The Hamilton Nationals edge the Ohio Machine in a one goal contest.
The Hamilton Nationals narrowly got their eight win of the season, this time against the Ohio Machine, 13-12. This puts Hamilton ever closer to clinching a spot in the playoffs this season.
Hamilton seemed like the clear victor for much of the game. They led the first quarter 5-0 with Joe Walters doubling up along with Martin Cahill and Kevin Cunningham who added one to finish out the quarter. The Machine looked horrible in this quarter, but maybe getting shutout on the score board would wind them up.
It sure did, Ohio was able to score five goals, including four in a row in comparison to Hamiltons three in the second. Now Ohio was only down by three heading into the second half and it was a new game. Hamilton Head Coach Dave Huntley could only describe his teams play in the second quarter as "looking like a rec. team". There was still a lot of lacrosse to be played however.
Hamilton jumps out in the third quarter and gets three straight to open it up. Logan Schuss was able to put a stop to that and put two in a row of his own in the back of the net to stop some of the bleeding. Score in the third ended 11-7 in favor of Hamilton.
I give Ohio a lot of credit in this fourth quarter, many teams would think that they were done when they're losing 11-7, but not Ohio. Ohio was able to go back and fourth with the Nats for much of the quarter keeping it close. Then it was 13-9 with about five minutes left to play and Marcus Holman hit a big two pointer on the power play to make it 11-13. A minute later, Joe Cummings puts one in the back of the net to make it a close 13-12, but time had run out before they could add a 13th.
So Ohio dropped this one by a goal, and Hamitlon gets the win 13-12. I give a lot of credit to Ohio for not giving up. Dillion Ward also played a great game in place of Queener, but I think the score would have been different if Queener was in the net.
Two weeks in a row, Ohio has pushed potential playoff teams to their limit. A clear sign that the Machine is improving week after week.