Siena Runs by Detroit to Claim the MAAC Crown

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BUFFALO, NY -- The Detroit Titans fought hard, but playing without their leading scorer, it was an uphill battle as UDM fell 12-3, to top-seeded Siena in the MAAC Championship on Sunday from the Demske Sports Complex on the campus of Canisius.

Detroit played the game without MAAC Rookie of the Year and the nation's freshmen leading scorer in Shayne Adams (35G, 6A), who injured his left knee late in Friday's semifinals victory over Marist.

Following the game, three Titans were selected to the All-Tournament team in sophomores A.J. Levell(Columbus, OH/Dublin Scioto), Jordan Houtby (St. Catharines, ON/Holy Cross Secondary) and senior Tim Shoemaker (Rochester, MI/Rochester).

Levell had 13 saves on the day and 26 in the two tournament games, while Houtby notched two goals, including the game winner against Marist, along with five caused turnovers and picking up nine ground balls on the weekend. Shoemaker was also named to the team for his play on defense and helping UDM to a runner-up finish in its first-ever appearance in the league championship.

The win by Siena (13-4) gave the Saints the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

Juniors Tim Lehto (Farmington, MI/North Farmington), John Nowicki (Clinton Twp., MI/De La Salle) and Scott Harris (Saline, MI/Saline) were the goal scorers for Detroit (6-10). Lehto finished the year with 12 goals and 17 points, while Nowicki had seven markers and four assists. Harris ended the year with 19 goals and a team-best 20 assists.

Detroit struggled on offense to start the game attempting just three shots in the first period and 13 in the first half. While the defense did its part to keep Siena off the board, the Saints eventually scored with 5:11 and with just under 30 seconds in the first to take a 2-0 lead. Detroit then found themselves down 7-0 at the half.

Lehto got the Titans on the board right out of the gate just 26 seconds into the third quarter. Nowicki then notched his goal with 1:06 in the third and Harris added his goal late in the fourth.

Siena outshot UDM, 40-34, including 11-3 in the first period. The Saints also won the battle of the ground balls, 37-20. The Titans forced seven of the Saints' 25 turnovers.

Sophomore Jamie Hebden (Farmington Hills, MI/Brother Rice) led the way on defense with three caused turnovers and a game and career-high eight ground balls. Houtby ended the game with two caused TO's and three GB's.

The loss ends a great season by the red, white and blue as they continue to progress at the Division I level. The six wins were the most in the prior two years combined, while the Titans 4-2 mark in conference had them tied for second, just one win shy of sharing a MAAC regular season championship.

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