Aug. 13, 2015
The duo was one of the highest scoring in the Big Ten last year, combining for 13 goals and 16 assists. Johnson had 27 points (8 goals, 11 assists) while Royce set a career high with 15 points (five goals, five assists). Royce becomes a two-time captain while Johnson earns the honor for the first time in her career.
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.
A native of Dayton, Ohio, Johnson was the Buckeyes’ second leading scorer this year with 27 points (eight goals, team-best 11 assists). In the Big Ten stats, Johnson ranked seventh in assists, seventh in assists per game (0.65) and 11th in points. For her efforts, she earned All-Big Ten and All-Region honors for the second time in her career.
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 last fall. 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 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.
Royce is an English major while Johnson is studying biology. Both have been OSU Scholar-Athletes in their careers.
Johnson, Royce and the rest of the 2015 Buckeyes open their season on Aug. 28 against Saint Louis in Columbus.