HAMDEN, Conn. - Senior captain Tina Watkins (Sweet Valley, Pa.) had a goal and an assist while sophomore Kimberly Cunniff (Walpole, Mass.) scored the game-winner as the Quinnipiac field hockey team came from behind to defeat Colgate, 2-1. The win snaps a three-game skid for the Bobcats, who improve to 2-3 on the season. Colgate drops their fifth consecutive game to go to 1-5 for the year.
"I think we took advantage of our opportunities in the second half," head coach Becca Kohli said. "After it got a little chippy out there, we managed to keep our composure, didn't get any cards and stayed focused. I'm really happy in that we picked up our intensity and played well."
Colgate's Adranna Libutti scored her second goal of the season at the 30:49 mark to give the Raiders a 1-0 lead heading into halftime. Libutti picked up a loose ball in front of the cage and slipped it past Quinnipiac Nicole Lewis (East Amherst, N.Y.). The goal was the only shot that got past Lewis for the day as she blanked Colgate the rest of the way. Lewis stopped two of Colgate's three shots on goal to improve to 2-1 on the season.
Quinnipiac entered Sunday's game allowing just-under 12 corners per game through its first four games. The Bobcats held the advantage in the special teams' category against Colgate, 8-4, with both goals coming off of Corners. The Bobcats also out-shot Colgate, 16-3, for the game, including an 11-0 advantage in the second half.
"I think coming into this game, we had been giving up a lot of corners and I think we gave up too many today," Kohli said. "We had been averaging around 12 of 13 corners per game, allowed, but we're pretty good at understanding how to play defense on a corner. We made some key adjustments today and put some of our players in different places and they responded nicely."
Watkins took the corner for Quinnipiac, sending it to the inserter Lauren Zimniski (Dallas, Pa.). After the play was broken-up, Katie Van Nostrand (Derry, N.H.) sent the ball back to Watkins, who slid over to the right post of the Colgate goal. Watkins spun away from the goal after receiving the ball and sent a shot to the opposite corner for her first goal of the season. The assist was also Van Nostrand's first helper of the year.
Cunniff first goal of the year came with just under 10 minutes to play in the game. The Bobcats were once again awarded a corner, with Watkins taking it for Quinnipiac. She found Cunniff outside of the circle, who rolled the ball over the line and unleashed a blast that beat Colgate's Kirsten Lalli to give the Bobcats a one-goal lead. Lalli finished with 10 saves for the Raiders.
"These are the type of games," Kohli explained, "that you keep in your pocket so when you get into NEC play, you know you can come back from being behind and win games."
Quinnipiac returns to action next weekend when they head to Ann Arbor, Mich. to face the University of Albany and the University of Michigan. The Bobcats face Albany on Friday, Sept. 17 and Michigan on Sunday, Sept. 19 with both games scheduled for a 1 p.m. start.