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Game #12 vs. Charlotte Hounds

7/25/13 5:41 PM

Game #12 vs. Charlotte Hounds


Click here for the complete Game #12 vs. Charlotte Hounds notes and click here to purchase tickets to July 27 game. 

The Basics

Ohio Machine (1-10) vs. Charlotte Hounds (5-6)

Saturday, July 27 at 7:00 p.m.

Selby Stadium, Delaware, Ohio

Parking opens at 4 p.m.

Gates open at 5 p.m.

Broadcast

Fans can watch the game live on ESPN3.com at 7 p.m. or on Sports Time Ohio at 12 a.m. and re-aired on Sunday at 7:30 p.m.

Game Preview

The Ohio Machine is playing its last home game of the season against its fellow 2012 expansion team the Charlotte Hounds for “Fan Appreciation Night.” The Machine lost to Charlotte when the teams met earlier in the 2013 season, but is ready to defeat its rival and end the home season with a win.

Game Night Festivities

"Party on the Patio" - Machine sponsor Amato's Woodfired Pizza is hosting "Party on the Patio" at their restaurant starting at 4 p.m. Fans can enjoy exclusive specials when they bring their game day ticket with them.

“Fan Appreciation Night” – As a thank you to our amazing fans, the Machine will be recognizing its fans by giving away seat cushions, cinch bags, koozies and team magnets. Each fan will also be receiving a raffle ticket when they come into the stadium and have a chance to win several prize packs from Machine partners such as Moe’s Southwest Grill, Fireball Whisky, Holiday Inn Downtown Columbus, COSI and so much more! Fans can purchase additional tickets for $1 a piece with proceeds benefitting OSU Sports Medicine Concussion Research and Prevention Fund.

“Jersey Off Our Backs” – After the game, 19 lucky fans will receive the home jerseys straight off the backs of the Machine players.

“$1 Hot Dogs and Brats” – Throughout the entire game, the concessions will be selling discounted hot dogs and brats for only $1!

“Team Awards” – The Machine will be giving out awards to several Machine players for their hard work and performance this season after the game. Awards will be going to the Team MVP, Offensive Player, Defensive Player, Unsung Hero and Rookie of the Year.

"Fan Zone with Games2U" - Bring the family out to our Fan Zone starting at 5 p.m. for great entertainment provided by Games2Uincluding inflatables and other great activities. There's something for everyone!

"Happy Hour and a Half" "Happy Hour and a Half" will start at 5 p.m. and run until 6:30 p.m. with drink and food specials at the concession stands.

“Post-Game Fireworks Presented by Fireball Whisky” – Following the game and team awards, the Machine will have a spectacular fireworks display to end the home season!

Looking Back

The Machine played the Hamilton Nationals last week and lost 13-12 in a nail-biting, comeback game. The Nationals shut out the Machine in the first quarter and spent most of the quarter on the Machine’s side of the field. The Nationals took advantage of its man-up opportunities and offensive momentum to put up five goals in the first quarter. The Machine finally found the net and the energy in the second quarter and outscored the Nationals 5-3. Hamilton lost its large lead from earlier in the game and was only leading by three goals going into halftime, 8-5. The third quarter began with another Hamilton burst of energy, and the Nationals defense and goalie Dillon Ward put up a fight to deter the Machine from having another breakaway quarter. The Machine was trailing 11-7 as the third quarter ended, but found the cohesiveness again to make a fourth quarter comeback. Greg Downing and Steele Stanwick put up two goals to tighten the lead, but Hamilton was still ahead 13-9. Marcus Holman answered with his second two-point goal of the season and Joe Cummings followed with a goal. With minutes to play and a score of 13-12, the Machine tried to challenge the Nationals defense, but was stopped from scoring and couldn’t find the final goal to tie the game.

Player Notes

#2 Marcus Holman (A) – Holman scored his second two-point goal of the season last week against the Nationals and currently leads the team in two-point goals. Holman now has 14 points this season from five goals, two two-point goals and seven assists.

#24 (M) Greg Downing – During last weekend’s game, Downing put up his first points for the Machine with a hat-trick, scoring three goals off of four shots. Downing is also a two-time MLL  All-Star and is in his eighth season in MLL.

