Detroit Beats Canisius to Reach MAAC Tournament
from press release
DETROIT — The Detroit men's lacrosse team scored the game's first four goals and seven total in the first period as the Titans earned the fourth and final seed of the MAAC Championship with a 13-7 victory over Canisius on Titan Field on Saturday afternoon.
The win will set up a contest with top-seeded Marist in the semifinals next Friday, May 3, at 4:15 p.m., at the Demske Sports Complex on the campus of Canisius College in Buffalo, N.Y. In the other semifinals game, No. 2 Jacksonville will meet No. 3 Siena.
The win was also special not only because it cliched a playoff berth, but it was Senior Day with nine seniors playing their final game on Titan Field in Brandon Davenport, John Dwyer, Jamie Hebden, Jordan Houtby, Andrew Khalil, A.J. Levell, Chris Nemes, Nick Schesnuk and Wes Steen.
Ten different Detroit players scored a goal with two apiece from junior Tom Masterson and sophomores Mike Birney and Scott Drummond. Four Titans also totaled three points in Masterson, Birney, junior Alex Maini and sophomore Brandon Beauregard.
Senior goalie A.J. Levell made a season-high 18 saves in net and senior Jordan Houtby totaled four caused turnovers and four ground balls. Senior Jamie Hebden had a pair of caused turnovers and four GB's, while redshirt freshman Damien Hicks won 8-of-18 faceoffs and added a marker.
Detroit (3-9, 3-3) didn't take long to get the offense going taking a 4-0 lead nearly four minutes into the contest. Drummond started it with an unassisted goal at the 14:26 mark and then he came back with another off a pass from Beauregard.
Hicks then won a faceoff and came streaking down the field beating the keeper for a 3-0 lead with 11:57 left in the first and less than a minute later, Beauregard found Birney who lit up the back of the net for a 4-0 advantage with 11:01 left to play in the first.
Canisius (3-10, 2-4) was able to get on the board after that, but then the Titans struck for three more goals. Maini started the run by finding freshman Ryan Callaghan at the 7:42 mark. Freshman Andy Hebden then tallied his lone goal with 4:11 on the clock and after a faceoff win by Hicks, Maini fed Beauregard for a strike 18 seconds later and the red, white, and blue had a 7-1 advantage with 3:53 remaining in the first.
The Golden Griffins fought back to cut the Titan lead to 7-4 at the half, but UDM scored six of the next seven goals to put the game away.
Birney started the second-half scoring taking a pass from Hebden about 40 seconds into play. Detroit then had some style for its ninth goal as freshman Shannen Wesley located Masterson, who went behind his back to beat the keep, giving the Titans a 9-4 lead.
Masterson would add his second of the game in the same period to put Detroit up 10-5 after three and that started a streak of four in a row to extend the Titan advantage to 13-5. Masterson added an assist in the fourth finding Maini for a goal and then sophomore Alex Wilson was the playmaker as his pass to Wesley was all the rookie needed for him to notch his first collegiate goal. Senior Wes Steen then capped off a Senior Day win scoring with a little more than one minute remaining.
Beauregard also ended up with a career-high five ground balls, while J. Hebden had four. Freshman Mike Spuller came away with a pair of caused turnovers and senior Brandon Davenport picked up three GB's.
Detroit was 21-of 23 in clears and forced Canisius into 20 turnovers, with 12 recorded as caused.
The win marked the third-straight year that the Titans will finish .500 or better in MAAC play as well as the third-straight year Detroit has earned a berth to the MAAC Championship. UDM has advanced to one title game in its short history and that came at the Demske Sports Complex in 2011 when Detroit beat Marist in the semifinals.