Aisling Coyle and Berta Queralt selected to first team
COLUMBUS, Ohio – While in Maryland for the NCAA Final Four, six members of the seventh-ranked Ohio State field hockey team have earned All-West Region honors from the National Field Hockey Coaches Association, the NFHCA announced Thursday. Aisling Coyle and Berta Queralt were both named to the first team, while Jena Cacciatore, Aisling McKeon, Paula Pastor-Pitarque and Jenn Sciulli were second-team selections.
Coyle adds the honor to her Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year and unanimous First Team All- Big Ten awards. The junior midfielder has been named All-Region three times and earned back-to-back seasons as a first-team selection. With 55 points and 24 goals, Coyle has led the Buckeyes in scoring throughout season. A team co-captain from Glasgow, Scotland, she is seventh in the nation in goals per game (1.09) and ninth in points per game (2.50). Coyle has been held without a point just three times this season and her 55 points are the most by a Buckeye since 1996.
Queralt, a 2009 All-American, has had a record-setting season herself. With 27 helpers, the sophomore from Barcelona, Spain, has broken the Ohio State single-season assist record previously set in 1996 and is tied for third in the team’s career assist category with 39. A First Team All-Big Ten selection as well, Queralt is third in the NCAA with 1.23 assists per game and has consecutive seasons with over 40 points after 47 this year. This is her second First Team All-West Region laurel in as many years.
The senior pair of Cacciatore and McKeon has saved the best for last this season. Cacciatore, a forward from Allentown, Pa., is second on the team with 12 goals and is tied for fourth in points with 26 – both of which are career highs. Four of her goals have been gamewinners. McKeon, who was a Second Team All-Big Ten pick, has almost doubled her career points this season. The midfielder from Galway, Ireland, has tallied 28 points and is second on the team with 20 assists, ranking seventh in the NCAA with 0.91 assists per game. This is the first All-Region honor for both Cacciatore and McKeon.
Pastor-Pitarque, the Big Ten Freshman of the Year, continues to impress during her first collegiate season. A forward from Barcelona, Spain, she adds the All-Region honors to her Second Team All-Big Ten award after tying for fourth on the Buckeyes in points with 26. She has scored nine goals including both the game-tying and game-winning goals in OSU’s 2-1 OT win vs. Albany in the NCAA First Round game.
Sciulli, a junior back from Palmyra, Pa., has anchored the Ohio State backfield throughout her career. She leads the Big Ten and is seventh in the NCAA with seven defensive saves. Sciulli has helped the Buckeyes limit opponents to just 1.18 goals, 7.7 shots and 3.9 penalty corners per game while also posting seven shutouts this season. This is her first regional award and she also was a Second Team All-Big Ten honoree.
Ohio State (18-4) takes on top-seeded Maryland (21-1) in an NCAA semifinal game Friday at 4:30 p.m. in College Park, Md. The game will be streamed live on NCAA.com.