Titan Field is the home of the Detroit men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s lacrosse and men’s and women’s track and field teams.
The field was first constructed and used for the 1993 fall season. In October of 2007, Detroit showcased a newly renovated Titan Field on the Northeast corner of the McNichols campus. The complex includes an A-Turf field, along with a six-lane polyurethane track and areas for the steeplechase and field events.
The first event held in the renovated facility was a women’s soccer match against Wright State, which ended in a 1-1 tie. The Titans’ Trina Kochanski scored the new field’s first goal just 20 minutes into the contest. Two weeks later, the women would post the first Titan victory in the updated facility with a 4-0 blanking of Youngstown State. Since the new field was built, the women’s soccer team is 17-11-6 in the Motor City, including 6-1 in 2011 and 9-2-1 in its last 12 games. The men’s soccer program has had some big moments too, including twice hosting the University of Michigan.
In the summer of 2011, Titan Field added a new piece as a new multi-sport scoreboard was installed, which will benefit all the programs who call it home.
Phase 2 of the project, when completed in the future, will include stadium seating for 2,500-3,000 fans, concession stands, rest rooms, a press box, lights and a building with space for offices, locker rooms and storage.
The Titan men's and women's track and field program also utilize the field for practice and have hosted a number of meets, including the Annual Detroit-Oakland Dual. The UDM men have captured the win over its in-state rival four times in the five years the meet has been held on campus, while the women have recorded three victories.
One of the most famous moments at Titan Field came in track on April 3, 2009, when 2008 Canadian Olympian Nate Brannen was on campus for the Detroit Titans Track & Field Classic, winning the Elite Mile in a time of 4:11.72, setting a new meet record in the process.
The men’s lacrosse team played its first home game on Titan field on April 11, 2009, falling to Wheeling Jesuit, 14-7. The game was more about the history of the event rather than the score as it was believed to be the first-ever men’s collegiate lacrosse game played in the Motor City. With 703 spectators on hand for the event on Easter weekend, it was also believed to be one of the biggest crowds to watch a game at Titan Field in its history – and definitely since it was renovated.
Titan junior Pat O’Shea netted the field’s first lacrosse goal nearly seven minutes into the contest, with sophomore Matt Gregson feeding him the pass for the assist. Some of the biggest wins in the history of the young program have occurred on Titan Field as Detroit beat Presbyterian, 16-12, on March 22, 2009, for its’ first-ever win. In 2010, UDM downed Canisius, 10-9, in overtime to clinch its first bid to the MAAC Tournament as well as clinch a perfect 3-0 record against MAAC teams on the year, while in 2012, it was another overtime thriller as the Titans down Marist, 8-7.
The women’s lacrosse team played its first home game on the field on Feb. 28, 2009, in what turned out to be a great game that saw the Titans fall to Niagara, 9-8. It was a cold day with temperatures in the mid-20’s, but the show went on for the first-ever lacrosse game played on the upgraded facility.
The Titans did not hesitate in getting on the scoreboard as freshman Emily Boissonneault netted the venue’s first goal just 19 seconds into the contest. Detroit freshman Kandice Bogatz made the score 2-0 at 16:48, while Boissonneault tacked on another goal exactly a minute later.
UDM has twice hosted a ranked team when Ohio State came to town in 2009 and 2011. The Titans have also twice tallied their school record with 21 goals on its home field in a 21-15 win over Presbyterian in 2009 and a 21-17 triumph over Longwood in 2012.
Titan Field is also the site for all of Detroit’s summer and fall individual and travel camps. With concessions located right next to the field inside at Calihan Hall, and the University’s Clock Tower bursting over the campus, it gives all recruits, families and friends the feel of home once they arrive.
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