"What's really important, and what won't show up in the box score, is that we played with a lot of grit," head coach Becca Kohli said. "We never backed down in that game. I think it was a good performance for us. They're a top 10 team, and I'm happy with how we played. They converted four specialty shots that made my jaw drop. I think we learned something today and I hope to use that the rest of the way."
Watkins' goal was the result of a penalty corner awarded to Quinnipiac. Watkins took the corner for the Bobcats, finding the holder Megan McCreedy (White River, South Africa) at the top of the UMass zone. McCreedy held for Christine Grady (Enfield, Conn.) who blasted a shot on goal. Watkins was able to get a stick on the ball and re-direct it past UMass goalkeeper Sarah Williams. Grady was credited with an assist on the play.
UMass scored four unanswered goals to open the game, heading into halftime with a 4-0 lead before Watkins' marker at the 42:44 mark of the second half. Katie Kelly scored twice for UMass, while Kate Heineman and Makaela Potts also tallied a goal in the first frame. Heineman and Potts also had assists in the first half, while Kim Young assisted on the other two goals.
Potts finished with three assists for the afternoon after setting up Jill Powers and Kara Charochak in the second half. Nicole Cordero scored UMass' seventh and final goal on a pass from Jaime Bourazeris.
In goal, Quinnipiac senior captain Jenna Grossman (Flanders, N.J.) had five saves while allowing four goals in the first half. Amanda DeLouise (Cheshire, Conn.) played the second half of the game for Quinnipiac, allowing three goals while making two saves. Alesha Widdal held Quinnipiac scoreless through the first half while stopping two shots on goal. Sarah Williams, seeing her first minutes of the year, had three saves while allowing one goal.
Quinnipiac returns to action on Tuesday, Sept. 29 when it hosts No. 5 University of Connecticut at 4 p.m. at the Quinnipiac Field Hockey & Lacrosse Turf Field in Hamden, Conn.