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Ohio Machine
Ohio Machine logo.png
League MLL
Founded 2012
Stadium Fortress Obetz
Based in Obetz, Ohio
Colors Carolina Blue, Red, White
President Ryan Chenault
Head coach Bear Davis
Steinfeld Cups 2017
Website www.theohiomachine.com
Current season

The Ohio Machine are a Major League Lacrosse (MLL) professional men's field lacrosse team based in Obetz, Ohio. They began play in the 2012 MLL season along with the Charlotte Hounds as part of the league's plan to have 16 teams by 2020.[1]

On August 19, 2017, the Machine won their first championship in franchise history with a 17-12 defeat of the Denver Outlaws.[2] Through the 2017 season, the Machine have made the playoffs four times (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017), appeared in the league championship game twice (2016, 2017), and won one title (2017).

Franchise history

In January 2011 MLL voted to grant expansion franchises to Columbus and Charlotte, North Carolina for the 2012 MLL Season.[1][3] The league announced on April 12, 2011, the team name will be the Ohio Machine, borrowing the moniker and colors of the team previously located in Chicago. On May 19, 2012 the Ohio Machine got their first win and first home win in their franchise history against the Rochester Rattlers.

On June 24, 2013, two days after a 19–5 loss to the Denver Outlaws, Ted Garber was fired as head coach and replaced by Bear Davis. Garber had led the expansion franchise to a 3–19 record through its first 22 games and a 1–7 record in 2013.[4]

2014-present: Rise to contention and first championship

After putting up only four victories combined in their first two seasons and getting off to a 3–6 start in 2014, the Machine rattled off five straight victories to end the regular season and clinched their first playoff berth.[5] Their streak included wins over the top-seeded Rochester Rattlers and the eventual champion Denver Outlaws. On the road in their first playoff game, the Machine took an early 4–0 lead over Rochester. But the Machine would run out of magic as the Rattlers came back to end Ohio's Cinderella run, 15–11.[6]

In 2015, the Machine improved upon their previous record with a 9–5 campaign, earning them the second seed. However, they couldn't figure out the Rattlers again, falling 12-8.

Before the start of the 2016 season, the Machine moved to Panther Stadium after four seasons at Selby Field. Panther Stadium is less than half of the size of Selby Field. Ohio got off to their best eight-game start in 2016 at 6–2. The Machine would stumble and go 1–3 over their next four games, but clinch their third straight playoff berth with a dominant 22–13 win over the defending champion New York Lizards. In the game, John Grant Jr. scored ten goals, a single-game MLL record. The Machine had also defeated the Lizards 22–10 earlier in the season at home. The 2016 Major League Lacrosse season saw seven teams finish at 8–6, but due to tiebreaker procedures, the Machine were rewarded with the #1 seed in the postseason.

The Machine defeated the Hounds, 16–10 on August 13 for the franchise's first playoff victory ever. The next week, they faced Grant Jr.'s former team in the Denver Outlaws, who including the semifinals entered the game on a seven-game winning streak. The Machine took a 9–3 lead before a 97-minute weather delay and a 14–7 lead into halftime but could not hold on, losing 19–18 on a goal by Eric Law with 12.9 seconds left. It was Grant Jr.'s first loss in a Steinfeld Cup game in six trips.

On November 16, 2016, the village of Obetz, a community just south of Columbus, announced they would be constructing a 6,500-seat multipurpose stadium, Fortress Obetz at the site of the closed Columbus Motor Speedway. It will be ready in time for the Machine's first home game of the 2017 season on May 6.[7]

The Machine finished the 2017 season with a 9-5 record and the second seed in the postseason. It was the fourth consecutive playoff berth for the Machine. With the New York Lizards not making the field, that became the longest active streak in the league. On August 12, the Machine hosted the Launch in Florida's first ever postseason game. The Machine prevailed 18-13, advancing to the championship game for the second year in a row.[8] Again, they would face the Outlaws.

On August 18, the league would host its first ever MLL Honors show. Goalie Kyle Bernlohr would win Most Improved Player and Tom Schreiber would be named the league's Most Valuable Player for the second straight season.[9] The next day, the Machine would compete for a title in Frisco, Texas at The Ford Center at The Star. With three minutes left in the third quarter, the Machine trailed 10-6. However, Ohio was able to get some offense going and scored three straight to bring it within one heading into the fourth. After Matt Kavanagh scored a goal to make it 12-10 Denver with 10:30 remaining in the game, the Machine would finish the game on a seven-goal run, courtesy of Jake Bernhardt, Greg Puskuldjian, three straight from Marcus Holman, Connor Cannizzaro and another Bernhardt score.[10] After coming up short in 2014, 2015 and 2016, the Machine would finally break through to win the franchise's first Steinfeld Cup. They would be the first team since Denver in 2014 to win the team's first championship.[11] Marcus Holman, who finished with four goals and two assists, was named the Most Valuable Player of the game.


