Titans Fall in Heartbreaker at Niagara

NIAGARA, N.Y. -- Detroit did all it could to earn a win at Niagara, but a late yellow card with five seconds left gave the Purple Eagles a free position attempt and they would net the game winner as UDM fell, 14-13, on Friday night.

Senior Emily Boissonneault (Brooklin, ON/Donald A. Wilson) tallied a game-high six goals and seven points and senior Anna Eidem (Champlin, MN/Totino-Grace) added five goals of her own including a man-down goal with less than a minute left in regulation to tie the game.

Detroit (1-6) was down 13-12 and playing a player down when head coach Laura Maness called for a timeout with a minute left. When play resumed, Eidem was able to break free and knot the score at 13-all with 53 seconds remaining.

Niagara (2-5) then won the next draw control and the Titan defense prevented the Purple Eagles from firing a shot, but Boissonneault was whistled for the late yellow, allowing for the free position opportunity that Niagara converted.

The Titans opened the game on fire scoring their first goal just 15 seconds into play as Boissonneault found junior Zaynib Hamze (Dublin, CA/Dublin) for one of her two goals on the night. Boissonneault then tallied back-to-back free position goals and another off a pass from senior Corina Mahorn (Whitby, ON/Anderson CVI) for a 4-0 lead. Eidem then put the red, white and blue up 5-0 with a goal at the 19:38 mark.

Detroit held on to that lead for most of the first half, but the home squad would end the period on an 8-2 run to take an 8-7 advantage at intermission.

Eidem tied the game at 8-all scoring just 17 seconds into the second half and the game would later be tied at 9-9 when Hamze found the back of the net at the 27:21. Niagara would open a two-goal lead twice, but with less than 10 minutes on the clock, Eidem once again squared things as her fourth tally made it 12-12.

The home team would answer with five minutes left and Detroit was down by one on the scoreboard and on the field with time winding down as freshman Amanda Guthrie (Winter Springs, FL/Winter Springs) was issued a yellow with 1:57 remaining. That is when Eidem posted her man-up marker.

Freshman Lexie McCormick (Peterborough, ON/St. Peters) recorded a season-high 12 saves and tied for the team high with four ground balls. Guthrie tallied a game-high three caused turnovers and scooped up four GB's, while Mahorn added a game-best four draw controls.

Detroit will be back in action on Sunday as the Titans finish their two-game weekend road trip by visiting Duquesne. Game time is set for 1:00 p.m.


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