COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State’s 2020 field hockey team will be led by four seniors – Julianna Sweeney, Sammy Stone, Nikki Trzaska and Mara Hunter. Here’s a quick look at what they’ve accomplished so far during their time with the Scarlet and Gray as they look to add to their resumes in 2020:
Entering the 2020 season, nobody on the current roster has played more games than Nikki Trzaska – 57 to be exact. As a junior last season, she was a team captain and finished third on the team in total points (16) and goals scored (seven). She has 23 career points (nine goals, five assists) and three game-winning goals.
Off the field, Trzaska took part in the Bucks Go Pro summer internship program in 2019. She worked with the event management department and also traveled to the NCAA headquarters in Indianapolis as part of a professional development opportunity.
Trzaska is a three-time OSU Scholar-Athlete and twice has been a member of the National Field Hockey Coaches Association National Academic Squad for maintaining a 3.0 or better grade-point average.
A homegrown Buckeye from near-by Powell, Ohio, Hunter has played in 24 career games and been part of an Ohio State defense that’s registered nine shutouts over the last two seasons. Against Central Michigan last September, Hunter scored her first career goal in a 13-0 win.
Like many of her teammates, Hunter has taken advantage of Ohio State’s Bucks Go Pro program. In the summer of 2019, she interned with the Office of Trademark and Licensing.
Also a standout in the classroom, Hunter has twice been a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar and a member of the National Field Hockey Coaches Association National Academic Squad.
Just like fellow senior Nikki Trzaska, Sweeney is one of the most experienced players on the team. She’s appeared in 44 career games since 2017, including all 20 as a sophomore in 2018. That year, she had a two goals and two assists. Her best career game came vs. James Madison when she had a goal and two assists.
An animal bioscience major, Julianna spent 10 days during her winter break in 2020 exploring Italy as part of the ‘Human and Animal Interactions’ study abroad trip. She wants to be a veterinarian following graduation.
Sweeney is a three-time member of the National Field Hockey Coaches Association National Academic Squad and has also earned OSU Scholar-Athlete honors three times in her career.
Stone is the newest #OSUGrad on the 2020 squad, having completed her bachelor’s degree in marketing in August. While she missed the 2019 season, Stone played in all 20 games as a sophomore in 2018 – starting 15 – and was the team’s third-leading scorer with 21 points.
In the summer of 2019, Stone worked as an intern with Upside, a Columbus company that runs a podcast focused on startup investing outside of Silicon Valley.
Stone’s been a three-time NFHCA National Academic Squad honoree and OSU Scholar-Athlete.