The Ohio Machine took advantage of their two-week layoff and benefitted from Tom Schreiber, James Dailey and Peter Baum’s three goals apiece to earn their first win of the season by beating the previously undefeated Chesapeake Bayhawks on Sunday, 12-9.
For head coach Bear Davis, the two weeks off were what the Machine needed.
“It was good for us to go back and reflect on where we are at and where we need to be,” said Davis. “It gave us time to talk with the people looking at our game from the outside, which was very unique and fun.”
Coming into the matchup, though, Davis said he felt Chesapeake’s one-on-one style of defense could present a challenge, especially with limited practice time on Saturday night.
“Even invert defense, you get one night to get 10-15 reps in to prepare. Same with the reactionary slides and quick feeds to the inside,” Davis said in Wednesday’s press conference. “Those are the things you need to figure out in an hour-and-45 minute practice Saturday night.”
The Machine took advantage of Chesapeake’s defensive style and jumped out to a 2-0 lead four minutes in the quarter as Schreiber scored off an assist from Baum and midfielder Kyle Harrison followed it up with an assisted goal less than a minute later. After the Bayhawks notched their first goal with under 10 minutes to play, Ohio’s Baum and attackman James Dailey pushed their lead to 4-1 with six minutes to go in the first and would close out the quarter with a 4-3 lead.
Schreiber started off the second quarter like he did the first with his second goal of the game, this time unassisted. The two teams traded off goals, with Chesapeake’s Jack Rice scoring both, but Schreiber would complete his hat trick with 3:39 to play and Baum closed out the half with his second goal, giving the Machine an 8-5 lead.
The third quarter saw the Machine get off to a fast start, netting two consecutive goals in the first two minutes after James Dailey got his second goal of the game on an assist from midfielder Dominque Alexander and attackman Zach Palmer followed it up with his first and only goal on an assist from Schreiber to give the Machine a 10-5 lead.
The two teams defenses locked down at that point and neither team could muster some offense until Chesapeake’s Rice pulled off a hat trick of his own at the 8:04 mark to pull the Bayhawks closer to 10-6.
Dailey answered back, completing his hat trick on an unassisted goal and the Machine held an 11-6 lead with 6:50 to play in the third quarter.
Chesapeake then went on a 3-0 run to close out the third and brought them to only a 2-point deficit, 11-9.
But defense was the name of the game for both teams in the final quarter as the Machine would net the only score on Baum’s unassisted third of the game.
Baum would tie Schreiber for the team lead in points on the day and both lead all scorers in the game with four.
The Machine travel down to Boca Raton for their next game on Saturday at 7 p.m. to take on the 0-3 Florida Launch.