Ohio Machine Announces 12-Man Protected Roster Ahead of Expansion Draft

Machine Pieces Start To Fall In Place for 2016 Major League Lacrosse Season

 


 

File Photo - Spenser Hickey DelawareO.com

File Photo – S Hickey DelawareO.com

COLUMBUS, OHIO (October 8, 2015) – The Ohio Machine has named its 12-man protected list for the upcoming 2016 Major League Lacrosse Expansion Draft, it was announced today by Machine Vice President & Head Coach Bear Davis. The 2016 MLL Expansion Draft will take place on Wednesday, November 18 when the Atlanta Blaze is set to make its first roster moves.

Teams had the option of protecting either 10 or 12 players. The Machine protected 12 players; three attackmen, four midfielders, three defensemen, one faceoff specialist and one goalie. Included in the Machine’s 12-Man Protected List are the club’s top six scorers from last season. The Machine protected 82.3 percent of its offensive production from 2015, its starting goalie, and two of the MLL’s top four leaders in caused turnovers.

Players not protected will be eligible to be selected in the 2016 Expansion Draft. During the Expansion Draft, once a team loses three players, that team can pull a player back on its roster. From each subsequent player lost, that team can pull back another player. A team can lose a maximum of six players. Players not selected in the 2016 Expansion Draft will be eligible to return to their original teams.

 

Machine 12-Man Protected List:     Machine Unprotected Players:
Number Player Position     Number Player Position
15 Peter Baum M 23 Dominique Alexander M
3 Jake Bernhardt M 40 Jake Bailey D
4 Jimmy Bitter A 41 Kevin Cooper M
18 Kyle Harrison M 28 Jimmy Dailey A
1 Marcus Holman A 2 Dan Groot M
25 Brian Karalunas D 33 Ryan Izzo M
30 Brian Phipps G 11 Matt McMahon D
17 Jackson Place D 51 Mike Noone D
94 Greg Puskuldjian FO 42 Scott Rodgers G
26 Tom Schreiber M 20 Logan Schuss A
6 Steele Stanwick A 24 Steven Waldeck D
91 Dana Wilber D M

Source: Ohio Machine Press Release

 

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Ohio Machine President and General Manager Steps Down.

Bear Davis and Gregg Klein  to split Ohio Machine management responsibilities

 COLUMBUS, OHIO (September 26, 2014) – The Ohio Machine announced today that team President & General Manager John Algie will step down from his position effective October 3, 2014. Machine Vice President & Head Coach Bear Davis will assume the responsibility for lacrosse operations. Current Director of Corporate Partnerships Gregg Klein will assume responsibilities for the Machine’s business operations.

“It’s been an absolute privilege for me to be a part of the founding of the Ohio Machine,” Algie said. “I’m grateful to all of our wonderful fans, partners and supporters for believing in this team and helping us to grow from just an idea to an exciting playoff team in only three seasons. We have such an amazing group of players, coaches and front office staff in place which makes this the right time for me to transition out while they work to take the team to the next level. The future is bright for the Ohio Machine and Ohio lacrosse and I’m proud to say I’ve played a role in that.”

Algie joined the Machine in April 2011 as the team’s first employee after Major League Lacrosse announced the expansion club in January 2011. In his three and a half years at the helm of the team, Algie guided the Machine to success on and off the field. Off the field, Algie secured partnerships with The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Skyline Chili, Donatos Pizza and many more.

On the field, Algie built the Machine roster through the collegiate and supplemental drafts and through key player acquisitions via trades and waiver additions. In 2014, the Machine led MLL in offense and made the MLL Playoffs for the first time in club history. Under Algie, Machine players have made 12 All-Star game appearances, won three Offensive Player of the Week awards, four Defensive Player of the Week awards and four Rookie of the Week awards. Two Machine players were also named to the All-MLL team, Kyle Hartzell in 2012 and Peter Baum in 2014.

