Machine Announces 23-Man Protected Roster
COLUMBUS, OHIO (September 19, 2014) – The Ohio Machine announced today its 23-man protected roster, which includes the team’s top 13 scorers from the 2014 season. Team captains Kyle Harrison, Brian Phipps and Steele Stanwick all return to the Machine with team captain Greg Bice announcing his retirement earlier this week.
“We feel the group we have coming back puts us in a great position to contend for a championship in 2015,” Machine Vice President & Head Coach Bear Davis said. “Our offense did the heavy lifting for us last season, but towards the end of the year, our defense came up big and helped us reach the playoffs for the first time. We are confident this group of players can keep last year’s momentum going into next season.”
After leading Major League Lacrosse with 200 goals scored in 2014, the Machine’s 23-man protected roster returns 191 of those goals. Marcus Holman and Peter Baum led the Machine with 50 points each last season. Holman also led the league with 37 goals scored, while Baum finished third in the league with 35 goals. Logan Schuss (38 points), Steele Stanwick (36 points), Kyle Harrison (33 points) and Tom Schreiber (20 points) all return to the Machine in 2015 after posting 20 or more points last season. In total, the Machine returns 96 percent of its league-leading offense from last season.
“This is the most talented young team in the league and we’re all excited to see this roster take the next step in 2015,” Machine President & General Manager John Algie said.
The defensive side of the ball returns an experienced group that helped push the team into the playoffs in 2014. During the Machine’s five game winning streak to end the 2014 regular season, the defense, led by goalie Brian Phipps and defensemen Brian Farrell, Steven Waldeck and Dana Wilber, twice played the key role in consecutive overtime victories. The defense is aided by the return of defensive midfielders Dominique Alexander, Jake Bernhardt and Dan Groot.
Three players on the Machine’s 23-man protected rosters are graduates of Ohio State. Alexander, face-off specialist Eric O’Brien and Schuss all donned the Scarlet and Gray in college. Additionally, Upper Arlington native Max Schmidt and Dublin native Marshall Burkhart were protected by the Machine. Burkhart missed the 2014 season while on the physically unable to perform list while rehabbing from injury. Per MLL rules, each team is required to cut its roster down to 23 players regardless of each player’s status heading into the off season.
Players not protected by the Machine are eligible for the 2015 MLL Supplemental Draft held on December 17, 2014. The Machine will continue to add to its roster on January 23, 2015 at the 2015 MLL Collegiate Draft. The Machine holds six picks in the upcoming Collegiate Draft, including the fifth overall pick.
Season tickets for the Machine’s 2015 season are now on sale and range from General Admission at $92 to a Field Level Box at $2,400 and include seven regular season home games plus a 2015 MLL playoff game. Information on 2015 season tickets can be found at http://www.theohiomachine.com/2015seasontickets or by calling 614-754-1973.
|Ohio Machine 23-Man Protected Roster:
|Dominique Alexander||Midfield||Ohio State University|
|Peter Baum||Midfield||Colgate University|
|Jake Bernhardt||Midfield||University of Maryland|
|Marshall Burkhart||Midfield||Johns Hopkins University|
|Kevin Cooper||Midfield||University of Maryland|
|Bobby Dattilo||Face-off Specialist||Hobart University|
|Brian Farrell||Defense||University of Maryland|
|Dan Groot||Midfield||University of Maryland|
|Kyle Harrison||Midfield||Johns Hopkins University|
|Marcus Holman||Attack||University of North Carolina|
|Derek Maltz||Attack||Syracuse University|
|Eric O’Brien||Face-off Specialist||Ohio State University|
|Stephen O’Hara||Defense||University of Notre Dame|
|Brian Phipps||Goalie||University of Maryland|
|Jackson Place||Defense||Bucknell University|
|Scott Rodgers||Goalie||University of Notre Dame|
|Max Schmidt||Defense||University of Maryland|
|Tom Schreiber||Midfield||Princeton University|
|Logan Schuss||Attack||Ohio State University|
|Steele Stanwick||Attack||University of Virginia|
|Steven Waldeck||Defense||Stony Brook University|
|Chad Wiedmaier||Defense||Princeton University|
|Dana Wilber||Defense||Drexel University|
About the Ohio Machine
The Ohio Machine, Ohio’s Major League Lacrosse team founded in 2012, began its 2014 season in April and finished the season with an 8-6 regular season record. The Machine clinched its first-ever playoff appearance after leading MLL in offense in 2014. The team plays its home games at Selby Stadium in Delaware, Ohio. For more information on the Ohio Machine, visit www.theohiomachine.com, or follow the team on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.