KUTZTOWN, Pa. – Kutztown University field hockey goaltender Chardonnay Hope (New Castle, Del./William Penn) has been honored by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) as its Defensive Player of the Week following her outstanding performances between the pipes in KU’s two most recent victories.
The New Castle, Del.-native recorded five saves in a 2-1 win over Mansfield University on the evening of Oct. 17, surrendering the lone goal with just two minutes remaining. Hope then followed this strong performance with her best of the season, making a season-high 14 saves in a 3-0 shutout victory over No. 1-ranked Shippensburg University on Saturday, Oct. 21.
This season, she currently ranks second in the PSAC in saves (80) and third in goals-against-average (1.12), holding a 10-6 record. A two-year starter and team captain for the Maroon and Gold, Hope has recorded 204 career saves and holds a 1.46 GAA with a .779 save percentage.
Earlier this week, Hope was also named Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Field Hockey Co-Athlete of the Week, joining East Stroudsburg University’s Kelli Shapiro.
As a team, Kutztown has an overall record of 10-6 (5-4 PSAC) after defeating No. 1-ranked Shippensburg. The win for the Golden Bears was its first against a No. 1-ranked opponent since 2009 and its first over the Raiders since the 2008 season.
In its last regular season PSAC-contest of 2017, the Golden Bears will take on No. 2 ESU at 7 p.m. tonight at Andre Reed Stadium. KU will then play its last regular season game this Saturday, Oct. 28 against Limestone University at 11 a.m., which will include pre-game Senior Day festivities.