They came up one game short last year, but in this year’s MLL championship rematch, they used that experience to battle the Denver Outlaws to a franchise first ever Major League Lacrosse Championship. Ohio star attackman, Marcus Holman stated after the game, “I’d be lying if I said we didn’t learn from that and use it as experience and fuel. I love these guys, and I’m very thankful to be a part of this organization and this team.”
Although Holman and his teammates savored the championship win, it was a tough battle until close to the end. Behind distributor in chief, attackman Matt Kavenagh (who finished the game with 6 assists) drew defenders to dump to open teammates Eric Law and Wes Berg who easily finished with respective goals and gave the Outlaws a 10-6 lead with 5:25 left in the third quarter.
In his post game interview, Marcus Holman vented some frustration he was feeling with his team’s performance at that point in the game. “I’m not going to lie. I kind of got into the guys,” Holman said in a post game interview on CBS Sports Network. “We were playing selfish lacrosse, I thought. We got here by playing team ball.”
Peter Baum provided the spark the Machine needed at that moment with with a goal at the 2:45 mark. He then followed that by assisting line mate Kyle Harrison, then finished with another goal off a feed from Mark Cockerton.
Kavenagh would score twice to open the fourth quarter, but the rest of the game would be dominated by the Ohio Machine which included 4 consecutive goals by Marcus Holman (he would finish the game with 4 goals, 2 assists).
The final score was 17 – 12, capping off a great season, payback from falling short against Denver last year, and bringing the championship to Columbus, Ohio for the first time in Franchise history.
Dr. Roger Welton is a practicing veterinarian and well regarded media personality through a number of topics and platforms. In addition to being passionate about integrative veterinary medicine for which he is a nationally renowned expert, Dr. Welton was also an accomplished college lacrosse player and remains to this day very involved in the sport. He is president of Maybeck Animal Hospital , runs the successful veterinary/animal health blogs Web-DVM and Dr. Roger’s Holistic Veterinary Care, and fulfills his passion for lacrosse through his lacrosse and sport blog, The Creator’s Game.