April 16, 2011

OT Win Keeps Detroit in MAAC Driver's Seat

from press release

DETROIT -- Junior Scott Harris (Saline, MI/Saline) found the back of the net with 1:46 to go in overtime as the Detroit men's lacrosse team clinched a berth into the MAAC tournament with a gritty, 10-9, victory over Canisius on Saturday.

“Coach Karweck (Matt) told me to keep turning that corner and go to the goal,” said Harris. “This is an unbelievable feeling. It is a team win and you would like to get it done in regulation, but overtime will work as well.

The win moved UDM to 5-8 on the season and 4-1 in the MAAC. The triumph also means that with just one more game left in the season (Apr. 30 at Marist), the red, white and blue can claim the conference regular-season title and the No. 1 seed in the MAAC tournament with a win over the Red Foxes. The loss drops Canisius to 2-8, 2-2 in league play.

It is all about the effort of these kids,” said head coach Matt Holtz. “They work hard every day. We may not be the prettiest team to watch, but we are definitely going to outwork everybody and today, we just had a little more left in the tank and got that last one when it mattered.

Detroit led was in front, 9-6, with 3:15 left in the game, but the Golden Griffins struck for three goals in just over a two-minute span to tie the contest. Both teams then had a chance to win the game in regulation with under a minute to go, but sophomore Jordan Houtby (St. Catharines, ON/Holy Cross Secondary) was able to force one of his six turnovers on the day and get the ball back to UDM, but the Titans could not get a shot off turning it over themselves.

In the extra session, Detroit looked like it was in prime condition to win the game as Canisius was called for a penalty, but even with the extra-man another turnover gave the ball back to the visitors. The Titans got the ball right back and after freshman Shayne Adams (St. Catharines, ON/Denis Morris) saw his shot go wide, Harris was able to put away the gamewinner and MAAC tournament-bound Titans stormed the field in celebration.

Harris ended the game with his second career hat trick notching three goals. Adams netted two to increase his season total to 31, while freshman Alex Maini (Lynbrook, NY/Lynbrook) also posted two goals on the day and now has eight goals in his last three games and 17 on the year.

It was a sloppy game with both teams combining for 55 turnovers, with Detroit causing 16 of Canisius' 29 miscues. Houtby led the way in that category with his third six-takeaway game of the season and the fourth of his career. He also collected seven ground balls.

Sophomore Jamie Hebden (Farmington Hills, MI/Brother Rice) had four caused turnovers and four ground balls, while freshman Nick Garippa (Rochester Hills, MI/Notre Dame Prep) had a career-high three cause TO's and six GB's. Sophomore Brandon Davenport (Grosse Pointe Woods, MI/GP North) was 13-of-21 in face-offs with a game and career-high 10 ground balls.

Prior to the game, Detroit honored its lone senior Tim Shoemaker (Rochester, MI/Rochester) as the three-year letterwinner and two-time captain came to the Titans to help build a program and he has done just that.

“I have known Tim for a long time and he came to play for me at Michigan State out of high school and then he transferred here to help start this,” said Holtz. “He is an extremely hard worker and I am glad he is able to enjoy Senior Day with a win.”

Canisius took an early 2-0 lead in the first, but junior Ty Maruyama (Lakewood, CO/Green Mountain) and freshman Troy Dennis (Baldwin, NY/Baldwin) each had markers to tie the game up. The Golden Griffins then took another two-goal lead, 4-2, in the second, but Harris and Adams answered to tie it at the half at 4-all.

Detroit trailed one more time as the Golden Griffins score with 8:39 to go in the third, but UDM ran off three-straight goals in the third and five of the next six scores to jump out in front, 9-6.

The Titans will have their bye next week and they celebrate the Easter Holiday, but will return to action on Apr. 30, when UDM visits Marist in what could be a showdown for the MAAC regular season title.


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