Ohio stormed from behind to force overtime, but Will Manny found the back of the net two minutes into the extra session to give host Boston a 17-16 win Saturday at Harvard Stadium.
The win was the Cannons’ (4-4) second one-goal triumph over the Machine (3-5) in three weeks — a win which moved them out of a four-way tie for fourth in the league standings.
Down most of the game — 4-2 at the end of the first quarter, 9-6 at halftime and 12-10 entering the fourth — Ohio kicked things into another gear in the game’s final few minutes. Defensman Dana Wilber scored a two-point goal with just three minutes to go, inching his team to within one, 16-15, and midfielder Tom Schreiber evened things up with 1:12 to go in regulation.
Boston had its fair share of surges, but Ohio had an answer virtually every time. After Manny opened the scoring summary with a goal less than five minutes in, attackman Steele Stanwick evened things up just more than a minute later. Manny scored again to give his team a 2-1 lead, but Logan Schuss got the Machine back to even with a goal off a feed from Kyle Harrison.
The Cannons grabbed firm control of the momentum toward the end of the first quarter and into the second, scoring four straight to take a 6-2 lead — a margin they parlayed into a 9-4 spread shortly after.
Ohio attackman Marcus Holman turned things around with a two-point goal with less than 10 seconds left in the first half, and Harrison got his team right back in the thick of things after opening the second half with a goal from just inside the arc.
Paul Rabil, who recorded nine points in the win, made it 12-8 in favor of Boston early in the third, but Ohio countered with tallies from midfielders Kevin Cooper and Jake Bernhardt.
The Cannons bumped the lead back to four, 14-10, as Manny scored his fourth goal of the game and Rabil his third, but the Machine offense didn’t go down quietly, using a spree of its own to even things at 16 by the final horn.
The game marked the Machine’s first-ever trip to overtime.
Schuss finished with three goals, while Harrison and midfielder Peter Baum each had two. Seven different Ohio players tallied one goal in the game.
Goalie Brian Phipps made nine saves on 24 shots on goal for Ohio. Face-off man Bobby Dattilo went 10-for-29 at the X while midfielder Jake Bernhardt was two-for-five.
Manny had five goals while Buchanan scored four, but Rabil stole the show for Boston with three goals — including a 2-pointer — and five assists.
Next up, the Machine will travel to New York to take on the Lizards Saturday. The game will be broadcast on the MLL Network starting at 7 p.m. EST.