Ric Beardsley: Making defense great again

May 4, 2017

Ric Beardsley, legendary Syracuse defenseman and current coach, was one of the best to ever play at his position. A four-time All-American, he was known for his ability to throw devastating checks, make incredible passes and shut-down stellar attackmen. He was a player kids tried to emulate. During Beardsley’s playing days, collegiate teams like Syracuse, Hopkins, UVA and Maryland benefitted from national exposure. Watching their defensemen provided a wealth of…


MLL opening weekend steals the show

April 27, 2017

Major League Lacrosse kicked off the 2017 season amid the drama of NHL and NBA playoffs and the hype of early season MLB play and simply stole the show. Incredibly, all four opening weekend games ended in one-goal victories and two of the four went to overtime. Earlier in the year, commissioner David Gross announced that this would be his last season as the head of the league. Despite the…


Tribe7’s Robert Little: Mad scientist or visionary?

April 18, 2017

Welcome to an outside the box interview! Well, actually we’re stepping outside the box and kicking it aside! I had a chance to sit down with the founder and head of Tribe 7 Lacrosse, Rob Littell. Thanks to Rob for taking the time to speak with me.   You played in the North/South All Star Game and at Brown for Dom Starsia.  Pretty safe to say you love lacrosse?  …


2016 MLL Championship: Outlaws Face Machine

August 20, 2016

After one of the closest seasons in Major League Lacrosse history, the Ohio Machine are taking on the Denver Outlaws for the Steinfeld Trophy. What makes this past season stand out is that seven of nine teams ended up tied for first place. The MLL usually gets an idea of who is going to have a successful season after the fourth week of the season and the separation occurs at…


Launch Seek Second Win, Host Hounds

June 17, 2016

Spending a week in a car with your friend driving across the state of Florida is something many people find themselves doing at some point in their life.  Working while you do it is rare, but not unlikely.  To do that and then play one of the most competitive and athletic sports in American against each other is astounding.  Face Off Academy coaches Chris Mattes and Brendan Fowler and not…


Rodgers Sparks Machine in Overtime Rematch Against Outlaws

May 10, 2016

The Ohio Machine defeated the Denver Outlaws 14-13 this past weekend on the strength of 3 critical saves by Scott Rodgers during overtime.  Denver defeated visiting Ohio two weeks ago in the last minutes of that game so the Machine returned the favor in the rematch.  This time it was Marcus Holman scoring the game winning goal on an assist from Steele Stanwick.  This season’s games between Denver and Ohio…


Outlaws Derail Machine and Claim Win in Home Opener

May 4, 2016

The Ohio Machine traveled to Denver to Sports Authority Field at Mile High to take on the Outlaws in their season opener.  This was a tale of two teams that went in different directions last season.  The Machine appeared to be the favorites against the home team as Denver suffered an uncharacteristic 2015 where they failed to make the playoffs.  Jesse Schwartzman announced his retirement, the defense struggled with consistency…


Machine Open Season With 16 Goals, Top Launch

April 26, 2016

In an entertaining and well-played game, the Ohio Machine opened the 2016 season defeating the Florida Launch 16-14.  This victory marked the Machine’s first win in the Sunshine State.  Six different players scored as the Machine answered every run that Florida launched at them.  Having made the playoffs two years in a row, Ohio has high expectations as they managed to keep their core players on the roster despite the…


MLL 2016 Season Preview: Ohio Machine

April 20, 2016

Welcome to the Machine. Ever since John Algie donned his mad scientist lab coat and drafted Tom Schreiber out of Princeton, and picked Kyle Harrison and Peter Baum from the LXM Pro Tour, the Ohio Machine went from a perennial 2-12 team to an overnight contender for the Steinfeld Cup.  With the addition of the three all-star midfielders, Ohio addressed its anemic midfield production and produced one of the most…


FOGO Fowler Keeps Dominating and He’s Only Getting Started

February 9, 2016

This interview fits follows up the John Ortolani interview and Team USA Spring Premiere vs Denver.  One of the story lines many fans were anticipating was the clash of Greg Gurenlian versus his Face Off Academy protégé Trevor Baptiste.  I admit I fell into that category, but there was another match up that had me intrigued.   Brendan Fowler was also on Team USA as a face off specialist.  …