Titans Record First-Ever Win, Outgunning Presbyterian

It might have been cold, windy and raining in Detroit on Monday, but there was no better place to make history, as the Titan men's lacrosse team recorded its first win in program history, 16-12, over Presbyterian on Titan Field.

"It has been a long time coming," said head coach Matt Holtz. "The kids have been working really hard. We have been working really hard and today, we just outlasted them."

Freshman Tyler Staruch (Brighton, MI/Brighton) scored a program-high five goals and added an assist, while junior Tim Lehto (Farmington, MI/North Farmington) netted three goals and also had a helper. Joel Matthews (St. Catharines, ON/Holy Cross Secondary) had a pair of scores and assists, while sophomore Scott Harris (Saline, MI/Saline) and junior Matt Gregson (Flint, MI/Powers Catholic) each netted a goal and handed out two assists.

The game was tied at 7 early in the third quarter when the Titans (1-6) broke the game open with five straight goals. Sophomore Ty Maruyama (Lakewood, CO/Green Mountain) started the charge with a marker off a pass from Harris at the 13:35 mark. Just two minutes later, freshman Chris Nemes (Novi, MI/Detroit Catholic Central) took a feed from junior Tim Shoemaker (Rochester, MI/Rochester) and Detroit had a two-goal lead.

Staruch, who scored four times in the second half, then tallied back to back markers, while Matthews finished off the great Titan third period with a goal of his own.

"We always knew we had the talent, said Staruch. "We have been real close to sealing the deal and today, we finally put it all together."

Detroit saw Presbyterian (1-6) get within three twice in the fourth, but the Titan offense never let up. Ahead 13-10, sophomore Brad Janer (Novi, MI/Detroit Catholic Central) was able to notch a man-down goal to really put all hopes of a Blue Hose comeback away. UDM then sealed the victory with scores from Staruch and Gregson to go up by five, 16-11, with just three minutes left in the game.

It was a back and forth affair to start the day, with Lehto netting UDM's first two goals, the second starting a 3-0 run to put Detroit in front, 4-2 in the first. Sophomore John Nowicki (Clinton Twp., MI/De La Salle Collegiate) and Staruch also found the back of the net during that time.

"It's a team game and you can't just have one guy do it all and today, we all stepped up," added Lehto.

Lehto's third goal for the hat trick gave Detroit a 5-3 advantage in the second, but PC would later tie it on two occasions, before Harris found the back of the net with 13 seconds left in the half to put the red, white and blue in front at the intermission, 7-6.

The Titans outshot the Blue Hose, 41-20, and held the slim advantage in groundballs, 43-35. UDM also posted 18 clears in 22 attempts, while turning over Presbyterian 25 times.

Freshman A.J. Levell (Columbus, OH/Dublin Scioto) was the winner in net, stopping four shots on the day. Rookie Brandon Davenport (Grosse Pointe Woods, MI/GP North) won 14 of 22 face-offs and had a team-high seven groundballs, while sophomore Jason McDonald (Bayport, NY/Bayport-Blue Point) scooped up six GB's with one caused turnover and senior Chris Butts (Riverhead, NY/Riverhead) had five groundballs and two caused turnovers.

The Titans will look to make it two in a row when Detroit goes back into MAAC play this Saturday in a home game against VMI. Start time is slated for noon.

2010-03-22



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