Titans Race Past Mercer for Second Victory

MACON, Ga. -- A 9-0 run to start the second half proved to be the difference as nine different Titans scored a goal en route to a 16-7 road victory over Mercer on Saturday afternoon.

Sophomore Scott Drummond (Birmingham, MI/Seaholm) the reigning MAAC Rookie of the Week led the offensive surge with his first career hat trick, finishing with three goals and two assists, while adding five ground balls.

Seniors Scott Harris (Saline, MI/Saline) and Tim Lehto (Farmington, MI/North Farmington) each netted a pair of goals along with sophomores Shayne Adams (St. Catharines, ON/Denis Morris), Alex Maini (Lynbrook, NY/Lynbrook) and Joel Matthews (St. Catharines, ON/Holy Cross). Lehto also dished out two assists to tie his career high with four points.

Two Titan defensemen found the back of the net for their first career goals in senior Jason McDonald (Bayport, NY/Bayport-Blue Point) and junior John Dwyer (Novi, MI/Detroit Catholic Central), while sophomore Nick Schesnuk (Chesterfield, MI/De La Salle) also posted his first collegiate marker.

Detroit (2-3) led 5-4 at the half as Mercer (0-4) scored the final two goals in the second period, but after the break, it was all red, white and blue. UDM won the opening face-off of the third and Lehto eventually found Drummond, who struck for the goal just 40 seconds in and that started the 9-0 spurt.

Both teams then went seven minutes without scoring as the Titan defense held Mercer off the boards, while the offense kept control of the ball. Junior goalie A.J. Levell (Columbus, OH/Dublin Scioto) made two of his eight saves in that span and after Matthews forced a turnover, Drummond found him for another score and a 7-4 lead.

UDM then netted five more goals in the final 5:20 of the third to take a commanding 12-4 advantage heading into the fourth. McDonald posted his first collegiate goal in that run by winning a face-off and then beating the goalie.

The Titans extended their lead to double digits, 14-4, with a pair of markers to begin the fourth. Matthews had an unassisted goal at the 13:09 mark, while Harris fed Maini for a tally with 11:04 remaining.

Schesnuk recorded his first-ever goal with 9:28 left. His first shot was high, but Maini would set him up again and this time he would not be denied.

The game was low scoring to start as it was tied 1-1 after one and 2-2 midway through the second when Adams netted his first of the day. Lehto then set up another goal in more ways than one by first causing the turnover and finding Dwyer, who finished the possession with his first-ever goal on his first collegiate shot.

Detroit outshot Mercer, 45-25, and was 20 of 22 in clears on the day. Mercer also had 41 turnovers with UDM forcing 14, including three by junior LSM Jordan Houtby (St. Catharines, ON/Holy Cross).

Besides scoring, McDonald was 4 for 11 in face-offs, picked up five ground balls and had a pair of caused turnovers. Junior Jamie Hebden (Farmington Hills, MI/Brother Rice) had five GB's, while Adams posted four.

The Titans return to action next Saturday as Detroit visits our nation's capital to face Georgetown. Game time is set for 1:00 p.m.

Game Notes:The Titans beat Mercer last season, 19-3 ... The win was the second by the Titans on the road in their history as they defeated Siena, 13-11, last season for their only other true road victory ... After being held scoreless in his first two games, Drummond now has five goals and three assists in the last three games ... It was the third time in his career that Lehto has posted four points and the second time he has had two assists in a game ... McDonald had attempted just four shots in his career until today and also never took a face-off ... The Titans 24 total points is tied for the third-most in school history behind the 27 they had against Mercer last year and the 25 they recorded against Presbyterian in 2010 ... Freshman Damie Danseglio made his first collegiate appearance in net finishing with a save in 4:15 of playing time.

2012-02-26



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