Prior to joining the Machine, Algie worked as an attorney for the international law firm of Jones Day. No stranger to Major League Lacrosse, Algie spent three seasons as the MLL’s Director of League Operations where his responsibilities included implementation and enforcement of the league’s on-field and player personnel rules, college and pro player scouting, and game operations management. He was also one of the primary catalysts for MLL’s change from a 45-second to the 60-second shot clock that has been in effect since the 2005 season and also served two terms as the Chair of the MLL’s Rules Committee. Overall, Algie has held a full-time, managerial position in MLL for eight of the league’s 14 seasons.

Algie is a Trustee for the Delaware County Convention & Visitor’s Bureau, where he serves as President, the Recording Secretary for the Ohio Chapter of U.S. Lacrosse, and a member of the Pitt Business Alumni Association Board. Algie will rejoin Jones Day following his time with the Machine.

Peter Buam of the Ohio Machine Named to All-MLL Team

Attacker Peter Baum charges off the sideline before scoring the final Machine goal to clinch the win. - Photo Spenser Hickey DelawareO.com

Attacker Peter Baum charges off the sideline before scoring the final Machine goal to clinch the win. – Photo Spenser Hickey DelawareO.com

COLUMBUS, OHIO (August 22, 2014) – Major League Lacrosse announced today that Ohio Machine midfielder Peter Baum was named to the 2014 All-MLL Team. Baum earned the honor after his first season in MLL and leading all midfielders in goals with 35. Baum is one of three midfielders named to the roster of 12 on the All-MLL Team.
“I’ve never played on an offense with a talent level that even approaches that of our team,” Baum said. “That luxury allowed me to just focus on the things I do well. Going back to the midfield after playing my final three years of college at attack was a nice adjustment, and my teammates really helped me with the transition.”

Baum anchored the Machine offense all season and was the only player to play in all 15 games for the Machine. He finished the regular season tied for seventh in the league, and first on the Machine, with 50 points. His 35 goals were second on the Machine to Marcus Holman who led the league with 37 goals. Baum led the Machine in goals in six games, including the team’s first-ever playoff game, and led the team in points five times. Seven times in 2014, Baum scored three or more goals in a game.

“I am so thankful to have been able to come into the league with the support of such a fantastic team and organization,” Baum said. “The Ohio Machine and the Ohio lacrosse community in general have made this a very special summer for me, and I couldn’t be more grateful. I can’t wait to be back next season with our incredible coaches and fans, fighting to make it back to the playoffs and win a MLL championship.”

During the regular season, Baum was the only player in the league to score at least one goal in every regular season game in 2014. Baum is the second Machine player to earn a spot on the All-MLL Team, joining former Machine defenseman Kyle Hartzell who was named to the All-MLL Team following the 2012 season.

Season tickets for the Machine’s 2015 season are now on sale and range from General Admission at $92 to a Field Level Box at $2,400 and include seven regular season home games plus a 2015 MLL playoff game. Information on 2015 season tickets can be found at http://www.theohiomachine.com/2015seasontickets or by calling 614-754-1973.

Source Ohio Machine

 

2014 All-MLL Team

Player Team Position
John Galloway Rochester Goalie
Tucker Durkin Florida Defense
Michael Manley Rochester Defense
Joel White Rochester Defense
Lee Zink Denver Defense
Greg Gurenlian New York Faceoff Specialist
Peter Baum Ohio Midfield
Paul Rabil Boston Midfield
Jeremy Sieverts Denver Midfield
Casey Powell Florida Attack
John Grant Jr. Denver Attack
Rob Pannell New York Attack

Ohio Machine Promotes Bear Davis to Vice President & Head Coach

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Coach Bear Davis, Ohio Machine. File Photo, DelawareO.com

BEAR DAVIS TO JOIN MACHINE FRONT OFFICE FULL-TIME;
PROMOTED TO VICE PRESIDENT & HEAD COACH

The Ohio Machine, Ohio’s Major League Lacrosse team, announced today that Bear Davis has been promoted to Vice President & Head Coach. As part of the promotion, Davis will join the front office on a full-time basis. In addition to his responsibilities as head coach, Davis will help expand the Machine’s ticket sales and community relations efforts.

“Bear has made a profound impact on our team and community in a relatively short time,” Machine President & General Manager John Algie said. “Allowing Bear to come home to Ohio and devote his full attention to our organization is the next step in our evolution. I’m even more optimistic for the future of the Machine and lacrosse in Ohio with Bear as a full-time member of the Machine’s front office.”

