If the first week of training camp is for introductions, the second is for really coming together as a team.
“The guys are starting to get to know each other, strengths and even weaknesses,” Ohio Machine Head Coach Bear Davis said. “We call it KYP—know your personnel—and it's tough to know that the first weekend. So the second weekend it was more finding that gel between units.”
With the first weekend in the books, the Machine reconvened in Columbus for a weekend of non-stop lacrosse. After three on-field sessions the first weekend of camp, the team hit the field this past weekend at St. Charles Preparatory School for four full sessions, including a scrimmage against Columbus Club Lacrosse.
"It went well,” midfielder Kyle Harrison said of the second weekend of training camp. “You know, I think we're sharing the ball offensively which is a great thing. We’re starting to dial our sticks in shooting-wise and I think again the most important thing offensively is that we continue to share the ball.”
As the Machine’s midfield and attacking units started to come together, so did the defensive side of the ball.
“The main thing from a defensive perspective is communication and starting to build our chemistry and coming together as a unit, in our talk and our ability to understand each other, its way better this weekend than it was last weekend,” Greg Bice said.
After a hard two days of practice, the team turned its attention to the regular season.
“I’m excited to be back in the MLL and I'm excited to be part of this group,” Harrison said. “We got a great group of guys, great organization and great coaching staff. So I'm excited.”
“We're no longer building,” said midfielder Kevin Mack. “We're ready to start winning some games and chase after a championship.”
Entering his first full season at the helm of the Machine, Coach Davis shares his players’ optimism about the 2014 season.
“I feel like we got the right guys,” Davis said. “They’re guys that we want to go to games with and compete. Certainly not just on the field, but they’re great guys off the field and I think the chemistry we’ve developed is very important."