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The Ohio Machine vs. Long Island
Saturday, June 16 at 7:00 p.m.
Selby Stadium, Delaware, OH
Fans can watch the action live on ESPN3.com at 7:00 p.m. or on SportsTime Ohio at 10:00 p.m.
Game Day Festivities
2012 Wexner Medical Center Rally Towel – Many lucky fans through the gates on Saturday receive a 2012 Wexner Medical Center Rally Towel.
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 3 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 Long Island Lizards 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!
Long Island Lizards (3-2)
The Ohio Machine (1-4)
The Ohio Machine welcomes the Long Island Lizards to Selby Stadium for the team’s second game in its three-game homestand. This game will feature the MLL debuts of attackman Steele Stanwick and midfielder Marshall Burkhart.
Last Time Out
The Machine fell behind early to the Denver Outlaws 5-0 and could not recover, eventually falling to the Outlaws 16-8. Attackman Chazz Woodson led the Machine with four points (2G 2A) and Anthony Kelly was 10-16 at face-offs. Denver attackman Brendan Mundorf led the Outlaws with six points (3G 3A).
Last Time vs. Long Island (6/1)
With 8:32 left in the first half, Chazz Woodson scored his first goal of the game and gave the Machine a 5-4 lead. The Lizards took back the lead on back-to-back goals by midfielder Brian Langtry and did not up give their lead. A four-goal run in the second half brought the Machine within three at 13-10 but the Lizards scored the next seven goals to ensure the victory. Attackman Connor Martin tied his career high in goals with four and goalie Stefan Schroder nabbed 15 saves. Langtry led the Lizards with five goals.
Rookie attackman Steele Stanwick will make his MLL debut this Saturday against the Lizards. Stanwick just finished a four year career at the University of Virginia where he won the Tewaaraton Trophy during his junior year.
Rookie midfielder Marshall Burkhart will make his debut this weekend and comes to the Machine after co-captaining the Johns Hopkins Blue Jays during his senior year. Burkhart returns to Ohio after playing his high school career at Dublin Jerome High School.
Attackmen Chazz Woodson and Jim Connolly are the only Machine players who have scored in each of the team’s five games. Woodson has had two or more goals in each game for a total of 13 goals so far this season. Connolly has nine goals on the year, including two games with hat-tricks.
Against the Denver Outlaws, defenseman Kyle Hartzell had two goals, giving him four on the year. Hartzell’s four goals surpass his previous career high of three. Three of his goals have also been two-point goals, which tie him for third in the league.
In the team’s last game against Long Island, Connor Martin scored a season high of four goals. In 2011, Martin scored a career high five goals in a game versus the Lizards. Martin has now scored nine of his 23 career goals against Long Island.
Machine Recharge with Rookies– The Machine will have four rookies dressing for Saturday’s game against Long Island. Besides Stanwick and Burkhart, midfielder Bobby Eilers and midfielder Rob Rotanz will also be playing against the Lizards. Eilers made his debut last week and recorded his first career groundball. Rotanz will face the Lizards for the second time in his young career. In his first game against Long Island, Rotanz scored his first goal of the season.
Potent Powerplays– With three power-play goals last week, the Machine continue its dominance on extra-man opportunities. The Machine currently have eight power play goals on 16 attempts. They now lead the league in power-play percentage at 50.00%.
Team Machine All Stars– Captains Greg Bice and Chazz Woodson, Kyle Hartzell and Jim Connolly were all selected to represent the Machine in the 2012 MLL All-Star Game at the end of June. Bice, Woodson and Hartzell will be play for Head Coach Ted Garber on Team Old School while Connolly will be playing on Team Young Guns.
Garber on Upcoming Game - “The guys are ready to redeem themselves in front of the home crowd. We are getting things squared away and will have a better mind set coming into this weekend.”
Garber on attackman Jim Connolly - “Connolly has played well for us this year and has scored some big goals for us so far. He is a proven goal scorer and with Stanwick and Woodson back there will open up a few options for us.”
Garber on Rookies - “It’s a whole different ball game walking out into an MLL game. There are different variables compared to a college game. There will be new faces out on the field but it will be a team effort to get the win.”
Garber on rookie Steele Stanwick - “You don’t have to be the best player. You just have to do your best on the field. He is fully ready to play - mentally and physically. He is excited about the opportunity and getting in there to help us.”
Scouting Long Island
The Long Island Lizards come into Saturday’s game tied with the Chesapeake Bayhawks for the league’s longest win streak at three. The Lizards win streak began when rookie Matt Gibson was activated from the collegiate inactive list. In three games Gibson has four goals and nine assists, including two goals and an assist in the team’s victory against the Boston Cannons. Lizards’ goalie Drew Adams has also been phenomenal down the stretch, only allowing 29 goals in his last three games. In his first two games Adams gave up 30 goals, including 19 to the Denver Outlaws. Former Outlaws Brian Langtry and Max Seibald have also helped revitalize the Lizards. The duo has combined for 26 goals and seven assists.
The Ohio Machine finishes out its three-game homestand against fellow expansion team the Charlotte Hounds on Saturday, June 23, at Selby Stadium at 7 p.m. The Machine will head to Denver for the annual Fourth of July game against the Outlaws after a bye weekend for the 2012 MLL All-Star Game on June 30.