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Aug. 20, 2015

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Three members of the Ohio State field hockey team – senior captains Peanut Johnson and Emma Royce and sophomore Maddy Humphrey, have been named to the Big Ten Preseason Players to Watch List, the conference announced today.

Humphrey, a NFHCA second team All-West Region selection, made an instant impact last year, finishing as the Buckeyes’ leading scorer with 32 points (12 goals, eight assists). She was the Big Ten’s second leading scorer among freshmen and three times earned the conference’s Freshman of the Week honor. Humphrey started her collegiate career with at least one point in 10 of the first 13 games, including a hat trick On Sept. 21 that was part of an 11-point weekend in games vs. Michigan State and Appalachian State. Her three-goal outing against Appalachian State was the first by a rookie in program history.

The Virginia Beach, Va., native finished ninth in the Big Ten in points, seventh in points per game (1.78) and eighth in goals per game (0.67). She and Johnson combined for 59 points, the fourth highest total among duos in the league this year. She had four multi-goal games, one multi-assist game and eight multi-point contests.

A native of Dayton, Ohio and graduate of Oakwood High School, Johnson was the Buckeyes’ second leading scorer this year with 27 points (eight goals, team-best 11 assists) last year. In the Big Ten stats, Johnson ranked seventh in assists, seventh in assists per game (0.65) and 11th in points.

After leading Ohio State in scoring last year as a sophomore with 10 goals, Johnson was once again a key part of the Buckeyes’ offense in 2014. She had at least one point in 12 of 17 games, and on Oct. 17 scored the game-winning goal in overtime against No. 18 Indiana to give Ohio State a 2-1 victory. The win was also head coach Anne Wilkinson’s 300th in her 28-year career. From Sept. 14-Oct. 5, Johnson racked up 17 points, including a goal and three assists against Appalachian State and a goal and an assist in a 4-3 overtime victory against No. 3 Virginia.

In the last three years, Johnson has started 42 of 55 career games with 24 goals, 16 assists and 64 points.

Selected last year as the team MVP, Royce has started 54 of 55 career games with nine goals, seven assist and 25 points. An integral part of the offensive and defensive penalty corners, she enjoyed a breakout season in 2014 with five multi-point games. In weekend games vs. Michigan State and Appalachian State (9/19-9/21), she had six total points on two goals and two assists. Her high tempo passing skills, knowledge of the game and ability to guide others on the field has made an impact on every team she’s played on.

Royce, from London, England, has been a starter since the day she stepped on campus in 2012. A two-time captain and veteran of 55 career games, she has nine goals and seven assists for 25 points. She earned OSU Scholar-Athlete honors in 2012 and Big Ten All-Tournament team accolades in 2013.

HUMPHREY/JOHNSON/ROYCE AT A GLANCE

  • The trio combined 25 goals and 24 assists in 2014 (74 points), which was 61 percent of Ohio State’s total goal scoring and 63 percent of its total point production.
  • Either Humphrey, Royce or Johnson had at least one point in 16 of 18 games last year.
  • Johnson had been on the Preseason Players to Watch List three times, Royce twice while this is Humphrey’s first nod.
  • As a duo, Humphrey and Johnson combined for 59 points in 2014, tied for the fourth most in the conference.
  • Mainstays in the lineup, Johnson, Humphrey and Royce have combined to start 114 of 128 career games (89 percent).

2015 BIG TEN FIELD HOCKEY PRESEASON PLAYERS TO WATCH LIST
Kate Barber, Indiana, Jr., Defense/Midfield
Karen Lorite, Indiana, Sr., Forward
Nicole Volgraf, Indiana, Sr., Forward
Chandler Ackers, Iowa, Jr., Defense/Midfield
Stephanie Norlander, Iowa, Jr., Forward/Midfield
Alex Pecora, Iowa, Jr., Goalkeeper
Anna Dessoye, Maryland, Sr., Midfield
Linnea Gonzalez, Maryland, Fr., Forward/Midfield
Sarah Sprink, Maryland, Sr., Defense
Carly Bennett, Michigan, So., Forward
Caroline Chromik, Michigan, Jr., Midfield/Defense
Katie Trombetta, Michigan, So., Midfield/Defense
Heather Howie, Michigan State, Sr., Midfield
Kristin Matula, Michigan State, Jr., Midfield
Simone Vagnoni, Michigan State, So., Defense
Lisa McCarthy, Northwestern, Sr., Midfield/Defense
Charlotte Martin, Northwestern, Sr., Midfield
Caroline Troncelliti, Northwestern, Sr., Midfield
Maddy Humphrey, Ohio State, So., Forward/Midfield
Peanut Johnson, Ohio State, Sr., Forward
Emma Royce, Ohio State, Sr., Defense
Carly Celkos, Penn State, Jr., Midfield
Cori Conley, Penn State, So., Defense
Stephanie Hussey, Penn State, Sr., Midfield/Defense
Alyssa Bull, Rutgers, Jr., Midfield
Katie Champion, Rutgers, Sr., Forward
Sofia Walia, Rutgers, Jr., Defense