Photo Album of the Press Conferences
Listen to Penn's Press Conference (with coach Karin Brower, Sarah Eastburn, Chrissy Muller and Becca Edwards)
PHILADELPHIA - With one day to go before the Penn women's lacrosse team takes part in the NCAA semifinals, the four participating teams arrived at Franklin Field for practices and press conferences Thursday.
The Quakers practiced first in the morning, and although it was in the stadium they call home, Franklin Field was undergoing a transformation, with banners, signs and logos going up all around the stadium.
"We're very excited to be here," said Head Coach Karin Brower. "When Penn put in for the bid and we were lucky enough to get it, we put it as a goal that we could be here on Memorial Day weekend. We're excited that we played well enough all year to get a home seed throughout the tournament and make our dreams come true, to be here this weekend."
Penn's players seemed confident heading into their semifinal match-up with top-seeded Northwestern Friday at 6 p.m.
"We're playing our best lacrosse right now and peaking at the right time," said senior tri-captain Chrissy Muller. "The chemistry is there, and we have seven people who can put the ball in the net."
One of the biggest storylines of the week leading up to the semifinals has been that Penn, the host institution for the NCAA championship, has the opportunity to become just the third team in women's lacrosse history and the first since 1995 to win a national title at home.
"I think that it helps us a lot,"senior tri-captainSarah Eastburn said."We've had so many great games here, and so many great memories. We know we can win here."