May 6, 2011

Siena, Detroit Advance to MAAC Final

from press releases

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Sophomore Jordan Houtby (St. Catharines, ON/Holy Cross Secondary) had two goals, including the game winner, and sophomore A.J. Levell (Columbus, OH/Dublin Scioto) played great in net stopping 13 shots as the third-seeded Detroit Titans advanced to Sunday's MAAC Championship with a 9-8 victory over second-seeded Marist on Friday night.

Detroit (6-9) will take on top-seeded Siena (12-4) at Noon on Sunday with an automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament on the line.

Along with his two goals, the MAAC LSM of the Year Houtby added six ground balls and three caused turnovers. Junior Scott Harris (Saline, MI/Saline) added two assists and a goal, while freshmen Shayne Adams (St. Catharines, ON/Denis Morris) and Alex Maini (Lynbrook, NY/Lynbrook) each tallied a goal and an assist.

The game was tied at 8-all to begin the fourth and off a face-off victory, Harris found Houtby who rifled one in between the pipes for what turned out to be the last goal of the game with 14:47 left.

Both teams had chances to score in the fourth, but the Titan defense held strong blanking the Red Foxes (8-7) in the quarter and for the last 17 minutes of the game. Marist had an opportunity to tie it with 59 seconds left, but the second team All-MAAC goalie Levell, who stopped two shots in the third from point-blank range, was able to come up with a save. The Red Foxes then turned it over twice in the last 17 seconds as the red, white and blue secured the win.

Marist, who came into the tournament averaging just 17 turnovers per game, had 26 turnovers on the night, including 16 in the first half. Detroit's defense, which is currently first in the nation in caused turnovers at 11.96 per game, had 13 in the contest and nine in the first half. UDM also dominated on the ground balls by a 31-17 margin.

Sophomore Jamie Hebden (Farmington Hills, MI/Brother Rice), the second team All-MAAC defender, had a game and career-high five turnovers with three ground balls. Levell also picked up three GB's, while sophomore Brandon Davenport (Grosse Pointe Woods, MI/GP North) was 11-of-20 on face-offs scooping up six ground balls.

It was a complete reversal at the start of the game from last week's contest as this time Detroit scored two straight to open the game en route to a 6-1 lead. Junior Tim Lehto (Farmington, MI/North Farmington) started the Titan spurt with an unassisted goal and just over a minute later, freshman Troy Dennis (Baldwin, NY/Baldwin) found the back of the net.

After Marist scored, Maini put on great show dodging a few defenders as he worked his way to the net and put one past the goalie. Houtby then caused a turnover fired one in with his long pole as Detroit led 4-1 after one.

After nearly five minutes of scoreless play to start the second, the MAAC Rookie of the Year Adams posted a goal and later, Harris found freshman Wes Steen (Columbus, OH/Olentangy Liberty) for a marker to put the red, white and blue up by five, 6-1, with 7:37 left in the second. Freshman Tom Masterson (London, ON/St. Thomas Aquinas CCS), who had three goals last week at Marist, then notched the seventh Titan score in the first half and UDM took a 7-4 advantage at the half.

The third period belonged to Marist as they outscored the Titans, 4-1, to knot the contest, with Harris notching the lone Detroit score.

A week after bring whistled for 11 penalties at Marist, UDM was flagged for just three, killing two of those advantages off.

Siena blows by Jacksonville

Siena is heading back to the MAAC championship game for the third straight year. The top seeded Saints rallied from an early three-goal deficit and exploded for 10 second half goals in an 18-8 rout over No. 4 seed Jacksonville in the MAAC Semifinals Friday at the Demske Sports Complex. The Saints advance to the title game Sunday at noon against the winner of tonight's second semifinal between Marist and Detroit.

Much likes last month's inaugural meeting between the two programs in Florida, the Saints (12-4) found themselves in an early hole. Siena trailed last month's meeting 5-1 and today found themselves down 5-2 just eight and a half minutes into the contest.

Jacksonville's (5-10) frenetic, fast paced play gave the Saints challenges early on, but much like their first meeting Siena weathered the storm and responded. Unlike last month when Siena rallied for a 14-13 victory, this time there wouldn't be nearly as much suspense.

The Saints rallied to tie the game at 5-5 after the first period and continued to take over from there. Siena scored nine of the game's next 10 goals after their early three-goal deficit to build an 11-6 lead. The Saints, which entered the day ranked eighth nationally in scoring offense, were unrelenting up front and added on scores with ease en route to a comfortable win.
Siena took advantage of Jacksonville's turnover troubles all game long, turning the Dolphins' miscues into fast break transition goals. The Saints caused 13 turnovers as JU coughed it up 20 times.

Siena's attack was phenomenal as the three starters - Bryan Neufeld, Danny Martinsen and Colin Clive - combined for a whopping 18 points.

Neufeld led the way with seven points including his 23rd career hat trick as he extended the nation's longest active scoring streak to 51 consecutive games. He also passed former teammate Ryan Duggan '10 for fifth place on the program's all-time scoring charts and now stands with 161 career points.

Martinsen and Clive each scored five times, with Martinsen adding an assist to finish with six points. Clive, who scored four goals in last month's win over the Dolphins, continued his success against them today and accounted for the game-winning goal.

Siena out-shot Jacksonville 41-29 including 22-11 in the second half in which the Saints outscored JU 10-2. Seven different Saints scored and 13 tallied a point as Siena moved to 3-0 all-time in the MAAC Championships in Buffalo and earned their fifth straight win here at the Demske Sports Complex.

TJ Kenary was the lone bright spot for Jacksonville as he scored twice and added an assist for the Dolphins whose second season of lacrosse came to an end.

Siena enters Sunday's MAAC Championship game red-hot having won 11 of their last 13 games and have scored an average of 12.9 goals over that time. With their 12th win of the year, the Saints tied the program's single season record for wins for a third straight year and fourth time in school history.

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