May 22, 2016 |
Penn and Penn State's women's lacrosse teams are set to face off Saturday in State College in the NCAA tournament quarterfinals. For either team, a win would mark a milestone in recent school history. Penn State hasn't made the semifinals since 1999, while Penn has not gotten there since 2009. The Lions (13-6) are coming off a 14-13 overtime win against Florida. Penn (15-4) decisively defeated its first two tournament opponents. The Quakers took down Wagner, 17-7, before overpowering Towson, 12-4.
May 21, 2016 |
Katie O'Donnell watched her first NCAA lacrosse tournament from a stroller. Her mother, Jen, a former West Chester lacrosse player and referee, carted her daughter to games as a toddler. When she got older, Katie O'Donnell remembers sitting on the sidelines, enamored watching the University of Virginia's Amy Appelt speed across the field. O'Donnell isn't on the sidelines anymore. The sophomore midfielder for Penn State has played a key role in the team's success so far in the NCAA tournament.
May 19, 2016 |
WHILE READING Sunday's front-page New York Times piece about Donald Trump's "crossing the line" with women he worked with, dated or casually encountered, I thought, heck, this won't hurt him. Then, by Monday, one of the women, former Trump girlfriend Rowanne Brewer Lane, featured in the piece as objectified by Trump, said the Times misrepresented her, and I thought, whoa, the piece actually helps him. How, you might ask? It displays Trump as the field-playing macho stud he's played for decades.
May 18, 2016 |
THE LAST eight months have been hellish for Antoinette Marshall. The 41-year-old single mother of three endured a devastating breast cancer diagnosis, followed by multiple surgeries as well as radiation treatment. Then, in December, her 34-year-old brother was tragically murdered while walking his two dogs in West Philly. Earlier this year, Marshall went through a painful breakup with her longtime boyfriend, the father of two of her children, and now is involved in a custody battle.
May 17, 2016 |
After an opening-round victory Friday in the NCAA women's lacrosse tournament, Penn coach Karin Brower Corbett said her main worry going forward was the Quakers defense. Well, she needn't worry any more. Penn (15-4) held host Towson scoreless in the run of play for the first 56 minutes, 14 seconds, allowing only two free-position goals to beat the Tigers, 12-4, in a second-round game at Johnny Unitas Stadium. The Quakers advanced to play Penn State (which upset second-seeded Florida, 14-13, in double overtime)
May 15, 2016 |
TOWSON, Md. - Nina Corcoran has been the leader of the Penn women's lacrosse team this year. On Friday, she got to celebrate on a team level and an individual one. Corcoran had three goals and four assists to lead the Quakers to a 17-7 win over Wagner College in the first round of the NCAA Division I tournament at Johnny Unitas Stadium. The seventh-seeded Quakers (14-4) will take on Towson in the second round Sunday at noon. The game also will be played at Towson. Corcoran set the Penn record for points in a season with 83 in the victory.
May 15, 2016 |
LAKELAND, Fla. - It had been three years since the West Chester University women's lacrosse team made it to the NCAA tournament. That was the longest drought in the program's history. The Golden Rams, once perennial contenders for the Final Four, had every intention of making a return trip. Unfortunately, that goal will have to wait another season. Rollins' Megan Curry scored with 31 seconds remaining Friday to lift the fifth-seed Rollins Tars past the fourth-seeded Golden Rams, 9-8, in the first round of the NCAA Division II South Regional.
May 5, 2016 |
Many people contributed to the ninth regular-season Ivy League women's lacrosse title in the last 10 years for Penn, but a big assist goes to senior attack Nina Corcoran. Make that several assists. Corcoran, who on Wednesday was named the Ivy League attacker of the year, leads the nation with 48 assists and 3.2 assists per game for the 12-3 Quakers, who are ranked No. 12 in the most recent Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association poll. As with anybody who dishes to teammates with such stunning regularity, Corcoran is often thinking a play or two ahead of the opposition.
May 5, 2016 |
On a recent Thursday afternoon, Philadelphia dressmaker Michael Thomas was pinning navy rosettes on a midnight silk-and-tulle prom gown for Baldwin School senior Alex Brittingham. Thomas had been working on Brittingham's dress for a few months, yet the silhouette - with its fitted lace bodice that flares into a full, princess skirt - mirrors the silver Marchesa gown that model Karolina Kurkova wore to the Met Gala on Monday night. "That gown was amazing," Thomas said. In keeping with the gala's theme, Manus x Machina: Fashion in the Age of Technology, Kurkova's rosettes were studded with twinkling LED lights.
May 1, 2016 |
Speed was a consideration. This was a race, after all. Strength and stamina were part of the coach's calculus, too. This was a distance race, remember. But when Villanova coach Gina Procaccio cobbled together her lineup for its long shot of winning the 4x1,500-meter Championship of America race on Friday at the 122nd annual Penn Relays, she looked deeper than split times and personal bests. "In the way back in my mind, I always try to win at Penn," Procaccio said after the Wildcats' dramatic victory in one of the featured events of the long day of competition at Franklin Field.