Yale vs. Detroit Mercy
April 4, 2010
The Game Story:
Freshman Joel Matthews (St. Catharines, ON/Holy Cross Secondary) scored four goals and sophomore Scott Harris (Saline, MI/Saline) added two of his own plus two assists as the Titan men’s lacrosse team dropped a back and forth non-conference game at Yale on Sunday, 12-8.

With his four goals on the day, the Titan rookie now has 30 scores and nine assists for 39 points on the year. Harris has also put together a strong sophomore campaign with 11 goals and 10 assists.

Junior Matt Gregson (Flint, MI/Powers Catholic) added a pair of goals and a helper and freshman goalkeeper A.J. Levell (Columbus, OH/Dublin Scioto) stopped 13 shots, forced four turnovers and collected six groundballs.

Just like yesterday’s contest, the Titans (2-8) scored first as Matthews took a pass from Harris and found the back of the net nearly four minutes into the game.

Later in the first, that duo worked together with the man advantage as Matthews tallied his second marker to tie the contest at 2-2.

Yale (6-2), which was ranked No. 19 two weeks ago in the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) poll, came back with another two goal spurt, but back-to-back tallies by Gregson and Matthews would once again knot the score, this time at 4 with six minutes to play in the first half.

The Bulldogs were able to capitalize on a penalty less than a minute later to take a 5-4 lead into the half, but Detroit exploded right out of the gate in the third as Matthews’ fourth goal of the contest came just as a Yale penalty was expiring to tie it at 5.

From there, the home team ran off three straight to put some distance in the game, but UDM was able to cut it to two twice, once with a Harris strike to make it 8-6 in the third and another early in the fourth on Greg son’s second goal of the game.

The Titans cleared the ball effectively (19-of-21) for the second-straight game, while applying some pressure to Yale’s attempts (20-of-25). Both teams had 19 turnovers and the Bulldogs held a 36-28 advantage on shots, thanks largely in part to a 12-3 first-period tally.