ad
ad
 

Machine Defeat Nationals in Season Opener

By Jeffrey Dobbin |  5/16/10 8:10 PM

Machine Defeat Nationals in Season Opener


05/16/2010 3:55 PM

The Chicago Machine opened the 2010 season on Chazz Woodson’s unassisted goal to take an early 1-0 lead.  John Grant Jr. then notched Toronto’s first goal of the game two minutes later to tie it up. The Nationals then added a 2-pointer by Josh Sims to take the lead 3-2 before the Machine responded with four unanswered goals by Brett Garber on a powerplay, Matt Striebel, and by Terry Kimener twice, to retake the lead 5-2. Sims later answered again for the Nationals, trailing the Machine 5-3 after the first quarter.

Brett Garber, in his first game with the Machine, opened the second quarter by catching Toronto’s defense sleeping and snuck through two defenders for an easy chip-in goal to extend the lead 6-3. Jordan Hall then put Toronto back on track by grabbing a behind-the-back pass from Gavin Prout to trail 6-4. The Machine then added two consecutive goals by Kevin Leveille and Bill McGlone before Toronto netted a goal by Hall to close the gap by three goals for the Nationals. McGlone then closed the second quarter with a blazing shot to extend the lead 9-6 Machine at the half.

As both teams opted for their backup goalies in the second half, the Machine opened up with consecutive goals, once by Kevin Leveille after fooling  Toronto’s goaltender Brett Queener with a low-high shot and later to losing the battle to Greg Bice’s laser shot toward the top right corner to extend Chicago’s lead by four. Brodie Merrill returned the favor for the Nationals with a behind the goal pass by Craig Point for a chip-in goal before Mike Leveille scored his first goal of the game to extend Chicago’s lead by five. Grant hugged the crease for a righthanded goal to close out the third quarter to bring Toronto within four.

The final quarter of the game was opened with Grant’s swim dodge through two Machine defenders for his third and final goal of the game. For the remaninder of the game, the Nationals struggled with the ball and were unable to make a scoring run to get back into contention. Instead they saw the Machine score three consecutive goals by Striebel, Mike Leveille, and Kimener with a two-pointer to finish the game with a 16-9 victory for the Chicago Machine.

Bud Light MVP Matt Striebel finished with two goals and commented, “We have a strong attack this year and the middies have improved for our first win. The last couple years, we’ve been up and downs and this year there’s a new mentality to the team and with the addition of Coach O’Hara and the improvement to our defense, I think we’ll have a better run this year being on top this season.”

Machine goalies Bud Petit and Mike Gabel posted a combined effort with six saves on 14 shots. Terry Kimener lead the team with three goals, one being a two-pointer while Striebel, Kevin and Mike Leveille, Garber, and McGlone netted two goals each. Bice and Woodson contributed with a goal each while Brian Clayton lead the team in assists with two. Face-Off specialist, Anthony Kelly won 12 draws out of 24 tries for a .500 percentage.
 

The Machine heads to Boston next weekend to take on the Cannons at Harvard Stadium on Saturday, May 22 at 7:00 PM. The game will be broadcast live on Universal Sports and on ESPN3.com.

BOXSCORE

 


Related Articles:

Date Title
05/18/2010 Matt Striebel Post Game Interview
05/18/2010 Chicago Defeats Toronto
05/06/2010 New Balance Lacrosse Finds Their Face In Chazz Woodson
Aug Sat 9
18
AT
8
Recap
Aug Sat 9
10
AT
14
Recap
Aug Sat 9
13
AT
19
Recap
Aug Sat 16
11
AT
15
Recap
Aug Sat 16
13
AT
14
Recap
Aug Sat 23
7:00 PM ET
  AT   Buy Tickets
More Info
View Complete Schedule
ad