Marquette Topples Titans in First-Ever Home Game

MILWAUKEE (4/20/2013) -- Junior Alex Maini and sophomore Mike Birney each had a hat trick, but the Titans saw a second-half rally by Marquette that was too much to overcome as the Golden Eagles defeated UDM, 14-9, in Hart Park on Saturday night. It was the first home game in the history of Marquette with 1,156 fans in attendance for what is believed to be the first Division I lacrosse game in the state of Wisconsin.

The hat trick was the second-straight and the sixth of Maini's career, while Birney recorded his third of the season. Junior Tom Masterson, sophomore Scott Drummond and freshman Andy Hebden each found the back of the net, while senior Jordan Houtby had a season-high eight ground balls.

It was a high-scoring first period as Detroit (2-9) took an early 3-2 lead. Birney started the scoring with a pass from Drummond almost two minutes into the game. After Marquette scored, Hebden tallied his goal for a 2-1 lead and UDM went back in front as Drummond beat the keeper with 3:07 left in the period.

The Golden Eagles then scored two goals in the second for a 4-3 lead at the half and added a goal early in the fourth for a 5-3 advantage.

Detroit cut that to one as Masterson struck for his goal with 13:32 to go in the period, off a pass from freshman Mike Spuller giving him his first collegiate point, but Marquette (4-6) netted four-straight after that for a 9-4 lead with seven minutes left in the third.

Birney stopped that with a marker with 5:58 left, but Marquette took a 10-5 lead after three period. Maini and Birney then went back-to-back early in the fourth to trim it to 10-7, but another 4-0 run by Marquette opened the game wide open as the Golden Eagles took a 14-7 lead.

UDM then tacked on two goals late as sophomore Brandon Beauregard set up Maini with 1:20 left and then Drummond tied his career high with his third assist feeding Maini with 44 seconds remaining.

Drummond finished the game with four points, the third-straight game in which he has posted that many. Senior Brandon Davenport was 11 of 21 in faceoffs with three ground balls, while senior John Dwyer ended with four GB's. Houtby and senior Jamie Hebden each had a pair of caused turnovers, and sophomore Chris Kelly made his third start of the season and finished with nine saves and four ground balls.

The Titans will return home for their biggest game of the season when they host Canisius next Saturday, Apr. 27, in a game that will determine the fourth and final seed of the MAAC Championship. It will also be Senior Day as UDM honors its 10-man senior class prior to its Noon start against the Golden Griffins.

2013-04-21



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