The Ohio Machine (2-8) vs. Chesapeake Bayhawks (8-2)
Saturday, July 21, 8:00 p.m.
Selby Stadium, Delaware, OH.
Fans can watch the action live on ESPN3.com or at 11:30 p.m. on Sports Time Ohio.
Game Day Activities
Party on the Patio – Stop by Amato's Woodfired Pizza in downtown Delaware for the official Pre-Game Party on Patio for exclusive Ohio Machine fan specials and to enjoy live music!
Game On! Saturday – Come to downtown Delaware early for Game On! Saturday where fans can play games like Twister, Kerplunk, Hula Hoops, Chess, Mini Lacrosse and much more! But first enjoy the Saturday Farmers' Market on Sandusky Street from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Then stay and play in the downtown during Game On!
“Columbus Zoo Night” – Come early to the Ohio Machine Fan Zone to get up close with exotic animals that the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium are bringing out just for “Zoo Night.” Gates open at 6:00 p.m.!
Post-Game Party – Fans can hang out with Ohio Machine and Chesapeake Bayhawks players, as well as the Dance Machine, after the game at Park Street Patio in downtown Columbus. Want to get in for free? Tell the door you are an Ohio Machine fan and you get in with no cover!
The Ohio Machine welcomes in the Chesapeake Bayhawks for the two teams’ first meeting since May 5th. This home game marks the Machine’s second to last home game and is “Columbus Zoo Night”, sponsored by the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, featuring pre-game zoo activities and a special half-time performance.
Last Time Out
Last weekend the Machine split a home-at-home series with the Hamilton Nationals. On Friday, July 13th, the Machine began the game with four goals in the first quarter and took a 9-8 lead into half. The Nationals took the lead in the third quarter but back-to-back goals from midfielder Kiel Matisz and attackman Jim Connolly gave the Machine the lead. Rookie attackman Steele Stanwick sealed the victory in the fourth quarter with his second goal of the game and the Machine went on to win its second game of the season, 13-12.
On Saturday, Ohio was down 6-3 in the first half when midfielder Marshall Burkhart found Ray Megill for a score. Midfielder Connor Martin also scored before half to make it 6-5 at the end of the second quarter. Rookie attackman Joe Cummings tied the game up in the third quarter with his first career MLL goal. Hamilton answered by going on a four-goal run, fueled by Cody Jamieson’s two goals. A goal from Martin brought the Machine within one but National’s attackman Stephen Keogh scored to give Hamilton their third win of the season. Matt Casey led Ohio with three points and Cummings had two points in his MLL debut.
Last Time vs. Chesapeake (5/5)
The Machine began its inaugural season when they traveled to Annapolis, MD, to open up its historic season at Navy Stadium. The Bayhawks jumped out early but Machine midfielder Matt Casey scored the team’s first ever goal to make the score 2-1. At the 7:58 mark, attackman Jim Connolly scored his first goal of the season and began a three-goal run by Ohio. At the end of the first quarter, the Machine only trailed the Bayhawks by one, 6-5. The Bayhawks seemed to take a commanding lead in the middle of the second quarter but Connolly scored followed by midfielder Brett Garber recording a two-point goal to make it 11-9 Bayhawks at halftime. The Bayhawks opened the third quarter with four straight goals and the Machine could not recover, suffering its first loss, 23-11. Connolly led the Machine with his first career hat-trick and attackman Chazz Woodson added two goals of his own.
#1 (A) Chazz Woodson - With 27 points on the year, attackman Chazz Woodson is now three points away from his career high of 30. Woodson already has a career high of goals with 18 and has nine assists. Woodson is also four groundballs away from eclipsing his career high and has also tied his career high of shots in a season with 63.
#21 (A) Jim Connolly - Attackman Jim Connolly is currently third in the league in power-play goals with five. Twenty-five percent of Connolly’s goals have been scored on the extra-man opportunity. Connolly now has 25 points overall and has registered at least one point in each of the team’s 10 games.
