Keydets Send out Seniors with a Grinding Win over Detroit

Not to be outdone, Detroit answered back with four goals in a row, including two on either side of the halftime break. VMI led after the first two quarters, 6-3. After the intermission, the Titans came out and stuck another two goals.

VMI iced the game in the final four minutes of the third quarter as Long tallied his second of the day. Just seven seconds later, Robarge won logged one of his 10 face-off wins, charged down the middle of the Detroit defense and scored what proved to be the game-winner. Robarge's game-winner was the first of his career, which ends on a three-game scoring streak.

The Titans made a run for it down the stretch, scoring twice in the final period, but several doorstep saves from Lindemann ensured the win for VMI.

The Keydets will be holding their annual end of the year banquet Saturday night. A release of the team's honors and awards will be on VMIKeydets.com on Sunday.

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LEXINGTON, Va. The Titans saw VMI race out to a five-goal lead and despite outscoring the Keydets, 6-3, from the second period on, Detroit fell by a score of 8-7 on Saturday afternoon.

The loss drops Detroit to 6-8 overall and 3-3 in the MAAC. Even with the loss, UDM clinched the No. 2 seed in the MAAC Championship as Marist fell to Canisius, 7-5. With that outcome, Jacksonville was eliminated due to goal differential tiebreaker. UDM will face third-seeded Canisius in the semifinals with Marist taking on top-seeded Siena in the other match-up.

Sophomores Shayne Adams (St. Catharines, ON/Denis Morris) and Alex Maini (Lynbrook, NY/Lynbrook) each netted a pair of goals, while seniors Scott Harris (Saline, MI/Saline) and Brad Janer (Novi, MI/Detroit Catholic Central) and sophomore Tom Masterson (London, ON/St. Thomas Aquinas) all found the back of the net with Harris and Janer also adding an assist.

VMI (4-10, 2-4 MAAC) scored the game's first three goals on its Senior Day, before junior Tyler Corcoran (South Lyon, MI/South Lyon) won a face-off and found Maini open for a shot and the score. The Keydets then went on another 3-0 run to take a 6-1 lead with 8:14 left in the second period.

The Titans began their comeback with 6:28 left in the first half as Janer notched his first goal since his sophomore season. That marker ignited a 4-0 run as Harris' tally cut the deficit to 6-3 at the intermission.

Detroit then took advantage of a pair of VMI penalties with Harris finding Adams for his first early in the third and then Maini capitalizing on the extra-man attack with 5:53 left to get UDM within one, 6-5.

One final spurt by the Keydets was a backbreaker as they notched two goals in a seven-second span to push its lead back to three, 8-5.

It looked like Detroit would be out of it completely as a three-minute non-releasable penalty began the fourth, but instead of giving up a score, the Titans did the damage killing off the man-down, while Janer fed Masterson for the shorthanded marker and UDM was down by just two, 8-6.

With less than five minutes left, Adams ripped one past the goalie and the Titans were back within one again, but could not get the game-tying goal down the stretch.

Junior A.J. Levell (Columbus, OH/Dublin Scioto) made 10 saves in between the pipes and picked up a team-high four ground balls. Corcoran was 7 of 14 on the day in face-offs, while senior Jon Bemben (Hartland, MI/Hartland) had two caused turnovers and three GB's.

The MAAC Championship will take place next week, May 4-6, at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY. The Titans are slated to play the Golden Griffins at 4:30 on Friday.

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