The Charlotte Hounds saw some life out of its offense in the first half of their Major League Lacrosse game against the Ohio Machine.
Unfortunately for the Hounds, it was the Machine’s offense that came to life in the second half, pulling out a 14-12 victory Friday at Memorial Stadium.
John Haus scored four goals and rookie Joey Sankey added two goals and two assists for Charlotte (1-7), which has now lost six straight.
“We got a lot of good, quality shots in the first half, and they were going in,” said Haus, who now has 17 goals this season. “But the second half, we weren’t as aggressive in getting those quality shots.
“But (Ohio is an) awesomely talented team, probably the best in the league offensively, and their faceoff guy gave Brendan Fowler a heck of a battle today.”
Marcus Holman had four goals, Jake Bernhardt added three goals and Kevin Cooper added two goals for the Machine (5-3), which moved into second place in the MLL standings.
The Hounds had taken a 9-7 lead with 3.8 seconds left in the first half on Henry Lobb’s two-point goal, and were ahead 10-7 on Sankey’s close-in score with 11:54 remaining in the third quarter.
That’s when Ohio began its comeback. The Machine scored three unanswered goals to tie the score 10-10 at the end of the quarter, and went up 11-10 in the opening seconds of the fourth period on Bernhardt’s first goal.
Haus’ fourth goal of the game tied the score at 11-11, but Ohio put in three unanswered goals over a 3-minute span to take control of the game.
Fowler went 13 of 28 on face-offs against the Machine’s Greg Puskuldjian, who won four straight in the fourth quarter to set up all four Ohio goals. … Also scoring for the Hounds were Shamel Bratton, Mike Chanenchuk and Mike Sawyer. Chanenchuk and Sawyer also had an assist. … The Machine, who joined the MLL the same year as the Hounds, are now 4-0 against Charlotte after going 0-4 the first two years.
The Hounds – as well as the rest of the league – take next weekend off for the MLL All-Star Game, set for June 13 in Houston.