HAMDEN, Conn. (3/21/2015) — Senior Brandon Beauregard (Clarkston, Mich. / Notre Dame Prep) posted a career-high four goals and senior Scott Drummond (Birmingham, Mich. / Seaholm) and freshman Mark Anstead (Potomac, Md. / Gonzaga) had three goals apiece, but a late Titan flurry came up short as the University of Detroit Mercy men’s lacrosse team dropped a 13-12 road contest at Quinnipiac on Saturday.
The game was the MAAC opener for UDM as the contest was delayed an hour due to some winter weather that hit the Northeast on Friday.
Beauregard also tied his career high with five points as he now has a career-best 12 goals on the season. Senior Shayne Adams (St. Catharines, Ont. / Denis Morris) recorded a pair of goals and assists and sophomore Jason Weber (Whitby, Ont. / Christ School (N.C.) made 17 saves in net.
Detroit (4-4, 0-1 MAAC) trailed 12-9 with 7:22 left when UDM started its comeback attempt as Beauregard had a goal. A little more than a minute later, Drummond was able to notch his second marker and the Titans were within one, 12-11, with 6:05 remaining.
Quinnipiac (2-5, 1-1 MAAC) added an empty net, man-up goal with 47 seconds left, but the red, white and blue did not quit as the Titans made it a one-point game again at 13-12 as Drummond had his hat trick with 26 ticks on the clock.
Detroit then had a chance to win the final faceoff and set up an opportunity to tie the game, but the ground ball slid away and the Bobcats recovered it as time ran out.
Sophomore Kyle Beauregard (Clarkston, Mich. / Notre Dame Prep) picked up a team and career-best six ground balls. Senior Chris Shevins (Merrick, N.Y. / Mepham) and junior Paul Bitetti (Plainview, N.Y. / Bethpage) each had a caused turnover and sophomore Greg Marzec (Livonia, Mich. / Brother Rice) was 7-of-19 on faceoffs with a pair of GB’s.
The Titans were 3-of-6 on the power play and 11-of-13 on clears, but were outshot, 43-28, and were called for 10 penalties.
It was a game of runs early on as Quinnipiac scored the first two goals of the afternoon. Detroit came right back with three straight as Beauregard got the Titans on the board at the 10:30 mark. Quinnipiac was called for a penalty on the play and the Titans won the faceoff and took advantage as Beauregard set up Anstead, who beat the keeper to tie the score at 2-2. With 6:53 left in the period, Anstead was the scorer again as he gave Detroit its only lead of the day, 3-2.
Quinnipiac then went on a 4-0 spurt to jump in front, 6-3, but back came Detroit with another 3-0 charge. Adams got it started with an unassisted marker and then with 5:20 left in the half, he found Drummond who posted his MAAC-best fifth man-up strike of the year. Just a minute later, it was the rookie Anstead who tallied his hat trick and 15th goal of the year to make it a 6-6 game with 4:38 left.
Detroit saw the Bobcats end that with two-straight scores, but the Titans were able to make it a one-goal game at the half as Adams picked up a ground ball off a save and found the back of the net for an 8-7 deficit at the break.
Quinnipiac would twice take a two-goal lead in the third, but Beauregard answered each time to keep the Titans down by just one, the latest at 10-9 as he took a pass from senior Mike Birney and tallied his career high fourth goal with 9:45 left.
From there, the Bobcats would score twice in the next two minutes for a 12-9 advantage, a score that stood until UDM’s late rally midway through the fourth.
The Titans will look to rebound next Saturday, March 28, as Detroit entertains MAAC foe Manhattan. Game time is set for Noon at Titan Field. For information on purchasing tickets, click here.
Quinnipiac now leads the all-time series, 5-1, but the last four games have all been decided by three goals or less… Beauregard now has 20 points on the season, three away from his career high of 23 accomplished last season… Beauregard’s other hat trick came in the 2013 NCAA Championship First Round contest at second-seeded Notre Dame… Adams extended his NCAA high point scoring streak to 54 consecutive games… It was Drummond’s fourth career hat trick and the first since tallying three goals against Quinnipiac last season… Anstead now has three hat tricks on the season… Marzec had eight faceoff wins at Bellarmine… The 25 combined goals is the third most in a MAAC game in Titan history behind the 17-12 win at Canisius in 2012 and the 14-13 loss at Marist in 2011…
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