COLUMBUS, Ohio – Mackenzie Allessie became Ohio State’s ninth first team All-American earlier this month when she was honored by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association.
Allessie, who is the first Buckeye to take home first-team honors since Jenn Sciulli did so in 2011, was the Big Ten’s Offensive Player of the Year and the leading scorer in the conference with 35 points (15 goals, five assists). 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.
The elite group on Ohio State first team All-Americans includes:
• Jenn Sciulli, a back from 2008-11 who helped the Buckeyes reach the 2010 NCAA Final Four
• Sue Marcellus, the program’s only three-time first team All-American (1977-79) and its all-time leading scorer (254 points)
• Aisling Coyle, a 2010 honoree who was also the 2010 NFHCA West Region Player of the Year
• Britta Eickoff, who in 1997 had 23 goals and four assists for the Scarlet and Gray. She is program’s second all-time leading scorer (170 points).
• Linda Haussener, the 2008 Big Ten co-Offensive Player of the Year and 2009 Big Ten Medal of Honor winner.
• Vanessa Immordino, who had 54 points as a senior in 2003 and was a finalist for the Honda Award as the nation’s top female athlete.
• Yesenia Luces, a two-time honoree in 2005 and 2007 and the Big Ten’s Offensive Player of the Year in both 2006 and 2007.
• Marjie van Nouhuys, who in 2001 led the Buckeyes to a Big Ten Tournament title and the NCAA Tournament.
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.