#23 (M) Jim Borell - Midfielder Jim Borell will make his Ohio Machine debut after spending the first part of the season on the Physically Unable to Perform List. This will be Borell’s first game since 2009 when he played with the Denver Outlaws. In 15 career games, Borell has six goals, two assists and a shooting percentage of .461.
#66 (A) Steele Stanwick - In five games, rookie attackman Steele Stanwick has averaged 3.6 points per game, which ranks him first among rookies who have played in more than three games. Stanwick also leads all rookies in assists per game with 2.0.
#81 (D) Kyle Hartzell - Defenseman Kyle Hartzell currently has 18 points this season, ranking him first in the league for a defenseman for this season and second in MLL history trailing the Nationals’ Brodie Merrill, who had 20 points during the 2009 season.#91 (A) Joe Cummings - In his MLL debut, rookie attackman Joe Cummings scored his first career goal and tallied his first career assist against the Nationals on July 14. Cummings is the fifth Ohio Machine rookie to register at least one point in his debut with the team.
Terrific from Two – The Ohio Machine is currently tied with the Charlotte Hounds at second in the league for most two-point goals with 11. The Machine have had four different players score a two-point goal - Kyle Hartzell (8), Matt Casey (1), Brett Garber (1) and Ray Megill (1).
Goal Differential – Over the past five games the Machine’s defense has dramatically improved, only allowing an average of 15.2 goals per game. During that span the Machine had a goal differential of -10. Over the first five games the defense allowed 17.4 goals per game and had a goal differential of -27.
Historic Road Win - With the team’s 13-12 victory over the Hamilton Nationals, the Machine recorded its first road win in team history and broke its five-game road losing streak.
Playing Chesapeake: This will be a good test for our group this weekend. It’s a whole different situation from when we played them back in May. They have All-Stars and a veteran group but we do too. We need to contain their middies, who are really tough, and be ready to help out when they dodge in case our players get beat. It is hard covering these guys because they have really good attackmen but you can’t focus on just the attack and leave the middies open. We need to contain their middies as well.
Keys for Game: We need to get more possessions and using the shot clock in a smart manner will be key for us on Saturday. Our face-off unit is going to be key as well in this game and where O’Brien will direct the ball to our wing guys who will get to the ball first and win possession. Our goalie whoever starts needs to be ready for their two point goals and be ready to pounce on the ball.
Kyle Hartzell: We have confidence in him on the field, especially when he crosses the midfield line. He is always a threat and our guys know that as well as the other team. He is a great athlete and huge catalyst for this team who has been able to create multiple opportunities for us. We believe in what he can do and have seen him revolutionize his position this season.
Goalies: The position has been a position of strength for us because both Schroder and Phipps’ personalities and the way they support each other as well as the team.
The Chesapeake Bayhawks are currently on the top of the league’s standings with an 8-2 record. The Bayhawks started the season 2-1, followed by a five-game winning streak until losing to the Charlotte Hounds on July 7. The Bayhawks have a balanced attack which features eight players with 10 or more goals. Midfielder Kyle Dixon leads the team with a league record 11 two-point goals and has 33 points overall. For the first time this season, the Bayhawks will have face-off specialist Alex Smith in the lineup. Smith returns to the team after missing the first part of the season with an elbow injury. Smith is the all-time leader in face-off wins with 1,029. In Smith’s absence, face-off specialist Adam Rand has been solid at the X for the Bayhawks. Rand is currently fourth in the league in faceoff percentage with a percentage of .561. Goalie Kip Turner is currently second in the league in goals against average with 10.60 and has a save percentage of .531. Turner is part of a defense that has allowed a league low 101 goals.
The Ohio Machine will travel to Rochester to face the Rattlers for the second time this season. The Machine are currently 1-0 all-time against the Rattlers. The Machine will then travel to Boston to play the Cannons for the first time this season.
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