Detroit Mercy vs. Quinnipiac
March 7, 2010
The Game Story:
It was a hard hitting day in the Motor City as Detroit and Quinnipiac combined for 19 penalties in men’s lacrosse action, with the Titans coming up short on Sunday afternoon, 13-8.

Freshman Joel Matthews (St. Catharines, ON/Holy Cross Secondary) led the offensive attack with three goals and three assists, while junior Matt Gregson (Flint, MI/Powers Catholic) added a pair of markers. Junior Tim Lehto (Farmington, MI/North Farmington), sophomore Scott Harris (Saline, MI/Saline) and freshman Chris Nemes (Novi, MI/Detroit Catholic Central) also had goals, with Nemes adding an assist.

“We are still real young and made some silly mistakes,” said head coach Matt Holtz. “We will continue to work hard on improving and fixing that.”

For the third straight game this season, Detroit (0-3) started the scoring as Lehto found the back of the net nearly five minutes into the contest.

Detroit then saw Quinnipiac (3-0) net the next five, but UDM trimmed the deficit to three after Matthews’ first goal of the day.

One the third period rolled around, play got physical as six penalties were handed out, compared to just two in the first half of play.

The Titans got behind 9-2 in the quarter when the red, white and blue came back with back-to-back tallies as Harris took a feed from Matthews and, just over a minute later, Matthews found the back of the net with some help from Nemes. Both markers were scored with the man-up advantage.

In the fourth, it was more rugged action as 11 yellow flags were thrown by the officials. After a pair of QU goals, Gregson scored two straight for Detroit, while Matthews added his third marker early in the fourth to get Detroit within four, 11-7.

That was as close as the Titans could get as two more Bobcat goals made it a 13-7 game before Nemes closed out the day with his first collegiate goal with 4:28 left in the game.

Freshman A.J. Levell (Columbus, OH/Dublin Scioto) played the whole way in goal for Detroit, ending the contest with 13 saves.

Senior Tim Shoemaker (Rochester, MI/Rochester) picked up six groundballs, while freshman Jordan Houtby (St. Catharines, ON/Holy Cross Secondary) had five GB’s and three caused turnovers. Gregson also added six groundballs and won 4-of-5 face offs.

The Titans will return to action next weekend with a pair of games in Pennsylvania as UDM travels to Robert Morris on Friday and Lehigh next Monday.