Ohio Machine
Year W L % Regular season finish Playoffs
2012 2 12 .143 8th in league ---
2013 2 12 .143 8th in league ---
2014 8 6 .571 4th in league Lost semifinal vs. Rochester Rattlers 15–11
2015 9 5 .643 2nd in league Lost semifinal vs. Rochester Rattlers 12–8
2016 8 6 .571 1st in league Won semifinal vs. Charlotte Hounds 16-10
Lost championship vs. Denver Outlaws 19–18
2017 9 5 .643 2nd in league Won semifinal vs. Florida Launch 18-13
Won Championship vs. Denver Outlaws 17-12
Totals 38 46 .452 Total Playoff Record 3–3
Playoff Win % = .500


2017 Ohio Machine
Number Player's Name Nationality Position Height Weight College
0 JT Blubaugh United States M 5 ft 9 in 189 lb Ohio State
1 Marcus Holman United States A 5 ft 11 in 185 lb North Carolina
2 Patrick Kelly United States M 5 ft 11 in 185 lb North Carolina
3 Jake Bernhardt United States M 6 ft 0 in 190 lb Maryland
5 Marcus Dietz United States A 5 ft 9 in 185 lb Ohio Wesleyan
6 Connor Cannizzaro United States A 5 ft 9 in 170 lb Denver
7 Will Haas United States G 6 ft 5 in 200 lb Bellarmine
8 Andrew Sellers United States D 5 ft 10 in 190 lb Salisbury
10 Dominick Calisto United States D 6 ft 0 in 190 lb Boston University
11 Matt McMahon United States D 6 ft 4 in 200 lb Pennsylvania
12 Steven Waldeck United States D 6 ft 0 in 210 lb Stony Brook
13 Mike Birney United States M 6 ft 1 in 200 lb Detroit Mercy
14 Michael Quinn United States D 6 ft 2 in 195 lb Yale
15 Peter Baum United States M 6 ft 1 in 197 lb Colgate
16 Ryan Hunter United States A 5 ft 9 in 190 lb Ohio State
17 Jackson Place United States D 5 ft 11 in 185 lb Bucknell
18 Kyle Harrison United States M 6 ft 0 in 194 lb Johns Hopkins
20 Logan Schuss Canada A 6 ft 0 in 210 lb Ohio State
23 Dominique Alexander United States M 6 ft 2 in 215 lb Ohio State
25 Brian Karalunas United States D 6 ft 0 in 185 lb Villanova
26 Tom Schreiber United States M 6 ft 0 in 190 lb Princeton
29 Kevin Cunningham United States M 5 ft 11 in 165 lb Villanova
30 Michael Noone United States D 6 ft 3 in 205 lb Lehigh
32 Brandon Davenport United States FO 6 ft 1 in 190 lb Detroit Mercy
35 Kyle Bernlohr United States G 5 ft 10 in 160 lb Maryland
38 Scott Miller United States D 6 ft 3 in 200 lb Keuka
40 Pat Harbeson United States M 5 ft 7 in 170 lb Virginia
41 Mark Cockerton Canada M 5 ft 10 in 185 lb Virginia
42 Scott Rodgers United States G 6 ft 4 in 250 lb Notre Dame
55 Bryan Cole Canada M 6 ft 3 in 190 lb Maryland
66 Kevin Reisman United States FO 5 ft 10 in 210 lb Limestone
80 Chris Shevins United States D 6 ft 1 in 205 lb Detroit Mercy
88 Mike Messenger Canada A 6 ft 2 in 203 lb Limestone
91 Nick Fields United States D 6 ft 3 in 195 lb Johns Hopkins
92 Greg Puskuldjian United States M 5 ft 11 in 205 lb Adelphi
  • updated 2017-06-29

MLL Award Winners

Most Valuable Player

Most Improved Player

  • Kyle Bernlohr: 2017

Head Coaching History

# Name Term Regular Season Playoffs
1 Ted Garber 2012-2013 22 3 19 .136
2 Bear Davis 2013 62 35 27 .565 6 3 3 .500

Draft History

MLL Collegiate Draft

First Round Selections


  1. ^ a b Babo, Zach (January 21, 2011). "MLL Expanding to Charlotte, Columbus for 2012 Season". Inside Lacrosse. Retrieved February 7, 2011. 
  2. ^ The Ohio Machine are the 2017 MLL Champions]
  3. ^ McLean, Derek (January 21, 2011). "Major League Lacrosse To Add Two New Franchises in 2012". Major League Lacrosse. Retrieved February 7, 2011. 
  4. ^ Ohio Machine Makes Coaching Change
  5. ^ Machine Clinches Playoff Spot for First Time
  6. ^ Rochester Advances to MLL Title Game with 15-11 Win over Ohio
  7. ^ Obetz building 6,500-seat sports and concert venue
  8. ^ The Ohio Machine defeat the Florida Launch
  9. ^ Five Ohio Machine players and head coach selected for 2017 post season awards
  10. ^ MLL Championship Boxscore
  11. ^ The Ohio Machine are the 2017 MLL Champions
  12. ^ MLL Statistics and Information (January 14, 2012). "2012 MLL Collegiate Draft Results" (Press release). Major League Lacrosse. Retrieved December 10, 2015. 
  13. ^ MLL Statistics and Information (January 11, 2013). "2013 Collegiate Draft Results" (Press release). Major League Lacrosse. Retrieved December 10, 2015. 
  14. ^ MLL Statistics and Information (January 10, 2014). "2014 Collegiate Draft Results" (Press release). Major League Lacrosse. Retrieved December 10, 2015. 
  15. ^ MLL Statistics and Information (January 23, 2015). "2015 Collegiate Draft Results" (Press release). Major League Lacrosse. Retrieved December 10, 2015. 
  16. ^ http://www.majorleaguelacrosse.com/press-release/12859/2016-mll-collegiate-draft-live-updates/

External links

  • majorleaguelacrosse.com
  • 2017 Media Guide
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