PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania had five players named All-Region by the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (ILWCA) on Monday, leading the Ivy League in selections.
Penn’s three first-team All-Region selections – Tory Bensen, Lucy Ferguson, and Meg Markham, are also the most for any Ancient Eight program and the most first team selections for the Quakers since 2012.
Nina Corcoran and Lely DeSimone were named second-team All-Region, Penn’s five total All-Mid-Atlantic honorees the most since the 2012 team had five.
Tory Bensen earned her first career All-Region selection this season on the strength of a historic season which earned her Ivy League Attacker of the Year and first-team All-Ivy honors. The senior attacker scored 58 goals this season, not only a career high but a number that tied Penn’s single-season goal scoring record set in 1981. Her 64 points this season led Penn and are the fourth-most in a single season by a Quaker in program history. Bensen will graduate with 141 goals, which is second-most all-time by a Quaker, and 163 points which is fifth-most all-time and third-highest by a Penn player since 1983.
Meg Markham earned her third career first-team All-Region selection this season after adding a second straight Ivy League Defender of the Year honor to her resume. A first-team All-Ivy defender for the third consecutive season, Markham led the Ivy League in caused turnovers with 46 – over twice as many as the next player. Her 2.42 caused turnovers-per-game ranks fifth among all Division I players and helped Penn to a scoring defense which ranks ninth in the country at 7.74 goals-per-game.
Lucy Ferguson joined Markham as a first-team All-Region selection for the second season in a row, giving her three total All-Region selections for her career including second team honors in 2013. The Ivy League’s leader in goals-against average at 7.61, Ferguson ranks 10th among all Division I keepers in GAA. Her save percentage of .473 ranks second in the Ancient Eight and is 13th in the country.
For the second year in a row, Nina Corcoran earned second-team All-Region honors. Her 2015 campaign was a record-breaking one for the Quakers, as she set a new single-season assist record with an Ivy-leading 40, breaking the old record which was set in 1981. Her 40 assists this season were third-most in a single season by any Ivy League player in Ancient Eight history. Through three seasons, she already ranks fourth all-time in assists by a Penn player with 69. Corcoran added 21 goals this season, giving her 61 points which is fourth all-time in a single season by a Penn player.
Lely DeSimone was named second-team All-Mid-Atlantic, her first career All-Region selection. A two-way midfielder for the Quakers, she was second on the Quakers with 30 goals and fourth with 33 points. She also added 14 caused turnovers – third on the team – and 19 ground balls – which were fifth.