No. 13 Women's Lacrosse Visits No. 10 Duke

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PHILADELPHIA – A pair of Top-15 teams will clash this weekend in Durham as the No. 13 University of Pennsylvania women’s lacrosse team visits No. 10 Duke on Sunday at noon.

Setting The Scene …
The Quakers and Blue Devils will be meeting for the eighth time in the all-time series. The series has been tightly-contested, with Duke holding a slim 4-3 advantage. Penn is 1-0 this season, Duke is 2-2 with a game against Elon looming on Thursday night.

Notes to Know …

Duke has won the last two meetings between the two teams, including a 12-5 win in Durham in 2012.

The Quakers are 0-3 all-time in Durham.

Penn’s three wins against Duke have all come at neutral sites – including two wins at Drexel’s Vidas Field and once at Towson.

Two of Penn’s three wins over Duke have come in the NCAA Tournament – both overtime victories.

The teams have met three times in NCAA Tournament play, Penn is 2-1 against the Blue Devils in national tournament meetings.

Penn Downs Delaware, 12-10, in Season Opener …
The Quakers got off to a hot start to the 2016 season with the game’s first three goals in an eventual 12-10 win over Delaware at Franklin Field on February 20. Nina Corcoran scored twice and added four assists for her 12th career game with five or more points. In her first game with the Quakers, Britt Brown made nine saves in goal for her first collegiate win. Defender Liz Gully made the most of her first career start with three caused turnovers and two ground balls.

Corcoran Named Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week …
For her six-point effort in the opener, Nina Corcoran was named Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week. Honored as such for the second time in her career, Corcoran leads the Ivy League in assists after one week of play.

Tewaaraton Award Watch List Includes Nina Corcoran …
On February 23, the Tewaaraton Award Watch List was announced, and Nina Corcoran was one of the 50 women’s players announced as potential candidates for college lacrosse’s top honor.

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.

Dissecting Duke …
A Final Four team in 2015, Duke has opened 2016 with a 2-2 record. The Blue Devils have posted convincing wins against Campbell (20-4) and Navy (18-9), but have faltered when matched up against ranked opponents. Duke entered the season ranked No. 4, but an 11-8 loss to No. 5 Northwestern and an 11-5 loss at No. 19 Southern California have dropped the Blue Devils to No. 10.

The Blue Devils had four players named to the Tewaaraton Watch List – midfielders Maddy Acton and Maddie Crutchfield, defender Claire Scarrone, and goalkeeper Kelsey Duryea. The team leader in points is Kyra Harney, who has 11 goals and 18 total points. Kelci Smesko is right behind with 10 goals and 15 points. Freshman Olivia Jenner has 27 draw controls through four games – including 13 in the game against Navy. In goal, Duryea has made 39 saves this season, moving into third place all-time at Duke with 471.

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