Where to Watch
The Big Picture: The Boston Cannons host the Ohio Machine on Saturday, August 4th at 7 p.m. ET. Last week the Machine (2-10), who were eliminated from playoff contention in Week 11, were narrowly defeated by the Rochester Rattlers, 14-13. However, the Cannons (7-5) kept pace with the Rattlers for the fourth and final playoff spot with a 16-13 victory over the top-seeded Bayhawks. With only two games remaining, the Cannons must finish strong if they hope to play at home in Boston during Championship Weekend.
This is the first matchup between the Ohio Machine and Boston Cannons. The teams will play each other again next Saturday, August 11 in Delaware, Ohio.
Ohio Machine: Although Ohio has struggled in its’ inaugural season, Head Coach Ted Garber has a few key building blocks for the future. The squad has struggled with chemistry issues but after a full season of playing together, the Machine should be poised to make a playoff push next season. Led by attackmen Chazz Woodson and Connor Martin, the Machine have displayed a dynamic offensive attack. While both stars have had stellar seasons from a scoring standpoint, as a team, the Machine have struggled on the defensive end. Ohio has allowed the third most goals in the league this season (170).
Players to Watch: Rookie Steele Stanwick has been effective as a distributor since breaking onto the MLL scene midway through the season. He leads the Machine in assists with 15 through just 7 games including a 3-assist game last week against Rochester. Defensemen Kyle Hartzell is a constant threat to score in transition and is currently second in the league in 2-point goals (8). Chazz Woodson comes off of a 5-goal effort last week that included some spectacular finishes around the goal.
Boston Cannons: The Cannons came up with a huge come-from-behind victory last week against the Bayhawks to remain in good position in the playoff race. The Cannons must finish the season strong in their home-and-home series against the last place Machine. Head Coach Steve Duffy understands that each team in the league can beat any opponent on any given night so he must keep his players focused despite playing a struggling Machine team.
Players to Watch: Attack Ryan Boyle earned MLL Offensive Player of the Week last week after his 8-point (2 G, 6 A) effort against the Bayhawks. Paul Rabil currently leads the league in scoring with 61 points including 2-goals, 2-assists last week. Goalie Jordan Burke has been a rock in net for the Cannons this season and leads the league in saves (159).