COLUMBUS, Ohio – Aisling Coyle, a junior co-captain on the Ohio State field hockey team, was named a First Team NFHCA All-American, while sophomore Berta Queralt was named a Third Team selection, the National Field Hockey Coaches Association announced Monday. Coyle becomes the seventh Buckeye in program history to earn the First Team All-American honor, while Queralt was tabbed a Third Team All-American for the second straight year.
Coyle adds the honor to her NFHCA West Region Player of the Year and Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year awards. The native of Glasgow, Scotland, was also a unanimous First Team All-Big Ten and NFCHA First Team All-West Region selection. Coyle becomes the sixth first-team and 20th overall Buckeye All-American under 15th-year head coach Anne Wilkinson. Overall, Ohio State has had at least one All-American each year since 1999, a span of 12-consecutive seasons.
Coyle helped lead the Scarlet and Gray to a program-record 18 wins and their first NCAA Final Four appearance this season. Along with anchoring an Ohio State backfield that limited opponents to 1.26 goals, 4.1 penalty corners and 8.1 shots per game, Coyle had a big season offensively as well. She led the team with a career-high 24 goals and 55 points through 23 games. She more than doubled her career goal total after entering her junior campaign with 11.
Coyle scored in 16 games this season and was held without a point just four times. Her seven game-winning goals are a record, surpassing the previous high set in 1999. She is only the third Buckeye this decade to reach the 20-goal mark, joining All-Americans Linda Haussener (20 in 2008) and Vanessa Immordino (22 in 2002).
With her game-winning goal in overtime against Syracuse in the NCAA second round, Coyle upped her point total to 55, which has not been accomplished by a Buckeye since Britta Eickhoff recorded 67 in 1996. Coyle is only the fifth Buckeye to have at 50 or more points in a season. Her 55 points is fifth on the all-time single-season points list.
Queralt, a native of Barcelona, Spain, becomes the first Buckeye to garner back-to-back Third Team All American awards since Saskia Mueller accomplished it in 2004 and 2005. She becomes the 21st All-American under Wilkinson and adds to her First Team All-Big Ten and NFCHA First Team All-West Region awards.
The Buckeye forward helped Ohio State to multiple Top 10 offensive categories in the nation, including fourth in assists per game (3.09), eighth in points per game (9.26) and 10th in scoring margin (1.76). Queralt tallied 47 points in 2010, becoming the second player in Buckeye history to have at least 46 points in back-to-back seasons after Eickhoff recorded 67 points and 49 points during the 1996 and 1997 campaigns, respectively.
Queralt had a record-setting season herself. With 27 helpers, the sophomore from Barcelona, Spain, broke the Ohio State single-season assist record previously set in 1996 and is tied for third in the team’s career assist category with 39. Queralt was third in the NCAA with 1.17 assists per game. Her 47 points tie her with Dawn Pederson for 10th on the all-time single-season points list.