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GAME PREVIEW: Machine at Cannons

March 19, 2016
Just two weeks after a heartbreaking 17-16 loss to the Boston Cannons at home, the Ohio Machine is set to travel to Boston to run it back Saturday, June 21.

Face off is set for 8 p.m. EST, and the game will be broadcast live on the MLL Network’s YouTube channel.

When the two teams met on June 6, the Machine outscored Boston 7-6 in the second half, but came up just short as Boston’s Stephen Berger and Ryan Boyle each scored in the game’s final five minutes. Regardless of the result, Ohio used the record-setting game as a springboard for its week seven victory over the Rochester Rattlers.

The team tied its scoring record at 16 against the Cannons, and then set its new record after tallying 18 goals against the Rattlers on June 14. The Machine will look to use that momentum heading into Boston and reverse the result of the first matchup.

Machine Head Coach Bear Davis said the offensive balance has led to a goal-scoring mindset as a team.

“A great part about this group is, I don’t think any of them really care who scores the goal,” he said. “They know everyone’s capable of scoring goals.”

Davis said coming out of Boston with a positive result will come down to the smaller details.

“It’s just maybe play a little harder, getting another ground ball,” he said. “It’s those little details that you’ve got to find an area to get one more possession, get one more shot, one more goal.”

While one more goal would have tied the then-club record of 16, Ohio was not lacking offensive production the first time around with the Cannons. Attackman Logan Schuss set a club record with eight points on four goals and four assists. Midfielder Kyle Harrison added four more goals while midfielder Tom Schreiber and attackman Marcus Holman each had two.

On the other side, attackman Will Manny sparked the Cannon offense with seven points – needing just one more assist to mirror Schuss’ numbers. Davis said you can game plan for Manny, but it’s important to take care of the rest of Boston’s offense as well.

“He’s very dangerous like that, but sometimes the other five guys on the field just do an incredible job of setting up one guy, and I think that was the case in that game,” Davis said.

While the Machine prepares to get that last goal, Boston Head Coach John Tucker said his team has to be ready for another tight battle against the talented Machine squad.

“We have won one (one goal game), against an awesome Ohio Machine team that we play this week,” Tucker said. “So, it’s going to be tough.”

After the showdown in Boston, the Machine will head to New York to take on the Lizards Saturday, June 28. Face off in New York is set for 7 p.m. EST. Ohio’s next home game will be on the Fourth of July when it hosts the Chesapeake Bayhawks at 4 p.m. EST. That game will be broadcast live on CBS Sports and will be followed by festivities leading up to the Delaware fireworks show.