Davis, a Hilliard High School alum, joined the Machine on June 24, 2013 when he was named the second head coach in club history. In 2014, Davis has led the Machine to a 8-6 regular season record and guided the team to its first-ever playoff appearance. The Machine’s six game improvement over its 2013 record is tied for the largest single-season turnaround in Major League Lacrosse history.

“I am excited to be coming back home to Ohio to continue the momentum we’ve built this season on and off the field,” Davis said. “Ohio lacrosse has given so much to me and I am eager to return to where it all started and to contribute to the success of the Machine and the growth of the sport.”

Under Davis, the Machine posted the top-ranked offense in Major League Lacrosse in 2014. The team ended the regular season with five straight wins, which tied for the longest winning streak in MLL this season. On offense, the Machine boasted four players that scored 27 or more goals, a feat that hadn’t been accomplished in the league since the 2004 season. Davis was the runner-up for the Brine Coach of the Year award this season.

Prior to joining the Machine full-time, Davis was the head boy’s lacrosse coach and associate athletic director at Archbishop Spalding High School (Md.). Davis took over at Archbishop Spalding after building the men’s lacrosse program at Robert Morris University over the span of seven seasons as the program’s first-ever head coach. Robert Morris led the NCAA in scoring offense for two straight seasons under Davis. Prior to Robert Morris, Davis helped start the Wheeling Jesuit men’s lacrosse program and guided the Cardinals to a No. 10 national ranking in 2003.

 

Source, Ohio Machine.

 

WRAP-UP ~ Machine Loses Grip On Playoffs With Season-Ending Defeat

A story like this does not deserve this ending.

Ohio Machine Logo ~ Courtesy of Ohio Machine

Ohio Machine Logo ~ Courtesy of Ohio Machine

The Ohio Machine, in the first playoff game the team has ever seen, fell to the Rochester Rattlers by a score of 15-11 in the Major League Lacrosse playoff semifinal game on the afternoon of Saturday, August 16th, 2014.

Rochester broke away from the surging Machine, which had never before seen a deficit in the game, in the fourth quarter, scoring five unanswered goals and leaving the Machine out of time for any more comeback.

Kevin Leveille, Justin Turri, Jordan Wolf, and Miles Thompson each had a hand in scoring in the fourth quarter for the Machine, the factor which ultimately drained the Machine of its 2014 life.

Even though the fourth quarter ended in Rochester domination, the first quarter started off with fluidity from the Machine, as Marcus Holman, LoganIMGP6833 Schuss, and Kevin Cooper knocked in three consecutive goals within the first five minutes of the match to knock Rochester off its feet and come out with a start that reflected their regular-season ending five game winning streak. Long possessions on offense, a 75% face off percentage (6-8), and early defensive stops accompanied by a late Ohio penalty kill created a dead silent atmosphere in Rochester and a dream start for the young Machine squad. After the three goal run early, a timeout by Rochester couldn’t stop Marcus Holman from adding another goal to make the Machine lead 4-0 with 9:33 to go in the quarter. Though Rochester responded with goals (inconsecutive) by Mark Cockerton, Kevin Leveille, and Dave Lawson, Schuss and Kyle Harrison responded with goals of their own to complete a Machine-dominated, 6-3 first round.

The second quarter started playing to a different tune than the first, as the Machine’s inability to pick up neither a ground ball nor the first three face offs provided for multiple Rochester goals. The Rattlers scored two goals (Macintosh, Wolf), both within the nine-minute mark of the quarter. A Machine power play, though, allowed for a continuation of Ohio’s lead, as a goal by Peter Baum kept the club in the lead at 7-5. After a response by Dave Lawson for the Rattlers, putting Rochester within one, Baum added his second of the quarter to slam the door on Rochester and to end the half with the Machine owning a two-goal cushion.

IMGP4272After halftime, the Machine started the third quarter the way it started the game itself, scoring just a minute and a half out of the gate by the stick of Peter Baum to increase the Machine’s lead to three goals. Even though the Machine still made equal impact offensively as they did in the first two quarters, play decidedly became more even as Rochester began to find its legs on defense and began to pick up more ground balls and face offs. By the end of the third quarter, the Rattlers had managed to claw their way back within one because of three goals by Kevin Leveille and one by Jordan Wolf to make for a 11-10 Machine lead.

