PHILADELPHIA – The only Ivy League program to appear in all seven Ivy League Tournaments will look to add a fourth Tournament championship to its trophy case as the University of Pennsylvania women’s lacrosse team hosts the ILT starting May 6 at Franklin Field.
Penn, ranked No. 12 in the latest IWLCA Top-20, earned the right to host the tournament for the fifth time via its Ivy League championship run during the regular season. The top seed in the tournament, the Red and Blue will take on No. 4 seed Harvard in Friday’s second semifinal which is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. No. 2 seed Princeton and No. 3 seed Cornell will start the doubleheader at 4 p.m.
The two winners will meet on May 8 at 11 a.m. in the championship game with an automatic bid to the 2016 NCAA Tournament on the line. All three games of the 2016 Ivy League Tournament will be broadcast via the American Sports Network (Check Local Listings) and online via the Ivy League Digital Network.
The Quakers lead the Ivy League Tournament in appearances (6), championships (3) and total wins (8) over the previous six installments of the tournament. Penn’s previous championships have come in 2010, 2013, and 2014 – with the 2010 and 2013 wins coming at Franklin Field.
Notes to Know …
• Penn is 8-3 all-time in Ivy League Tournament games, the most wins of any Ivy program.
• In Philadelphia, Penn is 5-2 in Ivy Tournament contests.
• The Quakers are 5-1 all-time in Ivy League Tournament semifinal games.
• Penn is 2-0 all-time against Harvard in the Ivy League Tournament
Corcoran Named Ivy League Attacker of the Year
For the second year in a row, Penn has been deemed to possess the Ivy League’s top attacker as Nina Corcoran was selected unanimous Ivy League Attacker of the Year. She joins Tory Bensen as the only Quakers to earn the honor. Corcoran leads the nation in assists with 48, and her 69 points are tops in the Ivy League.
Karin Corbett Named Ivy League Coach of the Year
The winningest coach in Penn Women’s Lacrosse History, Karin Corbett was named 2016 Ivy League Coach of the Year for the first time after guiding the Red and Blue to their ninth Ivy League championship in the past 10 years. The 2007 IWLCA and Inside Lacrosse National Coach of the Year, Corbett won her 200th career game as a head coach on April 30 at Cornell – 187 of those wins have come as head coach of the Quakers.
Penn Lands Six on All-Ivy Team
The Quakers placed six players on the All-Ivy team for the second straight year, led by first-team All-Ivy selections Nina Corcoran, Alex Condon and Iris Williamson. Combined, that trio accounted for 140 of Penn’s 340 points this season – or 41%. Also named All-Ivy were second-team selections Lely DeSimone and Megan Kelly who were joined by honorable mention goalkeeper Britt Brown.
Red and Blue Set Ivy Record for Weekly Awards
Through 11 weeks of Player of the Week Awards, Penn earned eight Offensive Player of the Week honors – a new Ivy record. Nina Corcoran accounted for six of those awards – also a single-season record – while Alex Condon garnered two.
Penn Claims 11th Ivy League Championship
With a 10-6 win at Cornell on April 30, Penn staked claim to its ninth Ivy title in the last 10 years – and its 11th overall. Women’s Lacrosse now has the most Ivy titles of any women’s program at Penn, surpassing the women’s fencing team which has 10.
Quakers Knock Off Four Top-20 Teams
Again taking on a challenging schedule, Penn played six Top-20 opponents this season, posting a 4-2 record in those games. Three of those wins – No. 11 Princeton (12-7), No. 17 Towson (7-4) and No. 18 Cornell (10-6) were on the road, while the fourth was a 14-13 win over No. 8 Northwestern in overtime.
Quakers Rank No. 9 in RPI
The latest NCAA RPI slots Penn in at No. 9 – second-highest among Ivy League teams. Of the eight teams ahead of the Quakers, Penn has played three of them. Penn has played six games against the RPI Top-20 and seven against the RPI Top-25. Penn is 5-2 against the RPI Top-25 this season.
Keeping It Clean
Penn is one of the stingiest teams in the country when it comes to coughing up the ball, ranking No. 5 in the nation with 10.80 turnovers per game. In nine games where Penn committed 11 or fewer turnovers, the Quakers are 8-1 with wins in their last eight after turning the ball over 11 times at Duke in the second game of the season.
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