PHILADELPHIA - For five seasons now, Penn's women's lacrosse team has enjoyed life at the top of the Ivy League. Championships and NCAA Tournament appearances have become the norm, with five total Ancient Eight titles - and four outright crowns - to head coach Karin Brower Corbett's resume in the last five seasons. As the Red and Blue prepare for the 2012 season and a shot at completing the "six-pack", Corbett will add seven student-athletes to her roster as members of the Class of 2015.
The group - which is comprised of student-athletes from players hailing from New Jersey and New York - features three players listed as defenders and four players slated to join the midfield. Two players - Leah McBride and Lindsey O'Loughlin - were teammates at Oak Knoll High School in New Jersey, leading their team to the 2011 New Jersey Prep A state championship. Two members of the Class of 2015 were high school All-Americans - Taylor Foussadier and Meg Markham - while six players were Academic All-Americans.
An accomplished group - combined the Class of 2015 has won 22 conference, county and state championships - the newcomers bring the championship pedigree needed to continue Penn's run atop the Ivy League.
"We are very excited about the newcomers to our program," head coach Karin Brower Corbett said. "We have built a strong tradition here over the past few years, and after watching this group during fall practices and scrimmages, I am looking forward to seeing them in action this spring. They are an athletic group, and at the same time determined and competitive. They will make their mark on Penn lacrosse in quick fashion."
Penn Women's Lacrosse Class of 2015
Taylor Foussadier (Tayt)
Defense | Turnersville, N.J./Washington Township
High School: Four-time letterwinner ... Captained team as senior ... ESPN Rise All-American (2011) ... US Lacrosse Honorable Mention All-American (2011) ... Academic All-American (2010, '11) ... Two-time all-conference (2010, '11) ... Two-time first-team All South Jersey (2010, '11) ... New Jersey Scholar Athlete (2011) ... Gloucester County Times Girls' Lacrosse Player of the Year (2011) ... Two-time Star Ledger All-State team... Two-time Philadelphia Inquirer first-team New Jersey ... Spring 2011 S.J. Magazine Players to Watch list ... Member of three Olympic Conference championship teams (2008, '09, '11) ... South Jersey Group IV champion (2009, '11) ... 2011 Women's Lacrosse Club of South Jersey Defender of the Year ... Also lettered three times in soccer ... Two-time Academic All-American ... National Honor Society and National French Honor Society member.
Personal: Daughter of Kristine and Keith Foussadier ... Sister, Brooke, is a senior attacker for Johns Hopkins lacrosse ... Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Coach Corbett on Foussadier: "Tayt is a true competitor who thrives on defense. Tayt loves to learn and the improvement we have seen in her to this point is amazing. Tayt will impact our defensive unit immediately with her tenacity and competitiveness. She rises to the challenge and already does not play like a freshman."
Midfield | Lloyd Harbor, N.Y./Saint Anthony's
High School: Four-time letterwinner ...Three-year captain ... Team went undefeated all four years, winning four CHSAA championships ... Academic All-American (2011) ... Saint Anthony's Alumni Award (2011) ... Saint Anthony's Coaches Award (2009) ... Four-year Student Council class representative ... Three-year National Honor Society member ... Four year high honor roll student.
Personal: Daughter of Luisa and Anthony Gambino ... Brother, Sal, was on the rowing team at Cornell ... Brother, Nicholas, was on the rowing team at Lehigh ... Enrolled in Wharton.
Coach Corbett on Gambino: "Crissy is an all around athlete. She is very coachable and versatile. She can play both offense and defense and pushes herself every day. Crissy will add depth to our midfield."
Defense | Manhasset, N.Y./Manhasset
High School: Four-time letterwinner ... Captained team as senior ... Team won three consecutive Nassau County championships (2008-10) ... ... Under Armour All-America team (2010) ... Two-time Academic All-American (2010, '11) ... Two-time all-county ... Newsday Player to Watch (2011) ... N.Y. State Empire team (2010) ... W. Harry Baugher Scholarship recipient (2011) ... Also three-time letterwinner in soccer, winning league titles in 2009 and 2010... 2010 All-Conference in soccer ... Also three-time letterwinner in track ... Four-time scholar athlete .. National Honor Society member ... Exemplars Honor Society member ... AP Scholar ... Honor Roll student ... Volunteers at the North Shore Animal League.
Personal: Daughter of Margaret and John Markham ... Has two sisters, Emily and Katherine ... Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Coach Corbett on Markham: "Meg is a tremendous defender. Her height is an advantage on the defensive end. Meg has great game sense, good positioning and a competitive streak that will enable her to get on the field immediately. We are so excited to have Meg on our defensive unit and she will have some big match-ups as a freshman. She also will be imperative in our defensive transition with her speed and ball handling skills."
