Jaspers Defeat Detroit for First MAAC Win

RIVERDALE, N.Y. - Brian McGrath scored three goals and added an assist as Manhattan picked up an 8-6 win over Detroit Saturday afternoon at Gaelic Park. The victory was the third in four games for the Jaspers, who improved to 4-5, 1-1 in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) play. It also snapped a three game win streak for the Titans, who fell to 5-5, 2-1 in the MAAC.

What began as a very low scoring affair saw the University of Detroit Mercy jump out to a 2-0 lead with goals from Brandon Beauregard and Shayne Adams. With less than a minute left in the first quarter, Brett Madarasz took a pass into the middle of the field and fired a shot past A.J. Levell to get the Jaspers on the board.

Manhattan would hold Detroit scoreless for the entire second period, but would find an equalizer when a wayward pass found the stick of Paul Moreau who was able to beat Levell five-hole with 1:45 remaining in the half. With the score knotted going into the second half, UDM would again score first as Adams notched his second goal of the game.

The Jaspers would then reel off four unanswered goals coming from Moreau along with Brian McGrath, Tyler Jarvis and Ryan Payton. The scores from Jarvis and Payton would be on the extra man opportunity as Manhattan was 2-6 on the man-up.

Leading 6-3, Detroit fought back with a Scott Drummond goal to finish the third quarter. The Titans added another from Tom Masterson to cut the lead to one with 8:39 remaining in the fourth period. McGrath would then score two consecutive goals to push Manhattan back up by three. Adams finished off his hat trick late in the game but it wasn't enough to complete a comeback.

Defensively, Rich Akapnitis (3-2) was stalwart in net tying his career high in saves with 19 while also picking up a game high 11 ground balls. Midfielder Alex Grandal also caused three of the nine turnovers forced by the Jaspers. Manhattan was outshot 43-33 but picked up six more ground balls than Detroit (48-42) and were successful in 19 of 24 clear attempts.

Freshman Brian Lenskold helped to keep the Jaspers with possession winning 12 of 18 face-offs. For UDM, Levell made a total of 13 saves in the loss

Manhattan continues its season long three game home stand with an out of conference game against Wagner on Tues., April 3 at 7:00 p.m. at Gaelic Park.

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RIVERDALE, N.Y. -- Sophomore Shayne Adams (St. Catharines, ON/Denis Morris) tallied three goals, but it was not enough as Detroit was upended, 8-6, at Manhattan on Saturday afternoon.

The Titans (5-5, 2-1 MAAC) who had a three-game winning streak coming into the contest - broke a 2-all tie early in the third as senior Tim Lehto (Farmington, MI/North Farmington) fed Adams for the marker. Manhattan (4-4, 1-1 MAAC) then jump out in front with four-straight goals to take a 6-3 lead late in the period.

Detroit fought back with sophomore Scott Drummond (Birmingham, MI/Seaholm) finding the back of the net with 3:14 left in the third and sophomore Tom Masterson (London, ON/St. Thomas Aquinas) netting his first goal of the season in the fourth to cut the deficit to one, 6-5, with 8:30 left.

UDM had a few attempts to tie it, but could not get the equalizer as the Jaspers came back with two straight for an 8-5 advantage with just three minutes left.

Junior A.J. Levell (Columbus, OH/Dublin Scioto) made 13 saves in net and picked up a team-high nine ground balls.

Junior Jordan Houtby (St. Catharines, ON/Holy Cross) had a game-high five caused turnovers and seven ground balls. Junior John Dwyer (Novi, MI/Detroit Catholic Central) had three caused turnovers with two GB's, while junior Jamie Hebden (Farmington Hills, MI/Brother Rice) tallied two caused TO's and four ground balls. Senior Jason McDonald (Bayport, NY/Bayport-Blue Point) also corralled four ground balls for the Titan defense.

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