Field Hockey Newsletter December 2019

Dear Loyal Buckeye Friends and Family,

O-H! We hope you enjoy some recaps of our 2019 fall season, on and off the field. It was so great to see many of you throughout the fall both on the road and here in Columbus. Thank you for connecting with us and following along while the OSUFH program continues to build and grow.

Go Bucks!



The Buckeyes finished with a 9-9 record for the 2019 fall season and recorded five shutouts against UMASS, JMU, Central Michigan, Kent State and MSU. The Ohio State field hockey team ranked 6th nationally in goals per game with 3.06. The Buckeyes scored 55 goals over 18 games and tallied 34 assists.


Many Buckeyes earned individual honors through the season. Ohio State Big Ten Player of the Week honorees this season include freshman midfielder Mackenzie Allessie (Freshman of the Week – Oct. 7th) and senior defender Whitney Harris (Defensive Player of the Week – Oct. 28). Sophomore goalkeeper Aaliyah Hernandez earned honors twice this year. (Defensive Player of the Week – Sept. 9 & Nov. 4th).


The Buckeyes garnered some impressive postseason awards as well. Jennica Jonovich was the team's Big Ten Sportsmanship Honoree while Esther Clotet and Mackenzie Allessie were recognized on multiple occasions. Senior captain Esther Clotet was 1 of 38 seniors across the nation to be selected for the Victory Sports Tours/NFHCA Division I Senior Game. Clotet was also recognized as a second team Big Ten honoree and 2019 Longstreth/NFHCA Division I Second Team All-West Region selection. Clotet finished with 9 goals and 7 assists on the season.

Freshman Mackenzie Allessie led the team in goals with 16. Allessie ranks No. 2 among the Big Ten for most goals scored and No. 7 nationally for goals per game. Allessie was a first team Big Ten selection and also picked up a 2019 Longstreth/NFHCA Division I First Team All-West Region honor. Most recently, Allessie was recognized as a 2019 Longstreth/NFHCA Third Team All American


Ohio State field hockey enjoyed time off the field spent as a team as well. We tried to capture some of our favorite moments below.

he Buckeyes spent an afternoon at the Farmington Country Club in Charlottesville, VA while in town to play UVA.
Team building on the road in the hotel in Iowa.
OSUFH honored cancer survivors during the annual Breast cancer awareness game against TTUN.
Julia Dickinson (So.), Jess Hourihane (So.), Sammy Stone (Jr.), Katie Pyle (So.) and Nikki Trzaska (Jr.) attended Buckeyes Raising the Bar: Fierce Women Panel.
The team met with Maddy McIntrye and her team this fall from the Eugene D. Smith Leadership Institute to gain more insight on all the wonderful opportunities the institute provides for leadership, character and career development.
Some young fans stuck around for a free youth day clinic after the Buckeyes played Stanford at home.
The team enjoying some celebratory ice cream before leaving State College after defeating Penn State 2-1 the previous night.

The team had their annual Halloween dinner in East Lansing, MI this year before defeating the Spartans 3-0....



Our five seniors were honored during their last home game at Buckeye Varsity Field. Keep scrolling to read about their accomplishments while at Ohio State.



All the way from Barcelona, Spain, senior captain Esther Clotet Alsina came to Ohio State ready to make an impact. Alsina finished second on the team her freshman year with 17 points, third her sophomore year with 13, and led the team as a junior with 26. Alsina finished with nine goals, seven assists and 25 points, leading the team in the assists category this season. Alsina is also a three-time Ohio State scholar-athlete. This season she was a second team All-Big Ten selection and second team Longstreth/NFHCA honoree.

“My favorite Ohio State memory is my freshman year during the student-athlete recognition football game when it started pouring and all of the athletes were singing and jumping in the tunnel.”


Jennica Jonovich, a senior back, hails from Wycombe, Pa. but found a home in Columbus. She was named a three-time Ohio State scholar-athlete, NFHCA National Academic Squad Honoree and was an Academic All-Big Ten recipient. Her ability to level with her teammates and lead by example has earned her the honor of leading the squad as a senior captain this season, and also earned her the Big Ten Sportsmanship award. Jennica will graduate with a degree in Communication and hopes to work in public relations with a sports team or a non-profit.

“My favorite Ohio State memory is beating Rutgers 4-3 in shootouts after double overtime!”


Whitney Harris came to Ohio State from Collegeville, Pa. where she was an accomplished high school field hockey player. In her senior season, she tallied five goals and three assists for the Scarlet and Gray. Harris was awarded Big Ten Preseason Honors prior to the start of the season. Number 11 has played in 55 games for the Buckeyes, starting in 31. Harris is also a three-time Ohio State scholar-athlete. Pursuing a degree in Communication, Whitney Harris hopes to work in the fashion industry after college, with the ultimate goal of creating her own athleisure line.

“My favorite OSU memory is dumping Gatorade on Jarred after beating Rutgers last year in the quarter finals of Big Ten play!”


Adelaide Penzone didn’t wander too far from home to begin her college journey. The Powell, Ohio native stayed in her home state to represent the Scarlet and Gray as an Ohio State field hockey player after an accomplished high school club career. The forward finished third on the team in goals her freshman season with four to total eight points. In 2018, she was chosen to attend the Young Women’s National Championship where she was selected to participate in Junior National Camp. Adelaide is a three-time Ohio State scholar-athlete. As a Marketing major in the Fisher School of Business, Adelaide hopes to work in the marketing department of a large organization.

