The Ohio Machine is set to take on the Chesapeake Bayhawks to kick off a three-game homestand at Selby Stadium on Independence Day.
Prior to the City of Delaware fireworks show at 9:30 p.m., there will be fireworks on the field as the Machine goes for the season sweep against the back-to-back MLL Champion Bayhawks. Face-off will be at 4 p.m. EST.The game will be broadcast live on the CBS Sports Network.
The 3-6 Machine is coming off a 19-13 loss to the New York Lizards on the road. Chesapeake holds the same record and is coming off of an 18-11 victory against the Florida Launch.
Ohio picked up its second win of the season against the Bayhawks in Chesapeake on May 31. The Machine outscored the Bayhawks 15-11 and won 16-of-28 face offs on its way to the win.
The Machine leads Major League Lacrosse with 119 goals scored in 2014, while the Bayhawks are last in the league with just 94 goals. Ohio will look to continue its offensive success against Chesapeake, led by a trio of form No. 1 overall picks in the midfield.
Peter Baum currently leads the squad with 26 goals while Kyle Harrison and Tom Schreiber have scored 19 and 10 goals, respectively, from midfield. Attackmen Marcus Holman and Logan Schuss have scored 19 and 18 goals this season.
Family bragging rights will be on the line for a pair of Machine midfielders. Kevin Cooper’s brother Brian is a rookie with the Bayhawks while Jake Bernhardt’s brother Jesse is a key Chesapeake defenseman.
After the Machine takes on the Bayhawks, Selby Stadium will remain open until 10 p.m. after the fireworks show. Fans in attendance will receive a wristband to re-enter the stadium throughout the evening. There will be games courtesy of Games2U and Dave & Buster’s and the Central Ohio Symphony will be playing at 7:30 p.m. across the street from the stadium.
Once the fireworks go out, the Machine will look forward to an extended stay in Delaware, Ohio, as the club will take on the Charlotte Hounds on July 19 and the Denver Outlaws on July 26. The face-off with the Hounds is set for 7 p.m. while Ohio will take on Denver at 4:30 p.m. Both games will be broadcast live on the CBS Sports Network.