Detroit Mercy vs. Vmi
March 27, 2010
The Game Story:
Seven Titans scored goals, led by freshman Joel Matthews’ (St. Catharines, ON/Holy Cross Secondary) four scores, and rookie netminder A.J. Levell (Columbus, OH/Dublin Scioto) had 12 saves as Detroit won its second straight game, 11-8, over VMI on Saturday afternoon on Titan Field. The win was also the first-ever MAAC victory for Detroit, playing just its second league game of the season.

“We got a complete game out of everybody and played well offensively and defensively,” said head coach Matt Holtz. “They have some potent scorers that we needed to keep in check and I thought we did that. Chris (Butts) and Jordan (Houtby) did a real good job in keeping Tim Moran in check and he is a very good player.”

Besides his four scores, Matthews also had four caused turnovers and three groundballs. Sophomore John Nowicki (Clinton Twp., MI/De La Salle Collegiate) was all over the action on the day ending with two goals and two assists, while sophomore Scott Harris (Saline, MI/Saline) and freshman Tyler Staruch (Brighton, MI/Brighton) and had a goal and a helper on the day.

Detroit (2-6, 1-1 MAAC) started the game down by two, but would go on a 5-0 run to take a lead that they would have for the rest of the day. Sophomore Jon Bemben (Hartland, MI/Hartland) got UDM on the scoreboard late in the first when he caused a turnover, picked up the groundball and then fired a shot on net for his first collegiate goal. Detroit would then knot the score with 1:32 left in the first period as Matthews tallied his first of the day.

The second period started with Matthews tallying again just one minute in. The Titans then took advantage of a VMI (2-7, 0-2 MAAC) penalty as Nowicki fed Harris for a goal. Just two minutes later, UDM was down a man, but junior Matt Gregson (Flint, MI/Powers Catholic) took advantage of a turnover and streaked down the field beating the keeper with shot to put Detroit up 5-2. After a Keydet score, the Titans regained their three-goal lead as freshman Nowicki came up with another assist, this time finding Staruch who put one in with just 52 seconds left in the half.

Nowicki added his two markers in the third, but the Titans did see the Keydets cut the advantage to just one, 8-7, in the fourth when sophomore Ty Maruyama (Lakewood, CO/Green Mountain) notched his third-straight game with a goal, taking a feed from freshman Chris Nemes (Novi, MI/Detroit Catholic Central) and depositing it in the back of the net.

The Titans then put the game away with Matthews’ final two goals of the day and a great defensive effort in the fourth, holding VMI scoreless for just under 13 minutes in the last period.

The Titans forced 28 turnovers on the day, led by Matthews’ four as well as four from freshman Jordan Houtby (St. Catharines, ON/Holy Cross Secondary), who also collected three groundballs, and three cause TO’s by freshman Jamie Hebden (Farmington Hills, MI/Brother Rice).

The Titans will now have a week off before playing two road games on Easter Weekend. Detroit will play at defending MAAC championship Siena on Saturday and at Yale on Easter Sunday.

Fans, also remember to catch head coach Matt Holtz on Lacrosse Talk radio live on Sunday at 7:10 p.m. (EST). Lacrosse Talk is a two-hour radio talk show dedicated to ALL things lacrosse. The show airs weekly on Sunday evenings and is hosted by Dan Matthews. The show is based in Colorado on 101.5 FM, but fans can also access the show live online at lacrossetalkradio.com or by clicking the link on DetroitTitans.com.