IWLCA All-American Release
PHILADELPHIA – Meg Markham was named a first-team All-American by the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) on Monday, becoming the first Penn player to earn first-team All-American honors since Ali DeLuca in 2010.
The Ivy League’s Defender of the Year, Markham was a first-team All-Region selection and a unanimous choice as first-team All-Ivy this season. During the course of 2014, she was named one of 25 Tewaaraton Award nominees as the nation’s top collegiate player.
Markham was the statistical leader in three crucial defensive areas for the Quakers as they won an Ivy League –record eighth consecutive conference championship and a second consecutive Ivy League Tournament title. Markham’s 43 caused turnovers – 13 more than the next-highest number in the Ivy League – were the most on the Quakers and her 2.39 caused turnovers-per-game was fifth in Division I. In terms of ground balls, Markham scooped up a team-leading 46 which ranked second in the Ivy League and was tops among primary defenders. Markham also was a force for Penn on the draw, winning 42 draw controls – ranking seventh among all players in the Ivy League and leading primary defenders.
"Throughout the season, Meg demonstrated that she was one of the top defenders in the country, and I am thrilled to see her earn this recognition," head coach Karin Corbett said. "She did it all for us defensively, causing turnovers at so many important moments in games and giving us possessions when we needed them. She was someone teams had to gameplan against and it made a huge difference for us to win an Ivy championship and reach an eighth consecutive NCAA Tournament."
Markham was twice named Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week during the regular season as the Quakers posted nation’s seventh-best team defense, allowing 7.78 goals-per-game during 2014. The Quakers only allowed 10+ goals in four of 18 contests during the season, and allowed seven or fewer eight times. In Ivy League play, the Quakers only conceded 7.73 goals-per-game.
The selection of Markham as a first-team All-American marks the eighth time Karin Corbett has had one of her players named first-team All-American and is the 17th overall All-American during Corbett’s tenure.