Nine Score as Titans Rout Owls on Senior Day

DETROIT (4/21/2013) -- Nine Titans scored as Detroit Mercy rolled to a 22-3 win over the Kennesaw State Owls on Senior Day Sunday afternoon at Titan Field. The 22 goals in a game set a school record for goals in a game for the Detroit women's lacrosse program breaking the old mark of 21 set three times by the Titans.

Kylie Birney (Plymouth, Mich./Ladywood) had a career-high four goals and Erin Campbell (Orangeville, Ont./Orangeville) had four goals and an assist for UDM (4-13, 3-1 Atlantic Sun). Tessa Keuler (Oregon City, Ore./Oregon City) posted three goals and three assists and Zaynib Hamze (Dublin, Calif./Dublin) had two goals and four assists.

Lindsey Saunders (Pasadena, Md./Northeast) had two goals and an assist, Britany Busch (Flint, Mich,/Powers Catholic) had two goals, Megan Callahan (Lake Worth, Fla./Park Vista Community) had two goals and Michaela Schwartz (Hugo, Minn./Centennial) had a goal and assist. Jenna Payne (Lansing, Mich./Holt) also added two goals with an assist against Kennesaw State (1-9, 1-3 A-Sun).

Lexie McCormick (Peterborough, Ont./St. Peters) played the entire first half in the cage making four saves in recording the 12th win of her career moving up on her position as the school's all-time leader in wins for a goaltender that she set during the team's 19-9 win at Stetson on April 12.

Detroit started the scoring barrage 27 seconds into the game and the Owls struck back to make it 1-1 but it would be the only goal of the first half for Kennesaw State. The Titans went on to score 15 more goals before time in the first half expired.

The second half featured the Owls netting the first goal to make it a 16-2 game, but a Titan goal from Payne, Saunders, and Callahan increased the UDM cushion to 19-2 with 14:09 remaining in regulation.

One final goal from Kennesaw State came with 11:11 to play and Keuler, Busch, and Campbell closed out the game for the Titans. UDM had 11 assists on 22 goals with three of the tallies coming from the free position.

Hamze still holds the team lead with 36 goals and with her 14 points holds the team lead in scoring 50 on the season. With her three ground balls, she tied Emily Boissonneault's career total of 193 which places the two in a tie for the school's all-time lead in career ground balls.

Campbell scored in her 11th straight game and is second on the team with 33 goals and 43 points while Keuler has 29 career assists, just five short of second place on the Detroit all-time list which is now led by Hamze who has 39 in her career.

The senior class of Busch, Callahan, Hamze, and Saunders has combined for 279 games in their four years at Detroit. Busch, a defender has been a mainstay on the backline of the Titans for four years and has an intensity that is difficult to match.

Callahan has been a vocal leader on and off the field as a co-captain with 14 goals this year as a defensive midfielder missing just one game in her entire career. This past year, she served as the president of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC).

Saunders has never missed a game playing all 72 possible games in her career and leads the Titans in that all-time career list. She has career totals of 62 goals and 19 assists.

Hamze leads this year's team in goals, assists, draw controls, and caused turnovers while serving as a co-captain. She set single game highs with six goals once and seven points twice this year.

Detroit will head to Jacksonville, Fla. for the Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament this weekend. The Titans have clinched the No. 2 seed in the tournament and will play the No. 4 seed Stetson at 3:30 p.m. on Friday. A win in that game and the Titans will play the winner of the other semifinal game between No. 1 seed Jacksonville and No. 4 seed Kennesaw State in the championship game Sunday at 1:00 p.m.

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