LANCASTER, Pa. – Two American University field hockey players have been chosen to compete in the 2019 Young Women's National Championship (YWNC) as rising sophomore Josie Formica and Natalie Konerth ('17) were among the 144 elite collegiate and post-collegiate athletes selected for the prestigious tournament.
Hosted at Spooky Nook Sports in Lancaster, Pa., from June 14-18, the tournament will feature eight teams all fighting for the title of national champions and the opportunity for selection to the 2020 U.S. U-21 Women's National Team and the U.S. Women's National Development Team, or a trial for the U.S. Women's National Team. Select athletes tried out and trained at USA Field Hockey High-Performance Centers throughout the country during the spring for an opportunity to earn a spot in the tournament.
Formica, who opened her AU career in 2018, will compete on Team Courage under head coach Denise Zelenak (Drexel) and assistant coach Kate Lipton (Ohio State). She will be joined by three fellow-Patriot League competitors with Ally Hammel (Boston University), Casey Thompson (Boston University) and Olivia Harris (Bucknell).
Konerth closed her AU career after the 2016 season as one of the top players in program history, helping lead the team to two Patriot League titles and NCAA Tournament berths while earning two consecutive Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors, two NFHCA All-Region selections, and two All-Patriot League nods. She will play on Team Pride under head coach Tracey Paul (Boston University) and assistant coach Wesley Drew (Duke).
For more information on the championship, check out the YWNC page on TeamUSA.org. To keep up with the latest on American University Field Hockey, stay tuned to AUEagles.com and follow the team on Twitter @AU_FieldHockey.