April 27, 2012

Detroit Mercy Blows Past Howard in NLC Finale

from press release

WASHINGTON – Freshman Tessa Keuler (Oregon City, OR/Oregon City) posted a career-best seven points and the Titans scored 20 goals for the second-straight game and the third time this season as UDM cruised past Howard, 21-10, on Friday afternoon.

Keuler had two goals and a school-record five assists on the day. Senior Anna Eidem (Champlin, MN/Totino-Grace) had five goals and six points, while five other Titans had at least two goals on the day. Junior Lindsey Saunders (Pasadena, MD/Northeast) totaled a career-best six points on three goals and three assists - her fourth career hat trick and her third against the Bison – while junior Zaynib Hamze (Dublin, CA/Dublin) tied her career-high with five points.

The win moved the red, white and blue to 6-8 on the year and 5-2 in the National Lacrosse Conference. The victory also clinched the No. 3 seed in the upcoming NLC Tournament as the Titans now know that they will play the No. 6 seed in the first round, which will be the loser of tonight's Liberty-Longwood match-up.

Detroit jumped out to an early lead as Keuler fed senior Emily Boissonneault (Brooklin, ON/Donald A. Wilson) for the first of her two markers on the day. After Howard (0-13, 0-6 NLC) tied it at one, UDM took the lead for good with three-straight goals. Eidem started that with an unassisted goal and then set-up Boissonneault's second. Eidem finished the run with a goal off a great pass from Saunders.

The Bison cut the Titan lead in half with another goal, but Detroit broke the game open with four straight to take an 8-2 lead with 9:51 left in the first. Keuler had two more assists in that spurt and then finished it with her first goal.

The Titans would score four more times in the half and build a 12-5 advantage at the intermission.

UDM padded its lead in the second half scoring four times in the first six minutes as four different Titans found the back of the net. A couple of minutes later, Detroit had its biggest lead of the day, 18-6, as sophomore Tara Grady (San Jose, CA/Pioneer) and senior Corina Mahorn (Whitby, ON/Anderson CVI) netted back-to-back-goals.

The last four minutes saw a couple of Titan firsts as freshman Amanda Guthrie (Winter Springs, FL/Winter Springs) put in her first goal of the year, while senior Alycsa Valentine (Shelby Township, MI/Eisenhower) netted her first career goal.

Mahorn finished the day with three goals and three draw controls. Hamze had two goals and three assists to go with a team-high five ground balls and Grady ended the contest with a pair of markers and a helper.

Detroit outshot Howard, 37-20, and forced Howard into 18 turnovers. The 14 assists were a new program record as were the 35 total points by the Titans. The 21 goals were a season high and also tied a program record for the second time this year.

The Titans will end the regular season on Monday as UDM hosts Cincinnati in a non-conference affair. Game time is set for 2:00 p.m. at Titan Field.

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