Mackenzie Allessie Making Transition Look Easy as USA Field Hockey Continues FIH Pro League Play

April 29, 2019, 8:37 a.m. (ET)

It was only fitting that Mackenzie Allessie’s first goal as a member of the U.S. Women’s National Team came against Chile.

In just her second game, Allessie doubled USA's advantage in the 34th minute of play in the January test series. Months earlier, it had been her performance against the Chilean junior national team that got the midfielder noticed.

“This summer, I was quite impressed with her because there was a group playing the Chilean (Under-19) team and she was a player that really stood out,” U.S. Women's National Team Head Coach Janneke Schopman said of Allessie. “Then, last winter, we were kind of looking into players — can we fit some more players in — and her school schedule just worked out perfectly. After the first couple of days of training, she convinced me she can add something to this team.”

After a record-breaking senior season that ended with a PIAA championship, Allessie made the jump from the field at Donegal to the one at Spooky Nook Sports. It was there where the 18-year-old earned her seventh and eighth international caps as Team USA returned to Lancaster County to host two FIH Pro League games at the end of March.

While the usual red, white and blue dominated the crowd, there was another color prominently flooding the bleachers.

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