Sept. 11, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State field hockey team hits the road for the third time in four weeks, traveling to play Ohio under the lights at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Athens before facing Bucknell at 10 a.m. Sunday in Lewisburg, Pa. The Buckeyes (2-3) will look to rebound after falling to Miami in their home opener Sept. 9.
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Gametracker will be available for both contests this week. A link to the live scoring will be on the Buckeye field hockey schedule page on OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
BUCKEYES IN A NUTSHELL
Senior forward Danica Deckard leads the squad with four goals and eight points, while classmate Berta Queralt has two points on one goal. As a team, Ohio State is averaging 14.6 shots per game for fifth in the Big Ten, while allowing just 1.80 goals per game, which is tied fourth in the conference.
OHIO STATE VS. OPPONENTS
The Buckeyes lead their opponents in multiple statistical categories:
73-51 lead in shots on goal
14.6-10.2 advantage in shots per game
37-23 lead in penalty corners
QUERALT’S CAREER NUMBERS
Senior forward Berta Queralt posted her first goal of 2012 last time out vs. Miami Sept. 9 to up her career total to 38 goals. A two-time All-American, Queralt leads all active Buckeyes in several offensive categories, including points (119), goals (38), assists (37) and gamewinners (11).
Senior captain Danica Deckard leads the team in points in 2012. Deckard, a native of Selinsgrove, Pa., has scored four of five goals for the team. She is second in shots per game (7.60), fourth in shots (38), tied for fifth in goals (4) and tied for ninth in points (8) in the Big Ten. Deckard helped the Buckeyes claim their first win of the season after scoring the lone goal in the 1-0 shutout win at UNH Aug. 26 in Durham, N.H., before tallying two goals in the 2-0 shutout victory at American Aug. 31 in Washington, D.C.
SCOUTING THE BOBCATS
Last time out, Ohio defeated Indiana, 2-1, in a shootout Sept. 9 in Athens. The Bobcats are 3-2 overall and are led offensively by junior Luli Gomez Teruel, who has 11 points after scoring a school-record five goals in a 9-0 win over Radford, while classmate Taylor Brown has collected 10 points, including four assists. Ohio is one of five teams in the nation who have two players among the Top 25 in points.
BUCKEYES VS. OHIO
Ohio State leads the all-time series vs. the Bobcats 22-9-3. Last time out, Ohio defeated the Buckeyes, 2-1, Aug. 31 in Columbus. The Scarlet and Gray have won seven out of the last nine meetings between the two teams.
Last Five Meetings…
Aug. 31, 2011 – Ohio 2, Ohio State 1
Aug. 31, 2010 – Ohio State 2, Ohio 1 (OT)
Sept. 11, 2009 – Ohio State 3, Ohio 0
Sept. 3, 2008 – Ohio State 2, Ohio 1 (2OT)
Sept. 2, 2007 – Ohio 4, Ohio State 2
A LOOK AT BUCKNELL
The Bison are 4-2 overall this season, including a 3-0 home record. Offensively, Rachel Misko has a team-high eight points (3g, 2a) and was named the Bison Athlete of the Week Tuesday after posting five points in the last three games. She scored the gamewinning goal against Cornell Sept. 5. Goalkeeper Erica Perrine is 4-2 with a 1.81 goals-against average and a .703 save percentage.
OHIO STATE VS. BISON
The Buckeyes claimed a 6-1 victory in the only meeting between the two schools during the 2007 campaign in Columbus.
WILKINSON CLAIMS WIN NO. 200
Head coach Anne Wilkinson, who is in her 17th season at the helm of the Buckeyes, picked up her 200th victory at Ohio State after the squad posted its first win of the season in shutout fashion, downing No. 18 UNH, 1-0, Aug. 26 in Durham, N.H. With the win, Wilkinson becomes the first coach in program history to hit the 200-win mark.
Senior captain Danica Deckard scored the eventual gamewinner at 29:47 when she redirected a UNH back pass inside the right post of the cage. Deckard, a native of Selinsgrove, Pa., has two goals and four points to lead the team.
The Ohio State defense was solid throughout the entire competition, limiting the UNH offense to seven shots and four penalty corners. The OSU backfield did not allow a shot or corner attempt in the final 20 minutes of regulation.
VOELKER CLAIMS FIRST CAREER WIN
Junior goalkeeper Emma Voelker posted her first career victory in front of the cage in the team’s 1-0 shutout over No. 18 UNH. Voelker, a native of Timonium, Md., made four saves vs. the Wildcats in 70 minutes of action. After five games, she is tied for second in shutouts (2), third in saves per game (6.33) and fifth in save percentage (.719) in the conference.
The Buckeyes will begin a four-game homestand Sept. 19 vs. Kent State at Buckeye Varsity Field.