PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania announced its 2015 women’s lacrosse schedule, with the winners of eight consecutive Ivy League championships set to embark on a 15-game slate in search of a ninth Ancient Eight crown and appearance in the NCAA Tournament.
The Quakers made history in 2014, setting a new record for consecutive Ivy League women’s lacrosse championships and becoming Penn’s all-time record holder for consecutive conference titles by a women’s program.
“Once again, we have set a schedule which will challenge our team as we set out in pursuit of a ninth consecutive Ivy League championship,” head coach Karin Corbett said. “We have high aspirations to be playing deep into May and playing five teams from last season’s NCAA Tournament will have us prepared for the difficult tests which await come the national tournament. Our team has a deep veteran presence this season in addition to nine newcomers, and I know the players are excited for what lies ahead.”
The Red and Blue are one of six programs in the country to appear in the last eight NCAA Tournaments, and the road to number nine will feature five games against teams which competed in the 2014 national tournament. Highlighting Penn’s games against entrants in last season’s NCAA Tournament will be a return to College Park to take on defending national champion, Maryland, on March 18. Last year, the Quakers dropped a pair of matches to the Terrapins, including a 13-5 loss in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
In addition to the Terps, Penn will once again take on Northwestern – who is also coming off a run to the national semifinals. This year’s meeting will take place in Evanston, Ill. on April 5.
On March 14, the Quakers will play Georgetown in a special event at Manhasset High School in New York. Last year, the Hoyas hosted the Red and Blue at the McDonogh School in Baltimore, this season it is Penn’s turn to serve as host as two Top-20 programs battle. The game will serve as a homecoming of sorts for Manhasset alumnae Meg Markham, Sarah Barcia, Jacklyn D’Alleva, and Natalie Steffan.
Rounding out Penn’s contests against 2014 NCAA squads are home games with Towson (March 28) and Princeton (April 15) at Franklin Field.
The Red and Blue will open 2015 at Delaware on February 21 before taking to Franklin Field for the first time against Vanderbilt on March 1. A third Big Ten opponent in that conference’s first season awaits the Quakers in New Jersey on March 4 as the Quakers will play Rutgers.
Ivy League play has a new look for 2015, with the order of opponents shifting around. Brown moves to the opening weekend of Ivy play this season, Penn heading to Providence on March 7. Penn’s first home Ivy game of 2015 will be against Dartmouth on March 21 at 11:30 a.m.
After an April 1 game at Columbia and the trip to Northwestern, the Red and Blue will play four consecutive Ivy games to close out the regular season – including the final three at home.
The Quakers will head on the road for the final time in 2015 on April 11, playing Harvard in Cambridge. Last year, the teams met twice – including a double overtime win for the Quakers in the Ivy League Tournament semifinals.
Penn and Princeton split a pair of matches last year, the Quakers winning their third Ivy League Tournament title at Princeton to claim an automatic bid to NCAAs. This year, the regular season meeting is set for April 15 at Franklin Field. Three days later, Yale visits West Philadelphia for a late-season meeting after regularly being Penn’s second Ivy game of the season.
The regular season finale is set for April 26 at Franklin Field, Penn hosting Cornell at 1 p.m.
The Ivy League Tournament is scheduled for May 1-3, hosted by the Ivy League’s regular season champion. Penn has hosted the Ivy League Tournament four out of the five times it has been held and has won three ILT championships – including last season’s.
The Red and Blue return 25 players from last season’s team, including 11 players who started 12 or more games. First-team All-American and Ivy League Defender of the Year Meg Markham returns for the defense, playing in front of fellow Tewaaraton Award nominee and first-team All-Ivy selection Lucy Ferguson. After missing all of 2014 with injury, 2013 Ivy League Midfielder of the Year Shannon Mangini will also return for the Quakers. She will join Penn’s leading scorer from 2014, Tory Bensen, and first-team All-Ivy selection Nina Corcoran on attack. As a group, Penn returns nine players who have earned 12 career All-Ivy selections.
2015 Penn Women's Lacrosse Schedule
Feb. 7 Spring Scrimmages All Day
Feb. 21 at Delaware 1 p.m.
Mar. 1 VANDERBILT 1 p.m.
Mar. 4 at Rutgers 5 p.m.
Mar. 7 at Brown* 1 p.m.
Mar. 10 SAINT JOSEPH'S 7 p.m.
Mar. 14 vs. Georgetown (at Manhasset, N.Y.) 3 p.m.
Mar. 18 at Maryland 7 p.m.
Mar. 21 DARTMOUTH* 11:30 a.m.
Mar. 28 TOWSON 12 p.m.
Apr. 1 at Columbia* 5 p.m.
Apr. 5 at Northwestern 1 p.m.
Apr. 11 at Harvard* 3 p.m.
Apr. 15 PRINCETON* 7 p.m.
Apr. 18 YALE* 3 p.m.
Apr. 26 CORNELL* 1 p.m.
All Times EST
All home games inBOLD CAPS and played at Franklin Field
* Ivy League Game