Lacrosse on Monday.
Nina Corcoran, Lely DeSimone, Lucy Ferguson and Meg Markham were selected by US Lacrosse to try out for the senior national team which will defend its gold medal at the 2017 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) Women’s World Cup in Guildford, England.
The tryout camp, to be held June 12-14 at Johns Hopkins University, will determine the 36-40 players selected for the 2015-16 U.S. Women’s National Team which will train in preparation for the 2017 World Cup. 18 players will be selected for the 2017 World Cup roster which will head across the Atlantic in search of a third consecutive – and eighth overall – World Cup championship.
108 players were invited to the camp. Penn’s four representatives are tied for seventh-most of any collegiate program and are the most of any Ivy League program. With Corcroan and DeSimone set to return to the Penn lineup in 2016, Penn’s two returnees among their contingent are tied for eighth-most of any collegiate program.
Meg Markham was selected to try out for the U.S. National Team last summer, and returns for her second go-round through the process next month. A two-time Ivy League Defender of the Year and a three-time first-team All-Region and All-Ivy selection, Markham was a first-team All-American in 2014.
One of the best goalkeepers in the nation over the past three years, Lucy Ferguson has been first-team All-Region the past two years, with three overall All-Region selections, and is a three-time first-team All-Ivy goalkeeper. Ferguson was invited to last year's selection camp, but was unable to attend due to injury. Her predecessor in goal, Emily Leitner, also was an invitee to the U.S. National Team camp during her career at Penn.
A two-time All-Region selection, Nina Corcoran will be making her first appearance at a U.S. National Team Camp. She led the Ivy League in assists this year with 40 – the third-most in a single season by an Ivy League player.
Lely DeSimone is coming off a breakout campaign where she was second on the Quakers with 30 goals while causing 14 turnovers and adding 19 ground balls defensively. A two-way midfielder, DeSimone earned her first career All-Region selection this year.