No. 13 Women's Lacrosse Opens 2016 on Saturday

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PHILADELPHIA – Spring is in the air – sort of – in University City this weekend as the 2016 women’s lacrosse season begins with Penn hosting Delaware at Franklin Field on February 20 at noon.

The 2016 NCAA Tournament will conclude once again in Philadelphia, and the Quakers have their sights set on ending the season in their home town. The road to Talen Energy Stadium begins with a Blue Hens team which is 2-0 to begin the year after wins over Georgetown (10-6) and George Washington (17-7).

Setting The Scene …
Penn will be playing Delaware for the ninth time on Saturday, entering the game with a 7-1 record all-time against the Blue Hens. The Quakers have never lost to the Blue Hens at Franklin Field, winning all four meetings in University City.

Notes to Know …

Karin Corbett is 13-3 all-time in season-openers as head coach of the Quakers. In home openers, Corbett is 14-2 during her 16 seasons at the helm of the Red and Blue. Last season, Penn was 7-1 in home games. The Quakers had nine games decided by two goals or less last season, and were 7-2 in those games.

Quakers Enter First Game Ranked No. 13 …
When the preseason IWLCA Coaches Poll was released, Penn slotted in at No. 14. However, action around the country has begun and the Quakers have climbed one spot to No. 13 heading into their first game of the season. The Red and Blue are also ranked No. 13 in the Inside Lacrosse Media Poll and are No. 16 in this week’s Nike/Lacrosse Magazine Poll.

Nina Corcoran and Lely DeSimone Named Preseason All-American …
Before the season, co-captains Nina Corcoran and Lely DeSimone were named Preseason All-American by Inside Lacrosse. Corcoran, a second-team All-Region selection in 2015, was named second-team All-American. DeSimone, also a second-team All-Region selection last season, was selected as honorable mention preseason All-American.

Quakers Return Two All-Ivy Players From 2015 …
In addition to being preseason All-Americans, Corcoran and DeSimone are Penn’s two returning All-Ivy selections from last season. Both were second-team All-Ivy last season, the second career All-Ivy selection for each.

Nina Threads the Needle …
Nina Corcoran has become one of the most prolific passers in program history. Her 40 assists last season were the most ever in a single-season by a Quaker and third-most ever by an Ivy Leaguer. She enters 2016 with 69 career assists, which ranks fourth all-time at Penn and is 39 away from the all-time record. She needs two assists to tie Chrissy Miller (2004-07) for third all-time.

Megan Kelly Takes Over on Defense …
After a 2014 season lost to injury, Megan Kelly was back on the field for all 19 games last season. She has 22 caused turnovers last season, a number which ranked second in the Ivy League and is tops among all returning defenders. She also had 32 ground balls, fourth-most among all players last season and second among defenders.

A Wealth of Options on Offense …
There is likely much to be said about who won’t be returning on attack for the Quakers in 2016, Tory Bensen had an outstanding senior season en route to Ivy League Attacker of the Year honors. However, Penn has plenty of options to turn to on offense. The next four highest-scoring players from last year return – each scoring 20+ goals last season. Iris Williamson leads all returning players with 66 career goals. Classmate Lely DeSimone had 30 goals last year, eighth-most in the Ivy League. She has 55 career goals in just two seasons in the offensive rotation. Catherine Dickinson has 42 career goals – 26 of which came last season in a breakout campaign.

Dissecting Delaware …
Slotted to finish third in the preseason CAA poll, the Blue Hens are off to a 2-0 start in 2016 … Delaware returns eight starters from last season, including attacker Casey Lyons and defender Erin Wein who were first-team All-CAA last year … Lyons had 40 goals and 56 points en route to a second-team All-Region season … This season, Lyons has nine points through two games … Wein had 38 caused turnovers last season – a Delaware single-season record… Sophomore Becky Gohsler was a CAA All-Rookie Team selection last season with 26 draw controls and 16 ground balls … Junior Jamie Schwartz has five goals in two games this season … Sophomore Taylor Carpentier has played 110:57 in goal and has allowed 10 goals (5.41 GAA) and made 11 saves (524%).

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