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

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.

The Delaware Ohio Daily Thursday, June 19, 2014

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Six Machine Players to Participate in MLL All-Star Game

Baum, Schreiber, Schuss Named All-Stars;

Will Face Machine Teammates Harrison, Holman, Stanwick and Team USA

Major League Lacrosse announced today Ohio Machine players Peter Baum, Tom Schreiber and Logan Schuss have been named MLL All-Stars and will play against Team USA in the 2014 MLL All-Star Game in Boston, MA on June 26, 2014. Baum, Schreiber and Schuss will face-off against fellow Machine teammates Kyle Harrison, Marcus Holman and Steele Stanwick, who were named to Team USA in February. Players were selected through a balloting process by MLL coaches and general managers.

First-year Machine midfielder Peter Baum, the first overall pick in the 2013 MLL Collegiate Draft, leads the Machine in goals (14) and ranks second on the team in points (17). Baum currently sits third in the league in goals scored and 10th in the league in points. Baum ranks in the top-10 in the Machine’s all-time goals scored and points list despite having played in only six games.

Rookie midfielder Tom Schreiber has been a big contributor since joining the Machine in Week 3 of the season. After an outstanding career at Princeton, the first overall pick in the 2014 MLL Collegiate Draft has tallied seven goals and nine points through four games this season. Schreiber earned Cascade Rookie of the Week honors following the Machine’s victory over the Bayhawks on May 31. Schreiber scored a goal and added an assist in the win while also playing a shutdown two-way game from the midfield.

Second-year attackman Logan Schuss earned his first All-Star Game nod after a standout rookie season and a hot start to his sophomore campaign. Schuss, the Machine’s all-time goal scoring leader, set a club record for points in a game (8) in the Machine’s last outing against the Boston Cannons. Schuss is currently tied for 12th in the league in points and is tied for third on the team in goals scored.

The 24-man MLL All-Star Team will face-off against Team USA on Thursday, June 26 at Harvard Stadium at 7:30 p.m. The game will be broadcast live by CBS Sports Network. For the Machine, the six players participating in the All-Star game are the most in club history. The Machine had four players participate in the 2012 All-Star Game and two players in last year’s game.

The Machine returns to Selby Stadium on June 14 at 5:30 p.m. when the team takes on the Rochester Rattlers. Tickets for the game against Rochester start at $12 and can be purchased by calling 614-754-1973 or visiting www.theohiomachine.com/tickets.

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About the Ohio Machine

The Ohio Machine, Ohio’s Major League Lacrosse team founded in 2012, begins its 2014 season in April. The Machine will play its 2014 home games at Selby Stadium in Delaware, Ohio. The 2014 MLL season runs from April 26 to August 9 with the 2014 MLL Championship August 23. For more information on the Ohio Machine, visit www.theohiomachine.com, or follow the team on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

 

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Rising Machine Stumble In Heartbreaker

It just may have proven to be too good to be true Friday night for the Ohio Machine.

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Photo Credit ~ Spencer Hickey

Coming off a momentum-shifting win against the Chesapeake Bayhawks, the defending champions of Major League Lacrosse, just a week before, the then 2-3 Machine looked at the Boston Cannons (then 2-3) with eager anticipation, as a win would push them past the Cannons in the standings to gain 5th place outright in the MLL. With only the top four teams making the playoffs, 5th place would be prime position for the young Machine at mid-season. Unfortunately, though, the team will have to settle for 6th place for the time being. After overcoming many in-game miscues with steady offense and spurts of lockdown defense, the Machine fell to the Boston Cannons by a score of 17-16.

Although 17 goals were allotted to the opponent, the atmosphere at the start of the match was one of domination and speed for the Machine. Kyle Harrison started the scoring attack for the Machine five minutes into the game, and, after a few notable saves by goalie Scott Rodgers, defensiveman Greg Bice followed up with an unlikely and unassisted 2 point goal from the center of the field. Though, as would be the story of the night, the Cannons answered the call sneakily and unexpectedly. Paul Rabil, Stephen Berger, and Martin Bowes accounted for three Cannon goals in three minutes. After a quick answer by Machine rookie Tom Schreiber, which made the score 4-3, the Cannons answered with a last minute goal by Stephen Berger, knotting the teams up at four.

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Photo Credit ~ Spencer Hickey

This deadlock would continue at a more rapid pace as twelve goals were scored between the two teams in the second quarter. Although this may be considered an offensive breakout for the young Machine, who totaled nine goals by the end of the half, the game more consisted of a painful shift in momentum and power from the Machine to the visiting Boston Cannons. The Machine was on the end of their rope in the middle of the second quarter, when three Cannon goals were scored in rapid succession (Owen Blye, Kevin Buchanon, Will Manny) to make for a three-goal Machine deficit.

