Detroit Mercy vs. Mount Saint Mary's
March 9, 2011
The Game Story:
EMMITSBURG, Md. -- Junior Scott Harris (Saline, MI/Saline) poured in a career-high four goals, and Detroit rallied from a first period four-goal deficit to tie it in the third, but a late rally put an end to the comeback as the Titans fell to Mount St. Mary's, 12-8, on Wednesday afternoon.

Along with his four goals, Harris also tallied an assist for a career-best five points.

“They were playing a pretty interesting zone on us and it left Harris really with one guy to beat and he had a great day today,” said head coach Matt Holtz. “We knew that to be successful today, he was going to be a big part of the offense and he was, but we just couldn't get some other guys to help him out.”

Penalties were a big reason that Mount St. Mary's (1-2) jumped out to a 4-0 lead just six minutes into the contest as the Mountaineers took advantage of three Titan infractions.

Detroit (1-6) was able to shrug off the slow start and cut the Mount lead in half at the end of the first by striking for two goals within 30 seconds. First, freshman Alex Maini (Lynbrook, NY/Lynbrook) found the back of the net at the 3:31 mark. Mount St. Mary's would win the following face-off, but sophomore Jordan Houtby (St. Catharines, ON/Holy Cross Secondary) was able to get the ball back and it ended up in senior Matt Gregson's (Flint, MI/Powers Catholic) stick and he fired a bullet past the Mountaineers' goalie.

The Titans then took advantage of a Mount St. Mary's penalty as Harris found freshman Shayne Adams (St. Catharines, ON/Denis Morris) who put it between the pipes for the second period's only score as UDM trailed just 4-3 at the half.

The Mount got on the board quickly again in the third to push its lead to 5-3, but Detroit came right back to knot it at five-all. Junior Tim Lehto (Farmington, MI/North Farmington) fed Harris a pass for his goal. Lehto then took a pass from junior Brad Janer (Novi, MI/Detroit Catholic Central) and Detroit tied it all up with 10:47 left in the quarter.

UDM later tied it at six halfway through the period as Harris scored his second, but the Mountaineers then ran off three-straight markers in the final six minutes of the third to take a 9-6 lead.

The red, white and blue had one final flurry to try and get the win. Off a failed clear, Harris notched his hat trick at the 11:04 mark in the fourth and, after a face-off victory by Brandon Davenport (Grosse Pointe Woods, MI/GP North), Harris laced one past the goalie for his fourth of the day to get Detroit within one, 9-8, with 10 minutes left.

“We just had too many penalties today and when we made the last run at the end to get back to one, we got another penalty and they scored on it and that hurt our momentum,” added Holtz.

That would be the closet the Titans would get as the home Mountaineers scored the final three goals of the game to take the contest.

Sophomore A.J. Levell (Columbus, OH/Dublin Scioto) stopped seven shots on the day. Sophomore Jamie Hebden (Farmington Hills, MI/Brother Rice) had a career-high four caused turnovers and six ground balls, while Houtby ended with four caused turnovers and five GB's.

On the day, Detroit was called for nine penalties, while the Mount was flagged for eight. UDM also caused 14 turnovers on the day, while the Mountaineers turned it over a total of 26 times on the afternoon.

The Titans will head back home for two straight games, starting on Sunday when Robert Morris visits the Motor City. Game time is set for 11:00 a.m., and is part of a Titan doubleheader with the women's lacrosse team in action at 2:00 p.m.