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posted 08.20.2013 at 11.13 a.m. by Corey McLaughlin

Detroit's Birney Notches 114 MPH Shot

Mike Sawyer has some competition.

In a video released by the Detroit Mercy athletic department on Monday, Detroit junior midfielder Mike Birney is shown taking a shot that registered 114 miles per hour on a radar gun behind the net.

Sawyer, a rookie with the Charlotte Hounds, set a new world-record for fastest lacrosse shot at 114 miles per hour on July 13 during the Major League Lacrosse All-Star Game halftime skills contest in Charlotte, N.C. Paul Rabil held the previous record of 111.

"[I] just kept working on it and had a friend film it and I got to 110, 111, 113 and now 114," Birney said. "I have worked a lot this summer on my game, but it is fun to just go out there and shoot it as hard as I can."

Birney, a Michigan native, tied for Detroit's lead in points with 40 last season, as the Titans went on a Cinderella run through the MAAC tournament to make NCAAs. There, in the first round in South Bend, Ind., Detroit gave Notre Dame all the Irish could handle and was on the brink of the biggest upset in NCAA tournament history before falling 9-7.