PHILADELPHIA – Two Saturday’s remain in the 2016 regular season for the University of Pennsylvania women’s lacrosse team, and the Quakers will spend both on the road completing a three-game road trip. Up next for the No. 17 Quakers is a visit to Yale on Saturday for a 3 p.m. first draw against the Bulldogs.
The Quakers are coming off a huge win on Wednesday when Penn controlled the game from start to finish in a 12-7 win over No. 11 Princeton. That victory moved the Red and Blue into a three-way tie for first place alongside the Tigers and Cornell.
A win on Saturday ensures that the Quakers will play in the Ivy League Tournament for the seventh time – Penn is the only Ivy program to have appeared in the previous six installments of the ILT. A victory over the Bulldogs also guarantees that Penn would play for at least a share of the Ivy League championship next weekend when the Quakers venture to Ithaca to take on Cornell.
Yale needs a win to stay in contention for a spot in its first Ivy League Tournament. The Bulldogs are 2-3 in the League and in a tie for fifth place, but if they win out – with both games coming against teams ranked ahead of them in the League standings – could own the tiebreaker needed to play in May.
Penn, which has the second-highest scoring offense in the Ivy League this season, has a chance to continue its offensive prowess against a Yale team which has given up the third-most goals of any Ivy team this season. The Quakers have six players who have reached double figures in goals this season, including three – Nina Corcoran (20), Alex Condon (25) and Iris Williamson (26) – who have surpassed the 20-goal mark.
Notes to Know …Saturday is the 40th meeting all-time between Penn and Yale. Penn is 20-18-1 in the previous meetings.
The Quakers have won the last 11 meetings between the two teams.
Penn has held Yale to 5.5 goals-per-game over the past 11 meetings, while scoring 9.8 per game.
Last year at Franklin Field, Penn put up eight goals in the second half to pull away for a 13-7 win. Sarah Barcia, Lely DeSimone, and Catherine Dickinson each had two goals in the win. Brooke Kiley was a force on the ground, winning seven draw controls and picking up three ground balls.
About the Bulldogs …
Yale enters the game with a 5-8 record and a 2-3 mark in the Ivy League … The Bulldogs have lost their last four games – including road losses at Princeton (16-5) and Dartmouth (10-5) … Junior Tess McAvoy leads Yale and is third in the Ivy League with 32 goals … Her 40 overall points are fifth in the League … Nicole Daniggelis leads the Ivy League with 71 draw controls, 29 more than the next player … Yale averages 14.7 turnovers-per-game … Sydney Marks has played all 13 games in goal, with a 10.07 GAA and a .472 save percentage … Junior Emily Markham, younger sister of former Penn defender Meg Markham, is third on Yale with 10 caused turnovers .
Corcoran Ascending Assist Charts …
Nina Corcoran is one of the nation’s leading playmakers, ranking fourth among active players with 111. Corcoran’s 51 assists this season are No. 1 in the Ivy League and tied for first in the county. Her 3.23 assists-per-game in 2016 are also No. 1 in the Ivy League and lead all Division I players.
Nina’s Numbers are No. 1 …
In terms of points, Nina Corcoran is No. 1 in the Ivy League and No. 16 in the country with 62 points through 13 games. Her 4.77 points-per-game are first in the Ivy League and seventh in the country.
Nina Notes …Corcoran now has 181 career points, ranking No. 4 all-time at Penn Her 62 points this season are a career-high and fifth-most in a single-season by a Quaker
Her 42 assists this season are No. 3 all-time by an Ivy Leaguer
Her 111 assists for her career are No. 4 all-time by an Ivy Leaguer
Britt Brown Backstopping Defense …
Goalkeeper Britt Brown is second among Ivy League goalkeepers with a 7.34 GAA. Her .503 save percentage is second among Ivy keepers. Among goalkeepers nationally, she ranks No. 13 in both categories.
Williamson Joins 100-Point Club …
With an assist at Dartmouth on March 27, Iris Williamson became the 23rd player in Penn program history to reach the 100 point mark for her career. Of those 23 players, 14 have reached that mark under head coach Karin Corbett. Williamson is now up to 112 career points, 17th all-time at Penn.
Penn Prides Itself on Possession …
The Quakers have not been kind to opponents this season, refusing to give up possession without a fight. Penn is No. 4 in the county and tops in the Ivy League in turnovers-per-game, committing just 10.92 per outing.
Condon Catching Fire …
Sophomore Alex Condon has 26 career goals – 25 of them have come this season. Of those 25, 13 have come over the past four games as she has scored at least three times in each and went for four against Columbia. She has at least one goal in nine consecutive games.
Penn Pounds Princeton …
The Quakers controlled from first draw to the final whistle to knock off No. 11 Princeton in New Jersey on April 20. Penn scored the game’s first four goals, and the Tigers were never closer than two as Penn dropped the Tigers from the ranks of the Ivy unbeaten and forced a three-way tie atop the Ivy League.
Condon Earns Ivy League Weekly Award
Three goals, two ground balls, and a caused turnover were enough to garner Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week honors for Alex Condon after she helped Penn to an 8-7 win over Harvard on April 16. The weekly award was the first of her career.