Going into the fourth quarter, one could feel a slow and steady decrease of Ohio Machine stamina, or even that “oiled-up” charisma seen so many times in the regular season. Like jello or “flubber”, per say, the average fan might have felt the sensation of his game and his team slipping towards the floor in one giant mass, especially after trying to grip onto it harder. In a grand disaster of surrendered ground balls, missed face offs, and one-step-behind defensive play by the Machine, the Rattlers started to outwork and outsmart the young team from Delaware, Ohio, tying the game three minutes into the quarter. Though much time was left, one could feel that it was only a matter of time before the team from New York broke away. One could sense and see the gaining strength of Rochester coming at the expense of weakening morale for Ohio. About 8 minutes into the quarter, it proved too much for the Machine to handle. A multiple-chance Rochester offensive possession resulted in a goal by Justin Turri, one that would put Rochester in the lead and keep them there for the remainder of the match. Two more goals were scored against the Machine within the same minute, and, despite some offensive effort, Ohio stayed silent to take the death of the 2014 season. Kevin Leveille put the nails in the hypothetical coffin by scoring with just under five minutes to go to put Rochester in the lead by four goals, 15-11.

Leveille was named the definitive Most Valuable Player of the game, scoring 6 goals to notch a game-leading six total points on the night. Leading the way for the Rattlers, Leveille was followed by Jordan Wolf, who added an additional three goals and two assists for Rochester.

 The face off X proved to be one of the main factors in deciding a victor in the four-goal spread. The Ohio duo of Eric O’Brien and Bobby Datillo went a combined 13-30 in their respective chances, while Rochester acheived an opposing 17-30 to gain four more possessions than the Machine. Additionally, Ohio only grabbed 32 ground balls as opposed to Rochester’s 44, creating a whopping 16-possession differential just between those two statistics.

Though, in a bright spot for the Machine, Logan Schuss had an impressive offensive showing, scoring two goals and adding a team-leading three assists to lead the Machine with five points. Peter Baum also added three goals for the club, leading the team.

High spots such as Schuss and Baum show this writer why not to lambast this club in this, a final look at the game and the whole Ohio Machine season. Looking back, one can remember when the club would have disastrous second quarters en route to bursting out in the third quarter, or the times when the offense would be in a stalemate and the defense just could not seem to communicate properly. Obviously, one cannot just sit here and make excuses for blowing a multiple goal lead held for most of the game. The team’s hidden woes all year long, defense and retrieving ground balls, two categories in which the Machine ranked near the bottom of the MLL all year, plus the addition of the overall youth of the club, made for an amplification of an overall imbalance on the grand stage categorized by substantially less possessions than the opposition. In reality, the Machine choked themselves off from winning the playoff semifinal.

Even though the result can be analyzed much deeper than previously described, this writer is inclined to take a step back and realize why this is ultimately an improvement, a stepping stone for the Ohio Machine. All year, the pet phrase “coming up a bit short” has been used to describe the various woes the team has endured, and (mostly) overcome, this year. Always the squad seemed one step behind, usually falling behind early in the game only to take the lead with seconds to spare, to rob the opposition of time and steal the result of games that the other team may have felt comfortable with. Always so close. Almost there.

Well, tonight, one can believe that the Ohio Machine truly broke out of that shell this afternoon. Instead of staying within the boundaries of the status quo, the club scored four unanswered goals to begin the game and held what looked to be an indescribable swagger and passion on the field for the first three quarters of the game.

Unfortunately, it proved to be a swagger and passion that was stored in a bottle, a potion that had a limit, as the Machine ran out of it going into the fourth quarter.

There, though, is where the real hope lies for the future, because intead of “coming just a bit short”, the Ohio Machine simply “ran out of oil” for 2014. Even though there are still noticeable problems to be fixed, such as where to increase this “oil-count” for 2015, this writer is inclined to believe that the Ohio Machine took a step on Saturday that few sports teams can take in present day: acheiving control of themselves and their game, going on a five game winning streak to end the regular season, having true momentum and camaradere.

