Aug. 22, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Seniors Berta Queralt and Danica Deckard and junior Paula Pastor-Pitarque on the No. 15 Ohio State field hockey team were among 21 student-athletes named to the 2012 Big Ten Field Hockey Players to Watch List, the league announced Wednesday.
Queralt, a forward from Barcelona, Spain, is a two-time third team All-American for the Buckeyes. The three-time All-NFHCA and All-Big Ten selection became the first in program history to be named an All-American during the 2009 campaign. In 2010, the OSU forward broke the single-season assists record with 27, which led the Big Ten. Last season, she tied for the lead in scoring with Deckard, collecting 24 points on 10 goals and four assists. A three-time NFHCA National Academic honoree, Queralt leads all active Buckeyes in multiple career categories, including points (117), goals (37), assists (43) and gamewinners (11).
Deckard, a forward from Selinsgrove, Pa., is a second team All-NFHCA and All-Big Ten selection. The two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree tied Queralt for the team lead with 24 points and led the squad with 11 goals, including five gamewinners. In 2011, Deckard ranked in the Top 10 in the conference in multiple offensive categories, including tied for second in gamewinners, third in shots per game (4.80), tied for sixth in goals (11) and tied for seventh in goals per game (0.55). The OSU forward posted a hat trick in the team’s 3-2 exhibition win over Ohio Aug. 18 in Columbus.
Pastor-Pitarque, a junior midfielder from Barcelona, Spain, is a two-time All-West Region selection, including first team honors in 2011. Pastor-Pitarque earned the nod for Big Ten Freshman of the Year after notching 26 points on nine goals and eight assists. She was named to both the Big Ten All-Tournament Team and NCAA All-Tournament Team during her rookie year before claiming 10 points on three goals and four assists during her sophomore season.
The Buckeyes open the 2012 season on the road in Durham, N.H., taking on UMass at 2 p.m. Saturday before facing No. 18 UNH at 2 p.m. Sunday at Memorial Field.