Ohio Machine earn 2017 MLL Championship with 17-12 win! For the first time in the history of the franchise, the Ohio Machine are Champions of Major League Lacrosse after beating the Denver Outlaws, 17-12 on Saturday night at Ford Center at the Star in Dallas in front of 7,543.
Marcus Holman was named the Coca-Cola Most Valuable Player after scoring four goals and adding two assists. He netted the go-ahead goal at 7:45 in the fourth quarter that eventually gave Ohio the win.
The Outlaws, who won the 2016 Championship game against this very Ohio team, took a 7-6 lead into the locker room at halftime after rookie Zach Currier and Mike Bocklet scored consecutive goals just over a minute apart at the end of the second quarter.
In the third quarter, two goals from Wes Berg and a strike from Drew Snider gave Denver its largest lead of the game at 10-6. Ohio responded with a three-goal run of its own to head into the fourth quarter trailing 10-9.
The teams alternated goals until Jake Bernhardt scored on a shot from the perimeter at 5:01 that started a seven-goal run for the Machine. Faceoff man Greg Puskuldjian scored his first goal of the season when he won a draw and took it in himself with a shot that beat Jack Kelly and tied the score at 12-12.
Holman netted three goals in a four-minute span following that play to help seal the win for the Machine.
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