They just lost grip, a grip to be rediscovered in 2015.

 

PREVIEW ~ Machine Face Rochester In Club’s First Playoff Appearance

By a show of hands, who would categorize Friday as the most shortcoming point in the week?

I hope you raised your hand.

I mean, come on. Trying to complete projects that were started on Monday or Tuesday and wishing to forget sleepy, hair-brained mistakes made on Wednesday, Friday inevitably turns into a psychological, weekend-anticipating world to the point where one almost has to click the heels of his ruby-red slippers together three times to return to reality. On ESPN, “Sportscenter” airs its “Not Top 10” plays of the week, commemorating the mishaps committed by sports professionals, while on the “Tonight Show”, Friday night is a time when Jimmy Fallon “catches up on some personal stuff: checks his inbox, returns some emails, and writes ‘Thank You Notes'” in a weekly, late night segment. Friday is a day not focused on today; a day of reflection on its predecessor’s shortcomings.

Coach Bear Davis Photo courtesy of Andy Long

Coach Bear Davis
Photo courtesy of Andy Long

The Ohio Machine have had two very bad Fridays in their haunted past, or, for illustration’s sake, endings to consecutive 2-12, last-place seasons in Major League Lacrosse. Stuck in a sloshy slump that one doesn’t just hop out of, the Machine were seemingly stuck in the slums of the MLL.

Though, instead of sleeping in their miserable slumber, the Machine used its “weekend”, or the 2013-2014 offseason, for something new: preparation.

Through smart, hard-working moves on the field and in the front office, the club worked its way into 2014 a new-looking team, acquiring major contributors such as midfielder Kyle Harrison and rookie Peter Baum, among other key pieces to a new squad. That, paired with a “never settle”, “oiled-up” mentality, put the Machine in a new spot mentally to prepare them to accomplish multiple feats that have been achieved by the team in 2014, including a club-best 8 wins in the regular season, multiple single-game scoring records, and individual scoring records.

So, it might really matter how one’s Friday and weekend is spent.

For the first time in club history, the Machine will get to spend this literal Friday preparing for the biggest game the club has ever seen: The Major League Lacrosse playoff semifinal against the Rochester Rattlers, a matchup which naturally rids the club of its old label of “short-comers”.

The Machine are now a force to be reckoned with.

Riding a five game winning streak that granted the team its 4th place, final playoff spot a week ago, the Machine are easily the hottest team in the MLL. The club boasts the top scoring offense in the league, headlined by Marcus Holman with the league lead in goals, and, as well, hosts a defense that has vastly improved even upon woes discovered earlier this year. On the winning streak, the defense has allowed a less-than-impressive 75 goals, yet has stepped up in crucial situations to propel the team to victory.

In a grand compilation of the various achievements accomplished by the club this season, the club’s first playoff appearance could not come against a more favorable opponent. The Machine have defeated Rochester two times already in 2014 and can go for the trifecta on Saturday when the two teams take the field.

Alexander pumps his stick in celebration after the score.  Photo by Spenser Hickey - DelawareO.

Alexander pumps his stick in celebration after the score. Photo by Spenser Hickey – DelawareO.

In the teams two meetings, the Machine outscored the Rattlers with a combined 35-28 goal count. Marcus Holman has proved to be a Rattler-killer for the Machine, scoring 11 of the teams total 35 goals. Watch for Holman, who scored 4 goals last week against Florida and leads the league in goals, to make a large impact in Saturday’s matchup. As well, watch for Steele Stanwick, the attackman for the Machine who usually plays behind the net as a “feeder” to other scorers such as Holman, to make a big scoring impact if Rochester pays too much attention to weapons like Holman. Stanwick scored 4 goals and added 2 assists in the teams’ last matchup.

