Birney, Detroit Mercy Roll Past Manhattan
from press release
DETROIT — Sophomore Mike Birney's career-best four goals led nine Titan goal scorers on the day as the Detroit men's lacrosse team never trailed in beating Manhattan, 14-8, on Saturday at Titan Field.
The win moved UDM to 2-2 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) and 2-7 overall, while Manhattan fell to 3-9, 0-3 in conference play.
Birney also ended the day with a career-high in points adding an assist to his four goals. Junior Tom Masterson and freshman Andy Hebden each put in two goals and sophomore Scott Drummond had a career-high three assists to go with a marker for four total points.
The faceoff game was superb on the day with Detroit winning 18-of-26, led by a career-best 12-of-16 effort with five ground balls from redshirt freshman Damien Hicks, and a 5-of-9 day with a team and season-high seven ground balls from senior Brandon Davenport. Davenport also had a career-best two assists for a career-high two points.
Detroit made sure to take control of the game early as Drummond found Birney for a goal a little more than a minute into the game and then Drummond fired in one to make it 2-0 at the 13:01 mark.
After Manhattan took advantage of a UDM penalty to score a goal, Detroit came right back with three-straight markers as Davenport picked up his first assist of the game by finding Masterson with 12:07 left in the first. Freshman Shannen Wesley then recorded his first collegiate point by assisting on sophomore Brandon Beauregard's goal and Birney tallied his helper locating junior Alex Maini for a quick strike to put the red, white, and blue up, 5-1, with 3:55 left in the first quarter.
The Jaspers would score the next two, but the Titans then had back-to-back goals within 30 seconds as Birney and senior Jordan Houtby each beat the keeper for a 7-3 lead with 12:44 left in the half. UDM and Manhattan would trade goals the rest of the period as Masterson notched his second at the 10:21 mark and senior Chris Nemes recorded his first goal of the season with 6:20 left as Detroit was up 9-5 at the break.
The third period saw each team score just one goal as sophomore Alex Wilson found the back of the net for the second-straight game, but the Titans would seal the victory by winning the fourth period with four goals, two apiece from Hebden and Birney.
Hebden started it by lacing one past the goalie at the 10:11 frame and then Birney collected his second career hat trick off a great pass from Masterson to push the UDM advantage to 12-6 with 9:21 remaining.
The Jaspers cut that to 12-7, but back-to-back unassisted markers from Hebden and Birney topped a career day for him and the Titans as they set a season high for goals and points(22) in the contest.
Senior Jamie Hebden led the defense with a game-high four caused turnovers. Senior John Dwyer and sophomore Chris Shevins each had a pair of caused turnovers and ground balls, while Houtby added two caused turnovers and five GB's.
Senior A.J. Levell made 10 saves for the seventh time this season as well as the 13th-straight game dating back to last year while also picking up five ground balls.
Detroit won the battle of loose balls, 37-33, and was 18-of-20 in clears on the day.
The Titans will now get ready to travel to Siena next week to battle the Saints Saturday in Loudonville, N.Y. Game time is set for 1:00 p.m.