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Game #8 at Denver Outlaws

June 19, 2013
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The Basics

Ohio Machine (1-6) at Denver Outlaws (7-0)

Saturday, June 22, 8 p.m. EST, 6 p.m. MST

Sports Authority Field at Mile High Stadium, Denver, CO


Fans can watch the game live on CBS Sports Network at 8 p.m. EST. Check your local cable provider for channel listings.

Game Preview

The Machine is on the road this week to face the undefeated Denver Outlaws in Denver at Sports Authority Field. This game is the second time the teams will meet this season after the Machine lost 13-8 to the Outlaws in its home opener on May 4.

Looking Back

The Machine won its first game of the 2013 season last weekend against the Rochester Rattlers. The Machine came out ready to play and took control during the first quarter. Joe Cummings opened up the game with the first shot for an early Machine lead and went on to score five goals total to become the game’s Player of the Game. Rochester kept close to the Machine’s lead and was able to keep the score tied 4-4 at the end of the first quarter. The Machine tried to break away in the second quarter, but Rochester remained tight. Logan Schuss and Cummings scored the final two goals of the first half for the first Machine lead going into halftime, 9-7. At the start of the third quarter, both teams’ defenses stopped each other from scoring for the first 1o minutes. Both teams put one goal up on the scoreboard to end the quarter with the Machine ahead, 10-8. The Machine fought hard to keep its lead and scored three more goals in the final quarter to pull away from Rochester and win 13-11.

Player Notes

#1 (M) Chazz Woodson: Woodson scored the first goal of the 2013 season for the Machine in the home opener against Denver. Woodson has since scored four goals this season and has accumulated 91 career goals.

#10 (FO/M) Eric O’Brien:  O’Brien was one of the Machine’s leading scorers against Denver earlier this season scoring two goals off of two shots. O’Brien also collected three groundballs and went 3-8 with face-offs.

#19 (M) Joe Cummings:  Last week, Cummings scored five goals against Rochester for a new career-high and was named MVP of the game, as well as Warrior Offensive Player of the Week. Cummings now has 12 goals this season (first on the team) and four assists for 16 points (second on the team).

# 30 (G) Brian Phipps:  Phipps is currently ranked second overall among all MLL goalies this season for goals against average (10.33) and third for save percentage (.575).

#88 (M)  Connor Martin:  Martin just passed his 50-point mark after his post-injury debut last week against Rochester. Martin scored three goals and had two assists, which pushed him over 50 points. Martin now has 54 total career points.

Team Notes

Season-Highs: Last week’s win against Rochester was the first time this season the Machine reached a double-digit score, defeating the Rattlers 13-11. The team set another season record tallying 10 game assists against the Rattlers. Joe Cummings also set the season-high record for goals in a game with five, as well as set a career high in goals.

Holding at 13:  After playing Denver in its first game of the season, the Machine is one of only two teams to have held the Denver Outlaws to only 13 goals in a game so far in their undefeated season.

Power-Play Opportunities:  Last season against Denver, the Machine scored six goals from nine opportunities to score during a power-play. The Machine was able to stop Denver from scoring any goals during their power-play chances.

Coach’s Thoughts

Woodson and Martin Leadership: “After being out with an injury for the past few weeks, Martin was a key factor in this last game by scoring three goals. Woodson was also back from injury and was right back at it in his leadership role. The rookies are still figuring it out but are gaining a lot of confidence. When those top guys step up, like Woodson and Martin, the other guys follow and bring that confidence to the field.”

Taking on Undefeated Denver : “It’s going to be a team effort this weekend, especially on defense. It will be about team fundamentals against their offense – you’re not going to stop them all the time because they’re offensive guys like Law and Bocklet are too good. We just need to make sure we connect and communicate clearly on the defense to make sure we are covering the ball and not leaving their offensive guys open, which is death in MLL.”

Overcoming the Third Quarter: “The guys knew what the third quarter meant with our history so far this season. We had talked about some adjustments that we needed to enforce on offense and defense in the second half especially since we were getting some great looks but just couldn’t finish in our previous games. We had this third quarter nemesis and it was time to get the monkey off our back. Against Rochester, we played good defense, got groundballs, won face-offs and made the saves. You saw the team’s whole personality change when we got to the third quarter and actually accomplished everything that we had been trying to do all season.”

Joe Cummings’ Performance:  “He’s underrated in this league as an off-ball player, but he’s still dangerous. Look are how he played this weekend, he had his best game to date. He put a goal in underhand from eight yards out and changed planes. He’s strong fundamentally, reads the game really well and executes all the little things that people don’t really see. He showed his true colors in a lot of ways this weekend.”

Last Match-Up

The Machine first played the Outlaws during its 2013 season home opener and lost 13-8. Chazz Woodson opened up the first quarter with a goal in hopes of setting the momentum for the team. Denver quickly responded with a 5-0 scoring streak, creating a large lead at the end of the first quarter. The Machine closed Denver’s gap just enough to trail by only one goal with the score at 5-4 going into halftime. At the start of the third quarter, both teams struggled to add on more goals but Denver began firing shots to the net, scoring eight goals in the second half. With final back-to-back goals from the Outlaws, the Machine lost 13-8.

Scouting Denver

The Denver Outlaws are undefeated this season with a 7-0 record after defeating the defending MLL champs Bayhawks 13-9 on the road. Denver took the lead first and held it for the majority of the game, breaking away in the second quarter. Denver standout rookie Eric Law had another outstanding performance and scored four goals off of four shots to keep his perfect scoring record at 9-9. At the end of the third quarter, Denver was ahead 9-6 and only pushed more in the final quarter. The Outlaws put up four more goals within the last 15 minutes of the game for the team’s seventh straight win.

Up Next

The Machine is back at home for back-to-back games beginning with 2011 MLL Champions Boston Cannons for the first time this season during “SchoLAXstic Education Night” on Saturday, June 29 at 7:30 p.m. at Selby Stadium. There will be a $5 Kids Meal Deals, as well as special activities from Brine and COSI! Purchase your tickets today