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Ohio Machine (0-3) vs. Hamilton Nationals (3-0)
Thursday, May 23 at 7:30 p.m.
Selby Stadium, Delaware, Ohio
Parking lots open at 4:30 p.m.
Gates open at 5:30 p.m.
Fans can watch the game live on CBS Sports Network. Check your local broadcast provider for the channel listings.
The Machine takes the field at Selby Stadium this week to face the Hamilton Nationals for “Military Appreciation Night.” This game will best the first time both teams meet each other in the 2013 season. Last year, the Machine played the Nationals in back-to-back games with each team taking home a victory.
Game Night Festivities presented by Haines Publishing
"Party on the Patio" – Machine sponsor Amato's Woodfired Pizza is hosting "Party on the Patio" at their restaurant starting at 5 p.m. with a live band! Fans can enjoy exclusive specials when they bring their game day ticket with them, including BOGO! If you wear anything Ohio Machine to Amato’s on Thursday and purchase one pizza for full price, you get another delicious pizza half off!
"Fan Zone with Games2U" – Bring the family out to our Fan Zone starting at 6:00 p.m. for great entertainment provided by Games2U including inflatables and other great activities. There's something for everyone!
“Military Appreciation Night” – With a valid military I.D., military personnel receive discounted game tickets for $10 and discounted $5 meal deals.
"Happy Hour and a Half" – "Happy Hour and a Half" is offered at every home game until 30 minutes prior to face-off. This week, it starts at 5:30 p.m. and runs until 7 p.m. with drink and food specials.
Last week, the New York Lizards defeated the Machine after a loss of momentum going into the second half. The Lizards took an early lead, but the Machine was able to break their streak with a goal from Chazz Woodson. That goal set the pace for the Machine as the team attempted to close the gap before the first quarter. The Lizards were leading 5-2 going into the second half, but were able to break away again and bring their lead to 7-3 for halftime. The Lizards came out of the half with a 5-0 scoring streak, putting them far ahead of the Machine. Eric O’Brien, Steele Stanwick, Kiel Matisz, Chazz Woodson and Kyle Hartzell were able to score the last goals of the game for the Machine, but it was not enough to catch up to the Lizards. The game ended with a 14-8 New York victory.
#2 (A) Marcus Holman– Holman joins the Machine after finishing his 2013 senior year by winning the 2013 ACC Player of the Year Award and is a Top 5 Finalist for the Tewaaraton Award. Holman led UNC this season with 36 goals and 38 assists for 74 points.
#5 (M) Kevin Kaminski –Kaminski was recently acquired in the player pool by the Machine from the Charlotte Hounds. Kaminski played in one game for the Charlotte Hounds earlier this season but is debuting with the Machine.
#6 (A) Steele Stanwick – In the 2012 season, Stanwick scored the most goals against Hamilton with four total goals between the two games. Stanwick also assisted Matt Casey’s two-point goal during one of the games.
#20 (A) Logan Schuss– Schuss ended his 2013 senior season with Ohio State as the school’s all-time leading goal scorer for the Buckeyes with 142 goals and ranked first in OSU history for points with 228. Schuss was also part of the Top 25 for the 2013 Tewaaraton Award. In the 2013 season, Schuss scored 40 goals and had 23 assists for 63 points.
#81 (D) Kyle Hartzell – Against Hamilton last season, Hartzell scored two 2-point goals between the two games. Hartzell was the team’s leading 2-point goal scorer last season with 11 total goals.
Rookie Debuts – During this game against Hamilton, the Machine will be debuting new players Logan Schuss and Dominique Alexander from Ohio State and Marcus Holman from North Carolina. Schuss was the number one leading goal scorer in Ohio State’s history and Holman is one of the top five finalists for the 2013 Tewaaraton Trophy.
Diverse Shooting –During both 2012 games against the Nationals, 13 different Machine players were able to score at least one goal. Steele Stanwick led the team against Hamilton with four goals, Kyle Hartzell had two two-point goals and Eric O’Brien, Jim Connolly and Connor Martin all tallied two each.
Facing Former Teammates– Machine players Scott Rodgers and Chad Wiedmaier will face their former Nationals teammates for the first time this season on Thursday. Rodgers and Wiedmaier were traded to the Machine after playing for the Nationals in 2012. Roy Lang, who the Machine trade for in September 2012 from Rochester, was sent to the Nationals as part of the trade.
Rookie Additions: “The three rookies should bring a lot of positive energy to the team. They are all looking forward to being part of the Ohio Machine and playing in the MLL. We’re excited to see what they will bring to the team and to the field this season.”
Greg Bice Injury: “Having Greg out with the foot injury is a big blow to our team, not only because he is such a savvy veteran, but most importantly is the resilient leadership that he brings to the team. I know that the guys will miss his balanced play that he brings to the playing field on a daily basis, but fortunately, we have a group of talented defensive players on the team who I believe have the ability to step up as leaders and then be able to make the plays when needed.”
Three Loss Start: “Our guys are focusing on continuing to have a positive attitude while taking care of the things that we have control over as we get through the past three tough losses. I have encouraged all of them to focus on looking through the front window and not look into the rear view mirror as we progress into the season and take on the upcoming opportunities.”
Hamilton faced the Charlotte Hounds this past weekend and won in a quick overtime after a game of constant scoring and lead changes. The Nationals came out strong in the first quarter taking an early 5-2 lead. The second quarter was intense for Charlotte as the team scored seven goals to pass Hamilton and lead 9-8 going into halftime. Stephen Keogh scored his fourth goal of the game in the third quarter and was the game’s leading goal scorer. Joe Walters scored a hat trick and Roy Lang and Kevin Crowley both scored two goals showcasing the shooting abilities of the Hamilton offense. The second half ended in a 15-15 tie and was forced to go into overtime. Matt Dolente won the overtime face-off and went straight to the net to score, ending the game with a 16-15 Hamilton victory.
Next week the Machine takes on the Rochester Rattlers on Sunday, June 2 at 5 p.m. at Sahlen’s Stadium in Rochester, New York. Fans can catch the game live on CBS Sports Network. The Machine returns back home for “Ohio Lacrosse Night” on June 15 against Rochester at 7:30 p.m. Purchase your tickets today!