Sept. 26, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The No. 18 Ohio State field hockey team won its six-consecutive game after shutting out Robert Morris, 6-0, Wednesday afternoon at Buckeye Varsity Field. The Buckeyes (8-3, 1-0 Big Ten) were led by senior captain Berta Queralt who posted her second-consecutive hat trick en route to the home victory.
Ohio State was dominant on both sides of the turf, scoring three goals in both periods, while outshooting the Colonials, 32-2. The Scarlet and Gray improve to 3-0 all-time vs. Robert Morris.
Queralt, a two-time All-American, has scored 19 of her 21 points during the team's six-game unbeaten streak. With her third career hat trick, the OSU forward passes former Buckeye Linda Haussener for fifth on the Ohio State career goals list with 46 goals.
Senior forward Danica Deckard notched her eighth multi-point performance this season with a goal and an assist, while junior midfielder Maria Swartz had a career day after posting three points, including her first career goal. Freshman Peanut Johnson also had a goal to up her total to nine points in 2012. Junior back Nora Murer and midfielder Paula Pastor-Pitarque had an assist vs. the Colonials.
Ohio State struck first when Deckard posted her 11th goal of the season at11:24 when she received a cross pass by Swartz from the middle of the circle and blasted a shot into the back right of the cage.
Ohio State made it 2-0 when Queralt found the back of the net following a pass by Murer from the far side of the turf at 24:00. The team extended its lead to 3-0 when Swartz, a native of Columbus, Ohio, scored her first collegiate goal off a rebound in front of the cage at 28:38. She has four points in 2012.
In the second half, the Scarlet and Gray opened the score to 4-0 when Queralt scored her second of the afternoon from a slap shot at the top left side of the circle following a pass by Deckard at 44:54.
Ten minutes later, Queralt claimed the hat trick when she flicked a shot pass the RMU goalkeeper at 54:40 in front of the cage with the assist from Pastor-Pitarque. Johnson ended the team's offensive surge at 68:39 after she dribbled through the RMU circle and scored on the far right post.
Ohio State had an 8-2 advantage in penalty corners vs. Robert Morris. The Buckeyes have outscored their opponents, 31-6, during the team's six-game win streak.
The Buckeyes return to Big Ten play this weekend, traveling to play at No. 11 Iowa at 1 p.m. ET Sunday in Iowa City.