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BULLETIN: Dec. 16, 2018 — Allessie tapped for senior national team

Mackenzie Allessie, the senior attacking midfielder from Mount Joy Donegal (Pa.), who was the first scholastic player to amass 100 goals in a season, has been tapped for the roster of the U.S. women’s national field hockey team a scant seven weeks before the Americans go to Argentina to debut in the FIH Pro League.

Allessie, also the leading goal-scorer in the history of the National Federation with 351, is one of a number of prominent additions to the U.S. roster made over the last few days by head coach Janneke Schopmann. She has added goalkeepers Kelsey Bing and Kealsey Robles, along with national collegiate Player of the Year Linnea Gonzalez from the University of Maryland.

Training begins in earnest next month for the U.S. women, but the addition of Allessie is very much a statement of confidence.

“Mackenzie is one of the bigger talents in our pipeline and showed her potential this past summer against the Chile U-19 team,” said Schopman in a USA Field Hockey news release. “After two trial weeks, she has convinced the staff that she is able to play at the required level, and despite her age, we feel comfortable adding her to the team. She will join us full-time in January as she graduated high school early which is important in her development as a player.”

The recent history of the U.S. women’s national team, at least since Olympic qualification failure in 2000, has featured a number of teenage players such as Erin Matson, Katie O’Donnell, and Katelyn (Falgowski) Ginofili seeing significant time with the senior national team and helping them to consecutive Olympics as well as consecutive Pan American Games championships.

But few have put up the kinds of numbers that Allessie has, and it will be incredibly unfair to compare her high-performance career to her scholastic career, given the pace, tactics, and goalkeeping in the international game.

The possibilities, however, are enormous.

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