July 31, 2010 | 7:02 p.m.
Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium | Annapolis, Md.
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ANNAPOLIS , Md. – With its playoff hopes on the line, the Chicago Machine travels to Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on Saturday night for a pivotal Major League Lacrosse game against the Chesapeake Bayhawks. Opening face-off is set for 7:02 p.m.
The game will be available live on ESPN3.com. In addition, the game will air via tape delay on Universal Sports (August 2, 2 p.m.), Comcast SportsNet Washington (August 2, 11:30 a.m.), Brighthouse Sports (August 2, 2 p.m.) and Cox Sports New Orleans (August 1, 2:30 p.m.).
After suffering a 15-11 setback against the Denver Outlaws last Saturday night at INVESCO Field at Mile High, the Machine brings a three-game losing streak into Saturday’s game against the Bayhawks. Now 4-6 overall, the Machine has not won since an 18-14 victory over the Outlaws on June 25 at Marina Auto Stadium in Rochester.
Midfielder Bill McGlone led the Machine in a losing effort by scoring three goals with an assist for his third “hat trick” of the season while midfielder Chris Rotelli contributed a two-goal effort. Goalkeeper Mike Gabel made 13 saves in his first start since defeating the Bayhawks on May 30 in Pittsburgh.
The Machine, which has led at half-time in each of the last three games, held a 10-7 lead after the third quarter before allowing Denver to score eight points in the final 15 minutes. The Outlaws scored the first eight points of the fourth quarter before a goal by McGlone ended a nearly 21-minute scoring drought.
Chicago will have five players return to the lineup this week after helping Team USA win the FIL World Championships last weekend in Manchester, England, including its top two scorers. Attackman Mike Leveille, who leads Chicago with 13 assists and 34 points, was named to the All-World Team after scoring 13 goals with 8 assists in seven games.
Meanwhile, attackman Kevin Leveille served as an alternate on the Team USA squad at last week’s World Games. He is the Machine’s leading scorer with 23 goals and ranks second on the team with 32 points.
Holding an identical 4-6 record, the Bayhawks enter Saturday’s match-up against Chicago with a five-game losing streak after dropping a 14-11 decision at Long Island last Thursday night. The Bayhawks opened the season by winning four of their first five games with the only loss coming against the Machine on May 30.
Midfielder Jeremy Sieverts led the Bayhawks in the loss against Long Island last week by scoring two goals, including a two-point goal in the fourth quarter. Meanwhile, attackman Danny Glading had three assists in a losing effort as the Bayhawks were held to just six goals in the first three quarters before a five-point effort in the final 15 minutes.
Goalkeeper Chris Garrity made 15 saves, including seven in the second quarter, for the Bayhawks, who were outshot by a commanding 47-31 margin to spoil the coaching debut of Brendan Kelly. The Bayhawks’ president, Kelly took over as head coach following the resignation of John Tucker on July 14.
Midfielder Peet Poillon has been the Bayhawks’ offensive leader this season. The second-leading scorer in the MLL, Poillon has scored 21 goals, including a pair of two-point goals, with 15 assists. He was limited to just one assist in the loss against the Lizards last week, marking the first time this season he has failed to record a multi-point game. He opened the season by scoring five goals in a victory over the Lizards.
Meanwhile, midfielder Kyle Dixon leads a contingent of Bayhawks who are also returning from last week’s World Games. The team’s second-leading scorer with 29 points, Dixon leads the MLL with nine two-point goals. He also leads the Bayhawks with four power-play goals.
With MLL Championship Weekend presented by Warrior less than a month away, Saturday’s game has major postseason implications for both teams.
A win by Chicago on Saturday night will ensure the Machine’s first-ever postseason appearance. However, a Bayhawks victory by four or more goals will eliminate Chicago from playoff consideration.
The Bayhawks and the Machine will be meeting for the second time this season as Chicago edged Chesapeake by a 17-14 margin on May 30 in Pittsburgh. Kevin Leveille led the Machine in the victory by scoring four goals with an assist while Rotelli contributed a “hat trick” with a three-goal performance.
Despite the victory, the Machine still trails the all-time series by a 4-2 margin.
