Four Buckeyes Earn NFHCA All-West Region Honors

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Danica Deckard
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Nov. 17, 2011

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - Four members of the Ohio State field hockey team have earned All-West Region honors from the National Field Hockey Coaches Association, the NFHCA announced Thursday. Jenn Sciulli and Paula Pastor-Pitarque were both named to the first team, while Berta Queralt and Danica Deckard were second-team selections.

Sciulli adds the honor to her Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year and First Team All-Big Ten awards. The senior back has been named All-Region in back-to-back seasons after being named to the second team in 2010. Sciulli, a native of Palmyra, Pa., is second in the country with 11 defensive saves and leads the Big Ten. Offensively, the OSU back collected a career-high 16 points (5g, 6a), which was third-best on the team.

Pastor-Pitarque picks first team regional honors for the first time in her career after being named a second team selection last season. The native of Barcelona, Spain, notched 10 points on three goals and four assists for the Buckeyes. The 2010 Big Ten Freshman of the Year, the OSU midfielder was named to the All-Big Ten Tournament squad for the second-consecutive season.

Queralt, a two-time All-American, earns her third-consecutive All-Region laurel after being named a first team honoree in both 2009 and 2010. Queralt, a native of Barcelona, Spain, posted 24 points (10g, 4a) to tie for first on the squad. Queralt surpassed the 100-point mark midway through the campaign and leads all active Buckeyes in points (117), goals (37), assists (43) and gamewinners (11).

Deckard had a breakout season for the Buckeyes with 24 points on a team-leading 11 goals and picks up the first regional honor of her career. A native of Selinsgrove, Pa., Deckard led the team in additional offensive categories, including gamewinning goals (11), shots (96) and shots-on goal (5) in 20 games played for the Scarlet and Gray. She was named a second team All-Big Ten selection earlier this month.

The Buckeyes concluded their season with a 12-9 overall record, including a 4-2 mark in Big Ten play, which tied for second in the conference. In 2011, the squad made their third-consecutive NCAA tournament appearance for the first time in program history.