COLUMBUS, Ohio – Megan McKenna, a Lenape, New Jersey native, will join the Ohio State field hockey program this fall to continue her academic and athletic career.
A team captain for the Indians, McKenna finished her senior season as a third team All-State selection and first team All-Group IV. McKenna also garnered New Jersey all-region honors from the National Field Hockey Coaches Association and MAX Field Hockey.
McKenna’s senior season at Lenape, which included a 15-7 overall record, culminated when she was named the Burlington County Player of the Year by the Burlington County Times. She scored 14 goals and assisted on 10 more in helping Lenape win its second consecutive Central Jersey Group IV title.
On Lenape’s way to the title, the Indians beat Rancocas Valley in the sectional final in two overtimes and two rounds of penalty strokes. McKenna scored twice in penalty strokes and calls it her favorite field hockey moment to date.
A member of Jersey Intensity on the club level, McKenna was a 2017 U16 National Futures Championship winner and AAU Junior Olympics, Stars & Stripes selection.
“I chose Ohio State because the pride and dedication this team has is like no other,” said McKenna. “The campus is beautiful and the coaching staff is beyond supportive and loving. Ohio State feels like home to me.”
An excellent student as well, McKenna is a Principal’s List and Honor Roll student at Lenape. She would like to go into the medical field after college and will likely pursue a major in health and human services.
What They’re Saying About Megan
“Megan is coming to us from New Jersey and continues the lineage of Garden State Buckeyes to play for Ohio State. She helped her high school team to the state semis at Lenape and plays for one of the best clubs in the country with Jersey Intensity (coached with Kathleen Stefanelli and Nigel Traverso). Megan is athletic and smart on the field, but what I love most about Megan is her demeanor and work ethic just in life. The sky is the limit with her Ohio State career and I am looking forward to help push her to new levels.” | Jarred Martin, Ohio State head coach
“Meg has worked tirelessly for years on the Lenape field, club field, tournament field and international field to perfect her set of skills that leave so many of us watching in awe. She led by example in every drill, every conditioning run and set the tone that this season was going to be a great one. Naturally, girls followed her lead and as high as she set the bar for her teammates, she set the bar even higher for herself. You have a room full of fans, including myself, who have been so honored to be a part of your field hockey journey and are excited to follow your career at Ohio State.” | Sarah Scannell, head coach at Lenape High School
“Meg has been a committed and dedicated Jersey Intensity member since she was 11 years old and is truly one of the best to come through our club. Her talent combined with her genuine love of the game and her love to compete make her a dangerous threat on the field. Meg’s positive and competitive attitude is contagious and which has helped her lead the club to multiple USAFH club championships. With Meg’s tireless work ethic, skill, speed and competitive fire there is no doubt she will fit in and contribute to Ohio State field hockey.” Kathleen Stefanelli, Jersey Intensity Director