“My favorite Ohio State memory is go-kart racing this preseason with the coaches!”


Genevieve Penzone’s path to get to Ohio State also began close to campus. The Powell, Ohio native was named an two-time Ohio State scholar-athlete and was an Academic All-Big Ten recipient. In her junior season, she tallied her first career goal in the 2-1 win over Northwestern. This year, she owns an assist from the victory against Ohio University. Penzone is pursuing a degree in Biology, which she hopes to utilize to sell medical devices.

“My favorite Ohio State memories are the team bonding to Alum Creek, Jennica’s annual rap, or beating Rutgers to advance to the Big Ten semifinals last year!”


Ohio State Field Hockey welcomes seven new players to the program for the 2020-2021 season. The student–athletes include six true freshmen and one graduate transfer from the Netherlands.

  • Hometown: Clifton Park, N.Y.
  • Position: Goalkeeper
  • Last School: Shenendehowa Central High School
  • Club: ADK
  • Hometown: Endwell, N.Y.
  • Position: Defender
  • Last School: Maine Endwell High School
  • Club: CNY
  • Hometown: Prospect, Ky.
  • Position: Midfield
  • Last School: Assumption High School
  • Club: IFHCK
  • Hometown: Mount Laurel, N.J.
  • Position: Midfield
  • Last School: Lenape High School
  • Club: Jersey Intensity
  • Hometown: Virginia Beach, Va.
  • Position: Defender
  • Last School: Cape Henry Collegiate High School
  • Club: Saints
  • Hometown: Mountain Top, Pa.
  • Position: Midfielder
  • Last School: Crestwood High School
  • Club: PA Elite
  • Hometown: Zwolle, Netherlands
  • Position: Midfielder
  • Last School: Groningen University
  • Club: GHBS Groningen


Junior Julianna Sweeney is participating in the Human and Animals Interactions study abroad program in Italy this month. She will be visiting Milan, Verona, Venice, Parma, Bologna, Florence, and Rome.

“I'm most looking forward to being able to see how culture impacts the way that people view and interact with animals in another country. I've never been out of the country so being able to visit a farm, a zoo, and even an animal shelter abroad is going to be really cool. Italy isn't notorious for animals so there isn't much of a stereotype to combat, it's basically going to be an experience with no prior biases and that is really interesting to me. And of course the Italian food is something I will be taking full advantage of!” -Julianna Sweeney

Kudos to senior Whitney Harris, Treasurer of SHEROS, for her role in the Operation Warm Initiative. 🧥🧤🧣

Representatives from the Athletic Department provided more than 500 warm coats to elementary school children in need!

Some field hockey Buckeyes took advantage of the Lead Like A Buckeye program hosted by former football head coach Urban Meyer.

Juniors Emma Goldean and Tess Maloney are pictured with head coach Jarred.

On the final evening of the four-part series, field hockey head coach Jarred Martin and other OSU coaches visited to discuss leadership with student-athletes from all 36 sports! 🏑🙌

Check out this cool graphic that shows Ohio State student-athletes' success post-graduation. This data is possible due to the extensive services available to athletic programs for professional development as well as our HUGE alumni base!


We are so grateful to reconnect with Buckeyes across the globe! We loved seeing OSUFH alums on the road and are forever grateful for your support. We also had many Buckeye alums stop by this fall to say hello and check out our new facilities.

OSUFH Alum Gabrielle Mancy hosted the Buckeyes for a post-game meal after their 3-0 victory over Michigan State.
OSUFH Alumnae, Katie Hobson, and her family stopped by to check out the new Schumaker Complex and meet some current members of the team.

Thank you to all of the Alumnae (pictured above and below) who were able to make it to our alumnae weekend this fall!

Bri Doak and Danica Deckard were reunited with their Big Ten and Final Four trophies!
We spy some Buckeye alumnae and their families supporting their favorite team after a Penn State victory!


We wanted to share some renderings that our digital staff created of our new press box will be up by August of 2020! The video tower will also be built this spring. In the future we are looking to add some new bleachers, a video score board, aesthetic improvements and some technology upgrades to the hockey stadium.

We would like to thank everyone who has donated to the Ohio State field hockey team in the past. Your generosity and support means the world to us. If you would like to donate directly to the field hockey Program click HERE.


We have a few upcoming clinics for those interested in spreading the word to friends and family.

Winter Clinic

  • Grades 6-12
  • January 4th
  • 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Winter Play Day

  • U16, U19 Teams // January 4th
  • U12, U14 Teams // January 5th
  • 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Youth Clinic

  • Grades 4-8
  • February 23rd
  • 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Spring Clinic

  • Grades 7-12 and Grades 3-6
  • April 19th
  • 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (7-12)
  • 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. (3-6)

We also have a Buckeye Team Camp (July 6-8) and Elite Camp (July 16-18) slated for the summer. For more information about Ohio State field hockey camps and clinics and to register click HERE.

We hope everyone has a fantastic holiday season. Thank you again for your support of Ohio State field hockey. We hope to see you in 2020, Go Bucks!