Titans Score Early, Often in Swatting Hornets

DETROIT (3/11/2014) -- It was a game of many freshmen firsts for University of Detroit Mercy, as the team welcomed the Delaware State Hornets to Titan Field Tuesday afternoon. Detroit emerged victorious winning 19-6 as 12 different players scored for Detroit.

Detroit (1-5) scored early and often as the first marker came 42 seconds into the game from senior Erin Campbell. The barrage continued as the Titans were up 16-2 on Delaware State (0-6) heading into half time.

Offensively, sophomore Michaela Schwartz and junior Tessa Keuler led the way with six points each. Schwartz had two goals and a career-high four assists. Keuler had one goal and tied her own career-high and the school single-game record, which she set in 2012 at Howard, with five assists. With five helpers from Keuler, she now has 40 in her career and sits just one behind the UDM all-time career record of 41 held by 2013 senior Zaynib Hamze.

Redshirt junior Annie Mendoza had three goals, sophomore Kylie Birney had three and Campbell added two. Freshman Lauren Sharkey had two goals and fellow freshmen Kelsi Pritchard, Julie Castner, Annelise Niermann, and Jaclyn Snyder each had single tallies. Miklain Huntsman added an assist that meant that Sharkey, Niermann, Snyder, and Hunstman all recorded their first collegiate points. Senior Vittoria Wallace had one goal and sophomore Jenna Payne added her first goal of the year to round out the Titan scoring.

In other key stats, Wallace had a game-high five ground balls, sophomore Ally Shrader had four and fellow classmate Morgan Miller grabbed three. Huntsman added three ground balls and Keuler and Birney each had two. Junior Amanda Guthrie, Keuler, and Snyder all had two caused turnovers and Mendoza had five draw controls while Keuler and Wallace each had three.

Junior goalkeeper Lexie McCormick played the first half making two saves for the win and sophomore Ty Dykes played the second also making two saves.

After Campbell's goal 42 seconds into the game, the Hornets tied it with a quick goal 12 seconds later. The next nine goals came from Detroit as Keuler, Birney, Mendoza, Campbell, Wallace, Birney, two from Schwartz, and Mendoza again all scored in a row for the Titans to make it 10-1 with 15:16 to play in the first half.

A DSU goal made it 10-2 but six more Titan goals made it 16-2 for Detroit as the teams headed into the break.

The stretch of six goals started with the first-ever for Snyder followed by Pritchard, then Birney's third of the game. For Birney, it was her team-leading 12th marker of the year giving her four straight multi-goal contests. Sharkey then netted her first two collegiate goals and Mendoza added her third of the day with 49 seconds left in the first half.

The second half scoring started with Castner's goal 2:14 into play that gave Detroit a 17-2 lead. The Hornets tallied a goal but Payne scored her first of the year to keep the Titans on top. Following the fourth DSU goal of the afternoon, Niermann scored after taking a pass from Huntsman as the two combined for their first collegiate points.

Two late goals from the Hornets finalized the 19-6 score giving the Titans the win.

In the second half of play, Delaware State scored four goals to three for Detroit but UDM finished with a 35-16 shot advantage, forced 22 Delaware State turnovers, had a 22-16 edge in ground balls, and took 17 of 27 draw controls. The Titans had just 15 turnovers and the team was 12 of 16 on clear attempts.

Detroit will move on to its next game in Niagara Falls, N.Y. for a game Friday at 3:00 p.m. against the Niagara Purple Eagles.


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