Underclassmen drive Titan success




Three games into the 2015 men’s lacrosse season, the Detroit Titans, powered by underclassmen, are off to a 2-1 start.

This is largely due to solid play from freshmen Sean Birney and Mark Anstead, as well as sophomores Kyle Beauregard and Brad Harris.

Through three games, the Titans have tallied 44 points as a team, and 22 have come from the aforementioned four players.

Anstead leads with 11 points.

He had six points – three goals and three assists – in Detroit's 11-10 overtime win on Saturday, Feb. 21, at Ultimate Soccer Arenas in Pontiac.

It was Detroit’s first win in six tries versus the Colonels of Robert Morris.

When asked how much it means to him to lead the team in points as a freshman, Anstead said, “It’s great, but it’s really a team effort. All the guys playing around me make me better.”  

Anstead believes that Mike Birney and Brandon Beauregard “are really good dodgers who always draw doubles” and that Birney “is one of the fastest kids in college.”

Then there is Titans senior attackman Shayne Adams, who Anstead said “is one of the best finishers in college.”

One of the guys who Anstead found with his three assists against Robert Morris was sophomore Kyle Beauregard, who had his first career goal for UDM and his first career hat trick along with the game winner in overtime.

Kyle Beauregard described the experience as “unreal.”

He credited Detroit’s success to the hard work and many early mornings spent practicing. Anstead and Sean Birney echoed the sentiment.

The Titans will take on Marquette Friday, Feb. 27, at Bellarmine University before taking on Bellarmine two days later in Louisville, Ky.