“The way the MLL games are going, you see a lot of runs, where teams will score a lot and won’t score a lot,” explained Goalie Brian Phipps. “Coach always tells us to handle the runs as best we can. They got a little bit ahead of us in the second quarter, unfortunately…”

Though, the Machine finished the half with a run of their own, totaling two last-minute goals by Logan Schuss and Marcus Hollman. Unfortunately, as was the story of the whole night, Cannons’ Brent Adams scored a controversial last-second shot that put the Cannons up by two points at halftime, and stopped the surging Machine.

Going into the third quarter, the Machine looked to change the tide of Cannon control. The Machine crawled back from a two-point deficit within the quarter to tie with the Cannons at 12-12. Looking more poised and more controlled, the Machine defense locked down the opponent, allowing just two goals in the quarter, a vast contrast to the seven goals scored against them just a quarter before.

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Photo Credit ~ Spencer Hickey

Coach Bear Davis was pleased with the defensive lockdown in the third quarter. “I don’t know if it comes down to one particular thing. I don’t know if it was as much of what I said as it was that we knew we weren’t playing very well and that we had to do something different. The guys tightened up in the second half.”

Some would argue, though, that the two goals allotted by the Cannons in the third quarter should really just be one. Coming shortly after the tying goal by Machine midfielder Kyle Harrison, a diving goal by Cannon Kevin Buchanon was called off on a referee ruling that he was inside the goalie circle. Immediately, a challenge flag was thrown by the Cannons, and amid waiting a considerable amount of time for the ruling, Machine fans could increasingly realize what a pivotal moment that was in the game. The Machine just clawed their way back to putting both of the teams even on the scoreboard, and this call could either put them behind again or work in their favor for once in the night. A favorable ruling may have just been able to turn the tide completely for the fighting Machine.

Instead, in a decision that was characteristic of the status-quo of the night, the play was overturned by the referees and ruled a goal, putting the Cannons up 13-12. Shortly after,

Machine midfielder Logan Schuss tied the game up at thirteen-all going into the fourth quarter. Though, one could only imagine the atmosphere in Selby Stadium if the Machine were to finally break through the plateau that was too large for them the whole night with a one goal lead going into the fourth quarter. Instead, the teams remained deadlocked headed into the “final countdown”.

Photo Credit ~ Spencer Hickey

Photo Credit ~ Spencer Hickey

The fourth quarter started with a bang, as Machine attackman Steele Stanwick put the Machine up by one just eight seconds into the quarter. Though, in another favorable action for the Cannons, rookie Tom Schrieber received a technical foul for holding just a few minutes later, which gave the Cannons a thirty-second power play. It wouldn’t be the power play that proved fatal, but on the ensuing drive from the Cannons, Will Manny scored his fourth goal of the night to tie the game yet again. The grudge match continued as Kyle Harrison answered with a goal, which was immediately followed by a Cannon goal by Paul Rabil after an embarrassing turnover by the Machine. Yet again, another pair of goals were speedily scored (in total) to knot the score at sixteen heading into the last two minutes.

Re-emphasizing the overwhelming theme of Cannon comeback and peskiness for the Machine, Cannon attackman Ryan Boyle put the seal on a Cannon win with a gritty goal coming with only 1:12 left in the match.

So, the Machine, not able to make up for personal miscues and offensive attacks by the Boston Cannons, fought to the death with a 17-16 final score.

Midfielder Peter Baum pointed to the teams’ intensity as a reason for the falter. “As a team, in general, we’re not a real ‘rah-rah’ bunch, which is good — you don’t get to high and you don’t get to low. But sometimes, we’ve got to ramp it up a bit, and I don’t think it was necessarily there for the entire game. But, we were there at the end and certainly had a shot to do it, and that’s all you can ask for.”

When asked how the team can clear their heads and prepare for the next game, Coach Bear Davis responded bluntly, “We don’t have a choice.”

Photo Credit ~ Spencer Hickey

Photo Credit ~ Spencer Hickey

Amidst it being Scout Night (presented by the Simon Kenton Council) at Selby Stadium, a disappointed fan should personally be reassured that all was not lost last night considering the hope of the Machine’s success. Not only did the team itself show various improvements within the game, but also the community of 4,335 eager, spry spectators inside Selby Stadium revealed extreme youth and vigor not seen in many other places. With smiles and laughter spread across families, dates, Boy Scouts, and many other cliques that meshed into a memorable and unique collage of a fan base, the anticipation and excitement was irreplaceably evident inside the stadium. “The Best Day of My Life” was blaring through the speakers, smiles were contagious, and laughter and hospitality filled the press box. As well, the Machine only reflected the fans’ youth… Or maybe the fans were matching the Machines’ example. Passion and vigor were evident on the field throughout the night and offensive fireworks propelled the young team to heights seen only a few times in the teams’ history. Although the Machine committed too many mistakes for a win, and the opposite side of Selby Stadium still sits barren, last nights’ game was evidence that the Ohio Machine is on the rise, and Delaware is “oiling up” at a rapid rate.

The Machine return to action next Saturday, June 14th, when they will battle the Rochester Rattlers at Selby Stadium.

Ohio Machine vs. Chesapeake Bayhawks Preview

Photo courtesy of Andy Long

Photo courtesy of Andy Long

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