The Machine will return to Denver next week for the regular season finale against the Outlaws while the Bayhawks will travel to Boston for a match-up against the Cannons.
|| Time (ET)
| July 31
|| at Chesapeake Bayhawks
|| Annapolis, Md.
|| 7 p.m.
| Aug. 7
|| at Denver Outlaws
|| Denver, Colo.
|| 3 p.m.
| Aug. 21
|| vs. TBD (MLL Championship Weekend)
|| Annapolis, Md.
| Aug. 22
|| vs. TBD (MLL Championship Weekend)
|| Annapolis, Md.
|| 12 noon
Summit meeting – Saturday’s game between the Bayhawks and the Machine will feature three of the top five goal scorers in Major League Lacrosse; Chicago’s Kevin Leveille is second in the MLL with 23 goals while Chesapeake’s Peet Poillon and Mike Leveille of Chicago are tied for third with 21 goals.
Not so hot July – The Machine will be searching for its first win in the month of July after dropping the first three games; Chicago has been held to an average of 12.3 goals per game this month and has just one two-point goal.
First strike – The Machine has scored the game’s first goal an MLL-high eight times this season. Chicago has a 3-5 record when scoring first this season.
Halfway there – The Machine has held a half-time lead in six of its ten games this season, including each of the last three outings. However, Chicago has lost four of those games.
A helping hand – Entering Saturday’s games, the Machine leads the league with 77 assists in ten games. Attackman Mike Leveille is fourth in the MLL with 13 assists, including nine assists in his last five outings.
Point taken – The Machine also leads the MLL with 214 points through the first ten games. The Machine was held to just 15 total points (11 goals, 4 assists) in its loss against Denver last Saturday.
Multiplicity – Midfielder Josh Sims has tallied multiple points in all seven of his games this year; he also enters Saturday’s game with an eight-game goal-scoring streak, dating back to last season.
30-something – Attackmen Kevin Leveille and Mike Leveille are ranked among the MLL’s scoring leaders and have each tallied at least 30 points this season; Mike Leveille is fourth in the league with 34 points (21+13) while Kevin Leveille has 32 points (23+9), which ranks sixth in the league.
Road worries – The Machine have just two wins in true road games in the team’s five-year history. In addition, attackman Kevin Leveille has scored just four of his team-high 23 goals in the team’s four road games so far this season.
From way downtown – Rookie attackman Ned Crotty was the winner in the two-point accuracy contest during the Bud Light MLL Skills Competition during half-time of the MLL All-Star Game on July 8. Crotty was one of nine Chicago players to participate in the annual exhibition.
20-20 – Attackman Mike Leveille has tallied 20 points in his last four games, scoring 13 goals with 7 assists. He tallied three goals with an assist against Long Island on July 10.
Century mark – Attackman Mike Leveille reached the 100-point mark for his career with a seven-point effort against Denver on June 25; entering this week’s game against Chesapeake, he has scored 63 goals with 49 assists in 31 career games.
Mister assister – Rookie attackman Ned Crotty has recorded all eight of his assists in his last four games. He had a season-high four assists in the overtime loss against the Lizards on July 3.
Centennial – The Machine ranks second in the MLL this season with 137 goals; Boston has scored a league-high 145 goals in ten games this year.
Staying inside – The Machine has scored just four two-point goals this season, which is the fewest in the league.
Power outage – The Machine continue to lead the MLL with an .816 penalty killing percentage and has allowed just seven power-play goals this season. Chicago has allowed one power-play goal in each of its last two games.
Powerful play – The Machine ranks second in the MLL with 18 power-play goals and a .409 power-play percentage. Chicago was two-for-four in extra-man situations against Denver on Saturday night.
On our best behavior – The Machine has been called for the fewest penalty minutes this season in Major League Lacrosse. After being flagged for 2.0 penalty minutes last week, Chicago has been called for 32.5 penalty minutes in 10 games, a 3.25 average.
On second thought – The Machine leads the MLL with 42 goals in the second quarter this season; Chicago scored three goals in the second quarter against Denver last week.
Third rock – The Machine has also allowed the most goals in the third quarter this season. Through the first ten games, Chicago’s opponents have scored 39 goals in the third quarter.
Overtime is not our time – The Machine is now 0-8 all-time in overtime games following its 13-12 setback against Long Island on July 3; it was also the Machine’s fifth straight loss against the Lizards.
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