University of Pennsylvania

Penn Athletics Department - M Lacrosse
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Division 1 Pennsylvania Northeast
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Karin Brower Corbett

Through 19 seasons as head coach at the University of Pennsylvania, Karin Brower Corbett has established Penn as one of the nation's elite women's lacrosse programs. With 11 Ivy League championships in the past 12 years and three trips to the national semifinals, Corbett's teams have established themselves as perennial NCAA powers. The pinnacle of Corbett's tenure was the 2008 season where the Quakers were NCAA Finalists and spent a number of weeks ranked No. 1 in the country after defeating Northwestern in the regular season.


Corbett, who took over a team in 2000 that won only one game the previous year, has led her teams to 217 wins since -- averaging 11.4 wins per season.


The Quakers qualified for a 12th consecutive NCAA Tournament in 2018, winning their 11th Ivy League title in the past 12 seasons along the way. Corbett’s team set a program record for goal in a season with 261, besting the previous mark by 38 goals. A balanced group of senior leaders and underclass catalysts made the Red and Blue a dynamic attack as four players had more than 35 goals – led by sophomore All-American Gabby Rosenzweig who tied the program record for points in a season with 85. Fellow All-American Erin Barry became just the third player in program history to score 50 goals in a season, finishing with 51. Rookie Zoe Belodeau set the Penn single season record – and established a new Ivy League rookie record with 103 draw controls. In addition, she set new Penn records for goals (45), assists (35) and points (80) by a rookie. Corbett’s team held true to its defensive roots, with senior Natalie Stefan earning Ivy League Defender of the Year honors to lead nine All-Ivy selections.


In 2017, Corbett coached her 10th Ivy League championship team, and guided her squad to the NCAA Tournament for the 11th consecutive season. Her team defeated four Top-20 opponents, including a 17-12 defeat of No. 6 Princeton at Franklin Field. Corbett coached five All-Ivy selections in 2017, including Alex Condon who earned Ivy League Midfielder of the Year honors. Condon would also earn second-team All-American honors, joined by Katy Junior who was a third-team All-American.


The 2016 season saw Corbett and the Quakers return to the NCAA Quarterfinals -- playing a program record 20 games and compiling a 15-5 record. Corbett won her ninth Ivy League title with a 6-1 record inside the Ancient Eight, and her team defeated four Top-20 teams. Corbett has redefined the Red and Blue, building a team that can score and defend, At the conclusion of the 2016 season, Corbett saw attacker Nina Corcoran named Ivy League Attacker of the Year following a season where she set both Penn and Ivy League records in assists for a season and a career. Three of Penn's attackers were named first-team All-Ivy, while the Quakers continued to be among the Top-15 in terms of scoring defense.


In 2015, Corbett guided the Quakers to a 14-5 overall record and a ninth consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance. The Quakers won a game in the NCAA Tournament for the sixth time in those nine years, defeating Albany in overtime, 11-10. Penn is now 10-9 all-time in NCAA Tournament games under Corbett.


The Red and Blue had one if their finest offensive seasons in program history in 2015, scoring 199 goals which ranks fourth all-time at Penn. Tory Bensen became the program’s first Ivy League Attacker of the Year, scoring 58 goals which tied the single-season Penn record. Bensen was named second-team All-American, one of three Penn players named All-American -- the second-most in a single season under Corbett.


Defensively, Meg Markham repeated as a first-team All-American and as Ivy League Defender of the Year -- just the second Quaker in program history to repeat as a first-team All-American and the first to repeat as an Ivy League yearly award winner. Lucy Ferguson was named first-team All-Ivy at goalkeeper for the third consecutive season and earned her first career All-American honor with a second team selection.


The 2014 season saw Corbett's Quakers do something no Ivy League women's lacrosse program had ever done -- win an eighth consecutive Ivy League championship. The Quakers went 6-1 in Ancient Eight play, never allowing more than nine goals in a game, to share the League crown and set a new record for conference supremacy in the process. Corbett placed seven of her players on the All-Ivy team, including her first Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year in Meg Markham. The Quakers would play in 18 games during 2014 -- the third most by any Penn team -- and win 13 of them -- fifth-most in school history. In early May, the Quakers made some more history, winning their third Ivy League Tournament championship and first away from Philadelphia with a win over host Princeton in the championship game. That win secured an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament, making it eight consecutive years with a national tournament appearance for the Quakers -- the sixth-longest active streak in the nation.


In 2013, Corbett guided her team to a seventh consecutive Ivy League championship with her fifth undefeated Ivy League slate since 2007. The seven consecutive conference championships is the current longest streak of regular season championships in NCAA Division I and are the most ever by any Penn women's program. Success in clutch situations was the hallmark of Corbett's Quakers in 2013, the Red and Blue setting a program record with a 4-0 mark in overtime games. Three Penn players were named unanimous first-team All-Ivy, including Shannon Mangini who earned the first-ever Ivy League Midfielder of the Year award.


