Penn women's lacrosse's Meg Markham named preseason All-American
Meg Markham of Penn women's lacrosse just keeps adding to her long list of accolades.
Markham, a senior defender, was named a preseason All-American on Tuesday by Lacrosse Magazine. The Manhasset, N.Y., native was also named on Inside Lacrosse's list and is one of just two non-ACC players — and the only player from the Ancient Eight — to receive the honor.
Markham garnered Ivy League Defender of the Year honors in 2014, and was named a first-team All-American at the conclusion of the season. Her bevy of achievements also includes All-Ivy and All-Region awards.
In addition to naming Markham to the preseason All-American first-team, Inside Lacrosse bestowed honorable mention recognition upon three Quakers: Markham's fellow seniors goalie Lucy Ferguson and defenseman Taylor Foussadier, and junior midfielder Nina Corcoran. As a team, the Red and Blue are ranked 13th in the nation, putting coach Karin Corbett's squad just ahead of #14 Princeton for the top ranking in the Ivy League.
Penn won its eighth straight Ivy championship last year, setting an Ivy League women's-lacrosse record thanks in large part to Markham's league-leading 43 caused turnovers. The Quakers will begin their 2015 season on February 21 and play their home opener on March 1. Their Ivy title defense won't begin until March 7th, when the Red and Blue visit Brown.
Should the Quakers finish atop the Ancient Eight again this season to make it nine in a row, they would break the school record they share with men's fencing for most consecutive conference crowns, which won eight straight Ivy titles from 1976 to 1983.