Leading up to the Ohio Machine’s 2013 training camp, the Machine breaks down the individual positions of the team continuing with face-off specialists.
The start of every game revolves around the face-off and is a key part to giving the team an advantage. In order to win, specialists need to have fast hands, quick reaction time and steadfast determination in order to beat their opponent to the win. The face-off sets the tone of play for both sides and is an important asset to a team winning the game.
Eric O’Brien was the Machine’s main face-off specialist last season and led the league at one point in face-off winning percentage. He ultimately finished winning 107 out of 244 with a percentage of 44 percent. O’Brien also took to the midfield at times for the Machine where he gathered five points from three goals and two assists.
The Machine added two new specialists to its roster with J.J. Miller and Anthony Toresco during the recent draft, and will be seeing their talent unveiled during training camp.
J.J. Miller was the Machine’s fourth round draft pick in the 2013 MLL Supplemental Draft after playing for Messiah College. While at Messiah, Miller held a face-off percentage of 66.3, winning 465 of 701. As a midfielder, Miller finished his college tenure off with 54 points from 37 goals and 17 assists, as well as being a four-time All MAC performer and the 2008 MAC Rookie of the Year.
Anthony Toresco finished at University of Massachusetts with a face-off percentage of 50.4 winning 145-287 face-offs. While playing midfield, Toresco had three points at the end of his college career from one goal and two assists and collected 78 groundballs. Toresco’s senior year landed him first in CAA and fifth in the NCAA in face-off percentage.
With the new additions and O’Brien’s experience, there is some added depth to the role of face-off specialist going into camp and into the new season.
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2013 Ohio Machine Position Battles