Penn Welcomes 7 in Recruiting Class of 2015

PHILADELPHIA - For five seasons now, Penn has enjoyed life at the top of the Ivy League. Championships and NCAA tournament appearances have become the norm, with five total Ancient Eight titles - and four outright crowns - added to head coach Karin Brower Corbett's resume in the last five seasons. As the Red and Blue prepare for the 2012 season and a shot at completing the "six-pack," Corbett will add seven student-athletes to her roster as members of the Class of 2015.

The group - which is comprised of student-athletes from players hailing from New Jersey and New York - features three players listed as defenders and four players slated to join the midfield. Two players - Leah McBride and Lindsey O'Loughlin - were teammates at Oak Knoll High School in New Jersey, leading their team to the 2011 New Jersey Prep A state championship. Two members of the Class of 2015 were high school All-Americans - Taylor Foussadier and Meg Markham - while six players were Academic All-Americans.

An accomplished group - combined the Class of 2015 has won 22 conference, county and state championships - the newcomers bring the championship pedigree needed to continue Penn's run atop the Ivy League.

"We are very excited about the newcomers to our program," head coach Karin Brower Corbett said. "We have built a strong tradition here over the past few years, and after watching this group during fall practices and scrimmages, I am looking forward to seeing them in action this spring. They are an athletic group, and at the same time determined and competitive. They will make their mark on Penn lacrosse in quick fashion."

Taylor Foussadier (Tayt)
Defense | Turnersville, N.J./Washington Township

High School: Four-time letterwinner ... Captained team as senior ... ESPN Rise All-American (2011) ... US Lacrosse Honorable Mention All-American (2011) ... Academic All-American (2010, '11) ... Two-time all-conference (2010, '11) ... Two-time first-team All South Jersey (2010, '11) ... New Jersey Scholar Athlete (2011) ... Gloucester County Times Girls' Lacrosse Player of the Year (2011) ... Two-time Star Ledger All-State team... Two-time Philadelphia Inquirer first-team New Jersey ... Spring 2011 S.J. Magazine Players to Watch list ... Member of three Olympic Conference championship teams (2008, '09, '11) ... South Jersey Group IV champion (2009, '11) ... 2011 Women's Lacrosse Club of South Jersey Defender of the Year ... Also lettered three times in soccer ... Two-time Academic All-American ... National Honor Society and National French Honor Society member.

Personal: Daughter of Kristine and Keith Foussadier ... Sister, Brooke, is a senior attacker for Johns Hopkins lacrosse ... Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Coach Corbett on Foussadier: "Tayt is a true competitor who thrives on defense. Tayt loves to learn and the improvement we have seen in her to this point is amazing. Tayt will impact our defensive unit immediately with her tenacity and competitiveness. She rises to the challenge and already does not play like a freshman."

Crissy Gambino
Midfield | Lloyd Harbor, N.Y./Saint Anthony's

High School: Four-time letterwinner ...Three-year captain ... Team went undefeated all four years, winning four CHSAA championships ... Academic All-American (2011) ... Saint Anthony's Alumni Award (2011) ... Saint Anthony's Coaches Award (2009) ... Four-year Student Council class representative ... Three-year National Honor Society member ... Four year high honor roll student.

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