Nov. 3, 2011
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Jenn Sciulli, a senior back on the No. 15 Ohio State field hockey team, was voted the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year by the conference coaches, the league announced Thursday morning before the start of the 2011 Big Ten Tournament in State College, Pa.
With the honor, Sciulli becomes the eighth Ohio State student-athlete to receive a major conference distinction, all under 16-year head coach Anne Wilkinson. Sciulli is the second-consecutive Buckeye to win the top defensive honor after former Buckeye All-American Aisling Coyle was tabbed with the award last season - the first two Big Ten defensive awards in program history. Ohio State has won at least one major conference award for the last six seasons.
In addition, Sciulli was a named a First Team All-Big Ten honoree, while junior forwards Berta Queralt and Danica Deckard and sophomore midfielder Paula Pastor-Pitarque were named Second Team All-Big Ten selections. Senior goalkeeper Ally Tunitis was Ohio State's Sportsmanship Award honoree.
Under Wilkinson, the Scarlet and Gray have now collected 60 All-Big Ten selections since taking over the program before the beginning of the 1996 campaign.
Sciulli, a native of Palmyra, Pa., has collected a career-high 14 points on four goals and six assists for the Buckeyes this season. Sciulli, who is a two-time OSU Defensive Player of the Year (2009 and 2010), is second in the nation and first in the Big Ten in defensive saves with nine stops in 2011. The OSU tri-captain has started in every game for the Buckeyes since joining the team in 2008 and is tied for first on the OSU all-time career starts list with 82. Sciulli has earned All-Big Ten honors in back-to-back seasons after being named a second team honoree in 2010. She is third in the OSU record books in career defensive saves with 23 stops.
Queralt, a native of Barcelona, Spain, claimed her third-consecutive All-Big Ten honor after being tabbed to the first team list in 2009 and 2010. A two-time All-American, Queralt is tied for the team-lead in points with 24 this season on 10 goals and four assists. A key member on the Ohio State attack, Queralt has seven multi-point performances this season, including a career-high eight points and four goals in a 4-0 win vs. Wake Forest Sept. 16 in Columbus. The OSU forward surpassed the 100 career-point mark to become the ninth Buckeye in program history with at least 100 points. The native of Barcelona, Spain, Queralt heads to the conference tournament with 117 career points.
Deckard, a native of Selinsgrove, Pa., earned her first career All-Big Ten selection with the second team recognition. The OSU forward has had a breakout season for the Buckeyes, collecting 24 points, including a team-high 11 goals. Deckard, who is second in the conference with five gamewinning goals, posted 15 points in four games between Sept. 16-Oct. 4 and claimed her first Big Ten Player of the Week honor Sept. 26 after scoring two goals at home vs. Michigan in a 2-1 victory. Deckard leads the team with 83 shots, including 49 shots on goal in 2011.
Pastor-Pitarque, a native of Barcelona, Spain, claimed her second-consecutive All-Big Ten selection with two second team honors in her career. The 2010 Big Ten Freshman of the Year, Pastor-Pitarque has posted nine points on three goals and three assists, starting in all 18 games for the Scarlet and Gray. The OSU midfielder has notched three multi-point performances this season. Overall, Pastor-Pitarque, who was named to the 2010 NCAA All-Tournament Team, has notched 35 points with 12 goals and 11 assists in less than two complete seasons for Ohio State.
The No. 2 seed Buckeyes face No. 7 seed Michigan State at approximately 12:15 p.m. ET in the opening round of the 2011 Big Ten Tournament in State College, Pa.
2011 All-Big Ten Teams
Brenna Moeljadi, Sr., D, IND
Jessica Barnett, Jr., M, IOWA
Sarah Drake, Jr., F, IOWA
Bryn Bain, Sr., M, MICH
Aline Fobe, Fr., D, MICH
Rachael Mack, So., F, MICH
CHELSEA ARMSTRONG, Jr., M, NU
Nikki Parsley, So., M, NU
Jenn Sciulli, Sr., D, OSU
KELSEY AMY, Jr., F, PSU
Laura Gebhart, Fr., M, PSU
Ayla Halus, Jr., GK, PSU
Morgan Fleetwood, Jr., F, IND
Kathleen McGraw, Jr., GK, IOWA
Abby Barker, Fr., F, MSU
Adelle Lever, Jr., M, MSU
Regan Mooney, Sr., F, NU
Danica Deckard, Jr., F, OSU
Paula Pastor-Pitarque, So., M, OSU
Berta Queralt, Jr., F, OSU
Brittany Gryzwacz, So., D, PSU
Lauren Purvis, So., F, PSU
Offensive Player of the Year: Chelsea Armstrong, NU
Defensive Player of the Year: Jenn Sciulli, OSU
Freshman of the Year: Laura Gebhart, PSU
Coach of the Year: Marcia Pankratz, MICH
Sportsmanship Award Honorees
Jaclyn Zamudio, IND
Becca Spengler, IOWA
Eileen Brandes, MICH
Angie Lucik, MSU
Megan Jamieson, NU
Ally Tunitis, OSU
Lauren Alloway, PSU
Unanimous selections in ALL CAPS
*Additional honorees due to ties