COLUMBUS, Ohio – Dual-sport athlete Makenna Webster has signed with Ohio State. The St. Louis, Mo. native will be a junior on both the women’s ice hockey and field hockey teams starting this fall.
“I am very excited to become a Buckeye and be part of Ohio State’s tradition of athletics and academic excellence,” Webster said. “I am grateful that Coach Martin and Coach Muzerall are committed to allowing me to pursue my dream of being a two-sport athlete. I love the culture and commitment to development and winning that exists at Ohio State.”
Webster comes to Ohio State after two seasons at Wisconsin where she registered 66 points on 31 goals and 35 assists for the women’s hockey team. In her freshman season, she helped the Badgers to the 2021 national championship and was named the Frozen Four most outstanding player. Last season, the third-team All-WCHA honoree led the Badgers with 30 helpers and ranked third on the team in goals (23) and points (53). She is a two-time WCHA Forward of the Month and has also earned HCA Rookie of the Month and National Player of the Month honors for her career.
“Makenna is a very gifted, talented, all-around hockey player and person,” Ohio State women’s hockey coach Nadine Muzerall said. “With her impressive collegiate experience thus far, we know that she will bring a lot of offensive power and continue to improve our defensive side of the game. She will be a full 200-foot hockey player and instrumental in every aspect of the game.”
Though not at the collegiate level, Webster’s field hockey career continued while she was at Wisconsin. Last summer, she was a member of the St. Louis’ Gateway Field Hockey Club’s U-19 team at the 2021 USA Field Hockey National Club Championships. A player for the club since she was in second grade, she helped the team to a second-place finish in the tournament. She also helped the U-14 team to a runner up finish at nationals in 2016. In high school, Webster was one of the top players in her class, ranking as one of MAX Field Hockey’s top 10 players in the country in the class of 2020 for three consecutive years (2017-19).
“Makenna is a world-class athlete and for her to choose Ohio State is so exciting,” Ohio State field hockey head coach Jarred Martin said. “She is an amazing student-athlete but an even more impressive human who works hard and cares deeply for the people she is around. She will help both field hockey and ice hockey programs do great things, but she will also be a great ambassador for Ohio State University as she continues to shine on the international stage.”
As a result of her talent in both sports, Webster has represented her country’s colors on more than one occasion. In field hockey, she was a member of the United States’ U-17 Women’s Field Hockey National Team from 2018-19. On the ice, she played in three IIHF U-18 Women’s World Championships where she won gold in 2018 and 2020 and silver in 2019 for USA Hockey. At the 2018 world championships, Webster led Team USA with nine points and captured all-tournament honors on the way to the gold medal. She proceeded to lead the U.S. in scoring again with six points at the 2019 event and went on to be the alternate captain for the gold medal squad in 2020. The forward has also skated in three U-18 Series vs. Canada (2018, 2019, 2020).
Outside of her athletic career, Webster is a successful student who plans to study communications at Ohio State. This year, she was named to the 2022 WCHA All-Academic Team.
“Makenna is someone who elevates any team she is on and wants to be in an environment that pushes her to be her best,” Martin added. “Ohio State will do just that. We are so excited to see her career develop in the Scarlet and Gray. I know great things are ahead on the field and on the ice.”
“After getting to know her during our visit, it’s quick to see that she is a fantastic human being,” Muzerall said. “The girls that played with her at Shattuck St. Mary’s speak very highly of her as a teammate and individual. We are excited to have her join our program and help develop her into tomorrow’s leader.”