COLUMBUS, Ohio - Attackman Chazz Woodson scored four goals, including three in the second half, to lead the Ohio Machine to the first win in team history with a 16-10 Major League Lacrosse victory over the Rochester Rattlers in front of 6,126 fans at Selby Stadium on Saturday evening.
Woodson, who was named as the Bud Light MLL Player of the Game, scored three of his four goals in the second half to help the Machine secure the victory.
After midfielder Steven Boyle gave Rochester a quick 2-0 lead with a two-point goal, the Machine rallied by scoring the next seven goals, including a two-point marker from defenseman Kyle Hartzell, to take a commanding 8-2 advantage with 5:39 left in the second quarter.
But, Rochester scored three of the last four goals in the first half to trim the deficit to 9-5 at the intermission.
Midfielder Roy Lang and attackman Kevin Leveille scored back-to-back goals in the first seven minutes to narrow the Rattlers' deficit to 9-7. However, the Machine answered with a four-goal run, including a goal and an assist from attackmen Brett Garber and Connor Martin, for a 13-7 cushion at the end of the third quarter.
Rochester midfielder Steve DeNapoli scored just 17 seconds into the fourth quarter, but the Machine used back-to-back goals from Woodson and midfielder Jim Connolly in a 59-second span to expand its lead to 15-8 with 12:01 left.
The Rattlers got within 15-10 on a two-point goal by Matt Striebel with 8:10 left, but Woodson secured the victory with seven minutes left when he scored an unassisted marker.
While Woodson paced Ohio with four goals, Connolly scored three goals with an assist for the Machine, which was outshot by a 45-40 margin.
Boyle led Rochester with two goals, including a two-point marker, while attackman Ned Crotty had a goal with two assists.