By Ashley Kirby | 6/20/14 3:00 PM
Ohio Machine at Boston Cannons
Saturday, June 21 – 8:00 p.m. (ET) – Harvard Stadium
Game Notes:Ohio – Boston
The Ohio Machine (3-4) are looking for another win and especially redemption over the Boston Cannons (3-4) while the Cannons are looking for their second win against the Machine this season.
Last Time Out:
Ohio: Ohio finally proved that they could win close games. The Machine defeated the Rochester Rattlers 18-13 at Selby Stadium due to a total team effort. Besides the win Ohio also set club records for goals in a game with 18 and points in a game with 27.
Boston: After a back-and-forth scoring match the Cannons were unable to end victorious on the road against the Chesapeake Bayhawks. Even though the Cannons dominated the first half and were up 11-7, the halftime break killed their momentum. Chesapeake were the ones to dominate the second half of the game and allowed Boston to only score 4 goals the rest of the game.
Predicting A High Score: Are we predicting a high scoring brawl this Saturday night in Boston? We just may be because several players for both the Machine and the Cannons have been contributing multiple points in games. In the Machine’s last time out, midfielder Peter Baum and attackman Marcus Holman each tallied 5 goals. Attackman Logan Schuss had 4, while midfielder Kyle Harrison finished the night off with 2 goals. Attackman Steele Stanwick earned 6 assists while midfielder Dominique Alexander had 2. Even though the Machine only have 3 wins under their belt, the Machine ranks first in the league with a shooting percentage at .300. Despite Boston’s loss, midfielder Stephen Berger tallied 4 goals and attackman Kevin Buchanan had 3 goals and 1 assist. Rookie midfielder Rob Emery tallied 2 goals while veteran Paul Rabil had 2 goals and 3 assists.
Brian Phipps: Last Saturday night at Selby Stadium Brian Phipps earned his second win of the season, after defeating the rattlers 18-13. He had a total of 16 saves on 29 shots on goal. Right now Brian Phipps is ranked 3rd amongst the other MLL goalies with a 10.65 GAA and a .536 save rate. He continues to climb to the top of the MLL Goalie Leaders due to his dominance and veteran leadership between the pipes.
All-Stars: This week’s game between Ohio and Boston will feature 8 Team USA players and 6 from Team MLL. Boston’s Paul Rabil, Kevin Buchanan, Chris Eck, and Mitch Balisle will be joining Ohio’s Kyle Harrison, Marcus Holman, and Steele Stanwick on June 26th in Boston, MA will be playing for Team USA. Logan Schuss, Peter Baum, and rookie Tom Schreiber will represent the Machine while Jordan Burke, Brodie Merrill, and Kyle Sweeney will represent the Cannons at the All-Star Game.
Players to Watch:
Ohio: After an outstanding rookie season with the Machine, attackman Logan Schuss has been electric so far in the 2014 season. Schuss had 4 goals against the Rattlers. Steele Stanwick is dangerous from behind the cage due to his vision of the field and patience he brings to the game. He tallied a total of 6 assists against Rochester. At the end of week 7 Peter Baum continues to lead the MLL midfielders in goals with 19. When Baum has the ball the only image he sees is the back of net.
Boston: Cannon players: Will Manny, Stephen Berger, Ryan Boyle, Kevin Buchanan, Brent Adams, Rob Emery, and Paul Rabil all contributed more than one point in their loss against the Bayhawks. Rookie Rob Emery had his first MLL career goal last week against Chesapeake on a power play. Then, scored his second of the night before half of the quarter was over. As Emery becomes more comfortable in the big leagues he may be another rookie threat.
Ohio:Peter Baum and Marcus Holman are tied in points with 23. Baum leads the Machine with goals (19) while Holman has goals (16), and assists (6) and leads the Machine with groundballs (14).
Boston: Paul Rabil leads the Cannons in points (31), goals (12), assists (19), and groundballs (13). Attackman Kevin Buchanan leads in goals with 20. Chris Eck has 52 groundballs on the season and a faceoff win percentage of .569. Jordan Burke has a 10.77 GAA and a .543 save rate.
2013 Season Series:
Last year both teams clenched road wins, the Machine won 16-12 at Harvard Stadium in Boston and then the Cannons won 13-10 at Selby Stadium.
· Jordan Burke has 24 wins all time. If he wins this weekend against the Machine he will tie the current Cannons record holder, Chris Garrity.
· The Machine are currently tied at second in shots on goal percentage at .615.
This weekend’s forecast calls for sunshine and warm weather in the city of Boston. Stay hydrated and represent your team with a brand new Sedici Tumbler! Get yours at the MLL Shop, and check out the rest of our awesome merchandise while you’re there!
Can’t make it? Then tune in to our League’s exclusive YouTube channel at 8:00 p.m. (ET) as the Ohio Machine faceoff against the Boston Cannons at Harvard Stadium in Boston, MA.
And don't forget the MLL All-star Game featuring Team MLL taking on Team USA is less than a week away on Thursday, June 26 at 7:30 p.m. at Historic Harvard Stadium. Tickets for the event can be found HERE.