Titans Fall in Chilly Home Opener to Quinnipiac

DETROIT (3/2/2013) -- Junior Alex Maini (Lynbrook, N.Y./Lynbrook) led University of Detroit Mercy with a career-high seven points, tallying a career-best five goals and two assists in the home opener at Titan Field on Saturday, but UDM fell 12-10 to the Quinnipiac Bobcats.

Detroit (0-4) was down, 9-6, early in the third quarter when the Titans scored four straight to rally back in front, 10-9. Maini started the surge with his fifth of the day and 10th of the season and that was followed by sophomore Mike Birney's (Plymouth, Mich./Catholic Central) fifth of the year.

Junior Shayne Adams (St. Catharines, Ont./Denis Morris) then tied Maini for the team's scoring lead with his 10th goal of the season off a pass from Maini and senior Jordan Houtby (St. Catharines, Ont./Holy Cross) reached the score sheet for UDM next with his first goal of the season as the long pole took a pass from junior Tom Masterson (London, Ont./St. Thomas Aquinas) and firing it past the goalie for a 10-9 advantage with 1:01 left in the third.

The Titans would see their rally fall short as they were held scoreless in the fourth quarter as Quinnipiac (2-0) scored three goals in the final frame to edge out the victory.

Adams ended the day with a pair of goals, while sophomore Brandon Beauregard (Clarkston, Mich./Notre Dame Prep) picked up two assists. Goaltender A.J. Levell (Columbus, Ohio/Dublin Scioto) played all 60 minutes and made 12 saves in net for the Titans.

Senior Jamie Hebden (Farmington Hills, Mich./Brother Rice) ended the day with three caused turnovers and four ground balls, while Houtby picked up five GB's. Senior Tyler Corcoran (South Lyon, Mich./South Lyon) was 11 of 19 on faceoffs with five ground balls and junior Nick Garippa (Rochester Hills, Mich./Notre Dame Prep) came away with two caused turnovers and four ground balls.

Quinnipiac took the lead scoring 1:41 into the game, but the first two goals of the day from Maini followed with assists from Birney and Beauregard, respectively, and Detroit jumped ahead, 2-1. Before the end of the first quarter, the Bobcats added another marker to tie the game 2-2.

The second half saw Quinnipiac tally three straight times, twice playing with a man-down, and take a 5-2 lead, but the Titans came storming back. Detroit tallied three-straight goals as Adams found the back of the net taking a pass from Maini for his first of the day and ninth goal of the season. Maini then added to his career day with two more goals, both with the man-up, and the game was tied at 5-all. Masterson drew an assist on the first man-up goal from Maini and freshman Ryan Callaghan (Burlington, Ont./Corpus Christi) helped on the second, but the Bobcats would come back and take the lead heading into the break, 6-5.

Quinnipiac began the second half with a goal just 24 seconds into play that was countered by sophomore Scott Drummond's (Birmingham, Mich./Seaholm) first of the day. Beauregard recorded his second assist with a great pass and UDM was within one, 7-6. Two more goals from QU put Detroit in a 9-6 deficit with 10:39 to play in the third quarter, when the red, white and blue made one last charge to take the lead.

Overall, Quinnipiac held a 37-32 shooting advantage while ground balls were even with both team grabbing 35. The Titans had a slight edge in faceoffs winning 14 of 26.

The next game for Detroit will be on Tuesday as the Titans will head to Louisville, Ky., to battle the Knight of Bellarmine. Game time is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.

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