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Queralt notched seven points on two goal and three assists vs. Saint Louis Sunday

COLUMBUS, Ohio – For the second-consecutive season, an Ohio State field hockey student-athlete has nabbed a weekly conference laurel during first week of the season with Berta Queralt receiving Co-Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors, the league office announced Monday.

Queralt earned the accolade, a new Big Ten weekly award established this season, after recording seven points on two goals and three assists in Ohio State’s 7-0 victory over Saint Louis Sunday.

In just her second game as a Buckeye, the native of Barcelona, Spain, had her first career multiple goal game, scoring on two of her three shots vs. the Billikens.

The last Buckeye to notch seven points in a single game was Linda Haussener (2005-08) who accomplished the feat a season ago vs. Robert Morris (Oct. 1).

Since 2001, four Buckeyes have combined to notched six seven point or better games with Lucy Clayton (2001-05) recording the only eight point game vs. Southwest Missouri State (Sept. 21, 2003). Her three assists in a single game are the most since Jenee Doto (2000-03) and Cammie Trainer (2001-04) each had three helpers vs. Radford Sept. 7, 2003.

In 2008, goalkeeper Lindsay Quintiliani won the first Big Ten weekly defensive honor Sept. 1, one of four weekly accolades coveted by a Buckeye last season. In 2006, the Scarlet and Gray swept both the Big Ten offensive and defensive weekly awards with Saskia Mueller and Quintiliani receiving the honors, respectively (Aug. 28). 

Ohio State has had a student-athlete earn a Big Ten weekly honor the first week of the season four times (2000, ’06, ’08, ’09) under head coach Anne Wilkinson.

The Buckeyes continue their season on the road this weekend in Syracuse, N.Y. Ohio State plays Syracuse at 3 p.m. Friday and Princeton in a neutral site game at 2 p.m. Saturday.

THE BERTA FILE
– Started first career game vs. No. 12 James Madison (Aug. 29) and recorded a team-high three shots vs. the Dukes in Ohio State’s 1-0 loss.
– Started vs. Saint Louis (Aug. 30) and opened the Buckeye scoring drive with her first career goal at 2:31 of the first half. She fired a rocket past SLU keeper for her second goal of the game in the 31st minute to give the Buckeyes a 4-0 lead at the half.
– Had a team-high three assists vs. Saint Louis; one in the first half and two in the second.
– Since 2001, a Buckeye has only scored seven or more points in a single game six times. Queralt joins the likes of 2009 Ohio State Varsity O Hall of Famer Vanessa Immordino (2000-03), three-time NFHCA All-West Region Lucy Clayton and three-time All-American Linda Haussener.