By Sam Gest | 6/1/13 2:00 AM
Ohio Machine at Rochester Rattlers
Sunday, June 2, 2013 – 5:00 p.m. (ET) – Sahlen’s Stadium
National TV: CBS Sports Network
The Ohio Machine travels to Rochester to face the Rattlers on Sunday, in a nationally televised game that features two teams in need of a win.
This is the first of two meetings between the teams, as Ohio enters the game winless in its first four contests, while Rochester sports a 1-3 record, with the only victory coming against the Charlotte Hounds in a 13-10 win in week 3.
The Machine is coming off a 16-9 home loss to the Hamilton Nationals on May 23, which marked the fourth consecutive week Ohio had failed to score in double digits. The bright spots in that game included Steele Stanwick’s five points, as well as rookie Marcus Holman making his MLL debut with his first career goal on a two-pointer, while also dishing out two assists. Stanwick leads the Machine offense with 10 points on the season, while midfielder Joe Cummings is second on the team with seven points in three games. Holman’s four-point effort puts him at third on the team in scoring, despite playing in only one of the team’s four games.
Thursday also marked the third consecutive game the Ohio defense has allowed 14 goals or more, ranking them seventh in the league in goals against average, allowing 14 per contest.
After its only win of the season, Rochester comes into the game having lost any momentum it may have gained, getting handled 20-7 by the Denver Outlaws. Attackman Ned Crotty leads the Rattlers offense with 10 points on five goals and five assists. Midfielder Matt Striebel has also been a force on offense, with nine points on six goals and an assist, including a team-best two two-point goals. With John Galloway as the primary man between the pipes, the Rochester defense sits fifth in the league with a goals against average of 13.5.
The teams split the season series in 2012, with Ohio winning the first matchup on May 19 by a 16-10 score, before Rochester responded with a 14-13 victory on July 28. Ohio’s Chazz Woodson enjoyed great success against the Rattlers last season, scoring four goals in the victory, before lighting up the Rochester defense for five goals and an assist in the losing effort. Striebel also had a big game for the Rattlers in the second match up, scoring two two-point goals to go along with two assists.
Next, Rochester continues its homestand when it hosts the Boston Cannons on Friday, June 7 in a nationally televised game from KSU Stadium in Kennesaw, Ga. Ohio will continue the road trip when it heads to Charlotte to play the Hounds on Saturday, June 8, at American Legion Memorial Stadium in a regionally televised game that can also be seen on ESPN3.com.