Buckeyes welcome student-athletes from Ohio, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Spain, Switzerland and Trinidad and Tobago
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State field hockey team, who finished second in the Big Ten and earned an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament a season ago, is thrilled to be adding nine premier student-athletes to the 2010 roster, Anne Wilkinson, Buckeye head coach, announced Friday.
“This class is going to allow us a lot of flexibility in the style and systems of hockey we play and most importantly, they are excited to be Buckeyes,” Wilkinson said. “We are excited for them to join us in the fall and compete and contribute to our lineup right from the start. This is a versatile and skilled group who will certainly add another dimension, as well as depth, to the field for us.”
In 2010, Ohio State will welcome recruits from Maryland (1), Ohio (3), Pennsylvania (2), Spain (1), Switzerland (1) and Trinidad and Tobago (1).
Meet the Newcomers:
Arielle Cowie is a fast, award-winning midfielder/forward from Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. A member of Trinidad and Tobago’s Under-15, 19 and 21 teams, Cowie has earned three MVP honors while playing with the Ventures Hockey Club from 2002-07. As a captain, she has led the squad to three first-place finishes. In 2007, the Ventures Club won the Easter Youth Tournament and National Youth Sports Festival. In 2009, Cowie again led the squad to a first-place finish at the National Youth Sports Festival.
Upper Arlington, Ohio, native Susan Dappen joins Ohio State after playing at forward for the Golden Bears. An All-Ohio and First Team Central Ohio honoree as a junior and senior, Dappen led Upper Arlington in goals and assists both seasons. In a standout senior year, the captain notched 22 goals and 15 assists for 59 points. Dappen is an eight-time letterwinner, also lettering in lacrosse (3) and track and field (1) and enters Ohio State as a four-time Academic All-Ohio and All-League honoree.
Nora Murer is a mid- and backfield player from Luzern, Switzerland, who brings three-plus years of international experience to Ohio State. As a member of the Swiss National Team since 2007, Murer has played with former Buckeyes and Big Ten Players of the Year Saskia Mueller and Linda Haussener. In all, she has played 21 games for the Swiss Senior National Team and 32 games on the junior level. At the Junior Swiss Championships, Murer helped backstop the team to 12 Top 3 finishes, including two titles, while her senior team has earned four third-place finishes. In addition, her team won the 2009 European Nations Under-21 Indoor trophy after a third-place finish in 2008.
Another Ohio native, Nina Passen, is one of two Bishop Watterson graduates continuing their field hockey careers as Buckeyes in college. Passen and her cousin, Maria Swartz, will join Ohio State in the fall. A three-year varsity starter at forward, Passen led the Eagles in scoring with 45 goals and 41 assists for 131 points. In 2009, Passen scored the gamewinner in the Ohio State championship game, taking home the state title as a senior after a runner-up finish in 2007. The captain also scored the gamewinner in the semifinal game, earning the team’s MVP award in 2009. Passen was named First Team All-Conference three times and First Team All-Ohio in 2008. Also a member of the basketball and track and field teams, Passen was an Academic All-Ohio and Scholar-Athlete honoree.
Joining Ohio State from Barcelona, Spain, is midfielder/forward Paula Pitarque. In Columbus, Pastor Pitarque will be reunited with former club teammate Berta Queralt, the Big Ten Freshman of the Year and OSU team leader in points in 2009. Playing on the Spanish Youth National team, Pitarque has helped Spain to four Top 5 finishes at European Championships at the Under-16 and Under 21 level. At the Spanish Independent States Championships, she played for the first-place U-16 and U-21 Catalan teams.
A 2006-09 USA Futures Field Hockey participant, Evelyn Romeo joins Ohio State after playing on the front line for Norwin High School in North Huntingdon, Pa., where she tallied 40 career goals and 31 assists for 111 points. A two-time captain, Romeo was voted MVP and WPIAL All-League for the Knights her senior season. As a junior, she helped Norwin to conference and district titles, earning All-State honors as well. Her mother, Wendy Romeo, is a coach of the Knights and was a four-time field hockey letterwinner at Northern Illinois (1982-86).
Christina Shea, a native of Chadds Ford, Pa., joins the Buckeyes after playing four-years of varsity field hockey in both the mid- and backfield at Archmere Academy in Claymont, Del. As a senior captain, Shea scored eight goals and added 11 assists for 27 points as the team recorded a 13-1-1 season ledger, the best in school history. A Diamond State All-Conference and All-State honoree in field hockey and softball, Shea is heavily involved in community service.
Hailing from Bishop Watterson High School in Columbus, Swartz comes to Ohio State after playing in the midfield for 2009 Ohio State Champions. A two-time First Team All-Ohio and All-League award winner and senior captain for the field hockey Eagles, Swartz also lettered twice in track and field and once in cross country. A USA Futures Field Hockey Team member since 2006, she scored 32 goals and added 18 assists in high school, helping Bishop Watterson to the state title as a senior and two runner-up titles as a freshman and sophomore. Swartz has 12 relatives, including OSU teammate and cousin Passen, who have played varsity sports for Division I, III and NAIA programs.
Emma Voelker is a standout goalkeeper from Timonium, Maryland. Voelker, a product of Maryvale Preparatory School, was a four-letterwinner in both field hockey and softball for the Lions. As a senior captain in 2009, Voelker made 80 saves in 18 games and was named to the All-Star Team. A member of the 2008 U.S. Junior Olympic Team which placed fourth, Voelker also has national playing experience leading her squad to a silver medal at the Under-16 National Tournament in Virginia Beach in 2008 and a fourth-place finish the following year at the U-19 level. Voelker was a member of three conference champion teams, including one field hockey title and two in softball. Her older sister Samantha Voelker also is a Division I athlete, playing lacrosse at Virginia Tech.