For Rochester, Midfielder Dave Lawson led the charge in the teams’ last matchup, scoring four goals and adding an assist to lead the club. On Saturday, watch for players such as Dana Wilbur, defensiveman for the Machine, to neutralize at least one of the big three offensive contributors, Justin Turri, Jordan Wolf, and Lawson for Rochester in Ohio’s attempt to hold the Rattlers back. In the teams’ last meeting, Wolf, who unexpectedly scored 4 goals and added an assist in the teams’ first meeting, was held to only one goal in the second match just a few weeks ago. Offensive adjustments for Rochester may be the most interesting storyline coming into Saturday’s game, where the first-placed club in Major League Lacrosse will attempt to shake off the uprising Machine.

The game will be played at Rochester in a new MLL playoff twist. This year, semifinal matchups will be played at the higher-ranking opponent’s home turf. This year, fourth-seeded Ohio has a 2-4 record on the road.

So, conclusively, many interesting things will be happening today and this weekend, headlined by the biggest game in Ohio Machine history.

I know I won’t be napping.

A Profile on Kyle Harrison “K18” : Ohio Machine Midfeilder

Kyle Harrison also know as “K18” started  playing lacrosse when he was 4 years old. His dad,photo Dr. Miles Harrison, played lacrosse on the first all-African American college team during the 1970’s and inspired K18 to play.

“My dad played from the time I could walk,”  Harrison said. ” He taught me how to play. I’m from Baltimore so it’s a little different from Ohio where its newer. Baltimore its like football and soccer and basketball are everywhere else. ”

Harrison lives in New Port Beach, California with his wife. Where he spends his off-season traveling and doing requirements for his sponsors like STX  .  He also plays pick up basketball, and goes to a lot of movies.

Harrison also played soccer and basketball in high school, but he has always been a mid-fielder.

“Midfield in lacrosse combines my favorite parts in ever sport. you get to play offence you get to play defense, [and] you get to have transition,” Harrison said. “Where as if you where an attack man you would only play offence, if you where a defense man you would only play defense.  I like being able to do everything.”

K18 is an equipment line of Harrison’s that came out when he graduated High School. K for Kyle and 18 for his number which is also the same number that his dad wore when he played. The nickname “K18” stuck and has been around ever since.

After High School Harrison when to Johns Hopkins University where he won the Tewaaraton Award. An award given to the most outstanding college Lacrosse player in America.

When Harrison was asked on what advise he would give to young lacrosse players he said, “Stop going to so many tournaments and start going to skill camps, you know so many kids go to these tournaments where there is 30 kids on a team they might get two to three runs per quarter its great to compete but kids now in days are lacking skills. so I say fewer tournaments and more skill camps.”

K18 played for New Jersey Los Angeles, and Denver before he played for the Ohio Machine. So far this year he has scored a total of 21 goals.

Harrison has not only played for the MLL he also was a player for the US National Lacrosse team in 2006 and is played again for them in Denver on Thursday July 10th through the 19th.

” I think wearing a jersey with USA on the front is a dream come true  for most young athletes no matter what the sport is.” Harrison said.

You can catch K18 and the rest of the Ohio Machine on July 26th at Selby Stadium at 4:30pm. Tickets can be purchased through The Ohio Machine Website.

Machine achieve playoff spot with 14-10 victory

The Ohio Machine finished their 2014 regular season with a win in what was announced as “the most important game of the franchise.”

The 14-10 victory over the Florida Launch propels them into the playoffs; their next game will be August 16 against the Rochester Rattlers in Rochester, New York.

“Going to the playoffs is an incredible experience for our guys and a good opportunity; we’re not just going to be happy just getting there, I mean that’s not the way we’ve approached this whole season,” said head coach Bear Davis.

“We’re going up there on a mission…to win, to win every inch we get.”

Attacker Marcus Holman scores the Machine's first goal in the game.

Attacker Marcus Holman scores the Machine’s first goal in the game.

Leading the Machine’s offense were Attackers Steele Stanwick and Marcus Holman, with three and four goals each.

“It’s just a great win overall, nice team victory,” Stanwick said.

“I don’t think we played our best overall, it’s so nice to get a little win to get our momentum going in the playoffs.”

The Machine jumped out in the first quarter, scoring four times in less than five minutes of play and then adding four more points in the second, putting the Launch down 8-4 at halftime.

“We were just trying to play four minutes at a time, just try to get ourselves regrouped, and win the next four minutes, we don’t look back too much,” said Coach Davis.

