TOWSON, Md. – For the third consecutive season, the University of Pennsylvania women’s lacrosse team will play in the second round of the NCAA championship after a 17-7 win over Wagner at Towson’s Johnny Unitas Stadium on Friday.
No. 7 Penn led practically the entire way, as Wagner only tied the game on two occasions as the Quakers used a plethora of mini-runs to pull away.
The Red and Blue were the definition of efficiency in the first half, scoring eight goals on 10 shots while the Seahawks managed just three goals on 11 shots. For the game, Penn scored its 17 goals on 23 shots on goal – a shooting percentage of .739.
It was another record-setting day for senior Nina Corcoran. She scored Penn’s second goal on Friday, to become Penn’s single-season points leader, eclipsing the previous record of 76 set by Ali DeLuca in 2010. (She finished the day with seven points in the game, giving her 82 for 2016.) Late in the game, Corcoran dished off her fourth assist of the day, giving her 125 for her career which broke a 33-year-old Ivy League standard previously held by Harvard’s Maureen Finn.
“Nina is no question one of the best players I have ever coached,” said head coach Karin Corbett. “She is so unselfish and reads her defender so well. I do believe she is one the main reasons we are here.”
Nina NotesBroke the Ivy League Record for Career Assists (125) Now has 201 career points (Fourth-Most by a Penn Player) Now has 82 points in 2016 (Penn Single-Season Record) Now has 56 assists in 2016 (Ivy League Single-Season Record) Has Recorded 17 Assists in NCAA Tournament Play (Eight-Most All-Time; Penn Record) Set a New Penn Single-Game Record for Points in a NCAA Game (7)
Alex Condon and Catherine Dickinson finished the game with four goals each; for Condon, it marked her 10th hat trick of the season and eighth in the last nine games. Iris Williamson joined Corcoran as a three-goal scorer on Friday.
Condon has now scored 41 goals this season, moving into No. 6 all-time by a Quaker. Iris Williamson is now sitting on 99 career goals – one away from becoming the ninth Quaker to reach the 100-goal mark for her career.
Emilia Lopez-Ona had a career-high seven draw controls, helping Penn to an 18-8 edge on the draw circle. The seven draws by ELO are tied with Alison Ambrozy (vs. Duke, 5/23/08) for most in a NCAA Tournament game by a Penn player.
The Quakers picked a great time to have their most dominant game in recent memory. The Red and Blue set 2016 highs in goals (17), assists (10), points (27), free position goals (3), and draw controls (18).
The game was not only the best by a Penn squad during 2016 – it is among the best ever played by the Quakers in NCAA Tournament action.The 17 goals scored are the most by a Penn team in a NCAA Tournament game. The 10-goal margin of victory is the largest by a Penn team in a NCAA Tournament game.
The Quakers advance to the second round on Sunday. The game will start at noon with the Red and Blue taking on either Towson or Old Dominion who were scheduled to meet in Friday’s nightcap at Unitas Stadium.