COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State field hockey team secured its second-straight Longstreth Midwest Spring League title with victories over Louisville and Miami (OH) April 16 at the Buckeye Varsity Field. The Buckeyes concluded the spring season with a 6-0 mark.
Ohio State faced Louisville Saturday morning in a must-win game as the two squads were tied for first in the league entering the weekend. The Cardinals jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first half, but the Buckeyes locked the score with seven minutes remaining before the break as Danica Deckard found the back of the cage on a rebound off a corner.
The Scarlet and Gray offense turned it up in the second half and the squad took a 2-1 lead as rising sophomore Nina Passen scored the team’s second goal with an assist from Deckard. Paula Pastor-Pitarque gave the Buckeyes a 3-1 advantage on a corner option from Berta Queralt and Jenn Sciulli and a goal by Susan Dappen from Deckard secured a 4-1 Ohio State victory and league crown.
Concluding league play, the Buckeyes tallied a 2-0 win over in-state rival Miami Saturday afternoon. Pastor-Pitarque recorded the gamewinner off a reverse stick from the left side of the circle in the first half with the assist going to Queralt. Sciulli recorded the team’s final goal in the second half on a corner option from Deckard and Queralt.
Highlighting the spring season was the play of the Ohio State defense as the group has only allowed two goals through six games, posting four shutouts.
Deckard finished the spring with a team-best seven goals and added three assists for a team-high 17 points. Queralt led the squad with eight assists and finished with three goals for 14 points, while Pastor-Pitarque was second on the team with five goals.
Longstreth Midwest Spring League Schedule
April 2 – Ann Arbor, Mich.
Ohio State 3 – Michigan State 1
Ohio State 2 – Michigan 0
April 9 – Kent, Ohio
Ohio State 3 – Kent State 0
Ohio State 4 – Central Michigan 0
April 16 – Columbus, Ohio
Ohio State 4 – Louisville 1
Ohio State 2 – Miami (OH) 0