The Ohio Machine’s official watch party will be held at Park Street Patio (533 Park Street, Columbus, OH 43215) on Saturday, May 12, starting at 6:30 p.m.
Fans can watch the action live on ESPN3.com at 7:00 p.m. or on tape delay on SportsTime Ohio at 11:30 p.m.
The Ohio Machine (0-1)
Charlotte Hounds (0-2)
The Ohio Machine will travel to Charlotte, North Carolina, to face fellow expansion team, the Charlotte Hounds, for their first ever meeting. Both teams come into Saturday’s game in search of their first wins in their teams’ histories.
Last Time Out
The Machine lost its inaugural game to the Chesapeake Bayhawks 23-11. Midfielder Matt Casey scored the team’s first ever goal five minutes into the game to make the score 2-1. Machine midfielder Brett Garber’s two pointer before half-time brought the Bayhawks lead down to two going into the break. In the second half, the Bayhawks went on a 12-2 run to secure their second victory of the season.
This week’s match will mark the first game for former Bucknell attackman Billy Eisenreich. Eisenreich was drafted by the Machine with the 21st Overall Pick in the MLL Draft. Eisenreich had an outstanding career at Bucknell finishing tied for the fourth most points in Bucknell history with 66 (34G, 32A) and is also one of 25 nominees for the 2012 Tewaaraton Trophy (awarded to the National Player of the Year).
Last week defenseman Ray Megill won two out of three face-offs for the Machine. Megill is no stranger to the face-off X. In 2008 with the Boston Cannons, Megill was 7-21 at the face-off position.
In his first game with the Machine, midfielder Jim Connolly scored his first career hat-trick and tallied an assist. Connolly currently sits ninth in the league in shooting percentage at .600.
Midfielder Brett Garber’s two man-up goals in the first half against the Bayhawks helped cut Chesapeake’s lead to two going into halftime. Garber’s two extra-man goals currently rank him third in league in that stat. Garber has also already matched his season high in extra-man goals.
Extra-Man Success – The Machines’ three man-up goals in a single game is the fourth highest total in a game this year. The Machine also rank first in man-up percentage, scoring three goals on four attempts.
Engineers of Expansion–The first MLLgame between expansion franchises took place in 2006 between Chicago and Denver. Denver won the matchup 24-14. Ohio Machine players, Greg Bice, ‘Buggs’ Combs, and Anthony Kelly are the only players on the roster to have previously played for a first-year team. Bice, Combs and Kelly were all on the Los Angeles Riptide during their first year in 2006.
Coach Garber on Game #2 focus: "We're going to try and concentrate on ourselves...and worry about things we can control. We are really good on transition. If we can get up and out, we should get some really exciting goals."
Coach Garber on Brett Hughes: “He is a great leader and a big competitor. He wants to win and that’s why he is on the team.”
Coach Garber on playing fellow expansion team Charlotte Hounds: “It’s an exciting weekend for the team with the expansion teams facing off. Both teams are hungry on getting on the winning side of ledger. Our guys are looking forward it.”
Coach Garber on Stefan Schroder: “Schroder is a tough kid and was definitely upset on the loss but he is looking forward to the upcoming game and he is tough enough to handle these situations.”
The Charlotte Hounds return to American Legion Memorial Stadium after losing to the Boston Cannons 20-12. The Hounds are now 0-2 on the year and have been outscored in the second half of games 23-12. The Hounds are also the first expansion team in MLL history to have allowed 20 or more goals in their first two games. On offense the Hounds feature attackman Stephen Berger, who leads the team in points with eight (6G 2A). Last week the Hounds offense was bolstered by the return of attackman Matt Danowski who had one goal and one assist in his debut.
Throughout their first two games the Hounds have used two goalies in the net. Goalie Joe Marra has played 46 minutes and has a 12.95 goals against average. Former Virginia graduate Adam Ghitelman has also spent time in the cage, playing 73 minutes with 21.99 goals against average. The Hounds have also activated their goalkeeper draftee Mark Manos from Drexel University.
The Machine open up its season at home on May 19 with a bang against the Rochester Rattlers at 8 pm. The home opener will consist of the National Anthem sung by singer-songwriter Kate Voegele, OSU Sports Medicine Night with a commemorative rally towel giveaway and post-game fireworks presented by Bud Light. For ticket information call the Machine at (614) 754-1973 or visit www.theohiomachine.com/tickets.