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The Ohio Machine vs. Denver Outlaws
Saturday, June 9 at 7:00 p.m. at Selby Stadium, Delaware, OH
Gates open at 5:00 p.m.
Fans can watch the action live on ESPN3.com at 7:00 p.m. or on SportsTime Ohio at 7:00 p.m.
Game Day Festivities
2012 Schedule Magnet – Many lucky fans through the gates on Saturday receive an inaugural season schedule magnet.
“SchoLAXtic Night” – Come early to have fun in the Ohio Machine Fan Zone with the Columbus Zoo, COSI and Wexner Medical Center! Gates open at 5 p.m.
Free Bus Ride to Selby – Fans can jump on a bus for free from Park Street Cantina in downtown Columbus to Selby Stadium for the game. First come, first serve for the first 48 people with signup starting at 2 p.m. at Park Street Cantina.
Party on the Patio - Stop by Amato's Woodfired Pizza in downtown Delaware for the official Pre-Game Party on Patio for exclusive Ohio Machine fan specials and to enjoy live music!
Post-Game Party – Fans can hang out with Ohio Machine and Denver Outlaws players, as well as the Dance Machine, after the game at Park Street Patio in downtown Columbus. Want to get in for free? Tell the door you are an Ohio Machine fan and you get in with no cover!
Denver Outlaws (3-2)
The Ohio Machine (1-3)
The Ohio Machine returns home for the first time since its first inaugural season win in front of a hometown crowd of 6,100. The Machine will host the Denver Outlaws in the first game of a three-game homestand. This will be the team’s first meeting against the Outlaws and the team is looking to win its second home game of the year. The Outlaws are bringing one of the league’s top offenses to Ohio. The Outlaws are second in the league in goals scored with 75 and first in shot percentage with .342.
Last Time Out
Last week the team suffered its third loss of the season when it fell to the Long Island Lizards, 20-10. The Machine was only down two at half but could not withstand the Lizards’ offensive barrage in the second half. Midfielder Connor Martin led the Machine in points with a season high of four points followed by attackmen Chazz Woodson’s three points and Jim Connolly’s two points. In his MLL debut, rookie midfielder Rob Rotanz scored the first goal of his career and goalie Stefan Schroder had 15 saves.
Rookie midfielder Bobby Eilers is scheduled to make his MLL debut during the Machine’s game against Denver. Eilers just completed an outstanding senior season at Syracuse University where he scored a career high of 22 goals and had a career high eight assists.
In last week’s game against the Long Island Lizards, midfielder and face-off specialist Eric O’Brien played in his first MLL game since the 2007 season. In his first game back O’Brien won five face-offs.
Last Friday, midfielder Connor Martin scored four goals to bring his season point total to 13. Martin’s 13 points ties his career high, which was set in 2010 as a member of the Denver Outlaws. This Saturday’s game will mark the first time Martin will face his former team. In his two years with the Outlaws, Martin scored 13 goals and four assists.
Rookie midfielder Anthony Biscardi was activated this week and projected to play against the Outlaws on Saturday. Biscardi helped lead UMass to an undefeated regular season and finished the year ranked fourth on the team in goals with 21 and total points with 28.
Home Field Advantage– The Ohio Machine enter this weekend’s home game with an undefeated record at home (1-0). The Machine, the Rochester Rattlers and the Boston Cannons are the only teams with unblemished records at home. The Machine will put its unbeaten home record to the test with three straight home contests.
Penalty Prevention– The Ohio Machine is currently the second-least penalized team in the MLL. The Machine average 2.75 penalty minutes a game. The team only trails the Charlotte Hounds who only average 2.4 penalty minutes per game.
Garber on Upcoming Game - “This weekend is going to be a really good challenge for us and I believe our guys will ready for it. They are looking forward to redeeming themselves and get back at it…especially at home.”
Garber on Machine’s current play - “We are always trying to tweak things but we’re not even halfway through the season yet. Everyone eventually comes back to the pack. We are always trying to improve ourselves and the guys are going to have to make sacrifices to better the team.”
Garber on Rookie Bobby Eilers - “Eilers is a guy that has moved up through the ranks and has worked hard to be where he is. He is going to be a very good player for this league.”
Garber on Rookie Anthony Biscardi - “Biscardi is a tough, quick player who can shoot the ball really well. He has great hands and any ground ball he is there getting at it. I’m looking forward to seeing these guys get on the field and in front of the cameras.”
Denver began the season 3-0 but has lost their last two games. On May 19th, the Outlaws fell to the Boston Cannons 17-10, and two weeks later lost to the Chesapeake Bayhawks, 18-16. Last week the Outlaws jumped out to an 8-3 lead over the Bayhawks but allowed five goals in the fourth quarter to hand the Bayhawks the win. The Outlaws are led by their trio of midfielders: Jeremy Sieverts (12G 3A), Terry Kimener (8G 8A) and Peet Poillon (8G 5A). The three midfielders have combined for 51 points so far this season. On defense the team is led by staunch defenseman Matt Bocklet. Bocklet currently ranks third in the league in groundballs with 26. In goal, the team is led by goalie Jesse Schwartzman who is second in the league in saves with 62 and an 11.50 goals against average.
The Ohio Machine will continue its three-game homestand with games against the Long Island Lizards (June 16) and the Charlotte Hounds (June 23). The Machine will be looking for its first wins against both the Lizards and the Hounds.