Launch Fall 16-14 to Ohio Machine in Home Opener
via press release The Florida Launch took on the Ohio Machine at FAU Stadium to start their third MLL season. Ohio’s third visit to Boca Raton ended with a 16-14 loss for the hometown team. The hard fought game was led by veteran Casey Powell (7 points) and all-time Launch leading goal scorer Kieran McArdle (5 points). The Launch opened scoring early in the first as Roman Lao-Gosney scored on a man up. The Machine quickly recovered with goals from Mark Cockerton and Peter Baum. The Launch tied it up with a goal from Casey Powell. Ohio controlled the face-offs and kept finding the back of the net in the first. Florida’s Owen Blye led the charge late in the quarter but the first quarter ended with a score of 6-3 in Ohio’s favor. Steven Brooks stepped it up in the second quarter for Florida, contributing with two big goals to narrow the gap. Cameron Lao-Gosney read a pass to force a turnover creating a fast break opportunity for Kieran McArdle’s first goal of the night. Ohio grew the lead to 10-6, despite McArdle and Powell both tallying 3 points at the half. McArdle brought the Launch within 3 to start the second half and Powell brought the Launch closer with an assist to Nikko Pontrello for his first Launch goal. The lead was cut to 2 goals before Kyle Harrison nailed a 2-pointer for the Machine. McArdle found Blye on a cut in front of the goal to end Ohio’s run. Both teams added 3 goals as Ohio maintained their 4 goal lead going into the final quarter. All four quarters of play saw the Launch open the scoring, this time as Blye secured his hat-trick. Ohio answered with a score of their own shortly after. Followed by Powell dodging to goal after being tripped up, recovering nicely for a quick score. After a response from Ohio, Powell was back again getting his fourth goal and seventh point of the night. Blye followed up with another goal for himself, bringing the comeback within a score. However, the deficit proved to be too much for the Launch to overcome as the final whistle blew with the Machine winning 16-14. Next Saturday, April 30th, the Launch will travel to play against the Chesapeake Bayhawks at 7:30 p.m. The game will be aired live on ESPN3 and Lax Sports Network will re-air the game at 11:30 a.m. ET on May 1st.