By Sam Gest | 6/28/13 2:00 PM
Boston Cannons at Ohio Machine
Saturday, June 29, 7:30 PM (ET) - Selby Stadium, Delaware, Ohio
TV : Regional coverage (Check local listings)
The Ohio Machine returns to the confines of Selby Stadium on Saturday to face the surging Boston Cannons in a 7:30 match up that will be televised locally, and available nationally on ESPN3.com.
After earning its first win of the 2013 season in a week 7 win over the Rochester Rattlers, the Machine enters the game coming off its worst loss of the season, a 19-5 defeat at the hands of the undefeated Denver Outlaws on Saturday. This prompted Ohio to make a coaching change naming Bear Davis as head coach.
The 1-7 Machine is led by recently-named All-Stars Kyle Hartzell and Steele Stanwick. It is the second consecutive All-Star Game for Hartzell, who leads a defense that is giving up 13.13 goals per game. It is the first All-Star selection for Stanwick, and the attackman is tied for first on the team in points with 17, on six goals and 11 assists. Midfielder Joe Cummings has been strong as of late, and has matched Stanwick in points, with a team-best 13 goals and four assists.
Rookies have also made an immediate impact for the Machine, particularly on the offensive end, where attackmen Logan Schuss and Marcus Holman have thrived. Through five games, Schuss has nine goals, while Holman also has totaled nine points, with five assists and three goals, including a two-point goal.
The Cannons come into the game riding a two game winning streak after a 15-13 win at Charlotte and a 16-12 victory over the New York Lizards. Despite the recent success, the 3-5 Cannons still sport the highest goals against average in the league, allowing 14.25 goals per game, which could be just what the struggling Machine offense needs. Kyle Sweeney is the only player on the defensive side to earn an All-Star selection for the Cannons, and it is the sixth of his career.
Offensively, the Cannons are led by Midfielder Paul Rabil, who is second in the league with 34 points, including a team-best 20 goals. Rabil was recently selected to his sixth consecutive All-Star Game, and with 280 career points, he sits three points shy of the all-time franchise record for points in a career. Midfielder Mike Stone was also selected to the All-Star Game for the second time, and sits third on the team with 18 points. Joining Sweeney, Rabil and Stone as All-Star selections is attackman Kevin Buchanan, who has seven goals and eight assists in seven appearances.
Boston will return to Harvard Stadium on Saturday, July 6 for an 8:00 PM face off against the Charlotte Hounds in a game that will be televised nationally on ESPN2. Ohio will also be back in action on Saturday, continuing the homestand when the Chesapeake Bayhawks visit Selby Stadium for a 7:30 PM game that will be broadcast exclusively on YouTube.
The All-Stars mentioned above can be seen in the MLL All-Star Game presented by Moe’s Southwest Grill on Saturday, July 13, at 7:00 pm in Charlotte, N.C. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN2.