Women's Lacrosse Hosts Columbia on Senior Day

PHILADELPHIA – The arrival of spring brings many rites of passage, and another one is on the horizon for the University of Pennsylvania women’s lacrosse team as the No. 16 Quakers will celebrate the nine members of its Class of 2016 on Senior Day Saturday as Penn hosts Columbia at 3 p.m. at Franklin Field.

As a group, the Class of 2016 – Nina Corcoran, Lely DeSimone, Catherine Dickinson, Liz Gully, McKenzie Hunt, Brooke Kiley, Marisa Noto, Courtney Rushford, and Iris Williamson – has won 45 games, two Ivy League championships, and two Ivy League Tournament championships while appearing in three NCAA Tournaments.

This season, the nine seniors have helped the Quakers to a 7-3 overall record, and a 1-1 mark inside the Ivy League as the final stretch of five League games begin with Saturday’s contest.

Notes to Know …

Penn is 19-0 all-time against Columbia since the series started in 1997.

Last year in the Big Apple, Penn tamed the Lions to the tune of a 10-1 win.

Penn had the game’s only goal of the first half, and held Columbia off the scoreboard until 41:19 had been played.

Nina Corcoran had three goals last year against Columbia; Lely DeSimone and Iris Williamson each had two.

The Quakers have averaged 14.3 goals-per-game in the all-time series with Columbia, compared to just 5.8 goals-per-game for the Lions.

Concerning Columbia …
The Lions enter Saturday’s game with a 5-6 record … Columbia is looking for its first Ivy League win of the season, entering with an 0-3 record in Ivy games … Columbia has won three of its last five games, including a 16-10 win over Saint Joseph’s … The Lions have scored 14+ goals in all five of their wins this season … Sara Ruzzi and Lindsey Ewertsen are tied for the team lead, each with 25 goals … Victoria Kalamaraas has the overall team lead with 32 points on 17 goals and 15 assists … The Lions have scored exactly as many goals (120) as they have given up this season … Goalkeeper Kelsey Gedin is second in the Ivy League with 86 saves.

Corcoran Ascending Assist Charts …
Nina Corcoran is one of the nation’s leading playmakers, ranking fifth among active players with 100 assists and seventh in assists-per-game with 1.59. Corcoran’s 31 assists this season are No. 1 in the Ivy League and second in the county. Her 3.1 assists-per-game in 2016 are also No. 1 in the Ivy League and rank No. 2 among all Division I players.

Nina’s Numbers are No. 1 …
In terms of points, Nina Corcoran is No. 1 in the Ivy League and No. 22 in the country with 45 points through nine games. Her 4.5 points-per-game are first in the Ivy League and 11th in the country.

Corcoran Closing in on All-Time Record …
One of the most prolific playmakers in Penn history, Nina Corcoran is closing in on the program’s all-time assists record. Against Northwestern on April 3, she dished out four assists to become the second player in program history to reach 100 career assists. She is eight away from tying Sherry Marcantonio ’83 for the all-time record of 108. Corcoran’s 164 career points are fifth-most all-time by a Quaker. She is two away from taking over fourth place.

Britt Brown Backstopping Defense …
Goalkeeper Britt Brown is second among Ivy League goalkeepers with a 7.43 GAA. Her .508 save percentage is third among Ivy keepers. Among goalkeepers nationally, she ranks No. 14 in GAA and No. 10 in save percentage.

Williamson Joins 100-Point Club …
With an assist at Dartmouth on March 27, Iris Williamson became the 23rd player in Penn program history to reach the 100 point mark for her career. Of those 23 players, 14 have reached that mark under head coach Karin Corbett.

Penn Prides Itself on Possession …
The Quakers have not been kind to opponents this season, refusing to give up possession without a fight. Penn is No. 5 in the county and tops in the Ivy League in turnovers-per-game, committing just 11.1 per outing.

Nina Nails Northwestern …
Nina Corcoran scored the game-winning goal 0:58 into overtime on April 3 in a 14-13 win for Penn over visiting No. 8 Northwestern. That goal was her only one of the game, and capped a five-point day. Iris Williamson had four goals and an assist in the win as Courtney Rushford picked up her first career win in place of injured Britt Brown.

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