Jacksonville Shuts Down Detroit Mercy

DETROIT (4/6/2014) -- Junior co-captain Tessa Keuler reached a school milestone with her 42nd career assist, but the Titans could not get the offense going as University of Detroit Mercy fell to the defending Atlantic Sun champion Jacksonville, 18-5, on Sunday afternoon at Titan Field.

Keuler passed former standout midfielder Zaynib Hamze (2010-13) to take over the school record as she fed freshman Kelsi Pritchard for her goal late in the first. Keuler added another assist and also a goal for Detroit and now leads the team with nine goals and 10 assists through 19 games. Pritchard led the Titans with two goals and senior Erin Campbell and graduate student Vittoria Wallace also had single markers.

The loss drops Detroit to 1-10 on the season and 0-2 in the Atlantic Sun, while Jacksonville moved to 8-5 and 2-0 in league play.

Junior goalkeeper Lexie McCormick finished with 13 saves and sophomore Ty Dykes made two stops in between the pipes in a few minutes of action. McCormick also had a game-high six ground balls. Junior Amanda Guthrie and Pritchard each had two ground balls while Guthrie had two caused turnovers. Junior Annie Mendoza and sophomore Kylie Birney each had four draw controls for Detroit in a stat the Titans had the edge over Jacksonville, 13-11.

Campbell got the Titans on the board nearly 10 minutes into the game as Detroit took advantage of a Jacksonville card and she was able to score to pull UDM within 2-1.

A few minutes later, Keuler was able to fire one past the keeper on an aggressive play and the Titans trailed just 5-2 with 16:52 left in the first half.

UDM's third marker came at the 1:47 frame in the first half as the historic feat was accomplished by Keuler with the assist to Pritchard, but the Dolphins led 12-3 at the break.

The Titan defense played better in the second half allowing just six goals as UDM tacked on two more with Pritchard scoring her second of the game with 5:05 left in the contest and then Keuler added to her school record by setting up Wallace for her fourth of the season just a few minutes later.

JU finished with a 39-17 advantage in total shots and a close 19-14 edge in ground balls.

Detroit will take a break from conference play as the Titans host California out of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation on Thursday at 4:00 p.m., at Titan Field before going back into the A-Sun when they visit Howard next Sunday.

Notes: Keuler now has 49 goals and 43 assists in 47 career games with the Titans ... Senior Erin Campbell is closing in on 100 career points with 77 goals and 20 assists for 97 points through 49 games.


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