Defense | Madison, N.J./Oak Knoll
High School: Co-captained team as senior ... Oak Knoll School MVP (2011) ... First-team NJISSAA (2011) ...First-team All-Union County ... First-team NJIGLL Stripes Division ... 2011 New Jersey Prep A champion ... 2010 New Jersey Group 1 state champion ... Also lettered three times in field hockey, named 2011 All-Union County ... Field hockey team was 2008 and 2010 county and state champions, going undefeated in 2010 and winning the New Jersey Tournament of Champions... President of Operation Smile Club ... National Spanish Honor Society Member.
Personal: Daughter of Virginia and Mark McBride ... Brother, Jack, played lacrosse at Princeton (2008-2011), where he was a second-team All-American in 2009 and honorable mention All-American in 2008 and 2010 ... Sister, Jessica, played lacrosse at Duke (2005-2009) ... High school teammate of Lindsey O'Loughlin ... Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Coach Corbett on McBride: "Leah comes from a talented lacrosse family and brings with her strong game sense. Her on-ball positioning is tremendous and she is a strong take-away defender. Leah is good with the ball and will challenge for a spot on our defensive unit."
Midfield | Mountain Lakes, N.J./Mountain Lakes
High School: Four-time letterwinner ... Two-time captain ... U.S. Lacrosse Academic All-American (2011) ... First-team All-Conference (2011) ... Co-MVP Mountain Lakes Girls Lacrosse (2011) ... Played in New Jersey Girls High School All-Star Game (2011) ... Two-time first-team All-Daily Record (2009, '11) ... 2009 New Jersey Group I state champion ... Jersey Sports Team of the Year (2009) ... Also three-year letterwinner in equestrian ... Nationally ranked in equestrian, competing at the national finals in 2006-09 in Medal and Maclay Classes ... Four-time honor roll student ... National Honor Society and National Spanish Honor Society member ... Key Club member.
Personal: Daughter of Sandra and James Newfrock ... Father, James, played football at Delaware (1980-83) ... Grandfather, James F. Conway (W'49), played football at Penn under George Munger ... Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Coach Corbett on Newfrock: "Grace is an extremely talented midfielder. She is quick and agile at both ends of the field. She brings speed and relentlessness to our midfield. "
Midfield | Morristown, N.J./Oak Knoll
High School: Four-year letterwinner ... Co-captained team as a senior ... Two-time U.S. Lacrosse Academic All-American ... Two-time first-team New Jersey All-Prep A (2010-11)...Three-time New Jersey Prep A state champions (2008, '09. '11) ... NJSIAA Group 1 State Champion (2010) ... Three-time conference champion (2008-10) ... Two-time Oak Knoll Best Defensive Player award (2009-10)... Third-team All-State (2011) ... First-team All-Union (2011) ... First-team NJIGLL Stripes Division (2011) ... NJISAA Scholar Athlete of the Year (2011) ... Selected for USA Women's U19 National Team tryout (2010) ... Also lettered four times in field hockey, leading team to three NJSIAA Group 1 State championships (2007, '08, '10) ... 2010 field hockey team was named New Jersey Star Ledger Team of the Year ... Second-team All-State in field hockey (2010) ... Two-time Oak Knoll field hockey Best Offensive Player award ... Oak Knoll Scholar-Athlete of the Year (2011) ... National Cum Laude Society member ... National Spanish Honor Society member ... Peer Leader Program coordinator and Student Government Core Council member (2010-2011).
Personal: Daughter of Kimberly and Jerry O'Loughlin ... Mother, Kimberly, was on the Princeton gymnastics team ... Father, Jerry, played lacrosse at Union College ... High school teammate of classmate Leah McBride ... Played field hockey with Penn's Christina Benvenuti ... Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Coach Corbett on O'Loughlin: "Little, but extremely quick, Lindsey will impact our attack. Her change of direction in very impressive and she finishes well. She can challenge and feed on the move and is not intimidated by big defenders. Her speed will also help us in transition and in our trap."
Midfield | Neshamic Station, N.J./Somerville
High School: Four-year letterwinner ... Captained team senior season ... Academic All-American (2011) ... First-team All-Conference (2011) ...Team MVP (2011) ... Somerset County Scholar-Athlete (2011) ... Second-team All-Conference (2009) ... Also lettered twice in field hockey ... Captained team as senior ... First-team All-Conference (2009) and second-team All-Conference (2009) ... Four-year honor roll student ... Three-year member of high school yearbook staff ... National Honor Society member ... National Merit Commended Scholar ... AP Scholar with Distinction ... Active as a volunteer, spending time with the Save Our World and By Kids for Kids organizations at Somerville and by serving as a Peer Leader to freshmen students.
Personal: Daughter of Wendy and Mark Raposo ... Has one brother, Matthew ... Enrolled in Wharton.
Coach Corbett on Raposo: "Gillian's effort for every play is fun to watch. She is very strong and has good speed. She is tenacious on ground balls and will fight for everything on the field."