Titans Drop MAAC Decision to Visiting Siena

DETROIT -- The Titans responded from an early deficit to even the score in the third, but a second-half Siena spurt was too much to overcome as the Titans fell to the Saints, 15-8, on Saturday afternoon at Titan Field. The loss drops Detroit to 5-6 on the season and 2-2 in the MAAC. Siena improved to 7-3, 3-0 in conference play.

Sophomore Alex Maini (Lynbrook, NY/Lynbrook) was the top scorer for the red, white and blue finishing with two goals and an assist. Six other Titans found the back of the net, while junior Jamie Hebden (Farmington Hills, MI/Brother Rice) had four caused turnovers and four ground balls.

Detroit trailed from the very start as the Saints went up 3-0 nine minutes into the contest. UDM got on the board with four minutes left in the period as sophomore Shayne Adams (St. Catharines, ON/Denis Morris) fired one past the goalie.

After Siena regained a three-goal lead, junior Chris Nemes (Novi, MI/Detroit Catholic Central) picked up a ground ball and went right to the net for his lone score of the contest and the Titans were within two at the end of the first period.

The Saints went up 5-2 at the 9:39 mark of the second, but the Titans fought back to make it a one-score game at the half. First sophomore Joel Matthews (St. Catharines, ON/Holy Cross) netted a marker and with just over two minutes left, senior John Nowicki (Clinton Twp., MI/De La Salle Collegiate) went one-on-one with his defender and was able to beat the keeper.

The Titans would knot the score at 5-all early in the third as sophomore Troy Dennis (Baldwin, NY/Baldwin) found senior Scott Harris (Saline, MI/Saline) and the midfielder put one in for his 15th goal of the year.

From there, Siena took control by scoring nine straight to open a 14-5 lead with 6:50 left in the game. Freshman Mike Birney (Plymouth, MI/Catholic Central) would end that run in the fourth and Maini scored two goals in the final four minutes of the contest.

Junior A.J. Levell (Columbus, OH/Dublin Scioto) made 13 saves in between the pipes. Junior Jordan Houtby (St. Catharines, ON/Holy Cross) had three caused turnovers and three ground balls, while junior Brandon Davenport (Grosse Pointe Woods, MI/GP North) was 7 of 13 in face-offs with three GB's.

The Titans return to action next Saturday for another MAAC showdown when Jacksonville travels to the Motor City. Game time is set for Noon at Titan Field.

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Detroit may have been the preseason favorite to win the MAAC, but Saturday Siena showed it's still the team to beat. The Saints broke open a 5-5 third quarter tie with nine unanswered goals and routed the Titans 15-8 in Michigan. The surging Saints have won six straight overall and 14 straight MAAC road games.

A rematch of last season's MAAC Championship Game and arguably the most anticipated conference contest of this regular season provided the same result a Siena (7-3, 3-0) blowout. The Saints ran away with last year's title 12-3 and today's seven-goal win is the team's largest margin of victory this season.

Siena led 5-2 early, but Detroit (5-6, 2-2) closed the gap to 5-4 at the half. The Titans eventually tied things at 5-5 with 13:28 remaining in the third quarter and it appeared that the game was headed to a great finish. But that would not be the case.

The Saints responded with nine goals over a 17-minute span, breaking the tie and turning the game into a rout.

Chris Roth accounted for five points during the run and finished with a career-high seven points for the game. Roth tied a career-high with five goals, while Bryan Neufeld matched him in the scoring column with seven points of his own.

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