Oct. 25, 2012

Game 18: No. 24 Ohio State (9-8) at Indiana (9-7)
Saturday, Oct. 27 | 1 p.m. ET   
Bloomington, Ind. | IU Field Hockey Field  
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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 24 Ohio State field hockey team closes the 2012 regular season against Indiana at 1 p.m. Saturday in Bloomington, Ind. The Buckeyes (9-8, 1-4 Big Ten) are 4-4 on the road this season.

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Gametracker will be available for the contest vs. Indiana Saturday. A link to the live scoring will be on the Buckeye field hockey schedule page on

Senior forward Danica Deckard leads the team with 13 goals and 32 points, while fellow captain Berta Queralt has 26 points on 11 goals and four assists. Paula Pastor-Pitarque and Mona Frommhold each have 16 points, while freshman Peanut Johnson has notched 13 points on five goals and three assists.

Ohio State is No. 24 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 (5) leading the way followed by Northwestern (8), Iowa (12), Michigan (14) and Michigan State (21).

Senior forward Berta Queralt posted two goals and an assist vs. Louisville (Oct. 22) to up her career points total to 143, which puts her third on the OSU career points record list. The OSU forward also is fifth overall on the OSU career goals list (48), ahead of former Buckeye Linda Haussener (2005-06). Queralt is second on the all-time career assists list with 47, ahead of former Buckeye Saskia Mueller (2003-06).

A two-time All-American, Queralt leads all active Buckeyes in several offensive categories, including points (143), goals (48) and assists (47).

Senior captain Danica Deckard has set a career high with 32 points this year. Deckard, a native of Selinsgrove, Pa., has collected 10 multi-point performances, including a career-high seven points vs. Kent State Sept. 19. In the conference, she is currently third in shots (102), shots per game (6.38) and game-winning goals (5). She is tied for sixth overall in points per game (2.00) and goals (13), and ranks sixth in goals per game (0.81).

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 

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.

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.

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 11 points in the last eight 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.

Ohio State leads the all-time series against the Hoosiers 14-8-1, and the Buckeyes have claimed wins in the last five meetings. Last season, No. 20 Ohio State upset No. 13 Indiana in Columbus, 3-2.

Last Five Meetings…
Sept. 30, 2011 – Ohio State 3, Indiana 2
Oct. 2, 2010 – Ohio State 4, Indiana 1
Sept. 27, 2009 – Ohio State 3, Indiana 2
Oct. 10, 2008 – Ohio State 5, Indiana 0
Sept. 21, 2007 – Ohio State 2, Indiana 1

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.

Ohio State will travel to the 2012 Big Ten Field Hockey Tournament Nov.1-4 in Iowa City, Iowa.