COLUMBUS, Ohio – Sophomore Mackenzie Allessie on Monday was named the Big Ten’s Offensive Player of the Year and a first team All-Big Ten selection as the league announced its postseason awards. Her teammate, Leanne Bough, earned second team All-Big Ten honors while senior captain Nikki Trzaska was the Buckeyes’ Sportsmanship Award honoree.
Allessie led the conference goals scored (14), goals per game (1.17), points (32) and points per game (2.67). She is Ohio State’s first winner of the Offensive Player of the Year award in 13 years, since Linda Haussener in 2008. The three previous times that a Buckeye won it, they all shared it with someone else, making Allessie the program’s first-ever outright winner of the award.
Allessie has at least one point in six straight games. Over that span – which goes back to April 2 – she has 26 points on 11 goals and four assists. She’s been the Big Ten’s Offensive Player of the Week in back-to-back weeks (April 5 and April 12) and helped the Buckeyes finish the regular season with wins in five of their last six games.
Nationally, Allessie ranks fifth in goals per game and fourth in points per game.
In just 30 career games, Allessie already has 30 goals and nine assists for 69 points. She’s just eight goals away from entering Ohio State’s list for career goals.
Bough, also a sophomore, started all 10 games that she played in this year and scored a goal at Northwestern on March 28. She’s started every game of her career – 28 in total – and has three goals and one assist in those contests. Bough earns All-Big Ten honors for the first time in her career.
Trzaska, a senior captain from Yardley, Pa., in fourth on the team in scoring with nine total points (three goals, three assists). She’s played in 70 career games and accumulated 32 points on 12 goals and eight assists. An Academic All-Big Ten, OSU Scholar-Athlete and NFHCA National Academic Squad member, she’s majoring in marketing.
The Buckeyes, who finished the regular season 5-8 and with win in five of their final six games, open the Big Ten Tournament on Wednesday in Iowa City, Iowa against Penn State. The game will air live on BTN.