Penn Adds 10 Lacrosse Student-Athletes for the 2013 Season

PHILADELPHIA For the sixth season in a row, Penn will enter the women's lacrosse season as defending Ivy League champions a distinction which as the Quakers in possession of the nation's longest run of consecutive conference titles. Karin Brower Corbett will add 10 players to her squad for the 2013 season, bringing nine freshmen to University City and adding a transfer with extensive college experience. This class, which features six high school All-Americans and five players named by ESPN Rise as Top-100 players, was recently ranked No. 10 in the country by Inside Lacrosse.

"We are very excited about the addition of these 10 players to the Penn program," head coach Karin Brower Corbett said. "They embody everything we look for in a Quaker dynamic, smart players who can contribute in many ways and are just as successful off the field. We cannot wait for them to arrive on campus and start their careers."

Depth has been added all over the field for the Quakers, with four players listed primarily as midfielders and another two combo midfielders who can move around the field as needed, two as goalkeepers, and one each on defense and attack. Three players will come to Penn from New York, two each from New Jersey and Pennsylvania, while Connecticut, Maryland and Massachusetts each have one player set to suit up for the Red and Blue.

Nina Corcoran M Point Lookout, N.Y./Sacred Heart Academy
High School: 2012 All-American ... Four-time runner-up in CHSLAA championship ... Four-time All-League selection ... Four-time second-team All-Long Island selection ... Also lettered in basketball ... 2010 New York Division B state champions in hoops ... Named All-League in basketball three times (2010-12) ... MSG Varsity Award recipient for outstanding student-athlete ... News 12 Scholar-Athlete award recipient ... Principals List student all four years ... National Honor Society member.

Personal: Daughter of Maria and James Corcoran ... Older sister, Rosie, is a senior at Georgetown and a member of the women's lacrosse team ... Enrolled in Wharton.

Coach Corbett on Nina: "Nina has great game sense and really understands the game. She has terrific height and speed to match. She has tremendous instincts, especially on the defensive end of the field, however her speed and stick work will have her competing for a position in the midfield."

Lely DeSimone D/M Airmont, N.Y./Suffern
High School: Four-year letterwinner ... Twice served as team captain ... Three-time league and county champion (2009-11) ... Twice named first-team All-American (2011-12) ... ESPN Rise Top-100 selection ... Ranked No. 17 on ESPN Rise Top Defensive Midfielders list ... 2012 Journal News Athlete of the Season ... Four-time NYS All-Section ... Four-time All-County ... Four-time All-League ... Played three seasons for Hudson V in the Women's Division national tournament ... Also played for Hudson Valley Empire team ... Lettered four years in field hockey, captaining team senior season ... Claimed three league and county championships in field hockey (2009-11) ... Twice named first-team All-League and All-County (2010-11) ... Named NYS All-Section in 2010 ... Three-time letterwinner in basketball, captaining team senior season ... Twice claimed league and county championships on the hardwood (2010-11) ... Honorable mention All-League in hoops in 2012 ... National Honor Society member ... Nominated for HOBY Leadership Award .. Journal News Scholar-Athlete for field hockey.

Personal: Daughter of Sandra and Mick DeSimone ... Father wrestled for Bucknell ... Older sister, Micaela, is a junior at Union College (NY) and is a member of the women's lacrosse team ... Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences with a major in communication.

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2012-08-21



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