PHILADELPHIA -- It may have required a little more nervous energy that the Quakers have been used to over the past few years, but the University of Pennsylvania women's lacrosse team had reason to celebrate Sunday night as the Red and Blue received an at-large bid to the 2015 NCAA Championship.
Penn's ninth consecutive national tournament will begin with a first-round matchup against Albany in Syracuse. The winner will take on the No. 4 seeded 'Cuse. Dates and times to be announced.
Last year, the Red and Blue defeated Canisius in the first round of the NCAA Championship before bowing out at the hands of eventual champion Maryland in the second round.
Overall in the NCAA Tournament, the Quakers are 10-10. Nine of those wins have come over the past eight entries, including three Final Four runs from 2007-09. The 2008 and 2009 teams competed in the season’s final weekend at Johnny Unitas Stadium at Towson University which is again serving as the host site for the Final Four May 23-25. In 2008, the Quakers were national runner-up to Northwestern.
The Quakers are one of six teams making their ninth or more consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament.
Penn boasts the Ivy League's Attacker of the Year in Tory Bensen and the Ivy League's Defender of the Year in Meg Markham. Both Markham and goalkeeper Lucy Ferguson are among the 25 nominees for the Tewaaraton Award as college lacrosse's player of the year.