— For all the changes the Mount St. Mary's men's lacrosse team made with its starting lineup against Detroit Wednesday, a few familiar faces produced the result the team was looking for.
Sophomore attackman Andrew Scalley scored two of his team-high three goals in the second half and former starters Cody Lehrer and Brett Schmidt combined for three goals in the same period to propel the host Mountaineers to their first win of the season, a 12-8 victory over the Titans before 199 at Waldron Family Stadium.
Mount St. Mary's (1-2) had inserted six new starters into the lineup coming off an 11-3 loss to Towson last Saturday.
"I think Coach [Tom Gravante] achieved what he wanted to by benching them [Schmidt and Lehrer] and kind of waking them up," said Scalley, who matched a career high with six points and extended his consecutive games streak with at least a point to 20. "And they rose to the occasion. That was huge. They're our go-to guys."
With the score tied at 5, Lehrer, who scored 48 goals last season, notched only his second goal of the season with 8 minutes, 19 seconds left in the third period.
After Detroit junior Scott Harris tied the game at 6 45 seconds later, the Mountaineers embarked on a 6-2 game-ending run. Schmidt bookended the burst with goals, and Scalley sandwiched a pair of Harris goals with two of his own and assisted on the team's final two goals.
Schmidt, who had registered just one goal and one assist in the first two games after posting 17 goals and 21 assists last year, said he understood the rationale behind his and Lehrer's demotions.
"Coach is trying to put a spark back into us," said Schmidt, who also added an assist against the Titans. "He's trying to put the fire back into our hearts. I think he's trying to make the team as a whole work together more. By benching me, it did put a spark back in me. It made me want to get out there and play as hard as I can and come out with a win."
Gravante's roster moves worked in more ways than one. Junior Anthony Golden, who started on attack, recorded a goal and an assist, and sophomore Daniel Stranix, who replaced an injured Jake Willertz (hamstring) in the midfield, scored twice. And junior midfielder Bryant Schmidt, who was bumped to the second line, scored a goal.
"We saw what we were hoping to see," Gravante said. "[Golden] made his time count. He scored the first goal for us, and [senior attackman Mark Stapor, who replaced Lehrer] did some things to really help us score goals. …That's what we needed."
Detroit (1-6) was powered by Harris, who compiled four goals and one assist.