COLUMBUS, Ohio – Mackenzie Allessie will be continuing her academic and athletic career at Ohio State as a member of the Ohio State field hockey program this fall.
Allessie’s high school career garnered national recognition, with the Mount Joy, Pa. native leading the nation in 2016 in single season goals scored by a sophomore (76), earning the National Scoring Champion title with 91 goals and leading the nation with 38 assists her junior year. She finished her campaign with national records in single season goals (124), career goals scored (351) and career points (838). Allessie guided the Donegal field hockey team to four PIAA District 3 championships and three section and two league championships. The midfielder also helped the Indians to two PIAA State AA semi-final appearances and a PIAA State AA Championship in 2018. She earned three Penn Live Player of the Year nods, three first team All-State honors and two All-American awards.
Allessie played eight years with the AlleyCats Field Hockey Club, earning multiple National Indoor Field Hockey Pool and Festival Championships and bronze at the Disney Showcase in 2015 and 2017.
Since 2015, Allessie has been playing with USA Field Hockey as a National Team member. She was named to the U-17 national team in 2016 and played for the U-19 team from 2017-18. In 2018, she became the youngest player to be named to the women’s National Team, where she earned her first cap on Jan. 27 against Chile and scored her first goal on Jan. 30.
WHAT COACHES ARE SAYING ABOUT HER
“It has been an honor to train Mackenzie for the past nine years. When I started working with her as a tiny little fifth grader, I could already see her unbelievable potential. There was literally nothing she couldn’t attempt or do. This tremendous ability to acquire and master new skills never slowed down. With each year, she became stronger, smarter, more skilled and more powerful. She single-handedly took our program to another level. Her competitive drive and skill set elevated the play of every single girl who played alongside of her. She never settled for anything less than her best and her teammates followed suit. I’m positive that the individual accolades she has already achieved are just the beginning. I am incredibly proud to have been a part of her journey. I cannot wait to see her in the Scarlet and Gray.”
– Jess Shellenberger, Donegal High School field hockey coach
“Mackenzie has been an outstanding player and role model for the AlleyCats Field Hockey Club since its inception. Her success is due to her incredible work ethic and dedication to the sport. We are very proud of all her accomplishments and are looking forward to watching her career as a Buckeye”
– Tami Scola, AlleyCats Field Hockey Club coach
“I believe Mack’s accolades and stats speak on her hockey capabilities. All-American nods. National goal scoring leader. Senior National Team member as a 17-year-old. I have high hopes for what Mack will do during her Buckeye career. What I am more impressed with is who she is as a person. Her work ethic, her thoughtfulness and her excellence in the classroom sometimes get underplayed. She is a perfectionist, she cares deeply about her teammates and making sure the team is playing well first and foremost and she is a very bright student. She is coming to Ohio State to be a part of something special. I told her, and her other classmates, the vision I have for this program and where I truly believe this can go. She wants to be a part of that and leaving an impact starting this fall. She is someone you will notice as soon as you start watching a game and I can’t wait to see her career unfold. I am proud of what she has been able to do, how humble she is when all of these recognitions come her way and how passionate she is to help Ohio State be the best hockey program it can be.”
– Jarred Martin, Ohio State field hockey head coach
MORE ABOUT MACKENZIE
Why did you choose Ohio State: “The environment is designed to help athletes achieve greatness on the field and in the classroom. The team is such an accepting and supporting group of girls. The team feels like family already. The campus is beautiful and sports are appreciated and supported by the students. Lastly, the coaching staff is incredible. The staff compliments each other and really care about their athletes. Ohio State is an atmosphere where individuals can grow academically and athletically at the same time. Athletes will be given all the things and opportunities needed to achieve their goals. There is no place like Ohio State.”
Major: Sport Psychology
Favorite pastimes, hobbies, etc.: camping with her family, swimming and picnics at her grandparents’ house, playing cards and board games, hiking, fishing, paddle boarding, and exploring.