February 5, 2011

Detroit Mercy and Delaware Kick Off Season

from press release

DETROIT -- The 2011 Division I lacrosse season gets underway on Saturday and Detroit will play in the first game of the year as the Titans head east to meet No. 17 Delaware on Saturday. Game time is set for 1:00 p.m., at Delaware Stadium.

"They are a good team and it's a good challenge for us to start the year," said head coach Matt Holtz. "They are very athletic, skilled are just very solid and they have a lot of scorers. We are excited to have the opportunity to play them and for the season to start."

Detroit enters its third year as a lacrosse program and is coming off a 3-12 season in 2010, which includes a 2-6 mark in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. The MAAC will see a change this year with the departures of Mount St. Mary's, Saint Joseph's and Wagner, but Jacksonville was added to make it a seven-team league.

The battle with the ranked Blue Hens is the second game in Titan history against a ranked opponent as UDM dropped a 19-4 decision to No. 4 North Carolina in its inaugural season in 2009. Delaware was 10-7 a year ago and 3-2 in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA), but they won their conference championship to advance to the NCAA tournament, where they fell in the first round to the Tar Heels, 14-13.

Delaware returns 25 letterwinners and eight starters off that squad, including a pair of second team All-CAA performers in defenseman Pat Dowling (29 GB, 8 CT) and goalie Noah Fossner (10.01 Gaa, .521 save%), along with one of the top face-off men in the nation in Dan Cooney (129-107 FO, .547%, 65 GB).

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