2012 saw Corbett add her sixth Ivy title in dramatic fashion with a win at Princeton to claim outright possession of the Ancient Eight crown negate any thoughts of a five-way share. Corbett graduated the program's second-leading all-time scorer, Erin Brennan, who totaled 213 points over her four seasons. The Red and Blue were an at-large selection to the NCAA Tournament for the second time in school history.


In 2010, Corbett made history when Penn won the first Ivy League Tournament. In the process, the Red and Blue earned their fourth automatic berth to the NCAA Championships in a row. In the NCAAs, Corbett's team won its first round game once again before falling in the quarterfinals to eventual champion Maryland. During the 2010 season, Penn set a record for goals scored in a season with 223. In fact, from 2007-10, Corbett helped Penn shatter virtually every program record on the books, including wins in a season (17), consecutive wins (15), highest national ranking (1) and goals in a season (223).


The 2010 campaign saw one of Corbett's players re-write the record books as Ali DeLuca became Penn's first Tewaaraton Award finalist. DeLuca became Penn's all-time leading goal scorer with 148 career tallies and set a season-record for points with 76. DeLuca was named unanimous Ivy Player of the Year, the third in Corbett's tenure in West Philadelphia.


From 2007-09, Corbett and the Quakers announced their presence on the national stage with three consecutive appearances in the national semifinals. Named the 2007 National Coach of the Year by multiple organizations, Corbett led the Quakers to an unforgettable '07 season that saw Penn win its first Ivy League title since 1982 -- and the program's first-ever outright crown. The Red and Blue would win two games in the NCAA Tournament, advancing to play in the NCAA semifinals for the first time ever -- a game held at Franklin Field.


Corbett followed 2007 with another outright Ivy title and trip to the NCAA tournament in 2008, this time advancing to the program's first championship game where Penn was edged by Northwestern, 10-6. During the 2008 season, the Quakers won a program-best 15 consecutive games, including a win over No. 1 Northwestern at Franklin Field which vaulted the Red and Blue to No. 1 for the first time.


In 2009, Corbett again had her team in the national semifinals, where the Red and Blue came one goal short in a double-overtime classic against top-seeded Northwestern after rallying from four goals down in the final seven minutes. The Quakers won their first 13 games of the season, extending their regular-season win streak to 25 before a loss to the Wildcats in Evanston.


The 2006 season was a precursor to success as she led the Quakers to a 10-6 record, the program's first 10-win season since 1982. Penn beat three teams ranked in the national top-20 and finished the season ranked 20th in the IWLCA poll for the first time since 1996. Five members of her team were named All-Ivy while four were tabbed as All-Region.


2004-05 saw Corbett's team post back-to-back winning seasons, the first time Penn accomplished that feat since 1984-85. The 9-7 mark for the 2004 squad was the first winning season for Penn since 1994, and the 4-3 mark in Ivy play put Penn above .500 in Ancient Eight competition for the first time since 1988.


Prior to coming to Penn, Corbett was an assistant coach at Princeton University from 1996-98 where she was instrumental in all aspects of the Tigers' nationally-ranked lacrosse program, with a particular emphasis on recruiting. She organized clinics for high schoolers and was the assistant director of both the Princeton Tiger Camp and the Princeton Elite Camp.


Corbett began her coaching career as an assistant at Rutgers University, before serving as an assistant at Villanova University for a year. She then moved on to her alma mater, where she was an assistant field hockey coach. After a successful year at William & Mary, Corbett took the head lacrosse job at Drew University. She led Drew to a pair of conference championships in her two years, and was active in organizing clinics and winter leagues.


As an undergraduate at William & Mary, Corbett captained both the field hockey and lacrosse teams as a senior in 1992. She earned first-team All-America honors and was named Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Player of the Year in lacrosse as a senior, and was a Regional All-American in field hockey in the fall of 1991.


In the summer of 1991, Corbett was a member of the Under-23 National Lacrosse team which faced Great Britain. Following her college career, Corbett was a member of the United States Women's Lacrosse team from 1993-96.


Corbett was the IWLCA All-America committee chair from 2006-08 and has served as a board member of the Philadelphia Lacrosse Association. She was also the director for the Lawrenceville Girls Lacrosse Camp, the USA Lacrosse Camp and the "Shoot to Score" Lacrosse Camp. In 2004, she was inducted into the US Lacrosse New Jersey Chapter Hall of Fame, and in 2005 she was inducted into the William & Mary Athletics Hall of Fame.


Corbett was married to William Corbett in December 2009; the couple resides in West Chester, Pa. with their son, Dylan.

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Kerri Whitaker

Kerri Whitaker recently finished her eighth season as an assistant coach at Penn. Since joining the coaching staff, Whitaker has been a part of seven Ivy League championship teams, two Ivy League Tournament championship teams and seven NCAA Tournament appearances.


