Women's Lacrosse Looks to Bounce Back Versus Yale

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With two weeks remaining in the regular season, the University of Pennsylvania women's lacrosse team looks to secure its spot in the Ivy League Tournament as it hosts Yale on Saturday at 3 p.m.

The only Ivy League program to qualify for all five Ivy League Tournaments, the Quakers enter the weekend with a 10-3 overall record and a 4-1 mark inside the Ancient Eight. Currently in second place in the League, the Quakers can firm up their sixth trip to the Ivy's postseason tournament with a win over the Bulldogs. Yale is 7-6 overall this season, and 2-3 in Ivy competition.

The Quakers are looking to bounce back from a defeat to No. 13 Princeton on Wednesday, a loss which has the Red and Blue one game out of first place with two games to play. Penn has a propensity for not dwelling a loss, though, as the Red and Blue are 30-7 overall since 2007 in games immediately following a loss. In the regular season, the Quakers are 22-4 (.846) when coming off a loss.

On Wednesday, Tory Bensen extended her team lead in goals, scoring twice to reach the 40-goal mark. Throughout the history of the Penn women's lacrosse program, a player has scored 40 goals in a season just six times -- Tory Bensen now has done so twice and is one of just two players all-time at Penn to reach 40 goals on two separate occassions. She is three goals away from her career high of 43 which she set last season. She is also three goals away from tying Erin Brennan (2009-12) for third place all-time in goals by a Quaker with 126. Second place is also within striking distance in Sherry Marcantonio, who had 129 from 1980-83.

Yale has won three of its last four games, the only defeat a 7-5 loss to Princeton on April 4. Last week, the Bulldogs defeated Dartmouth, 8-7, to keep their hopes of a first-ever trip to the Ivy League Tournament alive.

The Bulldogs have relied on their defense to stay in contention for the playoffs, allowing just 37 goals in Ivy play and 102 goals overall -- both numbers second in the Ivy League to Penn. Yale is also second in the Ancient Eight to the Quakers in caused turnovers with 107 as a group.

It is fitting that with two teams closely mirrored in terms of defensive numbers that each team is bolstered by a Markham. Quaker fans are no doubt familiar with Meg Markham's prowess on the defensive side of the ball, but Saturday's game is likely their first look at Yale's Emily Markham. The sophomore appeared in 15 games last season and had 14 ground balls. This season she has 10 caused turnovers and 12 ground balls. Midfielder Christina Doherty leads the Bulldogs with 17 caused turnovers.Doherty is one of only five players in the Ivy League to have reached double figures in goals, points, caused turnovers, ground balls (30) and draw controls (20) this season.

Senior Kerri Fleishhacker -- Meg Markham's classmate in high school -- leads the Bulldogs in points with 31 -- a new career high. Her 20 goals are also a career high.

In goal, senior Erin Mullins has posted a.497 save percentage and a 7.25 goals-against average. She is second in the Ivy League in both categories to Penn's Lucy Ferguson.

Quakers Look to Rebound From Loss to Princeton
It is a quick turnaround for Penn from its 9-7 loss to #13 Princeton on Wednesday as the Quakers look to maintain their second place standing inside the Ivy League with two games to go. The Quakers will need some help to secure their ninth consecutive Ivy League championship, but a win over Yale today keeps the Red and Blue in the hunt.

Penn Has Shown Propensity to Bounce Back
Since the start of the 2007 season, Penn is 30-7 in games immediately following a loss. Of Penn’s 26 regular season losses since 2007, Penn has followed 22 of them up with a win in the next game. Beginning with the 2007 campaign, Penn has had only four losing streaks of two or more games.

Penn Has Slight Edge in All-Time Series
Penn is 19-18-1 all-time against Yale. The Quakers have won the last 10 meetings dating back to the 2005 season. All-time at Franklin Field, Penn is 10-8 against the Bulldogs.

Atop the Ancient Eight
Penn is 57-4 in regular season Ivy League games dating back to the 2007 season. That equates to a .934 winning percentage in conference games. Outside of Princeton (6-3) and Dartmouth (8-1), the Quakers are perfect against every other Ivy team in regular season action since their title run began.

