GAME PREVIEW: Machine at Outlaws

By Mary Stankiewicz & Brian Bender |  5/2/14 2:20 PM

GAME PREVIEW: Machine at Outlaws

Game Details
Date: Sunday, May 4, 2014
Location: Denver, Colo.
Stadium: Sports Authority Field at Mile High Stadium
Faceoff: 5 p.m. (EST)
Series: Denver leads 4-0
TV: SportsTime Ohio (5 p.m. EST)
Live: ESPN3
Twitter: @MachineMLL, @MachineGameDay
This Sunday the Ohio Machine travel to Denver to face the Outlaws in the second game of the 2014 season. The opening face-off is set for 5 pm. Coming off a 15-8 win last week over the Charlotte Hounds, the Machine is excited to get back on the field. Coach Davis and the team know how important the season’s first win is.

“It’s always good to win, to get a little bit of the monkey off your back,” Davis said. “To come in and for guys to believe in the system right off the bat and believe in the system, that is important. I think equally as important is coming back and showing that it wasn’t just a fluke. This week’s going to be just as important, and then just building that and going forward.”

Last Saturday, the Machine defeated the reigning Major League Lacrosse runners-up, the Charlotte Hounds. The Machine held the Hounds from scoring until the second quarter and never trailed throughout the game.

The Hounds closed the gap to one in the third quarter, but the Machine quickly retaliated with three goals, two by Jake Bernhardt.

Peter Baum, Kyle Harrison and Marcus Holman led the way offensively for the Machine, each registering a team-high four points. In their first game with the Machine, Baum and Harrison both scored three goals and had an assist.

Coach Davis knows the impact that these players have on the field is critical to the success of the team.

“I think again it just goes back to these guys are multiple threats, you know, like having Kyle who can also play great defense for you.” Davis said. “Peter, he can go behind the goal, he can do all kinds of stuff, which makes him a valuable threat.”

The focus now shifts to this week’s opponent the Denver Outlaws. Coach Davis knows the Machine need to focus their energy inward.

“I really feel that our focus on just the process, let’s be how good of a Machine team can we be on Sunday, is what we’re all talking about all week,” Davis reiterated.  “Not really talking about Denver as much as what we need to do, and I think that’s been working pretty well for us so we’re going to stick to that.”

Last week, the Outlaws, who went undefeated in the 2013 season, defeated the Florida Launch in their first game of the 2014 season by a score of 14-10. Chris Bocklet, Eric Law, Jeremy Sieverts, Matt Gibson and Drew Snider led the team offensivly. Bocklet had five points on the night on three goals and had two assists.

Denver coach BJ O’Hara knows the Machine will be bringing momentum with them in their match up with the Outlaws.

“Obviously they’ve got some momentum, they’re feeling pretty good about themselves,” O’Hara said. “They’re awfully dynamic, particularly the midfield, with the addition of Harrison and Baum, they had great games, as well as (Jake) Bernhardt. So, they’ve got three pretty, you know, potent offensive midfielders.”

This Saturday, May 4, the Machine will take on the Outlaws in Denver at the Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Both teams will be celebrating ‘May The Fourth Be With You’ with a Star Wars theme Denver’s home opener and will be Star Wars-themed jerseys. 

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