April 13, 2014

Offense Surges as Detroit Tops Howard, 17-5

from Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. (4/13/2014) -- The offense was in elite form as 10 different Titans scored Sunday afternoon as the University of Detroit Mercy women's lacrosse team won 17-5 over the Howard Bison at Greene Stadium.

The Titans (2-11, 1-2 Atlantic Sun) lit up the scoreboard starting 1:37 into the game and never looked back. Erin Campbell tallied her 100th career point with her 16th goal of the year on a free position with the first UDM goal and then Detroit rattled off 10 straight markers. The Titans were up 10-0 before Howard tallied a goal with 4:52 left in the first half. UDM netted two more goals against Howard (1-11, 0-2 A-Sun) and was up 12-1 heading into halftime.

Campbell and Tessa Keuler each had six points to lead Detroit as Campbell had four goals and two assists and Keuler had one goal and five assists. Both Campbell and Keuler went over the 100-point plateau in their careers with their efforts today. Campbell needed one point to reach 100 and Keuler needed five, as they now become the fifth and sixth players at UDM to reach the accolade. With five assists, Keuler tied her career-high and the Titan single-game record she already currently owns.

Annie Mendoza and Lauren Sharkey each had three goals. Miklain Huntsman had a goal that was also the first of her collegiate career. Kelsi Pritchard had a goal and an assist and Michaela Schwartz and Kylie Birney also scored once for the Titans. Jenna Payne had a goal and an assist and Annelise Niermann had a goal to round out the Detroit scoring.

"I think we need to keep playing off our momentum. We have had success the last few games offensively and I think that was missing earlier this year. If we keep building on that we won't have a problem finishing the season strong going into the conference tournament," said Keuler.

Goalkeeper Lexie McCormick had four saves in the first half and Ty Dykes made one save playing the second half for the Titans.

Defensively, Detroit had a host of caused turnovers and ground balls. Morgan Miller and Morgan Lear each had four caused turnovers, Amanda Guthrie had three and Keuler added two as well. Lear, Miller, Guthrie, Keuler, and Sharkey each had three ground balls while Mendoza had three draw controls and Schwartz and Sharkey each had two.

"All of our attackers scored and we worked on how to play with everyone," said Birney. "Our second line gained experience and that will be helpful going into the rest of the season."

The Titans came out after the break and tallied the first two goals to take a 14-1 lead. The teams then traded goals as Detroit won the second half by a 5-4 score as more players had the opportunity to play.

"It's a big confidence boost and a big conference win heading into the tournament just two weeks away," said Campbell.

Detroit finished with an overall 31-10 shooting advantage and caused 16 of Howard's 21 turnovers. The Titans had a 23-10 edge in ground balls and also won the draw control battle, 13-11.

Detroit's next game will be Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. as the Titans host Michigan. UDM fans are encouraged to wear red in support of the #redout against the Wolverines. Admission is FREE for all UDM women's lacrosse games at Titan Field in 2014.

Titan fans don't forget to follow #DetroitsCollegeTeam on Twitter and Instagram at @DetroitTitans and remember to like the Titans on Facebook at Detroit Titans. You can also follow the women's lacrosse team on Twitter @DetroitWL and on Facebook at Detroit Titan Women's Lacrosse.

Notes: Head Coach Laura Maness tied the school's coaching record for women's lacrosse career wins with the 15th of her career.

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