No. 17 Women's Lacrosse Hosts Harvard Saturday

PHILADELPHIA – A four-game sprint to the end of the 2016 regular season begins with the final home game of the season for the University of Pennsylvania women’s lacrosse team on April 16 against Harvard at noon.

The game is part of a doubleheader to celebrate “Alumni Weekend” for the Penn men’s and women’s lacrosse teams, with the men’s side taking on the Crimson at 3 p.m. A “Quaker Cook-Out” for all Penn students will take place under the Franklin Field scoreboard with free food and games for all Quakers.

The matchup with the Crimson will be broadcast around the world, with ESPN3 and WatchESPN picking up the broadcast in addition to Penn’s usual home on the Ivy League Digital Network.

The Quakers have played just three Ivy League games this season, and are 2-1 in the Ancient Eight to enter the weekend officially in fourth place. Harvard is 3-1 in Ivy play, just ahead of Penn in third place. The two teams undefeated in Ivy play to this point of 2016 – Cornell and Princeton – will also play each other on Saturday as jockeying for position in the Ivy League Tournament is officially underway.

Overall in 2016, Penn is 8-3 and enters the weekend ranked No. 17 in the nation. Harvard is 7-3.

Notes to Know …

Saturday marks the 43rd meeting all-time between Penn and Harvard in women’s lacrosse. 25-17 all-time against the Crimson.

The Quakers have won the last 17 meetings between the two teams, including three in overtime.

Penn is 14-10 against Harvard at Franklin Field, including wins in the last eight meetings held in Philadelphia.

Last year in Cambridge, Iris Williamson scored six goals as Penn held off Harvard, 8-6. Penn built an 8-3 lead late in the game, but three Harvard goals in the final 5:35 resulted in the tight final margin of victory.

On Harvard …
The Crimson enter this weekend’s game with a 7-3 overall record, and wins in their last two games … Last time out, Harvard dominated Brown on defense, 8-2, to improve to 3-1 inside the Ivy League … Kelly Weis made seven saves in the win over Brown – each in the first half – to earn Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week honors … She is third in the Ivy League in both GAA (7.85) and save percentage (50.7) … Marisa Romeopaces the Crimson with 21 goals, whileJulia Glynnleads the way with 35 points on 19 tallies and a team-high 16 helpers …Maeve McMahon(17 goals) and Alexis Nicolia (16) and scoring depth … In Ivy games, Glynn paces the squad with 18 points on nine goals and nine assists, and Romeo has netted nine scores in the four conference games … Megan Hennesseypaces the team in all games with 27 ground balls, whileNekele McCallhas 25 draw controls and Tory Waldstein has caused 14 turnovers, the most of any Crimson player.

Corcoran Ascending Assist Charts …
Nina Corcoran is one of the nation’s leading playmakers, ranking fifth among active players with 104 assists and eighth in assists-per-game with 1.63. Corcoran’s 35 assists this season are No. 1 in the Ivy League and third in the county. Her 3.18 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. 13 in the country with 53 points through nine games. Her 4.82 points-per-game are first in the Ivy League and seventh in the country. If you take away all of Corcoran’s 18 goals this season, she would still rank No. 6 in points in the Ivy League.

Corcoran Closing in on All-Time Record …
One of the most prolific playmakers in Penn history, Nina Corcoran is closing in on the program’s all-time assists record. Against Northwestern on April 3, she dished out four assists to become the second player in program history to reach 100 career assists. She followed that up with four more against Columbia on April 9 and is four away from tying Sherry Marcantonio ’83 for the all-time record of 108. Corcoran’s 172 career points are fourth-most all-time by a Quaker.

Britt Brown Backstopping Defense …
Goalkeeper Britt Brown is second among Ivy League goalkeepers with a 7.43 GAA. Her .508 save percentage is second among Ivy keepers. Among goalkeepers nationally, she ranks No. 13 in GAA and No. 12 in save percentage.

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 109 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. 3 in the county and tops in the Ivy League in turnovers-per-game, committing just 11.18 per outing.

Quakers Contain Columbia …
On Senior Day, the Class of 2016 accounted for eight of Penn’s goals in a 15-9 win over Columbia. Nina Corcoran scored eight points – including a career-high four goals – and Iris Williamson added three. Alex Condon was all over the field, scoring four goals while adding four ground balls and three draw controls as Penn improved to 20-0 all-time against Columbia.

Corcoran Sets Ivy Record for Weekly Awards …
Nina Corcoran’s eight points against Columbia on April 9 buoyed her to a fifth Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week award for 2016 – the most in a single season by an Ivy player in League history. She now has six career Ivy League Player of the Week honors.

Nina Nails Northwestern …
Nina Corcoran scored the game-winning goal 0:58 into overtime on April 3 in a 14-13 win for Penn over visiting No. 8 Northwestern. That goal was her only one of the game, and capped a five-point day. Iris Williamson had four goals and an assist in the win as Courtney Rushford picked up her first career win in place of injured Britt Brown.

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