PHILADELPHIA – The annual Inside Lacrosse “Face-Off Yearbook” has been released, featuring preseason prognostications heading into the 2015 women’s lacrosse season. The University of Pennsylvania’s women’s lacrosse program has been featured in the publication, with the team earning a preseason ranking of No. 13 and four student-athletes earning preseason All-American honors.
The Quakers are the highest-ranked Ivy League team in Inside Lacrosse’s Preseason Top-20 with their No. 13 selection, right ahead of rival Princeton which is slotted at No. 14.
Returning first-team All-American Meg Markham has been selected a preseason first-team All-American by Inside Lacrosse, improving from a second-team preseason All-American nod from the magazine last year. The reigning Ivy League Defender of the Year, Markham was a Tewaaraton Award nominee last season as she led the Ivy League in caused turnovers and finished fifth nationally in caused turnovers-per-game. She was also second in the Ivy League in ground balls and seventh in draw controls.
Three Quakers were selected honorable mention preseason All-American by Inside Lacrosse – Nina Corcoran, Lucy Ferguson and Taylor Foussadier.
Nina Corcoran was a first-team All-Ivy selection last season and picked up second-team All-Region honors. The primary playmaker on Penn’s attack, Corcoran led the Red and Blue with 24 assists – good for third in the Ivy League. She totaled 49 points – second on the team – for a new career high.
GoalkeeperLucy Fergusonhas twice been named first-team All-Region and first-team All-Ivy in her career with the Quakers, adding a Tewaaraton Award nomination last season. In 2014, she led the Ivy League in goals-against average (7.70) and was second in save percentage (.463) as she was once again the Ancient Eight’s top keeper. Nationally, she was seventh in GAA and 16thin save percentage. She had 11 games where she conceded eight or fewer goals.
Taylor Foussadier was a second-team IWLCA All-Region and second-team All-Ivy selection last season, with 10 caused turnovers and 19 ground balls on defense for the Quakers. She has been twice named All-Region during her career.
The Red and Blue begins the 2015 season Feb. 21 at Delaware at 1 p.m.