Detroit 5, Robert Morris 9

Coming into the game, this looked like a big opportunity for Detroit to get one in the winner column before conference play starts. The way it played out, it looks even more like a missed opportunity than it did before.

Tempo Free

From the official box score, a look at the tempo-free stats:

Robert Morris 2013
Detroit Robert Morris
Faceoff Wins 9 Faceoff Wins 5
Clearing 18-24 Clearing 21-23
Possessions 35 Possessions 34
Goals 5 Goals 9
Offensive Efficiency .143 Offensive Efficiency .265

Detroit has generally not been a good possession team, so pulling ahead in that metric and still losing (in mostly non-competitive fashion) is a major disappointment.

The offense was simply brutal on this day – the one area in my predictions that really didn’t come to fruition. An 0-fer on eight EMO opportunities is just one of the many things that truly disappoints.

Notes

So, if Detroit didn’t lose this game in the possession game, where did they lose it? Well, the clear gave up whatever advantage they could have gained from a good faceoff day. Turnovers were a slight problem (as a factor of that rough clear, for some of them), but Robert Morris didn’t really play clean ball, either.

The difference, for the most part, came in getting shots on goal. Robert Morris put 19 on cage, Detroit put 15. Each goalie saved 10. Of course, RMU also had many more shows overall, so they were winning in possession. Despite UDM winning the faceoff battle somewhat handily, Robert Morris won the ground ball battle.

On to the positives. The two bright spots on offense (as has been the case all year) were Shayne Adams and Alex Maini. Each scored two goals, and Maini added an assist. Brandon Beauregard had a goal and an assist. Still, the offensive output was downright anemic. A couple observers who caught the game live mentioned that there’s not off-ball motion on the offense, but it’s clear that there’s more than just one problem there.

Defensively, the overall effort was good-not-great, but two special teams goals for Robert Morris (one man-up and one man-down) account for part of that, as well – as well as a half-field shot by a pole as the first quarter expired. The 6-v-6 was almost certainly better than that number shows, and holding any opponent to single digits in a 70-possession game is not bad.

The highlights (embedded below) just show goals, so it’s natural that the defense is going to look poor in the last instants before a goal, but there are some seriously rough moments in there, including the long goal.

A.J. Levell saved more than 50% of shots, which isn’t bad, but he also wasn’t going to will his team to victory on a day that the offense needed help, either. Jordan Houtby caused SIX turnovers and picked up six ground balls, an amazing output. Nobody else on D had a notably good day, based on the stats.

Jakes Hayes was the standout performer for the RMU offense, notching three goals and three assists. Goalie Charles Ruppert saved 2/3 of the 15 shots he faced.

Elsewhere

Detroit official site recap. Robert Morris official site recap. Box score. Highlights:

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Detroit will hope that Titan Field will be a little kinder to them than the road has been. It also doesn’t hurt that Saturday’s opponent is Quinnipiac, the fifth-worst program in the country last season (and a UDM victim).

If Detroit’s going to live up to any sort of expectations, this is the game that could spark a return to solid play.

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One Response to Detroit 5, Robert Morris 9

  1. ncaalacrossenut says:

    Glad to see the face offs are getting better really not sure what to think of this team just hope someone can figure this team out soon. Offence seems stagnant as if waiting for Adams to do it himself need more offence out of our middies other than Birneys 4 goals there are a bunch of zero’s out of Detroits 9 assists given out after 3 games 7 were to attackmen and 2 were to defensemen need some dodging and passing we need a player like Harris from previous years he distributed the ball as well as score something that is sorely missing from the middi position so far anyways. Defence has been solid just have to maybe improve on breakouts and unforced turnovers. Both goalies have been solid this year and actually feel good starting either although Kelly maybe better on clears. Detroit has a chance to finally play at home this weekend against a winnable opponent but something tells me it will be a 1 goal game….hopefully the home cooking will make a difference….pick it up Titans b4 you are talking about what could have been.

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