Penn senior Nina Corcoran is on a remarkable run, yes, but it shouldn’t surprise anyone. This is merely the attacker delivering on a list of goals she established for herself.
Corcoran, a Sacred Heart Academy alumnus who is widely regarded as one of the nation’s best distributors, is one of 50 women college lacrosse players named to the Tewaaraton Award Watch List on Feb. 23. The Tewaaraton, college lacrosse’s equivalent of the Heisman Trophy, is the highest honor in the sport.
Other players with Long Island ties that were named to the Watch List include Dene DiMartino (Eastport South Manor), Kaleigh Craig (Wantagh), Caroline Fitzgerald (Mount Sinai), Cortney Fortunato (Northport), Jackie Jahelka (Garden City), Amanda Johansen (North Shore), Halle Majorana (Manhasset), Kylie Ohlmiller (Islip) and Barbara Sullivan (Garden City).
“It’s definitely really exciting,” Corcoran said. “I think every year, I’ve put more goals on my plate and challenged myself more and more. This had been a goal of mine.
“I think it has a lot to do with the rest of the girls on my attack. They’re cutting and getting open. They make the game easy. I wouldn’t be able to do it without them.”
Could she have imagined arriving at this point as a bubbly high school student at Sacred Heart?
“I guess it’d be surprising,” Corcoran said with a laugh. “I think I’ve grown a lot from the player that I was in high school. Obviously college is a completely different game. My freshman year, my world kind of got flipped upside down. I was learning so much and developing a lot more skills. I think my coaches and my teammates have helped me develop so much as a player. I’m definitely not the same player I was in high school.”
Feb. 23 was also the date that Corcoran was named Ivy League offensive player of the week for the first time this season. On March 7, she received the honor again. And for the third time in three weeks, she was named offensive player of the week on March 14.
“It’s been a good run,” Corcoran said. “I think this year we have a very different team than we had last year, so I personally have to take on more responsibility of goal scoring, especially because we lost such a strong attacker to graduation last year.”
Corcoran leads Penn, which is 5-1 and currently ranked 17th in the country according to NCAA.com, with 27 points (nine goals, 18 assists). On three occasions this season, she has posted six or more points in a game.
“I have that mentality of I don’t really have anything to lose and it’s my last year and I’m going to do everything I can to make this team successful,” Corcoran said. “It’s something I think every senior can attest to . . . That it’s kind of a different feeling when you step on the field when it’s your last year. This is it, so there’s no holding back.”