Oct. 31, 2012

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2012 Big Ten Field Hockey Tournament
Game 19: No. 6 Seed Ohio State (10-8, 2-4 Big Ten) vs. No. 3 Seed Michigan (13-5, 4-2 Big Ten)

Thursday, Nov. 1 | 5 p.m. ET   
Iowa City, Iowa | Grant Field   
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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State field hockey team heads to the 2012 Big Ten Tournament this week in Iowa City, Iowa, as the No. 6 seed. The Buckeyes (10-8, 2-4 Big Ten) will face No. 3 seed Michigan at 5 p.m. ET Thursday in the tournament’s third game at Grant Field.

Information on the 2012 Big Ten Field Hockey Tournament can be found on the official tournament central page at  The schedule of events, team information, bracket breakdown, Gametracker links and stats can all be found on the tournament page. A link to Gametracker also can be found on the schedule page of Buckeye field hockey at 

The Buckeyes are the No. 6 seed in the tournament after going 2-4 in conference play and will play No. 3 seed Michigan, who went 4-2 in Big Ten play. Penn State earned the No. 1 seed of the tournament and an automatic spot in the semifinals after claiming the Big Ten regular season championship last weekend.

The top-seeded Nittany Lions will face the winner of the matchup between Iowa and Michigan State at 2:30 p.m. ET Friday. The second semifinal will pit the winner of the Northwestern-Indiana and Michigan-Ohio State games at approximately 5 p.m. ET. The final will be held at 2:30 p.m. ET Sunday.  BTN will provide full coverage of the tournament, as the quarterfinals will be streamed live on the Big Ten Digital Network, while the semifinals and finals will be available on both BTN and BTN2Go.

Ohio State holds a 17-17 all-time record at the Big Ten Tournament and is 15-15 at the event under the direction of head coach Anne Wilkinson. The Buckeyes have won the tournament in 2001 and have appeared in the championship game three times (2001, 2008 and 2010). Last year, the Scarlet and Gray fell, 1-0, against host-Penn State in the semifinals of 2011 Big Ten Tournament in State College, Pa.

Senior forward Danica Deckard leads the team with 13 goals and 33 points, while fellow captain Berta Queralt has 29 points on 12 goals and five assists. Senior midfielder Paula Pastor-Pitarque follows with 18 points, while sophomore midfielder Mona Frommhold has 16 points and freshman Peanut Johnson has notched 15 points.

Overall, Ohio State outshot their opponents, 320-183, averaging 17.8 shots per game during the regular season. The Buckeyes are third in the conference in shots per game (17.8), shots (320), penalty corners (142) and tied for third in goals scored per game (2.94) and shutouts (4).

Senior forward Berta Queralt posted eight points in the final week of the regular season to up her career points total to 146, which puts her third on the OSU career points record list. The OSU forward also is fifth overall on the OSU career goals list (49), ahead of former Buckeye Linda Haussener (2005-06). Queralt is second on the all-time career assists list with 48 assists, ahead of former Buckeye Saskia Mueller (2003-06).

A two-time All-American, Queralt leads all active Buckeyes in several offensive categories, including points (146), goals (49) and assists (48).

Senior captain Danica Deckard has set a career high with 33 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 third in shots (105), shots per game (6.18) and game-winning goals (5). She is sixth in goals (13), seventh in points (310) and eighth in goals per game (0.76). Deckard is just one gamewinning goal shy of tying former Buckeye Britta Eickhoff (1994-97) for first on the gamewinning goals list.

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 15 points in the last nine 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.

Michigan leads the all-time series, 35-24-2, against the Buckeyes. The Wolverines claimed a 3-1 win during the regular season meeting in Ann Arbor Oct. 14. Danica Deckard knocked in the team’s lone goal at 31:44 in the first half. She scored both goals in the team’s 2-1 victory in 2011 in Columbus. Four out of the last five meetings between the Buckeyes and Wolverines have been decided by one goal.

Last Five Meetings…
Oct. 14, 2012 – Michigan 3, Ohio State 1
Sept. 23, 2011 – Ohio State 2, Michigan 1
Nov. 7, 2010 – Michigan 2, Ohio State 1
Oct. 22, 2010 – Ohio State 2, Michigan 1
Oct. 17, 2009 – Ohio State 4, Michigan 3

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.