Ohio State welcomes student-athletes from Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Spain
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State field hockey team will add five student-athletes to its 2009 roster, head coach announced Tuesday. The incoming freshmen include two from Spain and one each from Ohio, Kentucky and Pennsylvania.
“I am excited for our incoming freshmen,” Wilkinson said. “It is a great class made up of excellent student-athletes. We look forward to welcoming them to Ohio State and for them to become part of the Buckeye field hockey program.”Anne Wilkinson
Kelly Beam is a forward from Louisville, Ky., and currently attends Kentucky Country Day School. A three-year member of its field hockey team, Beam also has participated with the International Field Hockey Club of Kentucky since 2003. At KCD, Beam scored 22 goals and added 14 assists for the Bearcats and earned the 2008 Coaches Award while serving as team captain. She helped the team finish runner-up in the 2006 and ’07 state championships and the quarterfinals in ’08. An active student-athlete, Beam also captains and plays goalie for the lacrosse team and runs for the track and field team. She is involved with the KCD Community Service Club and Kentucky United Nations Assembly. Beam is related to Jim Beam of Jim Beam Bourbon.
Danica Deckard, a native of Selinsgrove, Pa., attends Selinsgrove High School and is a two-year starter at forward for its field hockey team. She was named the team’s best offensive player this season while serving as captain. Deckard earned Second Team All-State honors and was named a First Team Daily Item All-Star as well as a First Team All-Star by the Heartland Athletic Conference. She helped Selinsgrove win the District IV Championship, Susquehanna Valley League Championship and HAC Championship every season from 2005-08 and totaled 28 goals and eight assists in that span. Deckard also was a four-year letterwinner in basketball and track and field. She was a guard on the basketball team and selected league MVP three times after graduating as the school’s all-time leading scorer with 1,742 points.
Laura Napolitano is a Cincinnati native who attends St. Ursula Academy. The defender is a two-time captain and three-year starter on the field hockey team. She helped St. Ursula to a second-place finish in 2007 in the Southwest Ohio Field Hockey League after winning the championship in ’06. As a junior and senior, Napolitano was named to the All-Ohio Team by the Ohio Field Hockey Coaches Association as well as SWOFHL First Team All-Conference and the team’s MVP and best defensive player. She was the 2008 Cincinnati Enquirer Player of the Year. Napolitano also participated at the 2007 National Futures and Junior Olympic Games, winning a bronze medal at both. At St. Ursula, she is involved with the Girls’ Athletics Association, the Earth Club and National Honors Society.
Berta Queralt is a forward from Barcelona, Spain. She has played with the Junior Hockey Club for over 10 years as a member of their Under-12, 14, 16 and 18 teams. She currently plays in the National League with former Buckeye All-American Saskia Mueller. As a member of Spain’s Junior National Team, Queralt O’Callaghan played in the Four Nations Under-16 tournament from 2005-07 and the Four Nations Under-18 tournament in 2008. At the Under-16 European Youth Championships, she helped the team to third place in 2004 and second place in ’07. She is a student at Institució Cultural del CIC in Barcelona.
Maria Briones is a forward from Barcelona, Spain. She was the leading scorer at the 2006 and 2007 First Regional League and Spanish Championship for the R.C. Polo club. Briones was a member of the 2007 European Club Champions and earned division honors in 2007 and 2008. She played in both the Under-18 and Under-16 national division in Spain.