Detroit's Eighth Win Comes in NLC Quarterfinal
from press release
DAVIDSON, N.C. -- The Titans set a program high
with eight wins on the season and saw a single-season record broken
en route to a 18-13 win in the National Lacrosse Conference
Quarterfinals against the Liberty Flames Friday evening at
Richardson Stadium on the campus of Davidson College.
UDM (8-8) moved to .500 on the season and with eight wins on the year now, set a new program record for wins in a single season. Anna Eidem finished with a game-high seven goals and an assist as she broke a single-season record with 69 goals to one better the previous mark of 68 set in 2010 by fellow senior Emily Boissonneault.
The match with the No. 6 seed Liberty (3-13) Friday featured a different team that the No. 3 seed fromUDM defeated in a 19-5 home win back on March 31. The Flames would be a resilient squad until the end that jumped out to a 2-0 lead early and would not go away quietly. After UDM took control of the first half, the Flames narrowed the gap to five in the closing minutes of the game as the Titans also had to deal with the heat in the high 80's throughout the game.
“I was a little worried about the heat at first because we have been playing in colder weather back home,” said Tara Grady. “I think we all really stepped it up and we were working as a team especially in the last three minutes showing our possession and keeping them from scoring.”
Grady set a new career high with four goals on the day as she put the Titans on the board first breaking in on net handling a pass from Tessa Keuler to fire it home.
That tally from Grady started a run of 10 straight goals for Detroit as Corina Mahorn took the ensuing draw control and went the distance to score her first of two on the day to tie it up.
Zaynib Hamze lit the lamp next to give Detroit its first lead at 3-2 as Boissonneault followed that with her first of the day. Boissonneault was one of three Titans with hat tricks against Liberty along with Eidem and Grady.
Eidem's 63rd goal of the season came on a free position with 14:28 left in the first half and Eidem assisted on the next goal as Grady's second made it 6-2. The next two goals came off the stick of Eidem before Grady would complete her first career hat trick making it 9-2 with 10:01 remaining in the first half.
The final Detroit goal of the opening stanza saw Eidem close to within one of tying the goal record as Detroit hit double-digits with 6:42 remaining in the first half. Two late goals from the Flames cut the lead to 10-4 heading into the break.
The second half saw Detroit and Liberty trade goals as Lindsey Saunders scored on a free position shot, Eidem scored her fifth and Boissonneault notched another in between Liberty tallies to make it 13-6.
A pair of goals from Liberty closed the gap to five before three straight Titan goals bumped the lead back up to 16-8. Grady took a pass from Mahorn for her fourth goal and Boissonneault added her second. Eidem put in goal number 16 on the day for Detroit with 13:32 separating the Titans and a semifinal match with Jacksonville on Saturday.
Liberty would outscore Detroit 5-2 in the final 16:28 of play but there were no goals in the final 2:52 as it was all Detroit controlling the clock until it was all zeros and game was over.
“At the end we realized we needed to shut them down and we stepped up and finished the job. We needed that confidence going into Jacksonville because that game is going to be really big for us,” said Eidem.
Mahorn's second of the day was a laser for the 17th UDM tally. Eidem then set the record with her 69th of the season as she rolled around from behind the net and scored with 4:49 to go in regulation.
Lexie McCormick made nine saves in her playoff debut in goal for the Titans. Detroit held a slim shooting advantage, 34-29, while Liberty held a slight edge in draw controls, 18-15. UDM was able to clear the ball 82% of the time (18 of 22) as fouls had a big discrepancy with Liberty committing 36 compared to 19 for the Titans.
Detroit will now face the No. 2 seed Jacksonville in the NLC Semifinals Saturday at 2:00 p.m. The Titans will play the Dolphins for the first time since Feb. 28 when the two met in Jacksonville in the second game of the season.