12/7/12 12:00 AM
On May 19th, 2012 the Ohio Machine started a new chapter in Ohio lacrosse history when the team took the field in front of 6,126 people at Selby Stadium for its inaugural season home opener. The Machine capped off its historic, not to mention exciting, home opener by earning its first win in franchise history by defeating the Rochester Rattlers 16-10.
Leading up to the game, the team hosted its first “Party on the Patio” at Amato’s Woodfired Pizza in downtown Delaware, where fans enjoyed some the best pizza in town with live music and exclusive prizes. After filling up at Amato’s, fans arrived at Selby Stadium, where they were treated to “OSU Sports Medicine Night” giveaways and the National Anthem performed by singer-songwriter and Cleveland-native Kate Voegele.
Once the game was underway the Machine fell behind 2-0, but goals from Machine attackmen Jim Connolly, Andrew Combs and Connor Martin gave the Machine a 3-2 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Fueled by the team’s record-setting crowd, the Machine scored the next three goals to cap off the 6-0 run. The Rattlers scored three late first half goals, but the Machine took a 9-5 lead heading into the locker room at halftime.
At the start of the third quarter the Rattlers continued to cut into the Machine’s lead with goals from midfielders Kevin Leveille and Roy Lang, who the Machine has since acquired for the 2013 roster. Machine attackman Chazz Woodson scored his second goal of the day to end the Rattlers run. Woodson scored two more goals in the fourth quarter to help the Machine to its first ever win.
Woodson’s four-goal effort earned him a win and the Bud Light Player of the Game honor. For Woodson, this performance became one of the defining moments of his season. “It was cool to get this award because we were at home and I felt like I was able to do it for our fans,” said Woodson.
Machine goalie Stefan Schroder also had an impressive performance for the team, recording 17 saves and only allowing 10 goals, which earned him the Major League Lacrosse Defensive Player of the Week.
With this win, the Machine became only the second expansion team in MLL history to win its inaugural home opener.
Even though the team notched its first win of the season, the most talked about aspect of the team’s home opener wasn’t the win but the electric atmosphere. The players noted after the game they could feel the excitement exuding from the stands all the way out on the field and helped push them on to the win. “When you go out there and every seat is packed, playing becomes so much more fun,” said Woodson.
Machine midfielder Eric O’Brien did not play in the season opener but was on the sidelines for the historic day. “Even though we had more than 6,000 fans it felt like we had 30,000 fans,” said O’Brien. “It was a huge adrenaline rush and an incredible event. It was very exciting to know pro lacrosse was in Ohio.”
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