By Jordan Borrosh | 5/16/14 2:00 PM
New York Lizards at Ohio Machine
Saturday, May 17 – 8:00 p.m. (EST) – Shelby Stadium
The New York Lizards (1-2) and the Ohio Machine (1-2) are both looking to pick up their second win of the season.
Last time out:
New York: The Lizards were handed a tough loss from the Rochester Rattlers (2-1) last week. While New York controlled the first quarter outscoring Rochester 4-1, the Rattlers ran away with the game, scoring 12 goals in the middle two periods and kept the Lizards to only four goals. New York couldn’t recover after the run by Rochester and fell 15-9. Rob Pannell and Ned Crotty both led the Lizards with three points each. Greg Gurenlian was 15 for 27 on faceoffs and Drew Adams had 13 saves in goal.
Ohio: The Machine held strong in their game against the Florida Launch (2-1) last week but ultimately fell short at 10-9. Despite falling short, Ohio scored six unanswered goals in the game. Brian Phipps was vital in keeping Ohio in the game with 10 saves after subbing in for an injured Scott Rodgers at the beginning of the second quarter. Logan Schuss and Peter Baum led the offense with three goals a piece.
First Victory?:Ohio is in their third season in the League and have yet to beat New York. With the addition of Peter Baum, Tom Schreiber, and Kyle Harrison, the Machine has all the necessary parts to pull out a win this week marking it the first time in club history they beat the Lizards.
Improvement: The evidence of Ohio’s improvement may not be shown in their record but statistically, they are steadily improving since their inaugural season in 2012. Their faceoff win percentage has reached an all-time high of .494 as well as their shots on goal percentage at .647. With such lethal attackers and tenacious faceoff specialists it is easy to see this team going far this season.
On Paper: The Lizards lead the league in shots on goal percentage (.702), faceoff win percentage (.607), groundballs (92) as well as most goals for (38). On paper it looks like they should be undefeated. So where is the disconnect? Their defense gives up the most goals per game (12.56) than any other team. If the Lizards want to turn their season around the defense needs to hunker down and keep the opposing attack from getting to goal.
Players to Watch:
New York: Pannell is such a vital part of the New York offense. Not only does he lead the team in goals but he also leads in assists making him the ultimate threat. Pannell’s versatility between feeder and scorer is going to be important this weekend against the Ohio defense.
Ohio: While he doesn’t lead the team statistically, Steele Stanwick is the backbone of the offense. With just two games this season, he is tied for second in the league and leads his team in assists. Stanwick’s leadership and presence on the attack is key to the team’s success.
New York: Rob Pannell leads the team in points (12), goals (8), and assists (4). At the middle of the field, Greg Gurenlian leads the league and team in ground balls with 22 and faceoff win percentage at .607. Drew Adams has a .542 save rate on 83 shots.
Ohio: Peter Baum (7G, 2A) and Marcus Holman (5G, 4A) lead the team with 9 points each. Matt Dolente and Dana Wilber are tied at 11 groundballs each while Scott Rodgers has a .609 save rate on 64 shots. Eric O’Brien (.500) and Matt Dolente (.490) are neck-and-neck for faceoff win percentage.
2013 Season Series:
Ohio lost both games to New York last year.
New York: Gurenlian is 76 faceoff’s away from his 2,000th faceoff attempt and 17 wins away from 1,100 faceoff wins.
Ohio: This is the best start to a season Ohio has had in club history.
Be sure to wear your Machine gear to the season home opener. This awesome sweatshirt is one of many options you can find at the game tomorrow or if you want to come prepared you can order it online now! We have adult and youthsizes. If you can’t make it to the game but still want to support your team, just buy this cool sweatshirt at the MLL Shop. Need to know where to watch if you can’t make it to the game? Tune into ESPN3 on Saturday at 8:00 pm (EST) to watch New York take on Ohio at Shelby Stadium in Columbus, OH.