After the MLL All-Star game, the Ohio Machine played a three-game stretch, which included a game on the Fourth of July against the Denver Outlaws and a home at home series against the Hamilton Nationals. The Machine finished the stretch with a record of 1-2, earning its second win of the season.
Against the Outlaws, the Machine faltered out of the gate falling behind quickly, 10-1, in the first half. A goal from midfielder Matt Casey with 5:49 left in the second quarter ended Denver’s run and ignited a Machine rally. Rookie attackman Steele Stanwick found attackman Jim Connolly and midfielder Kiel Matisz to help bring the Machine within five goals at half-time. The Machine carried its momentum into the second half by outscoring the Outlaws 4-2 in the third quarter. In the fourth quarter Ohio cut Denver’s lead down to two but they could not overcome the deficit and fell to the Outlaws 17-13. Connolly led all scorers with a career high five goals.
Before heading to Hamilton the Machine finalized its roster by making several trades at the trade deadline. Ohio began the day by trading its 1st and 2nd Round picks in the 2013 Supplemental Draft for midfielder Jeff Colburn and Rochester’s 1st Round pick in the 2013 Supplemental Draft. Later in the day the team traded for former University of Maryland attackman Joe Cummings. The team sent its 2nd Round pick in the 2013 Collegiate Draft and a conditional 3rd Round pick in 2014 Collegiate Draft to Chesapeake for Cummings and a 3rd Round pick in the 2013 Collegiate Draft. The team also traded midfielder Jordan Levine to the Long Island Lizards for a 4th Round pick in the 2013 Supplemental Draft.
On Friday, July 13th, the Machine headed to Hamilton to play the first game of a home-at-home series. Machine midfielder Matt Messina opened up the game with a quick goal and the Machine took a 9-8 lead heading into halftime. Hamilton took an 11-10 lead in the 3rd quarter but back to back goals from midfielder Kiel Matisz and attackman Jim Connolly gave the team the lead for good. Goalie Brian Phipps dominated between the pipes for the Machine, earning his first win of the season with 18 saves, as well as Bud Light Player of the Game.
In the second game of the home-at-home series, the Machine fell behind early but rookie attackman Joe Cummings tied the game up at six early in the third quarter. The Nationals surged ahead with a four-goal run but a two-point goal from Matt Casey in the fourth to cut the Nationals’ lead down to two. Casey scored again with less than three minutes to go in the game but the Nationals held on to win their third game of the season. Seven different players scored for Ohio and Casey led the team with three points.
The Machine head into the final stretch of the regular season with a home game against the Chesapeake Bayhawks on Saturday, July 21, during “Columbus Zoo Night.” The Bayhawks are 2-1 over their last three games and are coming off of a 13-7 victory over the Rochester Rattlers. Both teams combined for one goal in the first quarter but the Bayhawks scored 12 goals over the next three quarters to defeat the Rattlers 13-7. Face-off Specialist Adam Rand won 15 face-offs for the Bayhawks and midfielder Michael Kimmel led the team with five points (1G 5A)
Kimmel is currently second on the team in points with 30, trailing midfielder Kyle Dixon who has 11 two-point goals. Midfielder Steven Brooks leads the team in goals with 19 and has 27 points overall. In goal, the Bayhawks are led by Kip Turner who has 77 saves and a 10.60 goals against average in seven games.
After its game against the Bayhawks, the Machine travels to Rochester to face the Rattlers for the second time this season. The Machine is currently 1-0 against the Rattlers, who are 5-5 on the season. Attackman Ned Crotty leads the team with 24 points (12 G 12A) and Jordan MacIntosh has a team high 16 goals. After splitting time in the cage with goalie Mike Gabel early in the season, goalie John Galloway has taken over posting 120 saves this year and a goals against average of 13.37.