“It’s not really a good habit to get into, looking back, we’re just trying to keep moving forward.”

Referees review the Machine's second goal, which was challenged by the Launch but upheld.

Referees review the Machine’s second goal, which was challenged by the Launch but upheld.

Their practice of focusing on only the current four minutes would pay off after the third quarter, when the Launch landed three goals to the Machine’s one, narrowing the score to 9-7.

The Machine definitively pulled ahead in the final quarter – the Launch made it to within two points again early on, but the Machine’s responding pair of goals ensured they would need to make several unanswered points to at least force overtime.

Between the Machine’s continued offensives and the clock, the Launch never had the chance to get past three points down after that.

The Machine offense celebrates after their 12th goal.

The Machine offense celebrates after their 12th goal.

“Every team in this league is talented, and the games for the most part are close, two or three goal games,” Holman said afterwards.

“We just stuck with it, got on a little roll there in the fourth quarter, and finished them out, our defense did a great job on that.”

“I think we did a good job studying up on them, they were a little different than when we played them the first time, but our coaches gave us some good film so we could watch that, study up. I thought we executed pretty well,” said goalie Brian Phipps.

The Machine played the Launch previously on May 10 but lost 10-9.

Attacker Peter Baum charges off the sideline before scoring the final Machine goal to clinch the win.

Attacker Peter Baum charges off the sideline before scoring the final Machine goal to clinch the win.

“We set (the playoffs) as a goal, and there were times this season where we looked good and times we didn’t look so good but I thought we did a great job sticking together as a team and our core has done a great job of supporting each other and it feels good to make it,” Holman said.

“I think we just wanted to take care of business,” Stanwick added.

“We weren’t really worried about anything else, we just wanted to have a good game tonight for us and just take care of it and control our own destiny.”

“Our first team meeting we said, we’re no longer an expansion team, we can play with the best of them, we got the weapons to do it so let’s go out and prove we can win,” Phipps finished.

“We thought we could be here and now our next step in the chapter is to win the next round and go on to Georgia.”

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Ohio Machine’s Marcus Holman Named Player Of The Week.

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Number 1 Marcus Holman named Ohio Machine’s Player of the Week. File photo by Andy Long – DelawareO.com

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RECAP ~ Machine Outlasts Rochester in “Second to Closing” Playoff Push

Huge.

Such was the last word written on this writer’s notepad for the game played on Saturday, August 2nd, 2014 in Rochester, New York. Many happenings in this game warranted that word, but one, above all, stands as groundbreaking: The Ohio Machine, for the first time since the first game of the season, propelled its season record over .500 and held tightly onto the so coveted outright fourth place league standing with a 17-15 victory against the Rochester Rattlers.

Ohio Machine Logo ~ Courtesy of Ohio Machine

Ohio Machine Logo ~ Courtesy of the Ohio Machine

A match that quivered back and forth like a well-matched arm wrestle, “runs” were the deciding factor in what was a true race to the finish. After Rochester scored 6 out of the 8 total goals in the third quarter, taking a one goal lead over Ohio, the Machine stormed back, scoring 5 out of the total 7 goals in the quarter and ending with four straight goals to ensure the victory, capped off by two consecutive Steele Stanwick fireballs that would put the nails in the hypothetical coffin.

The victory for the Machine completed the season sweep of the (now) tied-for-first-place Rochester, who now sits two games ahead of the fourth-placed Ohio.

Marcus Holman, who, in the two teams’ last meeting, netted five goals, led the Machine to victory with six goals and two assists to make for a monstrous 8 total points on the evening. He was, undoubtedly, named the game’s most valuable player.

“I’ve said this throughout my career, but I am a beneficiary of great teammates,” explained Peter Baum on the TLN postgame show. “Tonight, the ball just seemed to bounce my way a little bit. … Fortunately, we came out with the win, for sure.”

