March 13, 2011

Moore Lifts RMU over Detroit in OT

from staff reports

DETROIT -- Trevor Moore's fourth goal of the game 2:25 into overtime lifted the Robert Morris men's lacrosse team to a 14-13 victory Sunday over Detroit Mercy.

Corbyn Tao Brambleby added three goals and Kyle Buchanan had two goals and two assists for the Colonials, who relinquished a three-goal lead in the fourth quarter.

Junior Tim Lehto (Farmington, MI/North Farmington) and freshman Shayne Adams (St. Catharines, ON/Denis Morris) each posted a hat trick and four points with three goals and an assist, while junior Scott Harris (Saline, MI/Saline) also finished with four points on a marker and three helpers. The three goals and four points matched Lehto's career best in both categories, while Harris' four assists topped his career high.

Detroit (1-7) trailed 13-10 entering the last period of play when sophomore Brandon Davenport (Grosse Pointe Woods, MI/GP North) ignited the late Titan rally by winning the face-off and beating the RMU goalie for a score. Just a few minutes later, the Titan defense came up with a turnover as Harris knocked it away, and after senior Matt Gregson's (Flint, MI/Powers Catholic) shot was saved, Adams corralled the ground ball and put it between the pipes to get the Titans within one.

Halfway through the fourth quarter, Harris again forced a bad RMU (3-3) clear and this time, Adams found junior Ty Maruyama (Lakewood, CO/Green Mountain), who knotted it at 13-all with 7:32 left.

Detroit looked like it was going to pull out the victory firing three shots in the final two minutes, and even having a two-man advantage with under a minute to go, but the Colonials were able to kill the penalties and send the game into overtime, where they would win it.

Harris ended the game with a career-high three caused turnovers. Sophomore Jordan Houtby (St. Catharines, ON/Holy Cross Secondary) had four caused turnovers and a game-high 10 ground balls, while Davenport finished 16-of-29 in face-offs.

UDM forced 17 turnovers on the day and did a better job clearing ending the contest with an 18-of-22 mark. The Titans also led in ground balls, 40-34.

The game did not start out the way Detroit wanted as the Colonials opened a big lead in the first. After Lehto tied the contest at 1-1, Robert Morris reeled off four-straight goals to take a 5-1 advantage with 5:57 left in the first.

Detroit trailed 6-2 in the second when freshman Alex Maini (Lynbrook, NY/Lynbrook) scored on the man-up and Harris followed with a tally less than 30 seconds later to get Detroit to 6-4. The Titans also were down by just two (7-5) after Gregson struck for a marker with 10:20 left in the first half, but the Colonials once again opened a four-goal lead at 9-5.

The red, white and blue stormed back with three-straight goals to cut the RMU lead to just one, 9-8, at the half. Detroit would also be within one in the third trailing 10-9 and 11-10, until the Colonials went out in front, 13-10, to start the fourth.

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