MLL Preview: Machine at Hounds

Charlotte Hounds (2-3) vs. Ohio Machine (0-5)
Saturday, June 8, 2013
7:00pm ET
American Legion Memorial Stadium – Charlotte, NC
Watch: WMYT-12 (Charlotte), SportsTime Ohio,
TWC Sports, MSG+
Live Streaming: ESPN3.com
Join the Conversation: @CharlotteMLL #Hounds

The Hounds last week pulled off a 14-12 come-frombehind victory over the Lizards. It was a true show of
character for the team. Down by three, 12-9, heading into the final stanza, the Hounds tightened up the
defense and began sharing the ball more. Rookies Matt White and Mike Sawyer combined for back-toback tallies to open the quarter, and Danowski scored the equalizer less than four minutes later. Eric Lusby registered what would be the eventual game winner, while the defense and Ghitelman held the Lizards scoreless for the final 18:15 of the contest to secure the victory. Though the Lizards dominated on faceoffs (19-29) and in groundballs (37 vs. 26), the Hounds’ special teams shined. They were 2-3 on man-up situations, while going 4-5 on the penalty kill.

Players to watch:
Eric Lusby (A) – The sophomore player has quietly found his groove in the offense, compiling seven points in the last two games.

Mason Poli (LSM) – Showed his strength, speed and versatility in his MLL debut, recording a goal and collecting three groundballs.

The Ohio Machine continue to look for their first victory of the 2013 season. In Week 5, the team lost a sloppy battle with the Rattlers 9-7. The Machine fell behind early, and weren’t able to overcome the deficit despite holding the Rattler scoreless in the fourth quarter. Goalie Brian Phipps had 15 saves through the contest, and the teams spilt the faceoffs, going 10-20 each at the X. The Machine’s offense was led by rookie Logan Schuss, who put up four goals. Prior to Sunday evening’s game, the Machine traded for rookie midfielder Jake Bernhardt, who tallied an assist in his MLL debut. Notably absent from the
Machine’s roster last week was attack Chazz Woodson, as well as teammate Connor Martin, who has only played one MLL game this season.

Players to watch:
Steele Stanwick (A) – The second-year pro has become the team’s most consistent and reliable offensive playmaker.

Kyle Hartzell (D) – The long pole can make an impact anywhere on the field. He leads the Machine with 20
groundballs, and has tallied two goals plus an assist.

The Hounds last year swept the season series with the Machine. The teams first met in Charlotte during Week 2, and the Hounds earned their first win in franchise history, edging the Machine 18-15. Midfielders Stephen Berger and Josh Amidon led the way with six points each, while attackmen Jeremy Boltus and Matt Danowski added five points each. The Machine were led by Connor Martin with five points. The Hounds’ victory also was aided by going 4-5 on the power-play, while killing off 3-4 of the Machine’s man-up opportunities. The rematch took place Week 8 in Ohio, and the Hounds once again squeaked by the Machine, pulling out a 17-16 victory. Danowski and Boltus combined for 11 points that game, and Adam Ghitelman made 15 saves to backstop the win. The Machine, however, won the faceoff battle, going 21-32 at the X, and were led by Kyle Hartzell and Steele Stanwick, who put up five points each.