Oct. 17, 2011

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 17 Ohio State field hockey team concludes the 2011 non-conference schedule at Miami (Ohio) at 3 p.m. Tuesday in Oxford, Ohio. The Buckeyes (8-7, 2-2 Big Ten) lead the all-time series, 33-5-1, against the RedHawks (5-11, 3-4 MAC).

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The Buckeyes return to the turf this week after falling in strokes at Michigan State, 2-1, Oct. 14 in East Lansing, Mich. Offensively, Ohio State was led by junior back Laura Napolitano who scored her second-career goal in the second half to tie the game, 1-1. The OSU back now has six points this season.

Defensively, senior tri-captain Ally Tunitis notched seven saves in 100 minutes of competition – one save away from tying her career high. Senior tri-captain Jenn Sciulli collected her ninth defensive save of the campaign to continue to lead the conference in defensive stops, while Nora Murer posted her second stop in the final play of regulation vs. the Spartans.

Ohio State (8-7) is fourth in the Big Ten standings headed into the second-to-last week of the 2011 regular season. Michigan (11-3) and Penn State (11-4) are tied for first with 3-1 conference records, respectively. Iowa (11-3) follows in third place with a 3-2 mark, while Indiana (8-5), Northwestern (10-6) and Michigan State (7-9) round the standings.

The Buckeyes lead their opponents in multiple statistical categories:
• 28-25 advantage in goals scored
• 140-92 lead in shots on goal
• 15.5-11.7 advantage in shots per game
• 107-93 lead in penalty corners

Juniors Berta Queralt and Danica Deckard have combined to score 40 of the Buckeyes’ 72 points this season. Queralt and Deckard, who both have 20 points (9g,2a), have been major factors in the team’s stretch of six wins in eight games, 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.

Jenn Sciulli, a native of Palmyra, Pa., currently has 79 career starts since joining the team in 2008. The senior back is three games away from trying former Buckeye and teammate Bri Doak (2007-10) for first on the OSU all-time list. The OSU captain has started every collegiate game for the Scarlet and Gray and has played more than 5,540 minutes in the Buckeye backfield.

Junior forward Danica Deckard claimed a four-game point streak from Sept. 16-Oct. 4, collecting 15 points on seven goals and one assist in four OSU victories. Against then-No. 11 Michigan Sept. 23, 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 when she was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week Sept. 27 – 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. Deckard posted the team’s second goal against No. 20 Louisville Oct. 4 at Buckeye Varsity Field. The four-game point streak tied her career high set in 2010.

Freshmen Carly Mackessy and Kaitlyn Wagner have combined for 25 starts this season for the Buckeyes at the forward and midfield positions, respectively. Wagner, a native of Oley, Pa., has started in all 15 games for the team this season, totaling 1,125 minutes. Mackessy, a native of Hudson, Ohio, has started the last 10 games for the Buckeyes on the attack, collecting her first career point at Ball State Sept. 27 with an assist.

Senior captain Jenn Sciulli claimed her ninth defensive save of the season in a 2-1 loss at Michigan State Oct. 14. The Buckeye back leads the conference in defensive saves and is second in the nation in defensive stops. A native of Palmyra, Pa., Sciulli now has 23 career saves and is 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 RedHawks are returning to action after dropping a 3-2 game at Central Michigan Oct. 15. Offensively, Miami is led by Olivia Miller, who has tallied 20 points (9g, 2a), while Amanda Seeley has collected 12 points (4g, 4a). Defensively, goalkeeper Sarah Mueller has a 2.39 goals-against average with two shutouts this year.

The Buckeyes lead the all-time series, 33-5-1, all-time against the RedHawks. The Scarlet and Gray have won 21-consecutive games against Miami (Ohio) dating back to the 1989 campaign. Under 16th-year head coach Anne Wilkinson, Ohio State is 15-0 against the RedHawks.

Last Five Meetings…

Oct. 7, 2010 – Ohio State 5, Miami (Ohio) 1
Oct. 7, 2009 – Ohio State 5, Miami (Ohio) 1
Oct. 15, 2008 – Ohio State 3, Miami (Ohio) 1
Sept. 12, 2007 – Ohio State 2, Miami (Ohio) 1(OT)
Sept. 13, 2006 – Ohio State 6, Miami (Ohio) 0

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 claimed eight points earlier this season.

The Buckeyes will travel to State College, Pa., to take on the Nittany Lions at noon Oct. 22 at the Penn State Field Hockey Complex.