7/4/13 12:00 PM
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Ohio Machine (1-8) vs. Chesapeake Bayhawks (5-4)
Saturday, July 6 at 7:30 p.m.
Selby Stadium, Delaware, Ohio
Parking opens at 4:30 p.m.
Gates open at 5:30 p.m.
Fans can watch the game live on Major League Lacrosse’s YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/MLL.
The Ohio Machine is at home again this week for “$2 Beer Night” to face the 2012 MLL Champions, the Chesapeake Bayhawks. This game will be the second time the two teams meet this season after their first meeting in Chesapeake. The Machine lost to the Bayhawks at the beginning of the season under its previous head coach and is looking for redemption.
Game Night Festivities
"Party on the Patio" - Machine sponsor Amato's Woodfired Pizza is hosting "Party on the Patio" at their restaurant starting at 5 p.m. Fans can enjoy exclusive specials when they bring their game day ticket with them.
"Fan Zone with Games2U" - Bring the family out to our Fan Zone starting at 5:30 p.m. for great entertainment provided by Games2U including inflatables and other great activities. There's something for everyone!
“$2 Beer Specials” – Check out the beer truck throughout the game to get all your beers for only $2!
The Machine played one of its best games this season against the Boston Cannons, but came out on bottom losing 13-10. With a new structure and game plan from Head Coach Bear Davis, the team had a new found energy that it used to its advantage. The Machine started off the game with the first goal from Marcus Holman. Logan Schuss followed quickly after with two more goals for an early Machine lead. The score was 3-1 going into the second quarter. Boston took control of the next quarter breaking away on a 4-0 scoring streak. The Machine tried to keep up, but Boston was ahead 6-5 going into halftime. The Cannons had another breakaway with another scoring streak and were ahead 11-6 for the final quarter. The Machine pushed its hardest in the fourth quarter to catch up to Boston’s lead. Ray Megill fired a two-point goal to tighten the score and Schuss scored two more to bring the Machine within two. Schuss finished with a career high five goals and one assist to lead all scorers that game with six points. After giving up one more goal, the Machine failed to find any more scoring opportunities and lost 13-10.
#6 (A) Steele Stanwick: Stanwick is currently leading the Machine with 21 points from seven goals and 14 assists in nine games. Stanwick has tallied at least one point in all but one game (@ Denver) this season for the Machine.
#12 (D) Ray Megill: Megill scored his second goal of the season after shooting a two-point goal last week against the Cannons. Megill now has three career two-point goals and is tied for first on the Machine for two-point goals in 2013.
#20 (A) Logan Schuss:Last week, Schuss scored five goals against the Boston Cannons for a new career high and his third hat trick of the season. In his rookie season, Schuss has now scored 14 goals in six games.
#24 (M) Greg Downing: Downing is making his debut with the Machine this weekend against the Bayhawks. Downing was recently acquired by the Machine from the Denver Outlaws and has a total of 70 career points from 52 goals and 18 assists.
#33 (M) Jake Bernhardt: Bernhardt will be facing his brother Jesse Bernhardt for the first time ever on opposing teams. Jake, who was drafted in the 2012 Collegiate Draft but redshirted his senior year, and Jesse, who was drafted in the 2013 Collegiate Draft, played together at Maryland from 2010-2013.
Youth Movement in Full Swing: Through nine games this season, the machine’s top four scorers are first- or second-year players. Second-year players Steele Stanwick (21 points) and Joe Cummings (17 points) hold the top two spots with rookies Logan Schuss (15 points) and Marcus Holman (10 points) coming in third and fourth respectively.
Five-Goal Games: Both Joe Cummings and Logan Schuss have hit career-highs of five goals in a game this season. Cummings’ five goals helped to lead the Machine to its first season victory against the Rattlers and was name MVP of the game. Schuss scored five goals in the Machine’s 13-10 loss last Saturday against the Cannons.
Power Play Killers: The Machine has only allowed ten goals during 33 power play opportunities this season, ranking third in MLL. The Bayhawks have allowed 13 goals in 35 opportunities, ranking them fifth.
Preparation for the Bayhawks:"We've made lineup changes that'll help us in the Bayhawks match up. They're a big, strong team, and we have to be ready for that.The guys understand the new system now and we can talk to them differently to better prepare them.”
Learning through Experience: “Even though we are a young team, we can become veterans more quickly by learning through the experiences handed to us and being prepared no matter what. We are focusing on what we can do to find solutions instead of focusing on the problems.”
New Focus for the Team: “Managing the clock was something we wanted to focus on off the bat. From watching the team in the previous games, not having a deep bench is hard for the defense. If we use 55 seconds to come down and shoot instead of just taking an average shot, it will help our defense. I want to come up with more of a method to manage those situations.”
The Machine played the Bayhawks for its first game on the road and lost 14-5 after the game was called off in the third quarter due to weather conditions. Chesapeake opened up the game with a quick 3-0 lead, but Jim Connolly put up a goal for the Machine in hopes of stopping the Bayhawks’ hot scoring streak. Chesapeake scored three more goals before the end of the first quarter and already had a cushioned 6-1 lead going into the second quarter. The Bayhawks continued to dominate in the second quarter and brought their lead up to ten goals before the Machine could score again. The score was 11-2 going into halftime. The Bayhawks started up the second half scoring the first goal, but the Machine picked up the pace and scored three goals. However, it was too late for the Machine to catch up due to the weather delays and the game was eventually called off at the end of the third quarter. Chesapeake added three goals as well and ended the game with a 14-5 victory.
The Bayhawks played the Hamilton Nationals on the road last week and defeated them 17-10 to end its two-game losing streak. The first quarter remained close between the two teams and ended with a 3-2 Chesapeake lead. The Bayhawks exploded in the second quarter and went on an 8-0 scoring streak, bringing its lead up 10-3 and allowing only one Hamilton goal. Chesapeake kept its energy up in the third quarter scoring six goals total and holding Hamilton to three goals. The Nationals were far behind Chesapeake going into the final 15 minutes, trailing 16-6. Hamilton tried to catch up in the final quarter and scored four goals, but Chesapeake’s lead was too large.
Next week the Machine is on the road to face the Hamilton Nationals on Saturday, July 20, at 7:30 p.m. EST. The Machine will be back at home for its last home game on Saturday, July 27, at 7 p.m. against the Charlotte Hounds for “Fan Appreciation Night.” There will be fireworks, giveaways and prizes! Purchase your tickets today!