Working primarily with the attack, Whitaker has guided Penn players to 13 of the top 20 single-season scoring marks in program history since arriving at Penn in 2011.


The 2018 season saw the Quakers explode offensively, setting a new program record for goals in a season with 261. All-American Gabby Rosenzweig tied the program record with 85 points, while freshman Zoe Belodeau set a new program record for goals (45), assists (35) and points (80) in a season by a rookie. 2018 produced three of the top goal-scoring seasons in program history, led by All-American Erin Barry whose 51 goals were third-most ever in a season by a Quaker. Five of Penn’s nine All-Ivy selections in 2018 played key roles in the attacking unit.


In 2017, Whitaker worked with a pair of All-Ivy attackers in first-team All-Ivy selection Emily Rogers-Healion and second-team All-Ivy choice Caroline Cummings.


The 2016 season saw the Quakers post one of the most dangerous attack groups in the nation led by Nina Corcoran - who set Penn and Ivy League records for assists (58) in a season while also setting a new Penn record for points in a single season with 85 en route to a Tewaaraton Award nomination, second-team All-American honors, and an Ivy League Attacker of the Year selection.


In 2015, Whitaker worked with Penn's dynamic duo of Tory Bensen (64 points) and Nina Corcoran (61 points) who posted the fifth and sixth highest single-season point totals in program history. Bensen's 58 goals in 2015 tied Penn's single-season record while Corcoran's 40 assists at the time set a new program record.


Whitaker coached her first Ivy League Attacker of the Year during 2015 in Tory Bensen. Bensen also became the second offensive player to earn All-American honors under Whitaker with her second team selection, joining Erin Brennan (2011).


Whitaker has had four members of her attacking group named IWLCA All-American, 11 members of Penn's attacking unit named All-Region and 26 named All-Ivy.


Prior to her time at Penn, Whitaker most recently served as head coach at Columbia University from 2002-10, where she led the Lions to a 52-68 record including the program's first-ever winning season in 2009. While leading the Lions, Whitaker coached 21 All-Ivy players and all nine All-Region performers in Columbia history. A glance at Columbia's 100+ point list shows ten players - all of whom played under Whitaker in the Big Apple.


Whitaker is familiar with the Ivy League, graduating from Brown in 1996 after an All-America campaign with the Bears in '96. She was twice named All-Ivy and achieved Academic All-Ivy honors in her senior season.


Upon graduation, Whitaker began her coaching career at Syracuse University where she served as an assistant from 1996-2001. While at Syracuse, Whitaker helped take a new program and turn it into a national contender. The Orange won the 1999 ECAC Championship in its second year of play in the league and twice reached the NCAA Tournament during Whitaker's tenure.


In addition to collegiate coaching experience, Whitaker has helped guide Team USA as well. From 2006-09, she was an assistant coach with the United States National Development Team. In addition to planning training sessions and coordinating offensive schemes, Whitaker was part of the selection process, evaluating the best players in the nation.

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Melissa Lehman

Melissa Lehman C'08 returned to Penn in the summer of 2009 to serve as an assistant coach for her alma mater and recently finished her ninth season as an assistant coach with the Quakers.


During her time on the coaching staff, Penn has won eight Ivy League championships, claimed three Ivy League Tournament titles, and advanced to nine NCAA Tournaments including a spot in the NCAA Quarterfinals in 2016.


At Penn, Lehman works extensively with the Red and Blue’s midfield and defense on schemes and strategy. During her tenure, five midfielders and two defenders have earned All-American honors -- including Meg Markham who earned back-to-back All-America selections on defense, Alex Condon who earned two All-America nods at midfield, and Erin Barry who was named All-American at midfield in 2018. In addition, midfielders and defenders have earned 22 All-Region honors.


At the League level, 29 Penn middies and defenders have earned All-Ivy honors with Alex Condon (Ivy League Midfielder of the Year, 2017), Shannon Mangini (Ivy League Midfielder of the Year, 2013), Meg Markham (Ivy League Defender of the Year, 2014 and 2015) and Natalie Stefan (Ivy League Defender of the Year, 2018) receiving the League's top honor. In addition to her work with the back end, she is an experienced source of information for Penn’s offensive unit with 102 career points as a collegian.


An All-America midfielder as a player at Penn from 2005-08, Lehman captained the Quakers' 2008 team that advanced to the NCAA national final. While a student-athlete in University City, Lehman was part of the group which helped guide the Red and Blue to elite status in collegiate women’s lacrosse as the Quakers won back-to-back outright Ivy championships in 2007-08 and twice advanced to the NCAA Championship Weekend. Lehman was twice named All-Ivy, earning first-team honors in 2008 and honorable mention distinction in 2007.


Upon her graduation, Lehman began her coaching career with a stint at Brown University during the 2009 season. While in Providence, Lehman saw the Bears go 7-8 with wins over Harvard, Columbia and Yale in the Ivies in addition to a nail-biting double-overtime win against Connecticut.


Lehman resides in Philadelphia.

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