Usually when there is a machine on fire the first reaction is to scramble trying to find the nearest fire extinguisher. Or if it’s in an enclosed area, scream your head off and scramble to the nearest exit.
In this case, it is to pour on more fuel.
The Ohio Machine won again on Friday night, extinguishing the Charlotte Hounds on the road, 14-12.
The team won their fourth in a row, pushed their record to 5-3 and are now tied for second place with the Rochester Rattlers in Major League Lacrosse.
The Hounds are now 1-7 and tied for last with the Florida Launch.
The Machine pulled out the win thanks to a four-goal effort from tri-captain Marcus Holman, who had a hat trick in the first half, and got another hat trick from Jake Bernhardt who pulled his out all in the fourth quarter.
At one point down 7-10, the Machine caught fire and went on a 7-2 run to lock down the win.
Holman led all Machine players in goals and tied attackman Steele Stanwick with four points. Stanwick had one goal and three assists.
The team was without All-Star midfielder Peter Baum for the third straight game, and at first it showed.
Getting off to a sluggish start, the Machine found themselves down 0-2 midway through the first quarter before Holman found the back of the net to put them on the scoreboard.
Then the sticks got hot as midfielder Tom Schreiber tied it up at 2-2, 30 seconds later.
The two teams traded off goals for the next 21 minutes and the game was knotted at 7-7 until Charlotte’s Henry Lobb fired in a shot from beyond the two-point arc and gave the Hounds a 9-7 lead going into the locker room.
It was the only two-point goal of the game but the second of the year for Lobb.
Attackman Joey Sankey extended Charlotte’s lead to 10-7 when he ripped in his first goal of the game.
Sankey ended with four points on two goals and two assists, tying teammate John Haus on the night for the team lead.
From there the Machine oiled up and threw some fuel to their fire, outscoring the Hounds 7-2.
The team will be taking next week off for the All-Star game and will come back home for a matchup against the 4-4 Boston Cannons on Saturday, June 20.
At least five players won’t be taking the weekend off, however, after being named to this year’s All-Star team: Kyle Harrison, Marcus Holman, Brian Karalunas, Tom Schreiber and defenseman Dana Wilber.
A sixth member of the team, Peter Baum, was also named to the All-Star team but due to injury he may not play.
The game will be on Saturday, July 13 in Houston’s BBVA Compass Stadium with the ball dropping at 6 p.m.