Holman led the way from the start of the game, netting two of the Machine’s four first quarter goals in what would become a one goal lead heading into the second quarter for the Machine. Dangerous Rochester attackman Jordan Wolf scored the first goal of the game just eight seconds after the first face off, but soon thereafter Holman netted his first in what would start a back-and forth battle not only highlighted by offense, but also by extremely improved defense by the Ohio Machine. Goalie Brian Phipps saved an amazing seven would-be goals for Ohio in the first quarter alone, while the defense in front of him, for the most part, was calm, speedy, fluent, and rather “oily”. Twelve minutes into the quarter, after All-Star Rochester goalie John Galloway got slammed in the midsection and knocked down by a rifled Peter Baum shot, Holman gobbled up the loose ball and shoved it in the open goal for the Machine to make for a one goal lead that would first break the back-and-forth pattern of scoring. Such would start a 4-5 goal run for the club, as Galloway came out of the game and Steele Stanwick converted a buzzer-beater for the Machine.

Photo by Spencer Hickey ~ DelawareO.com

Right in the first five minutes of the second quarter, two goals were scored by a Machine offense who was then facing a cold backup goalie in Jason LaShomb for Rochester. Such fortune gave the Machine a 3-goal lead that they wouldn’t relinquish throughout the second quarter. Bending Rochester’s arm back more in the hypothetical arm wrestle, the Machine’s offensive prowess was highlighted by a two-point goal by Peter Baum and two later goals by Steele Stanwick and Holman, respectively. Even though Rochester went 6-9 on face-offs in the quarter and scored four goals, headlined by two Dave Lawson rifles, the Machine worked meticulously to ensure that the closed door that was their lead did not swing open, ending the quarter with a 10-7 lead.

In gritty fashion, the third quarter showcased a comeback run by the Rattlers. After a power play goal by Marcus Holman that put the Machine up by 2 goals, Rochester went on a tear and broke open the door of their deficit that was closed for most of the evening. Three goals were scored in succession by Jordan Macintosh, Dave Lawson, and Mark Cockerton within five minutes to put the Rattlers in the lead for the first time since they led 2-1 in the first quarter. After a quick answer off of the next face off: an unassisted goal by Bobby Datillo for the Machine, Cockerton slammed in a gutsy last-second goal to further implant Rochester’s presence in the match.

Photo by Spencer Hickey ~ DelawareO.com

For the first time all year, the Machine lost a lead that they possessed for most of the evening. As the story has gone for the majority of the season, the Machine have become the David Copperfield’s of the MLL, locking themselves in the iron steel cage of a large and early deficit and momentum swinging against them and working their way out with seconds this year. Though, on Saturday, the Machine were on the other end for most of the night, having a rather controlling momentum to accompany their play. So, maybe it was an advantage for the Machine to go into the fourth quarter with a deficit, or maybe it was just another bridge to cross for the growing club. Either way, after Cockerton scored early to make for a 2 goal Rochester lead, Logan Schuss scored on a Machine power play, only to allow for another goal by Dave Lawson for Rochester. Time was running out. Within one minute, two Machine goals were scored for the Machine to tie the game, and soon thereafter, with minutes to spare, Steele Stanwick added the aforementioned 2 final goals to wrap up the Machine victory off of a final run.

The win continues a winning streak that the club has never seen in its history. The four wins in these last four weeks have continued a playoff push that will wrap up next week when the Machine play at home against Florida.

Goalie Brian Phipps came out with the win for Ohio, saving 18 shots off of 33 shots on goal, making for a 55% save percentage, which might not serve justice for some of the saves Phipps made for Ohio on the night. John Galloway received the loss at goal for Rochester, in what was their first home loss on the season.

At the face off X, Eric O’Brien and Bobby Datillo converted 17-33 chances for the club, with O’Brien going 9-16 and Datillo having a 8-17 statistic.

For Rochester, Dave Lawson and Mark Cockerton led the way with 4 goals a piece, with Lawson having 5 total points. Jordan Wolf, who demolished the Machine in the teams’ last meeting, was held to one goal and one assist on the night.

Next Saturday, August 9th, Ohio will return home to Delaware to perform a curtain call on the regular season. Florida, who was eliminated from playoff contention on Saturday, will come to Selby as the final obstacle for the Machine for a playoff position. Simply put, if the club wins, they are in the playoffs. Though, if Florida defeats the Machine, Boston will have to lose to Rochester to put the Machine into the playoffs.