PHILADELPHIA – With the 2011 schedule finalized, Penn women’s lacrosse head coach Karin Brower Corbett sees her squad not in a state of rebuilding, but rather one of reloading.
“There is a core group of players on this team that knows what it takes to win and be successful,” she said. “Our record over the past four seasons was the result of a group coming together and refusing to lose. There are plenty of players back who understand what it will take to continue that mindset.”
The Quakers, who graduated seven players who made great contributions to the emergence of the program, return 17 players for 2011 – including first-team All-Ivy player Erin Brennan and second-teamer Giulia Giordano. The two combined for 105 points in 2010, ranking second and third on the squad in points. In all, six players who started at least 12 games are slated to return for the Red and Blue. Joining the veterans will be a crop of 11 recruits – 10 freshmen and one sophomore transfer. Nine of the newcomers were high school All-Americans.
The Quakers enter the 2011 season as four-time defending Ivy League champions and own a 29-game Ivy League winning streak – the second-longest running streak of that kind in the nation. In addition to the always-grueling Ivy slate, the Red and Blue have eight non-conference matchups ahead for 2011.
Penn will play three-quarters of the 2010 NCAA semifinalists this spring, starting with North Carolina at Franklin Field on March 5. When April rolls along, Penn will travel to take on the two teams who decided the national title. Up first will be defending national champion Maryland in College Park on April 1. The Terrapins ended Penn’s season last May en route to their 10th national title. The next weekend, Penn heads to Evanston, Ill. to take on Northwestern on April 10. Between those two April road trips, Penn will play the winners of 15 of 29 national championships. Over the course of the entire 2011 season, the Quakers will play schools accounting for 19 national titles.
In addition to the three national semifinalists, Penn has added another ACC powerhouse to the schedule for 2011. The regular season finale will see the Quakers host Duke at Franklin Field on May 1. The Quakers and Blue Devils are familiar with each other in recent years as Penn knocked Duke out of the 2008 and 2009 NCAA Tournaments.
The season opens for Penn on Feb. 26 at home against Drexel. The first Wednesday game of the season is at Hofstra on March 9. Other Wednesday non-conference games are at Rutgers (March 16) and at Johns Hopkins (Mar. 23).
Saturday, March 12 begins Penn’s assault on a fifth-straight Ivy title as the Quakers head to Harvard. Other road Ivy contests include at Columbia (April 3) and at Brown (April 23). The Ivy home opener for the Red and Blue is March 19 against Yale. Cornell heads to Franklin Field March 27 before Penn welcomes Dartmouth (April 16) and Princeton (April 20) for its final home Ancient Eight games of the season.
2011 Penn Women's Lacrosse Schedule
Home games in CAPS
* Indicates Ivy League Game
|Saturday||Feb. 26||DREXEL||Franklin Field||3 p.m.|
|Saturday||Mar. 5||NORTH CAROLINA||Franklin Field||Noon|
|Wednesday||Mar. 9||at Hofstra||Hempstead, N.Y.||3 p.m.|
|Saturday||Mar. 12||at Harvard||Cambridge, Mass.||TBD|
|Wednesday||Mar. 16||at Rutgers||Piscataway, N.J.||6 p.m.|
|Saturday||Mar. 19||YALE*||Franklin Field||Noon|
|Wednesday||Mar. 23||at Johns Hopkins||Baltimore, Md.||7 p.m.|
|Sunday||Mar. 27||CORNELL*||Franklin Field||1 p.m.|
|Friday||Apr. 1||at Maryland||College Park, Md.||7 p.m.|
|Sunday||Apr. 3||at Columbia*||New York, N.Y.||1 p.m.|
|Sunday||Apr. 10||at Northwestern||Evanston, Ill.||1 p.m.|
|Saturday||Apr. 16||DARTMOUTH*||Franklin Field||1 p.m.|
|Wednesday||Apr. 20||PRINCETON*||Franklin Field||7 p.m.|
|Saturday||Apr. 25||Brown*||Providence, R.I.||1 p.m.|
|Sunday||May 1||DUKE||Franklin Field||1 p.m.|
|Saturday||May 7||Ivy League Semifinals||TBD||TBD|
|Sunday||May 8||Ivy League Final||TBD||TBD|
|Saturday||May 14||NCAA First Round||TBD||TBD|
|Saturday||May 21||NCAA Quartefinals||TBD||TBD|
|Friday||May 27||NCAA Semifinals||Stony Brook, N.Y.||TBD|
|Sunday||May 29||NCAA Championship||Stony Brook, N.Y.||