By Mary Stankiewicz | 3/31/14 8:50 AM
With the Ohio Machine’s 2014 season quickly approaching, TheOhioMachine.com takes a look at how each position stacks up heading into training camp. Goalies Brian Phipps, Scott Rodgers and Stefan Schroder all return to the Machine in 2014 giving the team a stable of experienced backstops heading into the season. The Machine also enters 2014 camp with rookie net-minder Kyle Feeney on its roster.
In 2013, Phipps started a majority of games for the Machine. Last season, he played in nine games and led the team with 109 saves, a 12.34 goals against average and a .524 save percentage. Phipps is the Machine’s all-time leader in minutes played, wins, goals against average, saves and save percentage.
“Phipps is a natural leader and demands respect from his defense,” said Machine Head Coach Bear Davis, “I’m looking forward to another great season from Phipps and we’re going to help him by upping the time of possession we have on offense this upcoming season.”
2014 marks Phipps fourth season in Major League Lacrosse. Phipps played one season for Chesapeake before joining the Machine in 2012.
In addition to Phipps, Scott Rodgers returns to the Machine for his second season with the team and his fourth season in MLL. Last season, Rodgers played in five games, recorded a win and finished with 54 saves. Prior to joining the Machine in 2013, Rodgers played three season for Hamilton. Rodgers posted a career high five wins in 2011 with Hamilton.
“Scotty is simply a beast and he will be right there scrapping for the starting role,” Davis said. “Scotty is a true team guy and is just what the doctor ordered for our locker room.”
Stefan Schroder will begin his fourth season in MLL and third season with the Machine. Last year, he played in three games but in 2012, Schroder led the Machine in minutes played and saves.
“Schroder is an incredibly unselfish player who also has great potential to compete for a role, whether it’s the backup position or a starting role,” Davis said. “I expect him to come into camp ready to prove his skillsets.”
In addition to the three returning goalies, the Machine added Kyle Feeney to its roster this offseason. Feeney joins the Machine after a stellar four year career at Bucknell University where he backstopped the Bison to the 2011 Patriot League Championship.