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Machine drop third of the season to winless Launch

The Ohio Machine were looking to make it two wins in a row Saturday night after last week’s victory over the undefeated Chesapeake Bayhawks. And despite getting hat tricks for the second game in a row from midfielder Peter Baum and attackman James Dailey, Florida’s Kieran McArdle and the 0-3 Launch had plans of their own as they got their first win of the season, defeating the Machine, 15-12.

Although the game got off to a turbulent start when just two minutes into the first quarter lightning delayed it for over an hour, it was a slow start to the second half for Ohio and a four-goal, five-point effort from attackman McArdle that enabled Florida to gather momentum in the second stanza and capitalize with a win.

McArdle would finish the game with a season-high seven points on five goals and two assists.

After the skies calmed and the game got back under way, the Launch flung themselves full-force into the game as midfielder David Earl and attackman Casey Powell gave Florida an early 2-0 lead.

Ohio’s Tom Schreiber and Marcus Holman would strike back with goals less than two minutes later to even the score, 2-2.

The rest of the first half saw the teams trading goals and the Machine’s James Dailey scored his first of the game knotting it up 7-7 just before they walked into the locker rooms.

Dailey came out hot to start the second half, scoring the second of his three goals and gave Ohio their first lead of the game 8-7.

But from there, Florida’s defense locked down and went on a 4-0 run in the span of less than four minutes to give them an 11-8 lead and ripped off three straight goals after Dailey completed his hat trick to give them a 14-9 advantage early in the fourth quarter.

The Machine made a 3-1 rally to close out the game but after attackman Marcus Holman’s second and final goal of the goal, the Launch defense stiffened and prevented the Machine from scoring again.

Dailey, Baum, Holman and attackman Steele Stanwick all led the Machine with three points apiece; Dailey and Baum scoring three goals each, Holman with two goals and an assist and Stanwick with three assists.

The team returns home Saturday, May 16 to take on the 1-3 Charlotte Hounds at 7 p.m.

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