Strong 2nd Half Leads Canisius by Detroit to Title Game

The teams then traded goals again as Harris put in his first at the 5-minute mark of the third and the Golden Griffins posted one with 4:05 left to tie it at 7-all.

That marker last goal from Canisius started a 4-0 spurt and the Golden Griffins took the lead for good jumping out in front, 10-7, with 9:21 left in the fourth.

The Titans got within two down the stretch as sophomore Troy Dennis (Baldwin, NY/Baldwin) made it 10-8 with 6:46 left and Maini registered his second marker of the game to trim the deficit to 11-9 with 4:31 remaining. With the time winding down, Levell then fired in his first goal and his second career point with his other coming against Canisius in the regular season last year.

Junior Tyler Corcoran (South Lyon, MI/South Lyon) won 10 of 15 face-offs and picked up a game and career-high nine ground balls. Senior Jon Bemben (Hartland, MI/Hartland) had two caused turnovers and five ground balls, while Levell and senior Adam Nolan (Ann Arbor, MI/Pioneer) added two GB's apiece.

Detroit outshot Canisius, 40-35, and held a slim 36-35 edge on ground balls. UDM also recorded eight caused turnovers on the day as they came into the MAAC Championship leading the country with 10.64 per game.

The Titans played the game without four key members due to injury in leading scorer Joel Matthews (St. Catharines, ON/Holy Cross), second team All-MAAC defenseman Jamie Hebden (Farmington Hills, MI/Brother Rice), sophomore midfielder Joe MacLean (Bloomfield Hills, MI/Detroit Country Day) and redshirt freshman Thomas Sible (Grand Rapids, MI/Forest Hills Central). MAAC LSM of the Year Jordan Houtby (St. Catharines, ON/Holy Cross) also played while not being 100%.

The Titans end their season at 6-9 overall and were 3-3 in the MAAC, tying for second place. Detroit also saw its first four-year senior class play its final game in Jon Bemben, Scott Harris, Brad Janer, Tim Lehto, Ty Maruyama, Jason McDonald, Adam Nolan, John Nowicki, Adam Parrottino and Danny Preston.

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2012-05-04



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