March 11, 2012

St. Bonaventure Spoils Detroit's Home-Opener

from press release

DETROIT -- Three goal games from both Anna Eidem and Tessa Keuler kept Detroit (1-5) within striking distance of visiting St. Bonaventure (2-0) but the Bonnies held on for a 16-10 in the home opener for the women's lacrosse team played at Titan Field Sunday afternoon.

"I thought we came out pretty strong in the first half and we played real even with them. It was 8-6 at the half so it was definitely a winnable game so it's a really tough one to put behind us to move forward," said women's lacrosse head coach Laura Maness after coaching her first home game as a Titan.

After St. Bonaventure jumped out to a 3-0 lead, Emily Boissonneault scored the first of four straight Titan markers. Eidem registered her first of the day next and Tara Grady tied the game at three before Boissonneault's second of the game put Detroit up 4-3 with 15:15 left in the opening half near the game's midway point.

A questionable second yellow card was issued to Boissonneault with 9:59 in the first half and Detroit was forced to play without the offensive threat of Boissonneault the rest of the game. It also meant the team had to play down a person creating an extra challenge for the Titans.

A Bonnie tally would tie the game at four before Keuler netted her first of the day giving Detroit the one goal advantage at 5-4. Eidem's second of the game was the sixth Titan score but four St. Bonaventure goals, including three straight, were put on the scoreboard to close out the first half and produce the 8-6 halftime score.

The second half saw SBU come out with four straight goals to take a 12-6 lead with the Titans struggling to get into their offensive flow and having a difficult time containing the Bonnie offense playing down a person. A timeout gave the group a chance to calm down and focus on getting back into the game.

The result was three straight Titan goals as Keuler netted her second and third of the day sandwiched around Eidem's third goal.

Corina Mahorn scored the final Titan goal of the day to close the gap within four, 14-10, but St. Bonaventure would go on to score four of the next five goals and keep the ball in the offensive end extinguishing the remainder of the time on the clock to hold on for the win.

"We have very high expectations for our players and our program so it is a tough one to swallow because of the expectations that we set for ourselves knowing that we can compete at that level," stated Maness.

"We just need to keep learning and growing and working hard in practice. There are just a couple of things that we can easily fix that can make us stronger."

The Titans will look ahead to their next match-up on March 23 as they will face another team from the Western New York area as they will travel Niagara Falls, NY to take on the Niagara Purple Eagles at 7:00 p.m.

NOTES: Lexie McCormick made nine saves in net for Detroit... Keuler and Eidem each added an assist to finish with three goals and an assist... Lindsey Saunders added two assists for the Titans and Mahorn also added an assist on the day.

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