PHILADELPHIA – With finals looming for the University of Pennsylvania women’s lacrosse team, there is one place where the math is easy – the Ivy League standings.
A win on Saturday for the No. 14 Quakers at No. 18 Cornell gives Penn at least a share of its ninth Ivy League title in 10 years and ensures the Quakers will have home field in the 2016 Ivy League Tournament.
The Quakers and Big Red are part of a three-way logjam atop the Ivy League table, with Princeton completing the trio of teams at 5-1 in Ancient Eight play. The Tigers can snag a piece of the crown with a win on Saturday, but can only host the ILT if the Quakers are unsuccessful in Ithaca.
First draw is scheduled for 1 p.m. on April 30 in Ithaca, with the game broadcast live on the Ivy League Digital Network and ESPN3.
For the third consecutive week, Penn will line up the reigning Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week opposite the Ancient Eight’s most recent Defensive Player of the Week. Nina Corcoran was tabbed the best offensive player in the Ivies last week after going for 12 points over two games. That selection was an Ivy-record sixth of the season for Corcoran. This week, she will be up against Cornell keeper Renee Pouliott who made 20 saves over two games last week.
Notes to Know …Saturday is the 43nd meeting between the two teams all-time
Penn is 27-15 all-time against the Big Red. The Quakers have won the past 11 meetings dating back to 2007 – including two last season.
Penn and Cornell played in back-to-back games in 2015, each a one-goal win for the Quakers.
Five of the last 11 games between the two teams have been decided by one goal.
Record Watch …
As has been the case all season, Nina Corcoran is closing in on some all-time records. Already Penn’s leader in career and single-season assists, Corcoran is in range of the Ivy League marks in both categories. She has 47 assists this season – four away from setting a new Ivy League record. Her 116 assists over her career have her nine away from the Ivy League’s career record.
Nina’s Numbers are No. 1 …
Nina Corcoran leads the Ivy League – and Division I – in assists (47) and assists per game (3.36) … Her 67 points are also No. 1 in the Ivy League and No. 13 among all Division I players.
Nina Notes …Corcoran now has 186 career points, ranking No. 4 all-time at Penn Her 67 points this season are a career-high and fourth-most in a single-season by a Quaker
Her 47 assists this season are No. 3 all-time by an Ivy Leaguer
Her 116 assists for her career are No. 3 all-time by an Ivy Leaguer and No. 4 among active players in the NCAA.
Britt Brown Backstopping Defense …
Goalkeeper Britt Brown is second among Ivy League goalkeepers with a 7.40 GAA. Her .500 save percentage is second among Ivy keepers. Among goalkeepers nationally, she ranks No. 13 in save percentage and No. 14 in GAA.
Williamson Joins 100-Point Club …
With an assist at Dartmouth on March 27, Iris Williamson became the 23rd player in Penn program history to reach the 100 point mark for her career. Of those 23 players, 14 have reached that mark under head coach Karin Corbett. Williamson is now up to 112 career points, 17th all-time at Penn.
Penn Prides Itself on Possession …
The Quakers have not been kind to opponents this season, refusing to give up possession without a fight. Penn is No. 5 in the county and tops in the Ivy League in turnovers-per-game, committing just 10.79 per outing.
Condon Catching Fire …
Sophomore Alex Condon has 30 career goals – 29 of them have come this season. Of those 29, 17 have come over the past five games as she has scored at least three times in each and went for four against Columbia and Yale. She has at least one goal in 10 consecutive games.
Concerning Cornell …
The Big Red are 11-3 overall this season, but 3-3 in their last six games … All three of those losses have come to ranked opponents – No. 1 Maryland (17-9), No. 11 Princeton (8-7) and No. 4 Syracuse (9-7) … Last time out, the Big Red hounded Harvard, 11-3 … Cornell is now tied for sixth in the country for scoring defense, and juniorCatie Smithhas tied the program record for most caused turnovers in a season with 33. Up front, seniorEmily Tripodiadded four assists at Harvard to add to her points lead while classmateOlivia Mattyasovszkystill holds the lead in goals with 24 .. Renee Pouliott leads the Ivy League in GAA (6.63).