#20 Logan Schuss (A) – Schuss currently leads all MLL rookies, as well as the Machine, in goals with 20 so far this season and was named Cascade Lacrosse Rookie of the Week in week #11. He is ranked within the top 25 scoring leaders for points and goals in the league.

#30 Brian Phipps (G) – Phipps is ranked within the top eight goalie leaders in the league and has a goals-against average of 12.57 and a save percentage of .514. He has allowed only 88 goals this season and has made 93 saves.

#81 Kyle Hartzell (D) – In the 2012 season, Hartzell scored three two-point goals against the Hounds. These goals helped to place him second in the league in 2012 for two-point goals after scoring nine total in the season and set the record for most two-points goals by a MLL defenseman.

Team Notes

Scoring Leaders –The Ohio Machine has two players ranked in the top 25 scoring leaders in MLL. Steele Stanwick is currently ranked 16th in the league and leads the Machine with 26 points, and Logan Schuss is ranked 25th for points with 23 and 13th for goals with 20.

Third Quarter Scoring – Earlier in the season, the Machine fell to the Hounds after a third quarter blowout where Charlotte outscored the Machine 8-2. Within the last two games, the Machine has only allowed an average two goals in the third quarter compared to the first nine games where 4.375 goals were allowed in the third quarter.

A Different Team– Under the new coaching staff, the Machine has lost its last three games by a total of five goals, including its last two by only one goal. The Machine’s goal differential has improved by over four goals per game since Bear Davis took the reins.

Coach’s Thoughts

Rookies Stepping Up – “These rookies are all taking on roles right now on the team and different guys are stepping up. We’re so deep in the season that most guys have been in every situation, which is what regular rookies lack. These guys aren’t rookies anymore because they have been put into all kinds of situations. We now have to build on our experiences and look to see what has been successful and what hasn’t been.”

Redesigning the Game –“We want to design our own style as a team. Whoever comes in through trades or drafts, we need to reteach them the game in the sense of how we want to play it, and it’s going to be different from other teams. The past few weeks we’ve been working hard to define Machine lacrosse and how we want to do things, which I think is coming along.”

Motivated Team –“The guys’ level of confidence is going out the roof and they’re so excited you’d think we’re playing for the national championship. It’s crazy how they come out to play with their record and they’re motivated. I tell them, who cares what the standings are, it’s not going to change the way we’re playing. The only thing we can control is how we play and compete.”

Last Match-Up

The Machine last played the Hounds earlier this season on the road and lost 13-7 after a rough third quarter. The game opened with a goal from Logan Schuss, but soon Charlotte had taken the lead. The Machine stayed tight behind the Hounds throughout the remainder of the first and second quarters and was tied 4-4 going into halftime. As the third quarter started, the Machine’s offense lost all of its momentum and had difficulty finding an opportunity to score. The Hounds dominated for the majority of the quarter and put up eight goals after a 5-0 scoring streak. The Machine fought hard to break the streak and take the play back onto Charlotte’s part of the field, but was behind 12-6 going into the fourth quarter. Each team was able to score one more goal before the buzzer leaving the Machine behind 13-7 at the end of the game.

Scouting Charlotte

The Hounds defeated the New York Lizards last weekend 13-11 to remain in the running for the MLL playoffs. Charlotte shot out of the cannon first putting up a quick 2-0 lead. The Hounds held onto the lead and ended the first quarter up 5-2 after a three-goal scoring streak. Charlotte continued to pull away from the Lizards in the second quarter as the team outscored New York 6-1. The Lizards were trailing 11-3 going into halftime. The Hounds cooled down in the third quarter and only found the net once. The Lizards put up two goals in an effort to come back, but were still down 12-5. New York completely turned the game around with an explosive, six-point fourth quarter and scored two two-point goals to tighten the lead. However, it was not enough to tie the game, and the Hounds walked away with a win.

Up Next

The Machine is on the road to face the Boston Cannons on Saturday, Aug. 3 at 4 p.m. EST. Fans can watch the game live on Major League Lacrosse’s YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/MLL



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