Trio of Buckeyes Named to Big Ten Watch List
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Three members of the Ohio State field hockey team – juniors Peanut Johnson and Emma Royce and senior Kaitlyn Wagner – have been named the Big Ten Preseason Watch List, the conference announced today.
Johnson is the Buckeyes’ top returning offensive player, as she led the 2013 squad with 10 goals and two assists for 22 points. A second team All-Big Ten and NFHCA All-West Region selection, Johnson tied for ninth last year in the Big Ten in goals scored. She recorded two hat-tricks on the year – the first was against Missouri State on Sept. 6 while the other came nearly a month later on Oct. 1 versus No. 17 Louisville. In the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals against No. 13 Northwestern, Johnson scored the game’s first goal in the 15th minute and assisted on the second goal just five minutes into the second half. Over her two-year career, Johnson has started 24 of the 37 games she has played in with 16 goals, five assists and 37 points.
Royce, who has started 27 of the 28 careers games that she has played in, was a member of the 2013 Big Ten All-Tournament team. She totaled three points on one goal and one assist during the 2013 campaign while averaging 72 minutes per game. As a freshman in 2012, she played at least 70 minutes in 16 of 19 games and scored goals against Missouri State and Bucknell.
Wagner, a senior from Oley, Pa., has started 59 straight games in her Buckeye career. She scored two goals last year on seven shots, recording tallies against Miami (Ohio) and Michigan State. As a sophomore in 2012, Wagner was part of an Ohio State backfield that limited opponents to just 10.2 shots per game and 1.67 goals per game. In the classroom, Wagner, an environmental science major, earned NFHCA National Academic honors.
Ohio State opens its 2014 campaign next Friday, Aug. 29, with a contest against Syracuse at Buckeye Varsity Field beginning at 3 p.m.