By Ashley Kirby | 6/14/14 9:10 PM
The Rochester Rattlers fell to the Ohio Machine 18-13 on Saturday at Selby Stadium in Delaware, OH. This was the Machine’s first home win, while the Rattlers continue to be winless in road games in the 2014 season. The Rattlers now move to 4-3 on the season while the Machine climb to 3-4.
Rochester got off to an early start with a faceoff win by All-Star John Ortolani and a goal from midfielder Jordan Macintosh.
Duke standout Jordan Wolf, making his debut for the Rattlers, appeared to have scored immediately after, but officials erased his goal due to a Machine penalty. Instead, Rochester received a 30 seconds man-up opportunity, easily killed off by Ohio defender Max Schmidt
The Machine responded with a goal from Kyle Harrison, who tied the game at 1. Due to Ohio’s patience on offense, attackman Steele Stanwick fed the ball to rookie All-Star Tom Schreiber who put the Machine ahead, 2-1.
Ohio’s lead did not last long. Rattlers midfielder Justin Turri beat Brian Phipps to tie the game at 2. With a little more than 2 minutes left in the opening quarter, Rochester regained the lead with a goal from Wolf, 3-2. Another man-up advantage allowed Rattlers attackman Dave Lawson to score giving Rochester a 4-2 after the first.
At the start of the second quarter Leveille was able to get one past Phipps. Then, Rochester scored again, this time with midfielder John Ranagan making the score 6-2. This was Ranagan’s 7th goal of the season.
Closing in on the ten-minute mark of the first half, Dominique Alexander found All-Star Logan Schuss. Seconds later the Machine struck again with Schuss, his second of the night, making the score 6-4.
Wolf recorded his first MLL career hat trick, putting Rochester back ahead by 3, (7-4).
The Machine responded, with just 3 minutes left in the half, Schuss scored his third of night, making it 7-5. Just at the 2 minute mark All-Star Peter Baum was scored back-to-back goals to make it 8-7.
The half ended with a Macintosh tally srending the teams to the locker room with the visitors up 9-7
A break is what the Machine needed to get their momentum back. Ohio started the second half off with a face off win by Eric O’Brien and then a goal by Harrison.
Wolf responded with his fourth of the night and demonstrating he is not just any rookie putting Rochester ahead by 2, 10-8. Baum followed with another tally making it 10-9.
A big faceoff win by specialist O’Brien and another Rochester penalty gave the Machine an opportunity to tie the game up at 10. Baum did just that by letting the ball fly completing a hat trick.
The Machine played an outstanding first 9 minutes of the third quarter and took the lead with a pair of goals by Marcus Holman
However, Rochester responded with a goal from rookie Miles Thompson, his second of the night and pulled Rochester back within a goal. That did not last long with a goal from Baum and another form Holman ending the quarter 14-11.
At the start of the fourth ll-Star defensemen Michael Manley scored for Rochester, making it 14-12. Then, after chaos in front of the cage, Baum was able to clean up the garbage by putting it in the back of the net. This was Baum’s fifth of the night.
Steele Stanwick, the quarterback of the Machine offense, Holman who put it past Team USA’s goaltender John Galloway and made it 16-12. This was the Machine’s largest lead of the night with a 4-point advantage.
Then, Stanwick from his back got the ball to Holman who scored his fourth of the night. After the goal, Machine faceoff specialist O’Brien scored, which made it 18-12 in the fourth.
With just a little over 5 minutes left in the game, Thompson had his third of the night, 18-13, but it was not enough for Rochester to mount a comeback.
Due to an outstanding team effort, Ohio won 18-13 and has proving they can win a close game when all cylinders are clicking.
Next, the Rochester Rattlers travel to Boca Raton, Florida to take on the Launch on Friday, June 20 on CBS Sports Network at 7:30 p.m., while the Machine travel to Boston looking for redemption against the Boston Cannons at Harvard Stadium on Saturday, June 21 exclusively on the League’s YouTube channel at 8:00 p.m.
· Coca-Cola Player of the Game was Peter Baum thanks to his six points on the night.
· Baum leads all MLL midfielders with 19 goals.
· The game showcased 13 players who will take part in the MLL All-Star Game representing either Team USA or Team MLL, on Thursday June 26 at Harvard Stadium.
· Machine All-Stars include: Logan Schuss, Peter Baum, and Tom Schreiber. Rattlers All-Stars include: faceoff specialist John Ortolani, Michael Manley, Joel White, and Justin Turri.
· For Team USA the three players from the Machine include: Kyle Harrison, Steele Stanwick, and Marcus Holman. From Rochester Kevin Leveille, David Lawson, and John Galloway will be playing for Team USA
· Rattlers FO John Ortolani and Machine Logan Schuss will be making their first All-Star Game appearance.
· Tickets are now on sale for the 2014 MLL All-Star Game, which will feature Team MLL vs. Team USA on Thursday, June 26, at 7:30 p.m. at Harvard Stadium in Boston, MA. Tickets can be purchased at ticketmaster.com or by calling 617-746-9933.
· Ohio has never lost to Rochester at home.