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Ohio Machine (0-6) vs. Rochester Rattlers (3-3)
Saturday, June 15 at 7:30 p.m.
Selby Stadium, Delaware, Ohio
Parking lots open at 2:00 p.m.
Gates open at 2:30 p.m.
Fans can watch the game live on Major League Lacrosse’s YouTube channel at youtube.com/MLL.
The Ohio Machine is back at home after two weeks on the road to face the Rochester Rattlers for “Ohio Lacrosse Night.” This game is the second meeting between the teams this season after Rochester won the first game at home, 9-7.
Game Night Festivities
"Party on the Patio" – Machine sponsor Amato's Woodfired Pizza is hosting "Party on the Patio" starting at 5 p.m. with a live band! On top of live music and delicious food, fans can enjoy exclusive specials when they bring their Ohio Machine game day ticket with them.
“Ohio Lacrosse Night”-Fans will be treated to three games starting at 3:00 p.m. with the 2013 OHSLA East vs. West and North vs. South All-Star games followed by the Ohio Machine game. The Ohio Machine will also be recognizing the 2013 Ohio Lacrosse Hall of Fame Inductees and 2013 US Lacrosse Ohio All Americans. Tickets to the Ohio Machine game are good for all three games on Saturday.
"Fan Zone with Games2U" – Bring the family out to our Fan Zone starting at 5:30 p.m. for great entertainment provided by Games2U including inflatables and other great activities. There's something for everyone!
"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 at the concession stands.
“Socius Xbox 360 Giveaway” – Two lucky fans will have the chance to win one Xbox 360 during the “Hamster Ball Race” in-game contest presented by Socius.
“Post-Game Fireworks presented by Fireball Whiskey”– Stay after the game to enjoy a marvelous display of fireworks presented by Fireball Whiskey to celebrate “Ohio Lacrosse Night!”
Last week, the Machine traveled to Charlotte to face its fellow 2012 expansion team and lost 13-7 after a tough third quarter. Logan Schuss scored the first goal of the game for an early Machine lead, but the Hounds responded with back-to-back goals. At the end of the first half, Joe Cummings scored the only goal in the second quarter to bring the game to a tie at 4-4 going into halftime. Coming out of the half, the Hounds dominated the third quarter and outscored the Machine. Charlotte went on a five unanswered goal streak, scoring eight goals total in the quarter. Steele Stanwick and Cummings were able to end the streaks and put two goals up, but the Machine was trailing 12-6 entering the final quarter. Both teams scored one more goal in the fourth quarter to end the game with a 13-7 Charlotte victory.
#1 (A) Chazz Woodson: Woodson led in goals in the Machine’s win over the Rattlers last season during the inaugural home opener with four goals. The Machine lost to the Rattlers the second time around in 2012, but Woodson contributed five goals and one assist for a total of six points against Rochester in 2012.
#6 (A) Steele Stanwick: Steele Stanwick just hit 25 career assists after tallying two assists at last week’s match-up against Charlotte. Last season, Stanwick led all MLL rookies in assists with 17. Stanwick currently leads the 2013 Machine in points (14) and assists (8).
#19 (M) Joe Cummings: Cummings is the Machine’s leading goal scorer totaling seven goals so far for the 2013 season, including two goals last week against Charlotte. Cummings has already had three multi-goal games this season.
#20 (A) Logan Schuss: Schuss scored four goals during this season’s first game against Rochester, tallying his first MLL career hat-trick. Schuss was the leading goal scorer for that game and now has six goals total for the season, tying for second on the team. After this past weekend, Schuss is also leading the MLL rookies in goals.
#30 (G) Brian Phipps: Phipps had an outstanding performance in goal during his first game against Rochester saving 15 goals out of 24 shots for one of the best games of his career. Phipps is currently second in the MLL with a 10.50 goals against average and third with a .580 save percentage.
#88 (M) Connor Martin: Martin will be back on the field to play against Rochester after receiving an injury during the Machine’s second game of the season. This game will be Martin’s second 2013 season appearance. Last season, Martin had24 goals and seven assists for the Machine. In the second game against Rochester last season, Martin added three goals and one assist.
Closest Game This Season: The Machine lost to Rochester two weeks ago by only two goals making it the closest scoring game for the Machine this season. Last season, the Machine won one of the two games against Rochester and lost the other by one goal, making it one of the closest scoring games that season as well.
Power-Play Goals: During the last match-up against Rochester, the Machine scored two goals out of three power play opportunities. Ohio finished the 2012 season third in the MLL with 18 power play goals.
Defense Steps Up: The Machine is tied in the league for second place with least amount of two-point goals allowed with only two. The Machine also finds three of its defensemen in the Top 10 for defensive ground balls – Kyle Hartzell (21), Max Schmidt (20) and Chad Wiedmaier (15). Hartzell (3), Schmidt (1) and Ray Megill (1) are also in the Top 10 for most points for MLL defensemen in the league.
Improvements from Last Week: “The positives are that we haven’t given up a lot of transition goals like we did earlier in the season and we’ve done a good job playing up and down the field both ways. We’ve done some good things defensively only holding four goals at half last week, but we’ve been grinding it out too much on offense.”
Brian Phipps: “Phipps was an all-star goalie in this league for a reason. Brian is a coach and a player so he understands all the concepts and knows a lot of players in the league so he knows the offesnes. Right now, he has been the most consistent; we talked to the goalies and we’re going with the hot hand and everyone agrees.”
Second Half Struggles: “We come out of halftime, we jump on the face-off, the other team wins it and scores, and then they win the next one and score. It’s never ending frustration. We’re not trying to reinvent the game at halftime – we just weren’t planning on having guys step off-sides or pass away. We make errors of omission that are a little undisciplined and sloppy, which killed us in that third quarter last week.”
The last match-up between the Machine and the Rattlers resulted in a low-scoring 9-7 Rochester victory. Rochester took the first lead of the game and was ahead 2-1 at the end of the first quarter. Steele Stanwick and Logan Schuss tried to close the gap in the first half, but Rochester found the net four times to shoot their lead up 6-3 going into halftime. Both teams struggled to find scoring opportunities in the second half, but eventually Rochester was able to score three times in the third quarter for a 9-5 lead. Machine goalie Brian Phipps put a stop to all Rochester shots in the fourth quarter, but the Machine offense was only able to score two more goals. Rochester won 9-7 after a tough fight from both teams to put goals on the scoreboard.
Rochester faced the Boston Cannons in the first MLL game played in Atlanta, Georgia, and won 16-14 after trailing for the majority of the game. Boston and Rochester stayed close throughout the first quarter with Boston taking the first lead. The lead bounced between the two teams but it was Boston that had a 6-5 lead at the end of the first quarter. Rochester attempted to catch up in the second quarter scoring four goals, but Boston’s additional four goals gave the Cannons a 10-9 lead at halftime. After a slow moving third quarter, Boston was still leading 13-11. It wasn’t until the fourth quarter when Rochester stepped up and scored five goals over Boston’s single goal. This fourth quarter performance gave Rochester the last second lead and a 16-14 win.
Next week, the Machine is back on the road to face the undefeated Denver Outlaws at Sports Authority Field in Denver, CO, on Saturday, June 22 at 8 p.m. EST/6 p.m. MST. Fans can watch the game live on CBS Sports Network. The Machine is then back at home for a two game stretch starting on Saturday, June 29, at 7:30 p.m. against the Boston Cannons. Purchase your tickets today!