CINCINNATI, Ohio (3/5/2018) -- The University of Detroit Mercy women's lacrosse team nearly picked up a third-straight win on the road, with the Titans being edged 12-10 against a strong Cincinnati squad from Gettler Stadium.
The Titans (2-3) battled all day on the road against the Bearcats (5-1), with seven different Titans finding the back of the net. Detroit Mercy had a season-best 35 ground balls, while scoring 10 goals or more for the third-consecutive contest.
Detroit Mercy's defense was strong against the Bearcats, with the Titans holding Cincinnati to a season-low 32.4 shot percentage and forcing 26 Bearcat turnovers, a season high. The Titans also held Cincinnati to a season-low 10 draw controls, with the red, white and blue holding the advantage in the game, 12-10.
Individually, senior attacker Jordyn Beam tallied her second-straight hat trick with a team-high three goals, while midfielders Kaitlyn Wandelt and Meredith Moore also recorded three points with one goal and two assists each. Senior attacker Jessica Snyder added two goals. Wandelt also notched eight draw controls and seven ground balls for the Titans.
On defense, senior defender Lauren Webley was active all day with five ground balls, four caused turnovers and three draw controls. Junior goalkeeper Allison McDonough was strong again in net again, posting 13 stops for the second-straight contest. She also added four ground balls.
Cincinnati took a 3-0 lead early in the game, but Detroit Mercy was undeterred as Beam and junior Morgan Girardi scored back-to-back within a minute. Beam scored on a free-position shot and after a Wandelt draw control, she found Girardi for Detroit Mercy's second goal at the 16:46 mark of the first half.
Just minutes later, junior Lexie Kinmond scored on a free-position shot to tie the game and Wandelt followed with a strike after receiving a quick pass from Moore. Wandelt's goal gave Detroit Mercy a 4-3 lead with 13:07 left in the opening half.
The Bearcats scored the next three goals, but after a Webley caused turnover, Wandelt found Moore on the fast break and the freshman midfielder scored with 6:22 left on the clock in the first half. Snyder scored just minutes before halftime and at the break, Detroit Mercy and Cincinnati were tied 6-6.
Cincinnati opened the second half on a 3-0 run, but Detroit Mercy scored the next two to pull to within one goal, 9-8. Beam tallied her eighth goal of the season with 18:55 left and freshman Kamryn Corraro followed just two minutes later with her first collegiate goal on a strong drive to the goal.
After a Bearcats goal, Detroit Mercy again cut the deficit to one, 10-9, as Beam used a nifty spin in front of the goal to beat the goalkeeper with 13:08 left. Cincinnati would take a 12-9 lead, but Detroit Mercy had another rally in them as Snyder scored off a free-position shot with 1:15 remaining to make the score 12-10.
The Titans forced another Cincinnati turnover with under 1 minute left, but were unable to get any more looks on goal.
Detroit Mercy had 34 shots in the contest, which were the most Cincinnati has given up all season. The Titans were just edged in the shot count (37-34) and in shots on goal (25-24). Both teams scooped up season-highs in ground balls with the Bearcats holding the advantage (44-35).
Kinmond added four ground balls, while Snyder and sophomore Tegan McManus each corralled three ground balls.
Titan News & Notes
• Detroit Mercy has scored 42 goals in its past three games.
• The Titans opened with their fifth-straight contest away from home.
• Detroit Mercy has 27 draw controls in its past two games.
• Wandelt has tallied 17 draw controls and nine ground balls in her past two contests.
• Wandelt's seven ground balls were a Titan season-best and she also surpassed 100 career draw controls.
• Webley tied her career-high with four caused turnovers and it's also a Titan season-high.
• McDonough has three, 10-save games this season with her second-straight 13-save outing.
• Corraro scored her first collegiate goal in the game; She's the third Titan this year to score their first career goal.
• The 34 shots and 24 shots on goal were also second-best totals of the season.
• It was the 10th meeting between the two programs (Cincinnati leads, 7-3).