The Ohio Machine completed a huge comeback to force overtime, but ended up losing to the Boston Cannons, 17-16, Saturday night at Harvard Stadium.
Machine defenseman Dana Wilber scored a 2-point goal with just three minutes left in the game, moving Ohio within one at 16-15. Midfielder Tom Schreiber tied the game with 1:12 on the clock to complete the charge back. A goal from Will Manny in the extra period gave Boston the win.
Manny, who had seven points the first time the two team met two weeks ago, started off the game with a goal at the 10:44 mark. Machine attackmen Steele Stanwick and Logan Schuss each scored over the next eight minutes to even the score after a second Manny goal. From there Boston took a two-goal streak into the break to make it 4-2 in favor of the Cannons.
Boston continued its streak into the second quarter, eventually taking a 9-4 lead just before the end of the half.
Machine attackman Marcus Holman swung the momentum in Ohio’s direction with a 2-point goal with less than 10 seconds left in the first half before Harrison opened the second half with a goal from just inside the arc.
Paul Rabil eventually made it 12-8 in favor of Boston, but Ohio countered with tallies from midfielders Kevin Cooper and Jake Bernhardt moving the Machine within two. The team entered the final quarter with a man-up advantage.
Less than five minutes into the fourth quarter Manny had scored his fourth while Rabil had picked up a hat trick of his own, giving Boston a 14-10 lead.
As the Machine offense came alive, the defense was able to hold strong as the team went on a 4-0 run up to the end of regulation.
The game marked the Machine’s first-ever trip to overtime.
Schuss finished the game with three goals, while Harrison and midfielder Peter Baum each had two. Seven different Ohio players tallied one goal in the game. Farrell led the team with two assists while the loss marked the first time this season the Machine has scored two 2-point goals in one game.
Goalie Brian Phipps made nine saves on 24 shots on goal for Ohio. Face-off man Bobby Dattilo went 10-for-29 at the X while midfielder Jake Bernhardt was two-for-five.
Manny had five goals while Buchanan score four, but Rabil stole the show for Boston with three goals – including a 2-pointer – and five assists.
The Machine will travel to New York to take on the Lizards Saturday, June 28. The game will be broadcast on the MLL Network starting at 7 p.m. EST. After the showdown with the Lizards, Ohio returns home to Selby Stadium in Delaware, Ohio, for a three-straight games. The home stand will start on the Fourth of July when the Machine hosts the Chesapeake Bayhawks at 4 p.m.