COLUMBUS, Ohio – Coming off its first appearance in the NCAA Final Four in program history, the Ohio State field hockey team is excited to be adding four premier student-athletes to the 2011 roster, Anne Wilkinson, Buckeye head coach, announced this week.
In 2011, Ohio State will welcome recruits from Ohio (3) and Pennsylvania (1), including Alexis Allen (Shaker Heights, Ohio), Carly Mackessy (Hudson, Ohio), Sydney Stype (Upper Arlington, Ohio) and Kaitlyn Wagner (Oley, Pa.).
Shaker Heights, Ohio (Laurel)
About Allen: Starting forward at Laurel from 2007-10 … two-time first team All-Northeast Ohio … two-time MVP for the Laurel Gators as captain … nominated for All-Ohio …. was noted in Cleveland Plain Dealer as one of the strongest, fastest and most athletic players in the state … excels in transition, has strong stick skills and is adept at forcing fouls in the offensive circle … score five goals with nine assists in 16 games in 2010 …. was a four-year started from 2008-11 at Laurel in lacrosse … three-time first team All-Northeast Ohio … captain her senior year … was named to the All-Tournament, second team All-Midwest and Midwest Lake Erie Region honors by the Midwest Schoolgirl Lacrosse Association.
Laurel Head Coach Rebecca Hutchison: “Alexis is a very talented field hockey player who possesses tremendous speed and athleticism. Her personality is a positive addition to any team and Ohio State is very lucky to have her.”
Wilkinson on Allen: “Alexis is a dangerous forward with tremendous potential. She’s got great breakaway speed and is a tenacious defender able to create instant scoring chances on the counter attack. Her athleticism makes her a threat from anywhere on the field.”
Allen on coming to Ohio State: “I decided on Ohio State because it offered everything I could possibly be interested in and more. I’m a big people person, so the fact that the coaches and players of the field hockey team were so welcoming and shared the same love of the sport as me made my decision so much easier. Ohio State is a very big school, and it’s comforting to know that I can find ways to make the school feel smaller to me by not only being a part of a team, but by having the option to join various clubs and other ways to meet people from all over the world.”
Hudson, Ohio (Hudson)
About Mackessy: Starting midfielder at Hudson from 2008-10 … first team All-Ohio (2010) … first team All-District (2010) … two-time second team All-District (2008 and 2009) … team captain her senior year and named midfielder MVP … tallied 18 goals and 22 assists from 2009-10 … helped lead Hudson to a league championship in 2009 … also played three years of lacrosse at Hudson at attack and midfield … advanced to 2010 state semifinals … 2011 captain … second team All-State (2010) … first team All-District (2010) … second team All-District (2009) … was noted in Cleveland Plain Dealer as using her outstanding speed, strength and athleticism to stop opposing team’s attack while still contributing 12 goals and 13 assists her senior season … brother, Ricky, was an All-American lacrosse player at Denison, while sister, Abbey, played lacrosse at Edinboro University.
Hudson Head Coach Jen Haney: “Carly was an outstanding player in our program for four years. She not only led our program in great skill but also in integrity. Carly was a player who led by example and had an outstanding work ethic and dedication. She made connections to our youth players and helped establish many positive and memorable traditions that we will carry on in our program. Carly will be greatly missed not only by her teammates, but her coaches as well. I can only hope to have many more players who had such a positive impact in our program.”
Wilkinson on Mackessy: “Carly is a gifted athlete. She can play on both sides of the ball and produce. She comes from an athletic family with a strong background in athletics and we look forward to her stepping in and competing right away.
Mackessy on coming to Ohio State: “It has always been my dream to go to a big school and play a sport at the collegiate level. On my first visit to the OSU campus I fell in love with it. After meeting the coaches and players I knew that this was the perfect fit for me. I am very excited for next year and I am looking forward to the start of a new season.”
Upper Arlington, Ohio (Upper Arlington)
About Stype: Played four years at Upper Arlington High School (2007-10) for former Buckeye McKenzie Hufford … second team All-League … nominated for All-Ohio … voted MVP by teammates … played in 2010 Senior All-Star Game … helped team advance to third round of the 2010 State Tournament … three-year varsity letterwinner … during senior season, had a 1.11 GAA, stopping 143 of 163 shots in 18 games for an .877 save percentage … collected six saves in a regular-season shutout against eventual 2010 state champions St. Ursula Academy … stopped 30 of 32 shots against then-undefeated and eventual state tournament finalist Thomas Worthington … nicknamed “Synderblock” by teammate … plays for club team, the Columbus Coyotes for coach Steve Boniface.
Upper Arlington Head Coach McKenzie Hufford: “Sydney was the heart of the team. She was a key component for our defense. I will never forget her unbelievable saves in the game against the Columbus Academy! Nothing was getting past her.”
Wilkinson on Stype: “Sydney will provide depth at the goalkeeping position. She’s shown a lot of growth in the last two years and has a strong work ethic and the desire to get better every day.”
Stype on coming to Ohio State: “I am extremely excited to be a part of the Ohio State community and field hockey team. I decided on Ohio State for field hockey because of its incredible team, coaches and its reputation for success. It’s an amazing school academically and it gives you so much opportunity for what you want to study. I also love being so close to my family and friends and being able to play with great teammates. It will be great to have such a qualified and supportive coaching staff helping me to become the best goalie I can be.”
Oley, Pa. (Oley Valley)
About Wagner: Four-year varsity letterwinner and three-year starter for Oley High School at midfield (2007-2010) … first team All-State, All-County and Division MVP as team captain for the Lynx her senior season … second team All-State (2009) and All-Division (2009) … posted 41 goals and 10 assists in her four-year career … helped lead the squad to two state quarterfinal appearances (2007 and 2009) and two state qualifiers (2008 and 2010) … team was four-time Division III champions (2007-10), Berks County and District champions (2008) … has collected three National Futures Championships (2007, U14; 2008, U16, 2010, U19) …. Futures Elite three years … played club field hockey with Keystone Berks Blue and High Styx … competed on high school track (2008) and girls soccer (2009-11) teams.
High School Coach Tiffany Cappellano: “Kaitlyn has a true passion for the sport of field hockey and you can see it in her work ethic on the field. She possesses the strength, quick decision making, and aggressiveness that are needed to play at the Division I level.”
Wilkinson on Wagner: “Kaitlyn has great skills and poise with the ball. She’s a versatile player who can play anywhere on the field. She took on the role of center midfield with her high school team and that helped develop her game at both ends of the field. Her high school coach, Tiffany Cappellano played in the Big Ten, and has done a great job preparing her for the next level.”
Wagner on coming to Ohio State: “Ohio State has a great Environmental Science program. They are very strong in their sciences and offer opportunities not only during college, but out of college in my life. I have always wanted to play Division I field hockey and to play in the Big Ten is an even greater opportunity and challenge. I am very proud to be a Buckeye!”