Oct. 6, 2011
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 18 Ohio State field hockey team concludes the 2011 home schedule against No. 17 Iowa at 1 p.m. Saturday at Buckeye Varsity Field. As part of Senior Day, The Buckeyes (8-5, 2-0 Big Ten) will recognize Jenn Sciulli and Ally Tunitis before the start of competition against the Hawkeyes (8-3, 1-2 Big Ten).
The matchup between the Buckeyes and Hawkeyes will be televised on Big Ten Network at 2 p.m. Sunday.
Gametracker will be available for the game against Iowa Saturday. A link to the live scoring will be on the Ohio State field hockey schedule page on OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
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Seniors Ally Tunitis and Jenn Sciulli will be honored before the game against Iowa Saturday. Here are some notes of what the senior class has accomplished up to this weekend:
• 53 combined wins
• 114 combined starts
• 2010 Big Ten Regular Season Co-Champions
• 2010 NCAA Semifinalists
• 2009 NCAA Tournament appearance, finished tied for second in Big Ten
• 24-10 record in Columbus
• 1.41 goals-against average with 12 shutouts
• Four Academic All-Big Ten selections
• Five OSU Scholar-Athlete awards
A native of Palmyra, Pa., Jenn Sciulli has started in every game for the Buckeyes since joining the program in 2008 with 77 career starts. A 2010 All-Big Ten and two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection, Sciulli leads the conference this season with seven defensive saves and is just one stop away from second on the OSU all-time list (currently with 21 career defensive saves). The Buckeye back has collected 29 career points on eight goals and 13 assists. Majoring in Speech and Hearing Sciences, Sciulli will complete her degree next year at Ohio State.
A native of Macungie, Pa., Ally Tunitis has started at goal for the Buckeyes for the last two seasons and has made 47 career appearances. A two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree, Tunitis holds the single-season OSU goalkeeper wins record with 18 victories set in 2010 and is third overall with 33 career wins. The Buckeye keeper currently holds a 1.41 goals-against average, which is ranked first in the OSU record books. Majoring in Allied Medical Professions with a minor in Health Sciences, Tunitis plans on attending graduate school after graduating next spring.
THE BIG TEN STANDINGS
Headed into the third weekend of conference action, Ohio State (8-5) is tied for first in the Big Ten with Penn State (9-3), who have won seven-consecutive games. The Wolverines (8-3) and Hoosiers (7-3) follow in third place, while Iowa (8-3), Northwestern (10-4) and Michigan State (5-8) round out the standings.
1. Ohio State (2-0)
Penn State (2-0)
3. Michigan (1-1)
5. Iowa (1-2)
7. Michigan State (0-2)
THE WIN STREAK
Here’s a breakdown of the Buckeyes’ six-game win streak:
• Outscoring opponents, 20-8 • 85-69 lead in shots-on-goal
• 15.8-11.5 advantage in shots per game
• Have collected 53 offensive points – 30 more points than opponents
• Danica Deckard and Berta Queralt have combined for 29 points (13g,3a)
• Ally Tunitis has a 1.30 goals-against average, posting 22 saves with a shutout
• Buckeye defense has limited opponents to 1.33 goals per game
LAST TIME OUT
Ohio State defeated No. 20 Louisville, 2-1, Tuesday at Buckeye Varsity Field. The Scarlet and Gray collected two second half goals en route to the victory. Danica Deckard and Berta Queralt notched goals, while Jenn Sciulli had two assists in the game. The Buckeyes improved to 16-5 all-time vs. the Cardinals.
QUEARLT, DECKARD LEAD BUCKEYES
Juniors Berta Queralt and Danica Deckard have combined to score 40 of the Buckeyes’ 70 points this season. Queralt and Deckard, who both have 20 points (9g,2a), have been a major factor in the team’s six-game win streak, collecting a combined 29 points. Deckard, a native of Selinsgrove, Pa., leads the team with six multi-point performances, while Queralt has tallied five this year.
Junior forward Danica Deckard has been on fire for the Buckeyes in the last four games, collecting 15 points on seven goals and one assist in four OSU victories. Last week against then-No. 11 Michigan, Deckard tallied both goals, including the gamewinner with less than two minutes remaining in regulation. The native of Selinsgrove, Pa., continued her hot streak Sept. 27 at Ball State when she posted career highs in points (7) and goals (3) in the first hat trick of her career.
The speedy forward was rewarded for her clutch play against the Wolverines Sept. 27 when she was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week – the first of conference weekly laurel of her career.
Deckard knocked in her eighth goal of the campaign in the opening minutes of a 3-2 victory against then-No. 13 Indiana Sept. 30 in Columbus. Last time out, Deckard posted the team’s second goal against No. 20 Louisville Tuesday in Columbus. She is currently on a four-game point streak, which ties her career high set in 2010.
Senior captain Jenn Sciulli claimed her seventh defensive save of the season in the 2-1 win against No. 20 Louisville Tuesday. The Buckeye back leads the conference in defensive saves and is third in the nation in defensive stops. The native of Palmyra, Pa., Sciulli now has 21 career saves and is one stop away from tying former Buckeye Kim Bush (1988-91) for second on the OSU all-time list. On the other side of turf, the OSU back leads the team in assists with five helpers this season.
THE IOWA HAWKEYES
Iowa travels to Columbus with an 8-3 overall record. Last timeout, the Hawkeyes fell at Michigan, 2-0, Oct. 1 in Ann Arbor. The Hawkeyes rank first in the Big Ten in shots per game (17.82) and shutouts (4), and second in scoring average (3.36), scoring margin (2.00) and goals against average (1.36). Offensively, Iowa is led by Kim Scraper, who has notched 31 points (15g,1a). Goalkeeper Kathleen McGraw is 8-3 overall with a 1.43 goals-against average.
OHIO STATE VS. IOWA
The Hawkeyes lead the all-time series against the Buckeyes, 40-14. However, the Scarlet and Gray have won three of the last four meetings, including a 3-0 shutout victory Oct. 30, 2010, in Iowa City. The win against the Hawkeyes last season cinched the Buckeyes’ third regular season Big Ten championship in program history – all under the direction of head coach Anne Wilkinson.
Last Five Meetings…
Oct. 30, 2010 – Ohio State 3, Iowa 0
Oct. 11, 2009 – Ohio State 2, Iowa 0
Nov. 9, 2008 – Iowa 2, Ohio State 1 (OT)
Oct. 19, 2008 – Ohio State 2, Iowa 0
Oct. 14, 2007 – Iowa 2, Ohio State 1
100 POINTS AND COUNTING…
Junior captain Berta Queralt had a game to remember in the 4-3 overtime victory against Wake Forest Sept. 16 in Columbus. The OSU forward tallied four goals on eight points (career-highs), including the gamewinner in extra time vs. the Demon Deacons. With her eight-point performance, the native of Barcelona, Spain, became the ninth Buckeye in program history to collect at least 100 career points. Queralt, a two-time All-American, is currently sixth in the record books with 113 points.
Queralt is tied for the team lead in points (20) and goals (9) this year. The eight-point performance by Queralt is tied for first in the Big Ten in individual game-highs with Kelsey Amy of Penn State and Kim Scraper of Iowa, who have each caimed eight points earlier this season.
The Buckeyes will now prepare for a four-game road swing to close out the regular season, beginning at 2 p.m. Oct. 14 against Michigan State in East Lansing, Mich.