PHILADELPHIA -- A pair of All-American standouts for the University of Pennsylvania women's lacrosse team have been chosen in the Supplemental Draft for the Women's Professional Lacrosse League (WPLL) as announced by WPLL Commissioner Jen Adams.
Tory Bensen '15 was picked up by the hometown Philadelphia Fire, while Meg Markham '15 was chosen by the New York Fight in advance of inaugural 2018 season.
The WPLL, which will play it's first season this summer, is made up of five teams: the Baltimore Brave, New England Command, New York Fight, Philadelphia Fire, and Upstate Pride. Athletes in the league are some of the top players in the world of lacrosse, having earned 115 All-American Awards and 8 Tewaaraton trophies. 34 WPLL players have won NCAA championships and the league includes 9 current members of the US National Team that won the 2017 FIL Rathbones World Cup.
A two-time first-team IWLCA All-American, Markham was twice named Ivy League Defender of the Year during her legendary career for the Red and Blue. A three-time unanimous first-team All-American, Markham was twice a nominee for the Tewaraaton Award presented to the top player in collegiate lacrosse. Upon the completion of her career, Markham was named Penn's Association of Alumnae Fathers Trophy recipient as the Most Outstanding Female Student-Athlete in the Class of 2015.
"Meg is a shut-down defender known to silence some of the nation's top attackers," said Danielle Gallagher, general manager of the New York Fight. "Now we get to see her shut down some of the world's best attackers! The New York Fight defense will greatly benefit from Meg's skill."
Bensen, the 2015 Ivy League Attacker of the Year and a second-team All-American, ranks No. 2 all-time at Penn in goals (141) and No. 6 in points (163). In 2015, she tied Penn's single-season record with 58 goals scored. Twice named All-Ivy, Bensen was the 2014 Ivy League Tournament Most Outstanding Player.
"Tory is an aggressive and smart attacker who has a nose for the goal," said Ricky Fried, general manager of the Philadelphia Fire. "She plays equally well with and without the ball, and fits in well with our team attack mentality."