Red and Blue Boast Top-Tier Defense
As is customary in University City, the Penn defense has been staunch to start the season. The Quakers rank sixth in the country in scoring defense, allowing just 6.77 goals-per-game. The Quakers have held opponents to seven goals or fewer in eight of 13 contests this season.

One and Done
Twice this season -- against Saint Joseph’s and Columbia -- Penn has allowed only one goal. No other Ivy League team has accomplished that feat even once and only one ofther team in the nation -- Albany -- has done so.

We’ll Take That...
With a team defense in the upper echelon, it is not surprising that Penn is also inside the top tier in caused turnovers, ranking No. 36 with 8.54 CTs per game. Meg Markham is third in the nation individually with 2.69 CTs per game.

Quakers Improving on the Draw
Penn struggled last year on the draw, ranking 101st in the country with 7.94 draws-per-game. This season, Penn is averaging 10.46 draws-per-game.

Penn Finding the Back of the Net
Penn has been pushing the pace on offense this season, and finding the back of the net at a much-improved clip. The Quakers are averaging 10.54 goals-per-game, good for 51st in the nation. Last year, Penn averaged 8.78 goals-per-game which was No. 84 in Division I. Through 18 games in 2014, Penn scored 12 or more goals just twice. This season, Penn has scored 12 or more five times.

Corcoran Can Do it All
Junior attacker Nina Corcoran is 21st in the country in assists-per-game with 1.77 and is 22nd overall in assists with 23 helpers through 13 games. She is second on the Quakers in total points with 39, and her 3.00 points-per-game ranks 99th in the nation.

Tory is Near the Top
Senior attacker Tory Bensen is 18th in the nation in goals-per-game with 3.08. Her 40 goals through 13 games are second-most by any Ivy League player and ranks 20th overall in the country.

Ferguson Finds High Rankings in Goalkeeper Stats
Senior keeper Lucy Ferguson ranks eighth in the country in goals-against average at 6.71. Her .506 save percentage is also good for sixrth among all keeepers.

Lucy Leads the League
Lucy Ferguson currently sits atop the Ivy League in both goals-against average and save percentage. She paced the Ivy League in GAA last season, and was second in save percentage. In 2013, she was tops among Ivy keepers in save percentage and second in GAA.

Corcoran Closes in on Century Mark
Nina Corcoran has 97 career points entering the weekend, three away from becoming the 22nd player in program history to reach 100 career points.

Markham Hits Centruy Mark in Caused Turnovers
With two caused turnovers against Princeton on April 15, Meg Markham reached the 100-caused turnover mark for her career. She enters today’s game with 123 draw controls and 118 ground balls and draw controls.

Quakers Edged by Princeton, 9-7
For the first time all season, Penn failed to hold on to a halftime lead as the Quakers conceded a 5-4 halftime lead to the Tigers in a 9-7 loss. Tory Bensen had two goals in the loss.

Meg MarkhamNamed Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week
For the second time this season -- and fifth in her career --Meg Markhamwas named Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week. She was instrumental in Penn holding Columbia to just one goal in an Ivy win, with two caused turnovers and two ground balls. On Sunday at Northwestern, she recorded five caused turnovers, five draw controls and three ground balls -- limiting Widlcat sniper Selena Lasota to just two goals.

Red and Blue Come up One Goal Short at #6 Northwestern
Penn put itself in an early hole on the road at No. 6 Northwestern on April 5, falling behind by scores of 4-0 and 5-1 before rallyin in the second half.Tory Bensenscored two of her three goals in the final ten minutes of the game to knot the contest, 8-8. She almost gave her team the win in regulation, but her shot with five seconds to go sailed just high. In overtime,Nina Corcoranhit a post on a point-blank offering which would have given Penn the win. Instead, it was a Wildcats goal with 13 seconds remaining in overtime which was the difference in a 9-8 game.

Quakers Dominate Second Half at Columbia
Goals were hard to come by in the first half at Columbia on Wednesday as Penn built just a 1-0 lead through 30 minutes. In the second half, the Quakers exploded for nine goals on their way to a 10-1 win -- improving to 19-0 all-time against Columbia.Tory BensenandIris Williamsonhad hat tricks for Penn,Nina CorcoranandLely DeSimoneeach added two goals.Lucy Fergusonmade six saves.

