By Amanda Twomey and Reece Helms
CHARLOTTE – The Charlotte Hounds fell to the Ohio Machine 15-12 Saturday, April 29, at American Legion Memorial Stadium.
Mark Cockerton was named the Player of the Game for the Ohio Machine, as he finished with seven points. John Haus led the way for the Charlotte Hounds with a seven-point performance with four goals and three assists.
Charlotte opened the game with four early goals to take a 4-1 lead, but the Machine came firing back with three goals of their own to even up the score after the first quarter.
The second period was highly competitive as both teams kept exchanging goals. Near the end of the quarter, Ryan Brown scored what appeared to be a two-point shot but was eventually reversed to a one-point goal after further view as his feet were touching the line. Immediately following the reversal, Peter Baum tied the game up for the Ohio Machine at 7-7. With 16 seconds remaining, the Hounds quickly transitioned back into offense with a goal from Ryan Brown courtesy of a John Haus assist. Going into halftime, the Hounds held an 8-7 lead.
Early in the third period, John Haus clinched his hat-trick for the night with his third goal, but after his goal is when momentum started to go in Ohio’s favor. With Charlotte holding a two-goal lead, the Machine responded with four straight points to take a 12-10 lead. Going into the fourth quarter the Hounds trailed the Machine 12 to 11.
Ohio scored two goals early in the fourth quarter to take a commanding three goal lead. The Hounds did not give up as Joey Sankey found John Haus for his fourth goal of the night to trim the deficit down to two. Charlotte had several opportunities to score but was unable to convert; Mark Cockerton scored the game-clinching goal for the Machine as they won Saturday’s game 15 to 12.
The Hounds (0-2) next Sunday, May 7 will face the Denver Outlaws (2-0) at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Denver Outlaws are coming off a 13-7 victory over the New York Lizards. Faceoff is set for 5 p.m.
QUOTES OF THE GAME
Hounds Head Coach Jim Stagnitta
- On the game: “I was hoping we would pick up where we left off in the second half and be a little more consistent with it. Unfortunately, we weren’t. There were too many turnovers and too much one-on-one lacrosse. Until we start to share the ball a little bit more, play more as a team, and stop turning the ball over, we’re going to struggle. We’re forcing ourselves to play too much defense, even in the first half.”
- Improvement for the future: “We just need to get everyone to buy into the fact that we got to do this all together, not just one guy at a time.”
Hounds Midfielder John Haus:
- On the game: “I felt there were times that we played well as a team, and then there were times where I felt that we were forcing it a little bit offensively, and playing a little too much defense because of that. In this league, if you’re playing that much defense, people are going to score on you. We played a little rushed and chaotic on offense, so we have to slow things down and make sure we’re getting good shots.”
PLAYERS OF NOTE:
- Joey Sankey had two goals and three assists, totaling five points.
- Scott Rodgers had 12 saves on 24 shots on goal.
- Brendan Fowler went 14-27 (52%) at the faceoff X.
- Ohio totaled two and a half penalty minutes compared to Charlotte’s one.
- Kevin Massa went 3-5 (60 percent) at the faceoff X.
- Charlie Cipriano had 11 saves on 26 shots on goal.