By Molly Shunney | 6/13/14 10:12 AM
Rochester Rattlers at Ohio Machine
Saturday, June 14 – 5:30PM ET – Selby Stadium
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The Ohio Machine looks to improve their 2-4 record against the Rochester Rattlers (4-2) who have won their last two games.
Last Time Out
Rochester: The Rattlers had quite a game last week against the Chesapeake Bayhawks. They barely made it out on top with an 8-7 win in double overtime. Attackman and Coca Cola Player of the Game Kevin Leveille walked away with his second hat trick in two games. He broke the All-Time Goal scoring record and tied for Most Game Winning Goals. Mark Matthews played his second game of the season and netted two goals. FO and All-Star Team member John Ortolani had a remarkable game, winning 17 of 20 face-offs.
Ohio: The Machine fell to the Boston Cannons 17-16 last Friday night. The team maintained a back and forth momentum that kept them in the game. Unfortunately, they couldn’t keep any of the five leads they had throughout the game. Attackman Logan Schuss and middie Kyle Harrison both had a good game offensively netting four goals each. Rookie midfielder Tom Schreiber and attackman Marcus Holman each scored two goals as well.
Team USA and All-Star: This matchup will be jam packed with action, seeing that 13 players total have earned a spot on either Team USA or the MLL All-Star Team. Machine players Harrison, Holman, and Steele Stanwick (A) have all made the 30-man roster for Team USA. They will join Rattlers goalie John Galloway, Leveille, and Dave Lawson (M). Recently announced All-Star members include three players from the Machine and four players from the Rattlers. Coming from Ohio will be attackman Logan Schuss and middies Schreiber and Peter Baum. Rochester All-Star team members include Ortolani, Mike Manley (D), Justin Turri (M), and Joel White (M).
Breaking Records: As previously mentioned, Leveille was named Coca Cola Player of the Game against the Chesapeake Bayhawks. He scored three goals, had six shots on goal, and picked up two groundballs. With his hat trick, Leveille broke the All-Time Goal scoring record and tied first place for All-Time Game Winning Goals. These noteworthy accomplishments paired with his above average performance also earned him Warrior Offensive Player of the Week.
Finishing Strong: The Ohio Machine is certainly capable of playing against powerhouse teams such as the Denver Outlaws and the Florida Launch. It is visible in the final scores against them. Right now, the Machine walks off the field with no more than a 2-goal deficit for all four losses this season. So, what’s the deal? It looks like the Machine is just a few short plays away from pulling off a win and they will need to figure out the disconnect before meeting with the Rattlers this weekend.
Players to Watch
Rochester: Kevin Leveille and Mike Manley have had a great couple of weeks in the MLL and we can expect to see more of it. However, keep an eye out for rookie Miles Thompson. Additionally duke standout Jordan Wolf has finally been activated, look for him to take the league by storm. With this being his third professional game coming up, he should be getting comfortable. It will be interesting to see if he can keep tallying points for the Rattlers.
Ohio: Schuss had an outstanding game against the Boston Cannons last week tallying a record breaking eight points. Now that he has secured a spot on the All-Star team, he has every reason to be fired up and ready to go.
Rochester: Turri continues to lead the team in points with a tally of 15. Leveille is not far behind with 14. Manley has the most points for a defender in the league, scoring an impressive four goals in six games.
Ohio: Holman, Baum, and Harrison rank top three for the team in points. Holman, leading the pack, has tallied 11 goals in six games with one 2-point goal. He has six assists and 12 groundballs so far this season. Goalie Brian Phipps ranks number 3 in the league overall with a 9.93 goals against average.
2013 Season Series
Last year, Rochester beat Ohio 9-7 in the beginning of the season. The two met later on and Ohio responded by walking away with the W (13-11).
- Machine’s rookie midfielder and All-Star team member Tom Schreiber was the first overall pick in the 2014 MLL Collegiate Draft.
- Rattlers FO John Ortolani and Machine Logan Schuss and will be making their first All-Star Game appearance.
- The leading scorers for the Machine, Holman, Baum and Harrison, have tallied a combined 37 goals already this season.
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And don't forget the MLL All-star Game featuring Team MLL taking on Team USA is only 13 days away on Thursday, June 26 at 7:30 p.m. at Historic Harvard Stadium. Tickets for the event can be found HERE.