Penn Has Three Named Inside Lacrosse Mideseason All-American
Meg Markhamwas named Midseason first-team All-American by Inside Lacrosse Magazine on Thursday, one of three Quakers honored.Lucy Fergusonwas second-team All-American andTory Bensenwas named to the Midseason third team. The three players listed were the most by an Ivy League program.

Markham One of 15 Player of the Year Candidates from Inside Lacrosse
Meg Markhamwas also recognized as one 15 likely candidates for Player of the Year by Inside Lacrosse, ranked No. 12 on their list.Lucy Fergusonwas included in the “Also Receiving Consideration” group which featured the next ten players. They were the only two Ivy League players in the group of 25.

Trio of Hat Tricks Takes Down Towson
Three different Quakers --Tory Bensen,Lely DeSimone,Iris Williamson-- had three goals as part of Penn’s 12-5 win over Towson. Williamson finished the game with five total points, tying her career high.

Lucy FergusonNamed Lacrosse Magazine Midseason Goalkeeper of the Year
Two standout performances pushedLucy Fergusonto top honors among goalkeepers in Lacrosse Magazine’s midseason awards. She was also named midseason All-American by the magazine -- an honor she shared with teammateMeg Markham.

Quakers Dispatch Dartmouth, 10-5
Penn pulled away from the Big Green at Franklin Field, turning a 4-2 halftime lead into a 10-5 win.Lely DeSimonehad three goals to lead the Quakers, adding two caused turnovers and three ground balls.Lucy Fergusonmade eight saves in the game -- seven of which came in the second half.

Tory BensenAdded to Tewaaraton Watch List
After a strong start to the season, senior attackerTory Bensenwas added to the Tewaaraton Award Watch List. She joins teammatesLucy FergusonandMeg Markhamin contention for college lacrosse’s highest honor.

Terps Too Much for Quakers
Penn hung tight with No. 1 Maryland on Wednesday, ultimately falling to the Terps, 12-7.Tory Bensenhad two goals and an assist whileNina Corcoranhad two goals.Lucy Fergusondid her part to keep the Quakers in the game, making a career high 15 saves.Meg Markhamhad four caused turnovers and three ground balls.

Markham and Bensen Sweep Ivy Awards
For the first time since April of 2013, Penn won both the Ivy League’s Offensive Player of the Week and Defenseive Player of the Week awards.Tory Bensensecured her second consecutive Offensive Player of the Week Award with a second straight eight-goal week.Meg Markhamhad eight caused turnovers and six draw controls as Penn stifled two opponents. Markham also added ECAC Division I South Defensive Player of the Week honors.

Quakers Hound Hoyas
Penn scored the game’s first five goals against Georgetown, taking a commanding lead and never giving it back.Tory Bensenfinished with five goals, whileIris Williamsonhad two goals and two assits as Penn defeated the Hoyas, 15-8.Meg Markhamhad five caused turnovers and five draw controls to lead the defense.

Defense Plays a Full Game’s Worth of Shutout D against Hoyas/SJU
Starting with the game against Saint Joseph’s, Penn played over a full game’s worth of shutout defense in two wins against Saint Joseph’s and Georgetown. Penn did not allow a goal over the final 50:07 of play against the Hawks before holding the Hoyas off the scoreboard for the game’s first 12:16 for a total of 62:23 of shutout play.

Bensen Scores 100th Career Goal vs. Saint Joseph’s
With her first goal of the game on Tuesday against the Hawks,Tory Bensenbecame the eighth player in program history to score her 100th career goal.

Quakers Cruise Past Saint Joseph’s, 13-1
Penn scored the final 12 goals of Tuesday’s game with Saint Joseph’s to down their Philly competitors, 13-1.Nina Corcoranhad a career high seven points in the game on two goals and five assists.

Red and Blue are Better than Brown
In the opening game of the 2015 Ivy League season, Penn burst out to a 6-1 halftime lead at Brown, and denied the Bears a late comeback in a 9-7 win.Tory BensenandNina Corcoraneach finished the game with three goals and an assist.Lucy Fergusonmade 10 saves in the victory as the Quakers dealt Brown its first loss of the season.

Quakers Rush Past Rutgers
In their first-ever game against a Big Ten opponent, Penn took the pace of play right to Rutgers en route to a 17-7 win in New Jersey. The 17 goals scored were the most ever by a Penn team against Rutgers in 17 total meetings, led by a career-high five fromIris Williamson.Nina Corcoranhad a career-high five assists, whileTory Bensentied her career high with six points on five goals and an assist.

