April 10, 2010

Mount St. Mary's Rallies to Top Detroit Mercy

from press release

Junior Matt Gregson (Flint, MI/Powers Catholic) had four goals and the Titans held a two-goal lead in the third, but a rally by Mount St. Mary’s was too much to overcome on Saturday afternoon as Detroit was thwarted at home, 12-9.

The contest saw 20 total penalties, 10 in the fourth period alone, with the Mount scoring on six of its 11 man-up opportunities, while the Titans were 2-of-9. The game was close in every statistical category with Detroit firing more shots (37-33) and forcing 19 turnovers.

Also scoring for Detroit on the day was two netters off the crosse of junior Tim Lehto (Farmington, MI/North Farmington), while sophomore Brad Janer (Novi, MI/Detroit Catholic Central) and freshmen Mike Fields (Columbia, MD/Wilde Lake ) and Chris Nemes (Novi, MI/Detroit Catholic Central) also found the back of the net.

Sophomore Scott Harris (Saline, MI/Saline) handed out two helpers, while Lehto and Nemes assisted on one apiece.

Detroit (2-9, 1-3 MAAC) was up, 6-4, in the third thanks to back-to-back goals by Gregson and Nemes just over a minute apart early in the period. Mount St. Mary’s (6-3, 3-0 MAAC) then went on a 6-0 run to regain the lead, 10-6, with 13:51 left in the game.

UDM would cut it to three after Lehto’s second of the game, but the Mount would take advantage of two Detroit infractions to push the deficit back to five, 12-7, with 7:06 left.

The Titans stayed in the game and never quit as Gregson took a pass from Nemes and fired it past the goalie with the man up at 4:48 and, with three minutes to go, Janer was able to sneak one past the keeper, but that was all the scoring the home team would get on the day.

It was a close affair all afternoon as the game was tied at one at the end of the first and 4-4- at halftime. Gregson got UDM on the board when Harris found him with a pass to knot the contest. Detroit would go on to take a 3-2 lead in the second as Gregson and Harris once again hooked up and that was followed by Fields’ marker at 8:23. The Mount (6-3, 3-0 MAAC) answered with two straight of their own, but Lehto found the back of the net with under two minute to go to even it all up entering the half.

Defensively, sophomore Jason McDonald (Bayport, NY/Bayport-Blue Point) had three caused turnovers and four groundballs, while freshman Jordan Houtby (St. Catharines, ON/Holy Cross Secondary) had two caused TO’s and three groundballs. Freshman goalkeeper A.J. Levell (Columbus, OH/Dublin Scioto) had eight saves in the game, while scooping up three GB’s.

Detroit will have a week off before going back on the road to face St. Joseph’s next Saturday. Game time is set for 1:00 p.m.

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