Four Buckeyes Tabbed All-Big Ten

Go Buckeyes! Paula Pastor-Pitarque
Go Buckeyes!
Paula Pastor-Pitarque
Go Buckeyes!

Nov. 1, 2012

IOWA CITY, Iowa – Four Buckeyes have been named All-Big Ten selections, the conference office announced Thursday morning. Senior Paula Pastor-Pitarque was honored as a first team All-Big Ten selection, while seniors Danica Deckard and Berta Queralt and junior Arielle Cowie were named second team All-Big Ten honorees. Senior Laura Napolitano was named the team’s Sportsmanship Award Winner.

Pastor-Pitarque, a native of Barcelona, was tabbed first team All-Big Ten honors for the second time in her career and third time overall. The OSU midfielder has collected 18 points on eight goals and two assists in 2012. In conference play, Pastor-Pitarque has started in all 18 games the Buckeyes have played this season. In her career, she has notched 20 goals on 14 assists for 54 points in 62 games played.

Deckard, a native of Selinsgrove, Pa., collects her second All-Big Ten award in her career. Deckard has led the team with 33 points and 13 goals in 2012 with five gamewinning goals. She has collected 10 multi-point performances, including a career-high seven points vs. Kent State Sept. 19. In the conference, she is third in shots (105), shots per game (6.18) and game-winning goals (5). She is sixth in goals (13), seventh in points (310) and eighth in goals per game (0.76) in the conference standings. Deckard is just one gamewinning goal shy of tying former Buckeye Britta Eickhoff (1994-97) for first on the OSU gamewinning goals list.



Queralt, a native of Barcelona, Spain, earns her fourth-consecutive All-Big Ten selection. Queralt is second on the team with 29 points on 12 goals and five assists. In conference play, Queralt is fifth in goals per game (0.86), sixth in points per game (2.07) and eighth in points (29). A two-time All-American, Queralt leads all active Buckeyes in several offensive categories, including points (146), goals (49) and assists (48). She also has posted two hat tricks in 2012.

Cowie, a native of Trinidad and Tobago, claims her first career All-Big Ten selection. Cowie has been a part of a Buckeye midfield that has limited opponents to 10.2 shots per game and 1.67 goals per game. The OSU midfielder has played in all 18 games for the Buckeyes in 2012 will start in her 50th career game at 5 p.m. ET today against Michigan in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament in Iowa City, Iowa, at Grant Field.

2012 All-Big Ten Teams
First Team*

Morgan Fleetwood, Sr., M/F, IND
Kathleen McGraw, Sr., GK, IOWA
Abby Barker, So., F, MSU
Chelsea Armstrong, Sr., F/M, NU
Nikki Parsley, Jr., M, NU
Tara Puffenberger, Jr., M, NU
Paula Pastor-Pitarque, Sr., M, OSU

Brittany Gryzwacz, Jr., B, PSU
Laura Gebhart, So., M, PSU

Second Team*
Hannah Boyer, Jr., B, IND
Audra Heilman, So., M, IND
Sarah Drake, Sr., F, IOWA
Marike Stribos, Jr., M/B, IOWA
Haley Jones, Sr., GK, MICH
Leslie Smith, So., B, MICH
Lauren Thomas, Fr., B, MICH
Kristen Henn, Jr., B, MSU
Becky Stiles, So., M, MSU
Arielle Cowie, Jr., M, OSU
Danica Deckard, Sr., F, OSU
Berta Queralt, Jr., F, OSU

Lisa McCarthy, Fr., B, NU
Ashtin Klinger, Jr., F, PSU

Offensive Player of the Year: Kelsey Amy, PSU
Defensive Player of the Year:
Brittany Gryzwacz, PSU
Freshman of the Year:
Lisa McCarthy, NU
Coach of the Year:
Charlene Morett, PSU

Sportsmanship Award Honorees
Maggie Olson, IND
Marike Stribos, IOWA
Liesl Morris, MICH
Corey Block, MSU
Amanda Wirth, NU
Laura Napolitano, OSU

Hannah Allison, PSU