Launch Seek Second Win, Host Hounds

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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…

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Rodgers Sparks Machine in Overtime Rematch Against Outlaws

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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…

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Outlaws Derail Machine and Claim Win in Home Opener

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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…

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Machine Open Season With 16 Goals, Top Launch

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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…

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MLL 2016 Season Preview: Ohio Machine

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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…

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FOGO Fowler Keeps Dominating and He’s Only Getting Started

CHARLOTTE, NC - JUNE 05:  Brendan Fowler #3 of the Charlotte Hounds wins a face-off against Greg Puskuldjian #94 of the Ohio Machine during their game at American Legion Memorial Stadium on June 5, 2015 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Ohio won 14-12.  (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
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.  …

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Team USA Storms Past Denver 22-6

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January 12, 2016

The U.S. Men’s National team kicked off their campaign for the 2018 World Championship this past Sunday at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida.  Coach John Danowski debuted as the head coach for the US as they rolled to 22-6 victory over the defending Division I champions Denver.  The coach had plenty of experience and depth on the roster even without all world midfielder Paul Rabil recovering from an injury.  The…

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One on One With Florida Launch FOGO John Ortolani

ANNAPOLIS, MD - JULY 17:  John Ortolani #30 of the Rochester Rattlers walks with the ball during a Major League Lacrosse game against the Chesapeake Bayhawks on July 17, 2014 at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Maryland.  The Rattlers won 10-7.  (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)
January 4, 2016

During the course of interviewing MLL players, I discovered they have a variety of professions in the offseason. Most of these professions are related to lacrosse in the form of coaching and conducting camps and clinics. Other notable jobs are in the financial sector, strength and conditioning, corporate security, and prison guard. Our guest today, John Ortolani, has perhaps the most unique non-MLL job. John is an MMA fighter. Congratulations…

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One on One With Kevin Crowley

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November 3, 2015

In a return to more traditional interviews I venture up north to interview Kevin Crowley, a major force in lacrosse. Kevin’s achievements include 2010 USILA Player of the Year, 2010 First Team All-American, 2011 USILA Midfielder of the Year, 2011 First Team All-American, all-time points leader at Stony Brook University, first player drafted first overall in both the NLL and MLL draft, and member of 2014 World Champion Team Canada…

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One on One With Rochester Rattlers Goalie John Galloway

Rochester Rattlers v New York Lizards
October 29, 2015

Continuing the In Lacrosse We Trust One on One series we keep our goalie and native New York theme we sit down with Rochester Rattlers’ goalie John Galloway.  He was one of the most decorated goalies coming out of college.  John won two national championships as the starting keeper at Syracuse in 2008 and 2009 as well as a two time All American and two time Academic All American.  He…

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