The Rochester Rattlers fell to the Ohio Machine 13-11 in Delaware, Ohio on Saturday, June 15
th in the two’s second meeting this season.
Rochester stayed within three goals of Ohio the entire game, and tied the score six times, but turnovers were a major problem as the Rattlers never once had the lead in their fourth loss of the season. Rookie midfielder John Ranagan scored his second career hat trick, and goalie John Galloway recorded 25 saves in the Rattlers loss.
Ohio wasted no time in the first quarter, opening up scoring with the game’s first goal coming from midfielder Joe Cummings just 46 second into the quarter. The rest of the Machine’s goals wouldn’t come easy, as Galloway was a force the entire game, coming up with nine saves alone in the first quarter. The remainder of the quarter was back and fourth, with both teams trading goals up until the end of the first. Rochester had trouble getting good looks with only six total shots in the first, but were able to capitalize just two minutes after Cummings’ goal, when Ned Crotty drove from behind the net to even the score at one. Cummings would score again 4:35 into the quarter, but Rochester’s Steven Boyle responded just under a minute later with a goal right on top of the crease to bring the score to 2-2. Thirty-nine seconds later Cummings recorded the hat trick on a behind the back goal, but Rob Rotanz evened the score at three with 2:46 left to play. Ohio’s Kyle Hartzell and Rochester’s Ranagan would each score once before the end of the quarter to finish the first period of play with a score of 4-4.
Ohio started the second quarter the same way they did the first, with Machine midfielder Connor Martin scoring off a diving goal 53 seconds in. Marcus Holman scored next for Ohio, and Rochester finally got on the board in the second when Matt Striebel drove right through traffic in the middle to make the score 6-5. The Rattlers did not have the time of possession they would have liked in the second, and when they did, they found themselves missing many quality shot opportunities. It wasn’t until Striebel scored again on a laser that went for two at 8:35 into the second that Rochester started to cash in on some of their better looks. After Striebel’s second goal, Ohio would finish out the second quarter with a two-nothing run with goals from Logan Schuss and Cummings to take a 9-7 lead over Rochester into halftime.
After 16 first half goals, the third quarter finally slowed down, with only two goals being scored due in large part to the sloppy play of both teams. Both Ohio and Rochester had trouble maintaining possession in the third, as turnovers became the common theme. Rochester was able to overcome the lack of ball control when Ranagan scored his second of the night just under 10 minutes into the third to bring the score to 9-8. Ohio would score once more before the end of the quarter with 1:40 left to play when Connor Martin recorded his hat trick on a diving goal that sent the Machine heading into the fourth up 10-8.
Rochester opened up the fourth quarter on a two-nothing run that tied the game at 10 for the first time since the second quarter. Rochester’s Mike Leveille first opened up all fourth quarter scoring with a nice goal on top of the crease just over a minute into the quarter. Almost three minutes later, Crotty made the score 10-10 on his second of the night with a highlight real goal in which he drove from behind and dove to the front of the net, shoveling it in with one hand. Ohio then went on a three-goal run that included a game high fifth goal from Cummings, and Rochester was never able to bring the score back. Ranagan made the score 13-11 after recorded his second straight hat trick with 3:27 left to play when he outran his defender, but the Rattlers were unable to score on a Michael Lazore two point attempt that went wide as time expired to end the game with a final score of 13-11.
John Ortolani won 13 of 27 face offs, and also recorded a team high six ground balls. With the loss, Rochester now falls to 3-4 on the season.
Rochester’s next game is on Saturday, June 22
nd at 7 PM as they travel to Boca Raton, FL to take on the Hamilton Nationals.