Markham Picks Up Ivy Defensive Player of the Week

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PHILADELPHIA - The leader of the nation's 11th-ranked scoring defense, Meg Markham earned her second Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week award on Monday after totalling seven caused turnovers and seven ground balls over two games last week.

Markham shined on Saturday as Penn defeated Brown, 12-6, at Franklin Field. She racked up five ground balls and caused six turnovers as the Quakers clinched a fifth consecutive Ivy League Tournament apperance and eliminated the Bears from postseason contention.

Markham now sits atop the Ivy League and is second in the nation in caused turnovers, averaging 2.83 per game. She is also second in the Ivy League and seventh among all Division I players in ground balls, averaging 3.25 per game. Her 34 caused turnovers this season are more than she had in her first two seasons combined (22) and her 39 ground balls are also within range of matching her career total (52) entering this season.

The weekly award is the third of Markham's career. She split Defensive Player of the Week honors with teammate Lucy Ferguson on March 10 of this season and also earned the honor on April 15 of 2013.

Also honored by the Ivy League this week were Tory Bensen and Allie Martin who each earned a spot on the Weekly Honor Roll for their efforts last week.

The Quakers are back in action April 23 against Columbia at Dunning-Cohen Champions Field at Penn Park. First draw is set for 4 p.m.