Sept. 16, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State field hockey team defeated Bucknell, 3-1, Sunday morning at Graham Field in Lewisburg, Pa. The Buckeyes improve to 4-3 overall in 2012 and 4-1 in road games.
Freshman midfielder Emma Royce scored her first career goal, while senior forward Danica Deckard knocked in her fifth of the year and junior Paula Pastor-Pitarque tallied her first score of the season en route to the victory vs. the Bison. Senior back Laura Napolitano had two assists in the contest.
Junior goalkeeper Emma Voelker improved to 4-3 overall, collecting four saves, while the OSU backfield limited Bucknell to just six shots and four penalty corners.
In the first half, Ohio State outshot the Bison 12-5 and had a 7-2 lead in penalty corners. The Buckeyes struck first when Deckard, a native of Selinsgrove, Pa., found the back of the net at 14:41 with assists from Napolitano and senior forward Berta Queralt. The squad began the game putting the pressure on the Bucknell defense, notching six shots in the first 10 minutes of action.
Ohio State made it 2-0 following a goal at 32:01 on a penalty corner when Royce, a native of Kingston upon Thames, U.K., scored following a pass into the circle by Napolitano.
After halftime, the Buckeyes had a scoring opportunity to push their lead to three, but a shot by freshman midfielder Mona Frommhold went off the post following a corner at 40:57. The next 20 minutes of action went scoreless until Pastor-Pitarque netted a goal at 65:14 after an Ohio State timeout. She fired a shot high and went into the top left of the cage to give the team a 3-0 advantage. Bucknell scored in the final seconds of the contest on a penalty stroke to erase the shutout.
Overall, Ohio State held a 23-11 lead in shots, including 17 shots on goal, while posting a 10-6 advantage in penalty corners.
The Buckeyes will now start a four-game homestand beginning with a matchup against Kent State Sept. 19 at Buckeye Varsity Field.