The Rochester Rattlers lost 16 - 10 to the expansion Ohio Machine in the franchise's home opener at Selby Field on the campus of Ohio Wesleyan on Saturday, May 19th. One goal and two assists from Rattlers superstar Ned Crotty and a two goal night from A Steven Boyle was not enough to overcome Ohio A Chazz Woodson's four highlight reel goals for the Machine.
Ohio Machine goalie Stefan Schroder got caught out of his crease 2:32 into the game, and Boyle took full advantage by scoring an unassisted two point marker to give them a 2-0 lead.
The Ohio Machine responded with an 8-0 run over the next 14:47 in the first half. A Jim Connolly scored one goal and added one assist during the run. M Matt Messina had two assists. D Kyle Hartzell scored a two point goal, and Woodson put an exclamation point on the run with an "Air Gait" goal from behind the net with 5:39 left in the first half.
The Rattlers responded with a 3-1 run to end the first half. Boyle started the run off an assist from Crotty. After Connolly scored to give Ohio a 9-3 lead, Rattlers FO Tim Fallon and Crotty hit markers to cut the Machine's lead to 9-5 at the half.
The Rattlers continued their run into the third quarter to cut Ohio's lead to 9-7. Rattlers rookie M Roy Lang and Rattlers veteran A Kevin Leveille both scored unassisted goals for Rochester.
Halfway through the third quarter the Ohio Machine took control of the game. Woodson scored the goal to open the decisive run off of an assist from M Brett Garber 7:18 into the third quarter. Garber scored one minute later to give the Machine an 11-7 lead. Ohio M Dan Groot scored his second goal of the game shorthanded 11:29 into the quarter, and A Connor Martin finished the quarter's scoring with seven seconds left to extend the Ohio Machine's lead to 13-7.
Woodson completed his hat trick 2:59 into the fourth quarter and scored his fourth with seven minutes left to play in the game.
The Rochester Rattlers are off for NCAA Championship Weekend next weekend. As a result all of the Rattlers 2012 MLL Collegiate Entry Draft selections should be available for their next game.The fully staffed Rochester Rattlers roster will get a rematch with the Cannons in their home opener in Sahlen's Stadium on Friday, June 1st at 7PM.
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