PHILADELPHIA – Fans of the University of Pennsylvania women’s lacrosse team have known all season that Nina Corcoran is one of the nation’s top players. Friday night, the nation was exposed to Corcoran’s elite level of play with her selection as one of 25 nominees for the Tewaaraton Award which is presented annually to the most outstanding player in college lacrosse.
Five men's and five women's finalists will be selected from these groups of 25, announced on Thursday, May 12, and invited to the ceremony. The 16th annual Tewaaraton Award Ceremony will be held Thursday, June 2 in Washington, D.C., at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of the American Indian
Corcoran leads the nation in assists with her 47 – four away from breaking the Ivy League record for assists in a single season. Her 116 assists over her career are third-most all-time in the Ivy League and she is nine away from breaking the Ivy League’s record for assists in a career.
Already this season, Corcoran has set a new Penn record for career assists, eclipsing the previous mark of 108 set in 1983. Her 47 helpers this season are a single-season record for a Quaker, breaking her own record of 42 set last season.
Corcoran’s efforts this season have been rewarded with Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week selections on six occasions this season – an Ivy record for weekly awards in a single year.
“We are excited for Nina to be a Tewaaraton Award nominee,” said head coach Karin Corbett. “We are very proud of the effort she has given this season to earn this honor. In our mind, she is the nation’s elite playmaker – and the numbers reflect that. Her skills and vision as a facilitator make each of her teammates a better player.”
Corcoran gives Penn Tewaaraton nominees in each of the last three seasons – Meg Markham and Lucy Ferguson were each part of the list of 25 in both 2014 and 2015.
The Quakers, ranked No. 14 in the country by the IWLCA, visit No. 18 Cornell on Saturday. A win for Penn earns the Quakers at least a share of their ninth Ivy League championship in 10 years and homefield in the 2016 Ivy League Tournament.