With three close losses coming on the heels of a resounding season-opening win, the Ohio Machine is just an adjustment away from returning to the win column.
Head Coach Bear Davis said there are just “a couple things we need to do” to get the offense clicking and to get the result the Machine wants.
“Offensively we aren’t pleased with nine goal performances the last two times out,” Davis said. “We’ve had a couple guys in and out of the lineup that could have helped us. We aren’t that far away, we know we aren’t that far away from putting it together.”
With a game against the Chesapeake Bayhawks on the horizon Davis said the team used a week of to evaluate itself, and its upcoming opponent.
“We’ve sat back and been able to breakdown ourselves last week and Chesapeake this week,” he said.
Even with a 1-3 record and two consecutive nine-goal outings, the Machine has had a few bright spots so far, perhaps the brightest of which is first-year midfielder Peter Baum.
Just four games into his Major League Lacrosse career, Baum has scored 10 goals and tallied three assists for a team-high 13 points. Of Machine players to take more than three shots this season, Baum has the highest shooting percentage at .400. He has scored his 10 goals from just 15 shots on target.
Along with Baum, midfielders Tom Schreiber and Kyle Harrison – both former No. 1 picks in the MLL Collegiate Draft, just like Baum – have excelled in their first seasons with the Machine. With three talented midfielders in one line, two of them are marked by a short stick.
Davis said who gets the poll isn’t overly important, but it is still an advantage to have short sticks guarding some of the most talented shooters in MLL.
“What we will do is figure out ways, like the two man game to get guys hands freed up, but what we have done is say ‘look, if one of you has a pole that pretty much gives the green light to the other two,’” the Machine coach said.
Along with the trio in midfield, attackmen Logan Schuss, Steele Stanwick and Marcus Holman will all be looking to help boost the offensive attack against Chesapeake.
On defense, the team will be looking to come out with a performance similar to the week-one win at Charlotte, when they blanked the Hounds in the first and fourth quarters.
Face-off is set for Saturday at 7 p.m. EST at Navy-Marine Corps Stadium in Annapolis, Md. The game can be viewed live on CBS Sports Network.
After the game against the Bayhawks, the Machine will head home to play the Boston Cannons at Selby Stadium in Delaware, Ohio, June 6. Face-off for that game will be at 8 p.m. EST and the game will be broadcast live on CBS Sports Network.