After taking a week off to evaluate and reflect their first four games, the Ohio Machine will be in full recovery mode to take on the Chesapeake Bayhawks May 31 at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, MD at 7pm. “Chesapeake, they have a real nice team,” said Machine Coach Bear Davis, They are also in a tight spot, just as we are, where they have to figure out a way to win some games.”
These past couple of days has given the team time to prepare and come up with a new game plan which will hopefully become a huge turning point in their current record. “There are a couple things we need to do to get our guys in successful positions,” said Davis, “Offensively, we aren’t pleased with nine goal performances the last two times out.”
Just four games into his MLL career, Machine player Peter Baum has scored 10 goals and has also tallied three assists for a team-high 13 points. Out of all the Machine players to take more than three shots during this season, Baum holds the highest shooting percentage at .400. Along with the trio in midfield, attackmen Logan Schuss, Steele Stanwick, and Marcus Holman will be looking to help boost the offensive attack against the Bayhawks. “When goals for is 47, goals against is 41, and your record is 1-3, something ain’t right,” “we gotta learn to win the close ones,” said Baum on his Twitter page.
The Bayhawks are also welcoming a new goalie to the team who might star in the upcoming game. Joe Banno, whose .593 save percentage was ranked fourth in the MLL last year, was signed to the practice squad on Memorial Day. Banno was a two-time All-American at Haverford College and the team MVP who led the Black Squirrels to winning their first Centennial Conference Championship in 2010. Banno also played at Notre Dame-Fairfield as a top-four goalie free agent, following his 2013 MLL debut for the Rochester Rattlers. If Banno makes the active roster, he will be dressing for this weekend’s game. Along with that, Machine goalie Scotty Rodgers has recovered from past injuries and will be healthy enough to play this next game.
“The time off has given us time to evaluate our first four games, which I’m sure everyone was able to do,” Davis said. One of the things Coach Davis is trying to figure out for this weekend’s game is who belongs in which position. “I’m not sure anyone in our first six is a sure crease guy, so that has been something we need to learn to be more creative with,” said Davis, “Maybe we need to utilize Erik Krum a little bit more in these situations.” Also, Davis agrees that the team needs to “have that backup when Steele Stanwick does push,” and, “have someone that’s willing to get back and chase an outlet and is ready to go.”
This upcoming game will test how effective the Machine’s preparation has been over the last couple of days. “We know we aren’t that far away from putting it together,” Davis said. Machine fans, make sure to keep your eye on that score board this Saturday, this game is going to be an intense one! Also, Machine Fans should mark their calendars for the next home game. The Machine will be heading home to Selby Stadium to face off the Boston Cannons on June 6th at 8pm.