Oct. 16, 2010

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The sixth-ranked Ohio State field hockey team downed seventh-ranked Michigan State, 5-1, Friday afternoon at Buckeye Varsity Field. The Buckeyes (10-3, 2-1 Big Ten) scored one goal in the first half and added four more in the final 35 minutes to pick up their second conference win of the 2010 season.

The Buckeyes improve to 35-18-3 vs. Michigan State. With the victory, Ohio State has now won at least 10 games in 13 of the 15 seasons under head coach Anne Wilkinson.

"It was a great game for us tactically," Wilkinson said. "We were moving the ball well and our timing was right on with some great goals. Our defense limited the amount of passes for them and we stepped up and played as a team today."

Ohio State was led by sophomore forward Berta Queralt, who tallied five points with a goal and three assists. Queralt continues her offensive surge and now has 19 points in the last four games. Sophomore forward Danica Deckard posted two goals. Senior midfielder Aisling McKeon had a goal and an assist, while freshman forward Paula Pastor-Pitarque also had a goal.

The first 30 minutes of competition went scoreless until Deckard and Queralt got the Buckeyes on the scoreboard at 33:29 before halftime. The sophomores connected with a crossing pass by Queralt to Deckard, who finished the play with a diving tip in from the left side.

In the second half, the same play occurred only this time it happened on the other side of the field. Queralt carried the ball into the circle and crossed it to Deckard who finished with a tap in goal from the right side at 37:05 to put the Buckeyes ahead, 2-0.

Following a penalty corner, Pastor-Pitarque scored the Buckeyes' third goal at 56:26 with a backhanded shot from the left side and was assisted by junior co-captain Aisling Coyle.

Queralt had the play of the day to add to the Ohio State lead with her unassisted goal at 61:24. The native of Barcelona, Spain, Queralt scored off a loose ball on her knees in front of the cage.

The Spartans scored following a penalty shot by Sabine van den Assem at 64:12. The Buckeyes limited Michigan State to just three shots in the final 35 minutes.

McKeon finalized the goals for the Buckeyes in the last minute of play when she scored during a scramble inside the circle following a pass by Queralt at 69:02.

Defensively, junior back Jenn Sciulli posted two defensive saves in the game and now has six overall this season.

Ohio State is back in action at 1 p.m. Sunday against No. 11 Penn State. The game vs. the Nittany Lions will be Senior Day for the Buckeyes.