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Ohio Machine (2-11) at New York Lizards (3-10)
Saturday August 10th, 7 p.m. EST
Shuart Stadium at Hofstra University, Hempstead, New York
Fans can watch the game live on ESPN3.com at 7 p.m. or Rebroadcasted on Sports Time Ohio at 12 a.m.
Coming off of its second win of the season against the Boston Cannons, the Machine heads back east to claim its third win of the 2013 season against the New York Lizards at Shuart Stadium in New York. Previously this season, the Machine lost 14-8 to the Lizards. After almost defeating the undefeated Denver Outlaws last weekend, the Lizards will be a challenging match. This game will also decide who will receive the 1st Overall 2013 MLL Collegiate Draft pick.
Last week in Boston, the Machine denied any hope of the Boston Cannons making it to MLL playoffs when it defeated the Cannons 16-12 for its first victory on the road for 2013. Within the first three minutes of the first quarter, the Machine scored three goals in a row making it 3-0 from Kiel Matisz, Eric O’Brien and Jim Connolly. Boston responded with two goals, slowing down the momentum of the Machine, but with solid defense, the Machine led the Cannons 7-2 going into the second quarter. With little action in the first minutes of the second quarter, the Machine finally found its way to the net with one goal from Matisz and two from Logan Schuss, making the score 10-2. Boston scored two more goals from Will Manny and Kevin Buchanan making the score 10-4 going into the half. Boston came out first in the second half with a goal from a man-up opportunity but the Machine fought back and scored another goal from Jake Bernhardt to get its lead back up to five. The Machine tallied one more goal for the third quarter while Boston’s Buchanan scored a two-point goal ending the third quarter with the Machine only up by three. Wasting no time going into the final quarter, the Machine scored two goals making the score 15-9. Boston responded with three more goals from Stephen Berger and Manny to close the Machine’s lead within three at 15-12 with only a few minutes left in the game. Finally, the Machine scored one last time from Chase Carraro to end the game 16-12. The Machine walked away with its first win on the road for the 2013 season.
#1 Chazz Woodson (A) - As part of the Machine, Woodson has registered five goals and three assists for eight points against the Lizards in three games, including two goals in the last game against the Lizards back on May 18.
#6 Steele Stanwick (A) - Stanwick made his rookie debut against the Lizards last season and scored two goals and had one assist. Earlier this season, Stanwick had three points from one goal and two assists against the Lizards for a total of six points in two games over the past two seasons against New York.
#20 Logan Schuss (A) -Schuss was recently named Cascade’s Rookie of the Week for the second time this season for his outstanding performance against the Boston Cannons with four goals and two assists. This season, Schuss leads all MLL rookies with 27 goals so far. Schuss is a top candidate for MLL’s Rookie of the Year award and leads the Machine in scoring with 33 points.
#33 Jake Bernhardt (M) - Bernhardt had his first MLL career hat trick last weekend against the Cannons last week. Bernhardt currently has five points for the 2013 season.
#42 Scott Rodgers (G) - Rodgers recently played one of his best games in MLL against the Cannons with a career high of 22 saves and only allowing 12 goals, earning him Brine’s Player of the Game.
#46 Kiel Matisz (M) – Matisz, who sits fifth on the team for goals with 11, scored his first hat trick of the season against Boston last weekend.
Dominating the Leader Board - The Machine has three players on the MLL’s Top 25 attackmen list for most points in a season. Stanwick, Cummings and Schuss currently total 87 points from 56 goals and 31 assists for the 2013 season. Machine rookies Schuss and Holman are two of the Top 5 MLL rookies (Pannel, Schuss, Law, Manny and Holman) this season in scoring with 33 points and 19 points respectively.
Two-Point Stoppers -The Machine currently is tied for second place with the Bayhawks for fewest two-point goals allowed. Goalies Brian Phipps and Scott Rodgers both have only allowed three two-point goals each.
Stopping Powerhouse Rabil– The Machine’s defense led by Scott Rodgers held Boston’s leading scorer Paul Rabil to zero points in the game last Saturday. Rabil got off 10 shots in the game. Charlotte is the only other team this season to hold Rabil to zero points in game. Against Charlotte, Rabil tallied four shots.
Big Stakes Game– A win by the Machine would set a new team record for wins in a season with three and road wins in a season with two. If the Machine wins by seven or more, they will leapfrog New York and lockup seventh place in MLL standings.
Success vs. Boston: “What you saw in Boston were the pieces of the puzzle coming together finally. We had a few guys step up, including Matisz and Bernhardt with hat tricks and Schuss with his four goals. We also distributed the scoring opportunities around the field by being unselfish – 50% of our goals were assisted. And this was the first time we won the ground ball war. We are definitely going in the right direction."
Taking on New York: “This is a great opportunity to stay on the right track and to continue to grow. We’ve learned how to compete and now we are learning how to win. We need to keep tightening up the lapses on the other team’s runs and shut down those opportunities quickly to keep being successful.”
Battle between Pipes: “It has always been difficult trying to pick who the goalie will be for us each week. All three of them [Phipps, Rodgers and Schroder] have done a good job of supporting each other no matter who is in goal but any way we go we will have a good goalie in between the pipes for our last game.”
The last time these two teams saw each other was earlier this summer at Selby Stadium when the Machine loss its third game of the season 14-8. The Lizards started off with a 5-0 scoring streak. The Machine broke the streak to put them on the board 5-2 going into the second quarter. The Lizards continued scoring and fought for a lead, making the score at the half 7-3. The Machine broke out of the half with two goals but that only triggered a 4-0 streak from the Lizards making the score 11-5. By the end of the third quarter the score was 13-6. The fourth quarter was a struggle for the Lizards as they only scored one point. The Machine found its momentum and put up two more points but that was not enough to call this one a Machine victory. The Lizards came out with a 14-8 victory.
Scouting New York
The Lizards faced the Denver Outlaws last weekend and lost 13-10. Despite the loss, it was a close game played between the two teams. The Lizards scored the first goal of the game but Denver put themselves on the board soon after. By the end of the first quarter the Lizards were up 3-2. Denver quickly took the lead into the second quarter with two goals. The Lizards answered with two more goals. With both teams battling to be in the lead, the score going into the half was tied 6-6. The Lizards were ready to take on the second half of the game by scoring two goals immediately in the third quarter. Denver took away the Lizards momentum and scored two more goals tying the game 8-8 at the end of the third. The Outlaws scored four goals and were up 12-9 with 7:30 left in the fourth quarter. The Lizards cut the Outlaws lead to two but that would be the last goal of the game for the Lizards. The final score was 13-10.
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