Oct. 12, 2012

Game 15: No. 18 Ohio State (9-5, 1-2 Big Ten) at No. 16 Michigan (7-5, 0-2 Big Ten)
Sunday, Oct. 14 | 1 p.m. ET
Ann Arbor, Mich. | Phyllis Ocker Field  
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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 18 Ohio State field hockey team travels to face No. 16 Michigan at 1 p.m. Sunday at Phyllis Ocker Field in Ann Arbor. The Buckeyes (9-5, 1-2 Big Ten) return to the turf after claiming a 9-1 victory against Ball State Oct. 7 in Columbus.

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The Buckeyes will conclude the 2012 home schedule vs. Penn State at 3 p.m. Oct. 19 live on BTN at Buckeye Varsity Field. The team will honor its senior class before the contest vs. the Nittany Lions. 

Gametracker will be available for the game vs. the Wolverines Sunday. A link to the live scoring will be on the Buckeye field hockey schedule page on

Senior tri-captain Danica Deckard leads the team with 29 points and 12 goals, while fellow captain Berta Queralt has 21 points on nine goals and three assists. Junior midfielder Paula Pastor-Pitarque has 16 points, while sophomore midfielder Mona Frommhold has 15 points. Freshman Peanut Johnson is fifth on the team in points with 13 on five goals and three assists.

As a team Ohio State is in the Top 3 in several conference statistics, including tied for first in shutouts (4), second in goals against average (1.31), shots (267), penalty corners (117) and third in goals scored (46) and in scoring average (3.18).  

Ohio State moved up to No. 18 in the Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I Coaches Poll released Tuesday by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association. Six Big Ten programs received votes in the national rankings with Penn State (7) leading the way followed by Northwestern (10), Iowa (11), Michigan (16) and Michigan State (29). This season, Ohio State is 3-3 vs. ranked opponents.

Junior Paula Pastor-Pitarque and sophomore Mona Frommhold each posted a hat trick in the team’s 9-1 win vs. Ball State last time out in Columbus. Pastor-Pitarque, a native of Barcelona, Spain, posted a career-high seven points on a three goals and an assist, while Frommhold had a season-high six points against the Cardinals. The nine goals tied for third on the OSU single game goals scored list, while the team posted a school-record 43 shots against the Cardinals. Overall, Ohio State collected 24 points as a team, which tied for third on the OSU single-game points record list.

The Buckeyes tied the program record for most goals in a game (10) and posted the highest point total by a team (27) in a 10-1 victory over Missouri State Sept. 23 at Buckeye Varsity Field. Led by a hat trick and an assist by senior forward Berta Queralt, six different Buckeyes found the back of the cage. Freshman forward Peanut Johnson had five points, while senior forward Danica Deckard, sophomore midfielder Mona Frommhold and junior midfielder Paula Pastor-Pitarque each had four points. Freshman midfielder Emma Royce also scored vs. the Bears. Overall, Ohio State held 23-11 advantage in shots and a 6-4 lead in penalty corners.

Twelve different members posted a point during the team’s six-game win streak Sept. 12-Sep. 26. Berta Queralt notched 19 points, including two hat tricks, while Danica Deckard followed with 18 points on seven goals and four assists. Paula Pastor-Pitarque, Mona Frommhold and Peanut Johnson each had nine points during the unbeaten streak.

The Buckeyes lead their opponents in multiple statistical categories during that span:

• 31-6 lead in goals   
• 21.3-9.7 advantage in shots per game
• 128-58 lead in shots   
• 49-30 lead in penalty corners 

Ohio State got off to a great start in conference action Sept. 21 after upsetting No. 10 Northwestern, 3-2, in Columbus.

The Scarlet and Gray are 22-1 vs. the Wildcats under 17th-year head coach Anne Wilkinson.

Offensively, senior captain Berta Queralt led the charge with three points on a goal and an assist, while fellow captain Danica Deckard scored a goal. Sophomore back Kaitlyn Wagner scored her first career goal and was assisted by junior Maria Swartz, who earned her first career point. Sophomore Mona Frommhold collected a point as well with an assist.

Defensively, the OSU backfield played solid throughout the entire contest, limiting Northwestern to eight shots, who came into the game ranked in the Top 10 nationally in scoring average and goals per game.

Senior forward Berta Queralt posted back-to-back hat tricks in wins over Missouri State (Sept. 21) and Robert Morris (Sept. 26) to up her career points total to 138 points, which is third on the OSU career points record list. The OSU forward also moved to fifth overall on the OSU career goals list (46), passing former Buckeye Linda Haussener (2005-06). With the assist vs. the Bears, Queralt also elevated to second on the all-time career assists list (46), passing former Buckeye Saskia Mueller (2003-06).

A two-time All-American, Queralt leads all active Buckeyes in several offensive categories, including points (138), goals (46) and assists (46).

Senior captain Danica Deckard has already set a career-high 29 points in 2012 and is just one gamewinning goal shy of tying the OSU career gamewinners record held by former Buckeye Britta Eickhoff, who posted 14 gamewinners from 1994-97. Deckard, a native of Selinsgrove, Pa., has collected nine multi-point performances, including a career-high seven points vs. Kent State Sept. 19. Deckard leads the conference in shots per game (7.08) and shots (92), second in gamewinners (5), fourth in points (29), tied for fourth in goals (12) and fifth in points per game (2.23). 

Freshman forward Peanut Johnson has been a productive offensive player for the Buckeyes in limited minutes in 2012. Johnson, a native of Dayton, Ohio, is fifth on the team in points after tying all 15 points in the last seven games. Johnson scored her first career goal vs. Kent State Sept. 19 and followed with a season-high five points against Missouri State Sept. 23. Last time out, Johnson notched two assists in the team’s big win over Ball State.

Head coach Anne Wilkinson, who is in her 17th season at the helm of the Buckeyes, picked up her 200th victory at Ohio State after the squad posted its first win of the season in shutout fashion, downing No. 18 UNH, 1-0, Aug. 26 in Durham, N.H.  With the win, Wilkinson becomes the first coach in program history to hit the 200-win mark.

Senior captain Danica Deckard scored the eventual gamewinner at 29:47 when she redirected a UNH back pass inside the right post of the cage. The Ohio State defense stood strong throughout the entire competition, limiting the UNH offense to seven shots and four penalty corners. The OSU backfield did not allow a shot or corner attempt in the final 20 minutes of regulation.