Major League Lacrosse announced Monday that Ohio Machine defenseman Chad Wiedmaier was named the Warrior Defensive Player of the Week after his performance in Ohio’s 15-8 season-opening win against Charlotte April 26.
Wiedmaier helped lead the Machine defense that held the 2013 MLL runners-up Hounds scoreless in the first and fourth quarters. He marked attackman Matt Danowski – who finished fourth in the league with 49 points last season – throughout the game, holding him to just one assist and no goals.
“It is definitely a good feeling,” he said. “He’s one of the best players to play the game.”
Even though Wiedmaier said it is “a great honor” to win the award, he voiced his belief that other Machine players were more deserving.
“Everybody played great,” he said. “(Machine goalie) Scott Rodgers was more deserving than me…it’s really easy as a defensive player to know you have a great goalie playing behind you.”
Individual accolades aside, Wiedmaier said there were more important things on his mind after taking on the Hounds.
“It’s a better feeling to win the game,” he said.
The first-quarter shutout marked the first time the Machine has ever held a team scoreless in the opening 15 minutes, which the team did again in the fourth quarter against the Hounds.
Kevin Buchanan of the Boston Cannons was awarded the Warrior Offensive Player of the Week. Buchanan led the Cannons to a 15-9 victory over the Chesapeake Bayhawks in their season home opener, netting seven goals and scooping two ground balls, setting an impressive career high for goals scored in a game.
The Machine is scheduled to play the Outlaws in Denver, Colo., Sunday. Ohio is set to play its first home game May 17 against the New York Lizards at Selby Stadium in Delaware, Ohio.