The Ohio Machine made a late surge to beat the Chesapeake Bayhawks, 15-11, Saturday in Annapolis, Md.
Ohio snapped a three-game losing streak and extended Chesapeake’s streak to three straight losses in the victory.
The Machine – now 2-3 in 2014 – used a six-point run in the second half to put away the back-to-back defending Major League Lacrosse Champions.
“We knew that this franchise needed to take a big step, and I think we did tonight,” attackman Marcus Holman said after the game.
After finding itself down 9-7 in the third quarter, the Machine went on its second four-point streak of the night to take an 11-9 lead. Attackman Logan Schuss got it started with a powerplay goal, then Holman capped of his hat trick with a two-point powerplay goal on a hidden ball trick. Midfielder Peter Baum then tallied his third goal of the game to extend the lead to two.
Holman’s two-pointer was the first two-point goal scored by Ohio in 2014.
“We started off a little slow tonight, and we finished strong,” Holman said. “I’m just pumped.”
After falling behind 2-0, and then 4-1, early, the Machine rattled off four straight goals in just three minutes and 35 seconds to end the first quarter. Each of the Machine’s first five goals were scored by different players before Holman tallied his second in the second quarter.
Before that Holman goal, the Bayhawks had scored two goals to go up 6-5, but the Machine fought back to take a 7-6 lead after Baum tallied his second goal of the night. Ohio kept that lead going into the half.
The Machine has averaged just more than 23 ground balls so far this season, but managed to pick up 21 in the first half alone against Chesapeake. Ohio finished the game with a total of 42 ground balls.
Fortunes reversed to begin the second half, as Chesapeake scored three in a row to take the 9-7 lead, partially due to a broken stick for Machine defenseman Greg Bice that forced him to leave the field.
After Ohio came back to take the 11-9, Schuss added his second of the night to extend the advantage to three. Less than two minutes later, Schuss became the third Machine player to tally a hat trick in the game and extended the lead to 13-9.
As the clock ticked past the seven-minute mark in the fourth quarter, attackman Steele Stanwick intercepted an attempted Chesapeake clear, and picked up his third assist on Holman’s fourth goal of the game to go up 14-9.
Bayhawks’ defenseman Nicky Polanco scored before attackman Ben Rubeor added another, but it wasn’t enough to negate the Machine lead. Ohio midfielder Kyle Harrison added his second of the game to close out the scoring with less than a minute to play.
Holman finished with four goals, while Baum and Schuss had three each. Harrison tallied two and Stanwick finished with three assists. Midfielders Tom Schreiber and Jake Bernhardt each added one goal, while Holman, Berhnardt, Schuss, Schreiber and defenseman Brian Farrell each had one assist.
Ohio goalie Brian Phipps made eight saves on 17 shots on goal and face-off man Eric O’Brien went 16-for-27 at the midfield X. The Machine scored four power-play goals on seven tries.
Attackman Brendan Mundorf scored a hat trick and attackman Drew Westervelt tallied two goals for Chesapeake.
The Machine is set to head home to Selby Stadium for a two-game home stand. Ohio will face the Boston Cannons on Friday, June 6 at 8 p.m., the game will be broadcast on CBS Sports Network. On Saturday, June 14, Ohio will take on the Rochester Rattlers at 5:30 p.m. on the MLL Network.