Levell Holds Strong as Detroit Fends Off Jacksonville
from press release
DETROIT -- Junior A.J. Levell (Columbus, OH/Dublin Scioto) made 10 saves and the Titan offense came alive with five straight second-half goals to edge Jacksonville, 8-7, in a pivotal conference game on Saturday afternoon.
The win ended a two-game slide for Detroit as the red, white and blue evened its record to 6-6, 3-2 in the MAAC, while the Dolphins fell to 5-7, 2-3 in league play.
Sophomore Shayne Adams (St. Catharines, ON/Denis Morris) had a team-high four goals, while sophomore Alex Maini (Lynbrook, NY/Lynbrook) netted two goals and had a pair of assists. Sophomore Wes Steen (Columbus, OH/Olentangy Liberty) also recorded a pair of goals, while seniors Scott Harris (Saline, MI/Saline) and Tim Lehto (Farmington, MI/North Farmington) and sophomore Tom Masterson (London, ON/St. Thomas Aquinas) each came up with an assist.
After UDM jumped out to a quick 3-0 late in the first, it was Jacksonville who caught fire posting six straight to take a 6-3 lead early in the third.
Detroit ended that run as Adams put the offense on his back tallying three-straight markers to knot the score with 1:04 left in the third.
The Titans then took the lead with 12 seconds left in the third as Harris found Maini for his second goal and the Titans were up 7-6 heading into the fourth. Steen then took a pass from Lehto and beat the keep for a two-goal advantage with 13:30 remaining.
The Dolphins got within one at the 8:37 mark and were able to fire eight shots in the final 7:33, but Levell made five saves down the stretch. It looked like UDM would run the time out in the final minute, but a turnover game the ball back to Jacksonville with 45 seconds on the clock.
They were able to get a shot off – with a save by Levell – but Detroit then committed a penalty with 12 ticks left giving the Dolphins an extra-man chance. After a timeout by Detroit, the Titans regrouped on defense and junior Jordan Houtby (St. Catharines, ON/Holy Cross) was able to force a turnover before JU could get off another shot and that is how the game ended.
Houtby ended the game with four caused turnovers and five ground balls. Maini also picked up five GB's, while Levell had four.
Junior Jamie Hebden (Farmington Hills, MI/Brother Rice) had three caused TO's and two ground balls, while junior face-off specialist Brandon Davenport (Grosse Pointe Woods, MI/GP North) and Tyler Corcoran (South Lyon, MI/South Lyon) each won half their attempts and had a pair of ground balls.
The Titans were 17-of-18 in clears and their defense did not break with the man down holding Jacksonville scoreless on five opportunities.
UDM will wrap up its three-game home stand next week when it hosts Bellarmine in a non-conference affair. It will also be Senior Day at Titan Field as Detroit recognizes its 10 seniors – the first four-year senior class in Titan history.
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