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Dec. 25, 2018 — Your national scoring champion

It’s hard to know which moment of the 2018 scholastic field hockey season will burn the brightest in the memory of Mackenzie Allessie, the senior from Mount Joy Donegal (Pa.). Is it the early goal she scored in the Lancaster-Lebanon playoff game against Annville-Cleona that made her the first scholastic field hockey player ever to score 100 goals in a season? Was it the goal later in the half that surpassed Austyn Cuneo as the all-time leading scorer in scholastic field hockey?

Is it the goal she scored in the 42nd minute against Oley (Pa.) Valley that started a five-goal outburst in six minutes to win the game after falling behind three at the interval? Or was it Allessie’s galloping effort from one end of the pitch to the other, taking on the Palmyra players and beating four of them to slot the ball into the goal cage to win the PIAA Class AA state final?

When asked after the game, the answer was obvious: the goal she had scored about five minutes earlier, her 351st and final goal in a Donegal uniform.

But just as impressive, Allessie scored 124 goals in the 2018 season, more than any American scholastic field hockey player in the 110-year history of the sport. She was the first U.S. scholastic field hockey player to score 100 goals in a season, and she exceeded the old record (96) by 30 percent.

Now, let’s compare this to other field-invasion sports. Allessie’s 2018 total would have put her around the top 15 of single-season performances in girls’ lacrosse, a game where there is a lot more scoring per game than in field hockey. In girls’ high-school soccer, Allessie would have a lot more goals than the current record-holder, Esmerelda Gonzales, who had 109 two years ago and is now at Southeast Missouri State.

For Allessie’s part, she has committed to Ohio State University and she is currently set to join the senior women’s national team pool. Her body of work stands alone now, and it will take a truly special and long-term effort in order to approach her accomplishments. Here’s a video about her search for personal and team goals this past season.

Allessie appears twice on our list of national scoring champions from years past. Let us know if there are any additions or corrections that need to be made to the list below. This especially goes for 1988. That missing number has been keeping us in a tizzy over the years.

2018: Mackenzie Allessie, Mount Joy Donegal (Pa.) 124
2017: Mackenzie Allessie, Mount Joy Donegal (Pa.) 91
2016: Megan Rodgers, San Diego Serra (Calif.) 81
2015: Nikki Santore, Voorhees Eastern (N.J.) 69
2014: Austyn Cuneo, Voorhees Eastern (N.J.) 95
2013: Austyn Cuneo, Voorhees Eastern (N.J.) 96
2012: Austyn Cuneo, Voorhees Eastern (N.J.) 68
2011: Austyn Cuneo, Voorhees Eastern (N.J.) 69
2010: Danielle Allan, Pompton Lakes (N.J.) 56
2009: Kelsey Mitchell, Voorhees Eastern (N.J.) 69
2008: Lucas Long, Allentown William Allen (Pa.) 43
2007: Lauren Gonsalves, Harwich (Mass.) 56
2006: Kaitlyn Hiltz, Virginia Beach Frank W. Cox (Va.) 50
2005: Kelly Fitzpatrick, Palmyra (Pa.) 66
2004: Amie Survilla, Mountain Top Crestwood (Pa.) 64
2003: Anne Marie Janus, Kingston Wyoming Seminary (Pa.) 44
2002: Shauna Banta, Voorhees Eastern (N.J.) and Amanda Arnold, West Long Branch Shore Regional (N.J.) 49
2001: Tiffany Marsh, Marathon (N.Y.) 57
2000: Rebecca Hooven, Plumsteadville Plumstead Christian (Pa.) 54
1999: Rebecca Hooven, Plumsteadville Plumstead Christian (Pa.) 48
1998: Kelli Hill, Manasquan (N.J.) 43
1997: Tiffany Serbanica, Madison (N.J.) Borough 43
1996: Carla Tagliente, Marathon (N.Y.) 51
1995: Kim Miller, Frank W. Cox (Va.) 63
1994: Michelle Vizzuso, North Caldwell West Essex (N.J.) 69
1993: Melissa Pasnaci, Miller Place (N.Y.) 60
1992: Diane DeMiro, North Caldwell West Essex (N.J.) 56
1991: Denise Nasca, Centereach (N.Y.) 56
1990: Shelley Parsons, Waterfall Forbes Road (Pa.) 50
1989: Christine McGinley, Medford Lakes Shawnee (N.J.) 40
1987: Kris Fillat, San Diego Serra (Calif.) 53
1986: Dana Fuchs, Centereach (N.Y.) 57
1985: Hope Sanborn, Walpole (Mass.) and Sharon Landau, Mamaroneck Rye Neck (N.Y.) 53
1984: Michelle Vowell, Garden Grove Santiago (N.Y.) 56
1983: Tracey Fuchs, Centereach (N.Y.) 82
1982: Mare Chung, San Diego Serra (Calif.) 48