PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania women’s lacrosse team will welcome seven new student-athletes to University City this fall, adding six freshmen and one transfer.
“This is a talented group of newcomers,” head coach Karin Corbett said. “We have players coming in from some of the most well-regarded high school and club programs in the country, and we are excited to see how they mesh with the quality players we have returning.”
The Quakers will be adding three midfielders, two defenders and two goalkeepers to their squad in 2016. Penn graduated four defenders, a midfielder, and a goalkeeper from a defensive unit which ranked ninth in the country in scoring defense last year. The Red and Blue will be looking to this group of newcomers to join the returning veterans to help pick up where the Class of 2015 left off.
Altogether, Penn’s incoming class has garnered eight All-American honors – including a pair of Under Armour All-Americans in defender Kristen Adams and Katy Junior. Adams, a two-time All-American, was also named to Inside Lacrosse’s All-ILWomen team this summer. As a group, they hail from Maryland, New York, and Pennsylvania.
In addition to the six freshmen, Britt Brown joins the Red and Blue as a transfer from Virginia. A goalkeeper, Brown appeared in three games during the 2014 season for the Cavaliers after earning two All-American nods as a high school player.
Penn’s incoming class will also continue its familial legacy, with Chrissy Corcoran set to join her sister – senior Nina Corcoran – and twins Julia and Lauren O’Mara giving the Quakers a second set of twins on the roster.
Kristen Adams | Defender
Garden City, N.Y./Garden City
High School: Two-time All-American (2014, 2015) … Under Armour All-American (2015) … Named to the All-ILWomen High School team … Named to Under Armour Underclass Girl’s Lacrosse team in 2013 and 2014 … Played for Long Island Metro in 2013 and 2014 Under Armour Underclass Tournament … Won the 2012 state, county and Long Island championship … Twice named All-Nassau County (2014, 2015) … Named All-Long Island in 2015 … Preseason Nassau County Player-to-Watch by Newsday … 2014-15 Garden City Patricia Sandford Award recipient as team’s most outstanding player … 2014-15 Garden City William L. Fuller Award recipient for outstanding leadership in athletics … Also lettered in soccer … Won 2013 state, county and Long Island soccer titles … All-Classification in soccer in 2014 … National Honor Society member … Foreign Language National Honor Society member … Business Honor Society member … AP Scholar … Future Business Leaders of America club member … Miracle Club cancer awareness society member.
Personal: Daughter of Lisa and Bob Adams … High school teammate of Penn teammate Catherine Dickinson … Enrolled in Wharton.
Britt Brown | Goalkeeper
Bronx, N.Y./Berkshire School (University of Virginia)
At Virginia (2014-15): Appeared in three games during the 2014 season … Did not play for the Cavaliers in 2015 … Black Oasis for Learning and Development treasurer … Student Council member … Smart Women Securities member … Institute for Advanced Technology in Humanities researcher … Recipient of the William R. Kenan Endowment Fund of the Academical Village.
High School: All-American (2012, 2013) … Lettered in lacrosse and basketball … Served as captain of both squads … Won 2012 New England Class B championship at the Berkshire School … Won 2011 New York state championship at Riverdale Country School … High Honor Roll student … Editor-in-Chief of school newspaper … Won the Jeanette B. Cooper Price Book at Berkshire, presented to the “female student who best exhibits personal courage, leadership, responsibility, and honesty in athletics and academics” … Won the Gerald B. O’Connor ’46 Prize for journalism … Won the 2013 Sabin Entrepreneurial Prize … Won the 2013 William F. Gulotta Award for Excellence in Government … Won the 2012 R. Bruce Morison ;61 Prize for Current Events and Political Science … Served as a field organizer in St. Louis for Senator Claire McCaskill … Served as a regional field director for NYC mayoral candidate Christine Quinn.
Personal: Daughter of Andrew Brown … Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences as an economic history major.
Chrissy Corcoran | Midfielder
Point Lookout, N.Y./Sacred Heart Academy
High School: All-American (2014, 2015) … Academic All-American … Served as team captain … Named Team MVP (2015) … Earned Team Rookie of the Year honors (2012) … Principal’s List student … Honor Roll student.
Personal: Daughter of Maria and James Corcoran … Older sister, Nina, is a senior on the Penn women’s lacrosse team … Older sister, Rosie, played lacrosse at Georgetown from 2010-13 … Enrolled in Wharton.
Katy Junior | Defender
High School: Under Armour All-American … Three-time letterwinner … 2014 Central League champion … First-Team All-Delco (2015) …Second-Team All-Central League (2014, 2015) … Second-Team All-Southeastern PA (2014) … Honorable Mention All-Delco (2013) … Also lettered four times in soccer … Served as soccer team captain … Distinguished Honor Roll student … Breast Cancer Club member … Service Board member.
Personal: Daughter of Irene and Jay Junior … Older sister, Abby, is a junior at William & Mary and plays lacrosse … Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Julia O’Mara | Midfielder
Bel Air, Md./C. Milton Wright
High School: All-American … Academic All-American (2014, 2015) … Lettered in lacrosse, soccer, swimming and field hockey … Captained lacrosse and swimming teams … Four-time county champion in lacrosse (2012-15) … Twice won regional championship (2013, 2014) … First-team All-County (2015) … First-team All-Conference (2015) … Member of two state championship swimming teams (2012, 2014) … Won two state championships in the 200 medley (2013, 2014) … Won state title in 200 free (2014) … Won ten county titles as an individual or on a relay … Claimed six regional championships as an individual or on a relay … Named All-County in swimming four times … Won 2012 county and regional soccer championships … National Merit finalist … AP Scholar … Earned National Scholar-Athlete Award from U.S. Army Reserve … Distinguished Honor Roll student all four years … Best Buddies volunteer … Volunteered as a camp counselor at Kennedy Krieger Camp for disabled children … Volunteered at Mustard Seed Migrant Ministry … Volunteered at local soup kitchen … Varsity Club member … Peer Tutor.
Personal: Daughter of Christa and Edward O’Mara … Twin sister, Lauren, is a member of Penn’s women’s lacrosse team … Enrolled in the School of Engineering and Applied Science.
Lauren O’Mara | Midfielder
Bel Air, Md./C. Milton Wright
High School: Academic All-American (2014, 2015) … Lettered in lacrosse, swimming, and soccer … Captained lacrosse and soccer teams … Four-time county champion in lacrosse (2012-15) … Tw0-time regional champion in lacrosse (2013, 2014)… Twice named first-team All-County (2014, 2015) … Wendy’s High School Heisman school winner and Maryland state finalist … Member of two state championship swimming teams (2012, 2014) … Won three individual state championships in the 100 breaststroke and four more as part of relays … Won 14 regional championships as an individual or part of a relay … Won 13 county championships as an individual or part of a relay … Won 2014 county championship in soccer … Named second-team All-County in soccer … Distinguished Honor Roll student all four years … National Merit Commended Scholar … AP Scholar … National Honor Society member … Student Government member … Volunteered with Best Buddies.
Personal: Daughter of Christa and Edward O’Mara … Twin sister, Julia, is a member of Penn’s women’s lacrosse team … Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Maggie Smith | Goalkeeper
Bowie, Md./Mount de Sales Academy
High School: Lettered three times … Senior class secretary … Junior class vice president … Guardians of Life scholarship recipient … Tara Howard Social Justice award recipient … Markland Kelly, Jr. Athletic Service award recipient … Volunteers at a local food pantry.
Personal: Daughter of Geraldine and Phillip Smith … Older brother, Luke, is a sophomore at Lafayette and a member of the men’s lacrosse team … Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.