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Lacrosse team learning from tough schedule

By Curtis Pulliam
On February 28, 2012


The non-conference schedule is always tough when Matt Holtz is the coach.

That's no different this year. The Titans are 2-3 early in the season, but Holtz said he isn't concerned.

"We played three top-20 teams," Holtz said. "It would have been seen as a very big upset if we would have won any of the three games that we lost. We do it on purpose so that we can prepare for the conference where we see some teams that aren't at that caliber and it makes it a little easier on us."

The men's lacrosse team has had some individuals who are playing well so far.

"Offensively, there is a big group of guys. The three sophomores – Joel Matthews, Shayne Adams and Alex Maini – are playing really well as far as attack men go," said Holtz. "As for the midfielders, Scott Harris is playing really well and getting it done on the offensive side."

One of the big storylines of the off-season was the return of Joel Matthews (nine goals and seven assists), who has been playing alongside Adams (13 goals) for the first time at Detroit Mercy.

"There is always room to get better," said Holtz. "I think consistently they are performing and getting the ball into the back of the net, and that's what we ask of them."

The Titans are averaging 9.80 goals per game offensively, but individuals on defense have played well, too.

"Defensively, we have been pleased with Thomas Sible. He has been doing a very good job at short stick middy and A.J. Levell has been good in goal for us," Holtz said.

Opponents have been changing their offensive plans against the Titans.

"I think this year that teams are more prepared for some of our better defensemen," Holtz said. "We're not seeing the numbers out of Jamie Hebden and Jordan Houtby that we have in the past because teams are avoiding them."

After winning at Mercer this past weekend, the Titans will be on the road for the next two games, traveling to Georgetown on March 3 and then to Quinnipiac on March 10.

Sible, a red-shirted freshman, believes that they can compete in both games.

"We need to play 60 minutes and limit our turnovers," Sible said. "And we know we can cause turnovers. We just need to capitalize when they turn it over."

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