Jenny Kurlej joins the 2016 Liberty Field Hockey squad after competing for four years at Wilmington Christian School in Wilmington, Del.
Kurlej is a five-time letterwinner and a four-year varsity starter at Wilmington. The Delaware native racked up 114 career points on 42 goals and 30 assists. Kurlej twice led the team in goals and assists, as well as once in points in 2015. Kurlej was awarded with the Best Offensive Player Award in 2015 and has excelled in many all-conference categories including second team All-Diamond State conference (2014) and twice named to the first team All-Diamond State conference squad (2015-16).
Kurlej was also recognized on the second team all-state squad on two separate occasions. Kurlej assisted her team in winning four consecutive Diamond State conference championships. Kurlej also qualified for the National Indoor Tournament on three different occasions and in 2016 won the National Indoor Championship. The Delaware native also finished second at the U19 2014 National Hockey Festival.
Kurlej also participated in several extracurricular activities such as working at the food bank, working for XFUGE missions camp which served the people living in poverty in Philadelphia. Kurlej also organized a campaign at Wilmington Christian to help out the Sunday Breakfast Mission, a local homeless shelter.
Kurlej also received high academic honors in three of her four years at the high school level. The Delaware native was also a member of the National Honor Society from 2014-16.
Why did you choose Liberty? "Liberty was my top choice for colleges that I was hoping to attend. I knew as soon as I had my first visit on campus that Liberty was the school I wanted to go to. What really stood out to me was how much of a family the field hockey team was. That kind of dynamic was exactly the kind of team I was hoping to play with in college. I loved how encouraging and genuine the team was with each other. Overall I chose Liberty because I wanted to be in a Christian environment with Christian professors, peers, coaches and teammates. I wanted that Christian aspect both on and off the field, in the team and academically. I saw God open up the doors in my life to the opportunity of attending Liberty and I knew that this is the school that I was meant to attend."
What was your favorite thing about Liberty's campus? "My favorite thing about Liberty's campus is the amazing sports facilities that are available to the athletes. I am so excited to play on such a nice, new turf field. I'm also excited to be able to train in the gyms and workout facilities that the school has to offer and to push my body to become the best athlete that I can be. What really impressed me about Liberty's campus was how nice and advanced the facilities were."
What is your goal coming in to Liberty? "I'm really looking forward to expanding my knowledge and pushing myself to learn all that I can from my professors while playing a Division I sport. My goal is to really keep up on my school work while playing field hockey at the same time, and be able to graduate from Liberty knowing that I worked my hardest and got all that I could've out of my classes. My goal on the field is to push myself to reach my fullest potential as a player. I want to train and play harder than I ever have. I want to graduate from Liberty knowing that I gave it my all, 100% of the time for my coaches, teammates and for God who gave me to ability to play the sport that I love."
Head Coach Jodi Murphy on Kurlej: "I am eager to have Jenny join our program. As a forward, she is feisty and scrappy in the circle. She is a well-rounded athlete and has a lot of natural speed. It will be exciting to work with her as she develops more of a hockey mind and learns to work within our system."
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