KUTZTOWN | Kutztown University field hockey seniors Morgan Aldinger (Pennsburg, Pa./Upper Perkiomen), Courtney Konowal (Plymouth Meeting, Pa./Plymouth-Whitemarsh) and Chardonnay Hope (New Castle, Del./William Penn) have been announced as members of the 2017 Victory Sports Tours/NFHCA Division II Senior Game team. The game will be held on Nov. 18 at Bellarmine University as part of the Division II Field Hockey Championship weekend in Louisville, Ky.
46 student-athletes (34 participants, 12 alternates) were selected to compete in the game.
Aldinger has been a staple on the KU backline in her four-year career in Maroon and Gold, playing strong defense, but also being the go-to penalty corner specialist for the Golden Bears. The Pennsburg, Pa.-product has tallied 11 points this season with three goals and five assists.
For her career, Aldinger has started in 67 total games and has a combined 37 points with 13 goals and 11 assists from her defensive position.
Academically, the Upper Perkiomen High School graduate was named to the 2016 NFHCA National Academic Squad in addition to being honored as a two-time PSAC Scholar-Athlete and earning a D2ADA Academic Achievement Award for the 2016-17 school year.
Konowal has been the team captain for Kutztown each of the last two seasons and has registered eight points in her senior campaign, with three goals and two assists from her midfield position.
Konowal has started all 70 games she has played in her career with 12 career goals and 11 assists, posting a combined 35 points. On the field, the Plymouth-Whitemarsh graduate has received All-PSAC honors in each of her three seasons, earning a second-team selection in 2014 and third-team selections in both 2015 and 2016.
In the classroom, the Plymouth Meeting, Pa.-native has earned a litany of academic awards, being named a three-time PSAC Scholar-Athlete and two-time D2ADA Academic Achievement Award winner.
Hope, also a two-time team captain, has been the steadying force in between the pipes for KU during the last two seasons. This season, the New Castle, Del.-native has a minuscule 1.20 goals against average and 66 saves with a 9-6-0 overall record. Hope ranks in the top-three in the PSAC in goals against, saves and save percentage.
In her career, Hope has played in 46 games, logging over 2,700 minutes in net for Kutztown with a career 1.50 GAA and 190 saves. Her career record sits at 21-16-0 with nine shutouts.
On Tuesday night, Hope was tremendous in the Golden Bears 2-1 victory over Mansfield, stopping six of seven shots on goal, helping to secure an important win for KU field hockey’s playoff push.