Nina CorcoranNamed Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week
JuniorNina Corcoranregistered a career-high six points in Penn’s win over Vanderbilt, earning her first career Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week award. Corcoran tied her career high with four assists in the game.

Bensen Scores a Dandy Late to Vanquish Vandy
SeniorTory Bensenwas quiet for most of Penn’s game against Vanderbilt, but came through late with the tying goal to send the game to overtime and then netting the game-winner with 0:04 to play in OT as Penn edged the Commodores, 12-11.

Quakers Derail Delaware’s Hot Start
Penn ventured south to Delaware for its first game of 2015 last weekend, taking on a Blue Hens team which was 2-0 and had scored 39 goals in two games to start the season. The Quakers neutralized the Delaware attack, and put the first loss of the season on the Blue Hens, 9-7.

Tory BensenBrings The Offense to Blue Hens
Senior attackerTory Bensenpicked right up where she left off last season, tying her career high with six goals against Delaware.

Megan KellyNamed Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week
Sophomore defenderMegan Kellymade her first career appearance a memorable one as she recorded three caused turnovers and three ground balls in the win at Delaware. After missing all of 2014 with injury, Kelly’s remarkable debut earned her Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week in the opening round of weekly awards.

Penn’s Starting Defense is “All-Ivy”
With Kelly earning Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week last week, each of Penn’s four starting defenders as earned either Ivy Defensive Player of the Week or been named All-Ivy at some point during their careers.Meg Markham(Two-time All-Ivy, 2014 Ivy Defender of the Year, three-time Defender of the Week),Taylor Foussadier(Two-time All-Ivy),Lydia Miller(All-Ivy) and Kelly (POW) give Penn the League’s most recognized defense.

Markham Hits Century Mark “Daily Double”
Meg Markhamhas been causing havoc defensively for the Quakers the past three years, setting her up for a few career milestones this season. She recorded her 100th career ground ball against Vanderbilt and hit the centruy mark in draw controls against Rutgers.

Welcome Back…
The Red and Blue return 25 players from last year’s team, including 11 who started 12 or more games during the 2014 season.

Welcome Back (Part II) …
Among the 25 returning players is a quartet of “Fifth-Year Seniors” who were injured at some point during their careers and earned a medical hardship.Tory Bensen,Shannon Mangini,Lydia MillerandLindsey Smithall will finish their careers this season for the Quakers.

Defense Looks to Dominate Again
The Quakers return four players who appeared in 15 or more games on defense last season as the Red and Blue finished seventh in the country in scoring defense at 7.78 goals allowed-per-game. Reigning Ivy League Defender of the Year and first-team All-AmericanMeg Markhamleads the group, coming off a 2014 campaign where she led the Ivy League in caused turnovers with 43 and averaged 2.39 CTs per game which ranked fifth nationally.

Ferguson Returns to the Cage
Senior goalkeeperLucy Fergusonis back between the pipes for the Quakers in 2015, coming off a second consecutive first-team All-Ivy season which saw her lead the Ancient Eight in GAA (7.70) and finish second in save percentage at .463. Those numbers ranked her seventh and 16th in the nation in those respective categories.

Wealth of Offense Returns
You’d be hard pressed to find a team in the country which returns as much of its scoring output from 2014 as the Quakers do this season. Last year, Penn scored 158 goals. The players returning to the lineup from last season add up to 155 of those goals – or a whopping 98.1 percent.

Another Chance at the Champs
With Penn’s game at Maryland on March 18, the Quakers will take on the defending national champions for the ninth consecutive season. Add in regular-season foe Princeton, and the Quakers have taken on the reigning champs in 11 of the last 12 seasons.

Penn is Climbing Ivy Title Charts
Penn is tied with Princeton for third-most Ivy League titles with ten overall. Harvard is first with 12, while Dartmouth is second with 11.

Quakers Proficient at “Hanging Ten”
The Quakers have won 10 games in a season in 10 of the last 11 seasons after going 23 years without a 10-win season.

All-Time in the Ivy League
This year marks the 36th year of Ivy League women’s lacrosse. The Red and Blue are 167-97-2 all-time in Ivy League contests.