March 1, 2014

Adams Leads Detroit in Win Over VMI

from Press Release

LEXINGTON, Va. (3/1/2014) -- It was a close game since the start, but thanks to four-straight goals in the second half, the University of Detroit Mercy men's lacrosse team was able to post an 8-6 come-from-behind victory at VMI on Saturday afternoon.

Senior Shayne Adams led the offense with his second-straight hat trick finishing with three goals. Senior Tom Masterson added two goals and two assists and juniors Mike Birneyand Scott Drummond each tallied a goal.

Senior Alex Maini handed out a career-high four assists and freshman Jason Weber made his first start in net and ended with 16 saves, and allowed just two goals in the second half.

Detroit (2-2) was down 6-4 with 7:27 left in the game when the defense rose up to hold the Keydets scoreless the rest of the way.

Adams made it 6-5 at the 4:36 mark and with the man-up, Birney was able to knot it at 6-6 just a minute later.

Detroit started the fourth period having to fight off a three-minute man-down penalty and the Titans did just that. Drummond was then able to give the red, white and blue the lead taking advantage of a VMI penalty with 8:34 left and Masterson added an insurance marker with just over minutes remaining in the game.

Sophomore Paul Bitetti tied his career high with four caused turnovers and Masterson also picked up a team-high five ground balls.

VMI (0-4) got on the board first late in the first period, but the Titans quickly tied it up on Adams' first goal of the contest. UDM took a 2-1 lead just a minute later as Maini found Adams, but the Keydets squared things at 2-all with 15 seconds left in the opening period.

It was back and forth in the second as well as Masterson gave Detroit a 3-2 advantage, but VMI came back with back-to-back goals for a 4-3 lead with 7:52 remaining in the half. Sophomore Shannen Wesley then evened things going into the break beating the goalie with just 30 seconds left for his first marker of the season.

VMI would come back to take a two-goal lead, 6-4, at the 7:27 mark in the third, but UDM kept the Keydets off the scoreboard the rest of the way.

Detroit outshot VMI, 47-38, and was 23-of-26 on clears.

The Titans will return home for a Tuesday battle with Bellarmine. That game will now be played indoors at Ultimate Soccer Arenas in Pontiac will game time still set for Noon.

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