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Lena Kurz



In just three semesters, Kurz earned her master’s degree from UIC’s Graduate School of Education. She carried a 4.0 GPA.

Kurz was named to the 2020 Horizon League All-Academic Team.


Kurz has one of the best attitudes there is. She is the consummate professional, always working hard. She has been the leader of the team for the last two seasons, helping a young team overcome obstacles along the way.

Both vocally and by example, Kurz is a true leader. She loves the game, the team, and UIC.


While at UIC, Kurz has participated with the program’s Urban Initiatives. They provide education and summer camp opportunities for youths to build skills, experience leadership, understand the importance of academics, and participate in community service. She also contributed to the team’s community cleanup program, helping to remove trash from Chicago’s streets.


Kurz was the 2019 Horizon League Goalkeeper of the Year. She ranked in the top-20 nationally in shutouts, save percentage, and goals-against average.

She has a school record 14 shutouts and is the program’s all-time leader in save percentage (.830) and goals-against average (0.73).  She helped the Flames qualify for consecutive conference tournament appearances for the first time in the program’s history.