May 2, 2014

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McCormick's Big Day Helps Detroit Surprise Elon

from press release

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.  -- Junior goalkeeper Lexie McCormick made 16 saves in goal for the University of Detroit Mercy women's lacrosse team as the Titans won 15-11 over the Elon Phoenix Friday afternoon at Southern Oak Stadium in Jacksonville, Florida in the Atlantic Sun Semifinals.
 
Earlier this season, the Titans (5-12, 3-2 Atlantic Sun) fell 9-8 to Elon (8-9, 4-1 A-Sun) in Elon, North Carolina.
 
This time vs. Elon, Detroit led by at least two goals since taking a 5-3 lead with 13:57 left in the opening half and was up by at least four goals the entire second half.

McCormick finished with 16 saves, along with three ground balls, and kept Detroit ahead of Elon until the end. With the Titan offense in full swing, the third-seeded Detroit Titans will now play the No. 1 seed Jacksonville Sunday at 12:00 p.m. ET in the Atlantic Sun Championship with the winner walking away with the league's automatic NCAA Tournament bid.
 
McCormick had nine saves in the first half including many of the highlight variety as she set up her own stonewall in front of the Titan cage. Elon finished with a 29-23 edge in total shots including a 27-19 advantage in shots on goal.
 
Tessa Keuler netted five goals and added two assists to lead the Titan offense while Annie Mendoza had five goals. Kylie Birney and Erin Campbell each added two goals apiece and Kelsi Pritchard rounded out the Titan scoring. Michaela Schwartz provided two assists while Campbell also added a helper.
 
Vittoria Wallace had one caused turnover along with three ground balls and two draw controls. Ally Shrader led the Titans with two caused turnovers while also picking up two ground balls.
 
Elon scored the first two goals of the game to go up 2-0 with 26:20 left in the first but the Titans came back with five straight goals. Pritchard scored with 22:22 left and then Keuler drilled a low hard shot past the goalkeeper to tie the game, 2-2.
 
Mendoza added the third Titan goal and then Keuler and Birney followed to make it 5-2 UDM with 15:57 left in the first half.
 
Elon did manage to make it 5-3 but Mendoza scored the next two goals to increase the Titan lead. Schwartz assisted on her first goal and the second helper came from Keuler as the Titans were up by a 7-3 score.
 
Birney continued the Titan offensive outburst as her second of the day made it 8-3 in favor of Detroit with 5:46 to play in the first half.
 
Elon countered to make it 8-4 but the Titans continued to pour on the offense as Keuler scored her third of the afternoon. Keuler then provided an assist on Campbell's goal, the 10th of the half for Detroit, and the Titans went into halftime with a 10-4 lead.
 
The second half started with Elon netting a pair of quick goals to cut the Detroit lead to 10-6 helping remind the Titans to play a full 60 minutes.
 
Mendoza brought the Titans back as she fired a laser into the top right corner to make it 11-6 on her fourth goal of the day. Keuler was right behind her as she netted her fourth to put Detroit up by six goals with 24:14 left in the second half.
 
Elon scored one back but it was Mendoza who came up with her fifth of the afternoon for a 13-7 Detroit lead.
 
The Phoenix continued to try and rise with another goal but the Titans again continued to hold steady.  Keuler took a pass from Campbell to give UDM a 13-8 advantage with 14:58 to play.
 
Elon tallied two more goals to cut the lead to four but the four-goal difference was the closest the Phoenix would came as Campbell scored a late goal and Elon had one last marker with 2:00 left to make the game 15-11.
 
The next game for the Titans will be Sunday at 12:00 p.m. in the Atlantic Sun Championship against the No. 1 seed Jacksonville. That game will be shown live on ESPN3.


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