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.

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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.

 

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

A story like this does not deserve this ending.

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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.

 

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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.

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