Aug. 24, 2011
PARK RIDGE, Ill. - The Big Ten announced its 2011 field hockey players to watch list on Wednesday, highlighted by defending Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year Chelsea Armstrong of Northwestern and the last two Big Ten Freshman of the Year honorees in the Ohio State pair of Berta Queralt and Paula Pastor-Pitarque.
Three All-Big Ten first-team selections from last season are on the watch list - Armstrong, Queralt and Indiana's Brenna Moeljadi. The complete list of field hockey players to watch for the 2011 season can be found in the PDF at the top of the page.
The 2011 season officially starts on Friday, with four conference teams opening play. The Buckeyes earned the highest ranking for a Big Ten team in the 2011 Kookabarra/NFHCA Division I Preseason Poll at No. 6. Penn State checked in at No. 8, followed by Michigan at No. 9 and Michigan State at No. 13.