June 2, 2021

Buckeye Field Hockey Represented on NFHCA All-Region Teams


COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State had two representatives on the 2020 National Field Hockey Coaches Association All-West Region Team, which was announced on Monday, June 1. Mackenzie Allessie garnered first team honors with Leanne Bough was a second-team selection.

The Buckeyes have now produced 69 All-Region selections in their 50-year history. Bough earns the honor for the first time in her career while Allessie is now a two-time All-Region choice.

From Mount Joy, Pa., Allessie was the Big Ten’s Offensive Player of the Year in the spring of 2021 and led the conference in goals scored (15) and points (35). Twenty nine of her 35 points came over the final nine games of the season as she twice garnered Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week honors following weekend sweeps of Indiana and Michigan State.

Another key part of the Buckeyes’ second-half surge was Bough, who started all 12 games that she played in and was a second-team All-Big Ten selection. She scored a goal at Northwestern on March 28 and then had a hand in one of the most memorable moments of Ohio State’s season in the Big Ten Tournament on April 21. Bough assisted on the game-winning goal in overtime against No. 5 Northwestern that lifted the Buckeyes into the Big Ten Tournament championship game for the first time since 2010.

Bough has started all 31 games that she’s played in since her freshman season in 2019. An accounting major, she is an OSU Scholar-Athlete and Academic All-Big Ten honoree who will be interning this summer with the Eugene D. Smith Leadership Institute as part of the Bucks Go Pro 1.0 class.

Ohio State finished its spring season by winning seven of their last nine games, including an unforgettable run at the Big Ten Tournament that included wins over No. 15 Penn State and No. 5 Northwestern. In that stretch, the team averaged 3.33 goals per game and allowed just 1.33 while outshooting its opponents 154-64.