Machine Grinds up San Francisco to Claim their 3rd Win, 17-11.

Machine Grinds up San Francisco to Claim their 3rd Win, 17-11.

Machine Grinds up San Francisco to Claim their 3rd Win, 17-11.

Machine Grinds up San Francisco to Claim their 3rd Win, 17-11.

Although one its hot hands, Iathan Ianucci, is still missing in action, the Chicago Machine utilized other newcomers to decisively drop the San Francisco Dragons 17-11 at Toyota Park for the franchise’s third win. Eric Pittard had four points on 3 goals and one assist, while Pat Heim, nailed 3 goals, one of them a two-pointer coming early in the game to prevent San Francisco from tying the game. Coach Leladn Rogers has been trying to develop a certain offensive system and today it worked. Rogers likes to employ a 3-3 setup and with the low wings getting quick touches hear one pipe and then feeding across to the far pipe to a cutter standing ready at the far pipe. It worked today and looked good on man up opportunities, although Chicago only had 1 of 6 successful, but in even up situations, Chicago was able to feed fast and sharp, tallying 13 of their 17 goals via assists.

Kevin Leveille and Seam Morris were the other big contributors, with Leveille notching 5 scores and one assist and Morris dishing the ball off 4 times for scores, once to Heim for a score outside fot he two-point arc, and tallying once himself. Leveille was fed by four different players for Rogers’ system does not rely upon any single feeder, but it puts the players into positions to dump. This is a good start for Chicago, albeit much too late in the season for any effectiveness. Chicago’s draft picks and acquisitions have produced as expected and from here on in, it’s a matter of fine tuning by the coaching staff.

Some rookie mistakes were made, most notably by Matt Karweck who insisted upon rolling the pipe hard from below the GLE, without any effort to dump the ball. Karweck consistently drew doubles and wilted under the pressure of the double, coughing up the ball twice. Notwithstanding this habit, Karweck had three good touches when he was the target of a feed, but the Dragons’ defense closed him out and Matt Vallone twice came out off the pipe to shut Karweck down. Vallone had 12 saves to Mike Gabel’s 18. Gable played one of his best game for the franchise today, timing his moves out onto the crease to shut down rollers. The Chicago defense played very well keeping Ryan Powell at bay and limiting him to one goal but letting him have the assist total (four) for San Francisco. Powell fed fellow Orangeman Liam banks three times for his three goal and then dumped one to Mitch Alrich for one of hi two scores. Banks and Alrich were the only multiple scorers for San Francisco.

Chicago Machine vs. San Francisco Dragons
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Chicago Machine2-4
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San Francisco Dragons1-4
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Chicago Is Improving
    by (#83693) on 8/06/07 @10:45AM
bit by bit, the new kids are contributors to the offense and yesterday Pittard and Karweck weer all over the O end pushing their limit. My fear is that with garbage attendance, the Machine will be forced to go to either Columbus or Dallas. Look at the pictures, there's no one in the stands. 1840 attendance is nonsense! Illinois is a fast growing area for lacrosse and none of the North Shore teams ever show up at a game, unless they're given freebie tickets....
 
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But not fast enough for investors
    by (#114179) on 8/06/07 @5:27PM
They are getting better. However, if they are not producing revenue then they will be forced to move. Ohio and TX are great places to consider. My guess would be Dallas.
 
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must move to northern suburbs
    by (#113899) on 8/06/07 @6:59PM
the chicago machine may not be the best team but i always try and go and see them the problem is they play in an area where theres like no lacrosse and is far from lacrosse if they moved to the northern suburbs like at northwestern university they could get a lot more people to go to the games
 
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    by (#29967) on 8/07/07 @12:46AM
they cant play at northwestern because of rules and regulations at the university. toyota park is a great venue and its very accessible from the city and the surrounding suburbs. they need to do a better job marketing and geting the word out to non-lacrosse fans and start to create a solid fan base. winning games will certainly help that happen.
 
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Move my foot
    by (#83693) on 8/07/07 @2:33PM
Comments like that are irritating having heard all the hype about "I love lax" int he Chiacgo HS community. Why did only the New Trier team and a handful of guys from fenwick stick around for the Denver game? The entire Loyola team left and last year we had to listen ad nauseum about all the north shore players say that Benedictine was incinvenient for them to go watch the Machine. Lax players here in Chicago simply don;t give a lick about the MLL. It cannot be just distance related, for Toyota is close to the western teams: Fenwick, Nequa, Naper N and C, WWS, Hinsdale and the southern teams, Rita, Sandburg and Marian as well as Iggy. Yet hardly any of those etams make a showing of strength at any game. It must be the pricing then. The product has been inferior and had they dropped the price sin half, they could have filled the joint by pandering tot he garde schools and using the strength of the Catholic League connecting network in Chicago, but they didn't. What will they call the team when it goes to Columbus?
 
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huh...
    by (#46873) on 8/08/07 @3:57AM
I didn't think that anyone could use worse grammar than southsidelaxman...obviously I was wrong.

Also, doesn't your subject imply that the team is not moving?
 
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S.F Rookie...
    by (#154332) on 8/07/07 @10:01PM
That Fairlie kid is pretty good!!!! Give it up for the Pennsylvania boy!!
 
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