|Based in||Obetz, Ohio|
|Colors||Carolina Blue, Red, White|
|Head coach||Bear Davis|
On August 19, 2017, the Machine won their first championship in franchise history by defeating the Denver Outlaws, 17-12. The Machine made the playoffs four times (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017), appeared in the league championship game twice (2016, 2017), and won one title (2017).
2012-2013: Early struggles
In January 2011, MLL voted to grant expansion franchises to Columbus and Charlotte, North Carolina for the 2012 MLL season. Both teams were owned by New Balance founder and MLL investor Jim Davis. The league announced on April 12, 2011, the team name would be the Ohio Machine, borrowing the moniker and colors of the team previously located in Chicago. On May 19, 2012, the Ohio Machine got their first win in their franchise history in a home game against the Rochester Rattlers.
On June 24, 2013, two days after a 19–5 loss to the Denver Outlaws, Ted Garber was fired as head coach and replaced by Bear Davis. Garber had led the expansion franchise to a 3–19 record through its first 22 games including a 1–7 start in 2013.
2014-2017: Rise to contention and first championship
After putting up only four victories combined in their first two seasons and getting off to a 3–6 start in 2014, the Machine rattled off five straight victories to end the regular season and clinched their first playoff berth. Their streak included wins over the top-seeded Rochester Rattlers and the eventual champion Denver Outlaws. On the road in their first playoff game, the Machine took an early 4–0 lead over Rochester, however the Machine would run out of magic, as the Rattlers came back to end Ohio's Cinderella run, 15–11.
In 2015, the Machine improved upon their previous record with a 9–5 campaign, earning them the second seed. However, they would lose to the Rattlers again in the playoffs, falling 12-8.
Ohio got off to their best eight-game start in 2016 at 6–2. The Machine would stumble and go 1–3 over their next four games but clinch their third straight playoff berth with a dominant 22–13 win over the defending champion New York Lizards. In that game, John Grant Jr. scored ten goals, a single-game MLL record. The Machine had also defeated the Lizards 22–10 earlier in the season at home. The 2016 MLL season saw seven teams finish at 8–6, but due to tiebreaker procedures, the Machine were rewarded with the #1 seed in the postseason.
The Machine defeated the Charlotte Hounds 16–10 on August 13 for the franchise's first playoff victory ever. The next week, they faced Grant Jr.'s former team in the Denver Outlaws, who including the semifinals entered the game on a seven-game winning streak. The Machine took a 9–3 lead before a 97-minute weather delay and a 14–7 lead into halftime but could not hold on, losing 19–18 on a goal by Eric Law with 12.9 seconds left. It was Grant Jr.'s first loss in a Steinfeld Cup game in six trips.
The Machine finished the 2017 season with a 9-5 record and the second seed in the postseason. It was the fourth consecutive playoff berth for the Machine. With the New York Lizards not making the field, that became the longest active streak in the league. On August 12, the Machine hosted the Launch in Florida's first ever postseason game. The Machine prevailed 18-13, advancing to the championship game for the second year in a row. Again, they would face the Outlaws.
On August 18, the league would host its first ever MLL Honors show. Goalie Kyle Bernlohr would win Most Improved Player, and Tom Schreiber would be named the league's Most Valuable Player for the second straight season. The next day, the Machine would compete for a title in Frisco, Texas, at The Ford Center at The Star. With three minutes left in the third quarter, the Machine trailed 10-6. However, Ohio was able to get some offense going and scored three straight to bring it within one heading into the fourth. After Matt Kavanagh scored a goal to make it 12-10 Denver with 10:30 remaining in the game, the Machine would finish the game on a seven-goal run, courtesy of Jake Bernhardt, Greg Puskuldjian, three straight from Marcus Holman, Connor Cannizzaro, and another Bernhardt score. After coming up short in 2014, 2015, and 2016, the Machine would finally break through to win the franchise's first Steinfeld Cup. They would be the first team since Denver in 2014 to win the team's first championship. Marcus Holman, who had four goals and two assists, was named the Most Valuable Player of the game.
In 2018, the team would finish 3-11 during the regular season for last place of the 9 teams.
Before the 2019 season, the league was faced with competition from the Premier Lacrosse League as well as a desire to achieve a "one owner, one vote" structure. Therefore, Major League Lacrosse contracted from 9 teams to 6. Jim Davis was forced to choose to keep only one of the four teams he owned: the Machine, the Charlotte Hounds, the Florida Launch, or the Dallas Rattlers. Davis chose the Rattlers and folded the other three teams.
Fortress Obetz is the third home of the Ohio Machine. On November 16, 2016, the village of Obetz, a community just south of Columbus, announced they would be constructing a 6,500-seat multipurpose stadium, Fortress Obetz, at the site of the closed Columbus Motor Speedway. It would be ready in time for the Machine's first home game of the 2017 season on May 6. The stadium opened on May 6, 2017, for the home opener of the Machine against the Rochester Rattlers, who beat the home team 12-11 in overtime. It would take three tries for the Machine to finally get a victory on their new home field. The Machine defeated the Florida Launch 19-7 on May 27.
The Machine began play in 2012 on Selby Field at Ohio Wesleyan University and moved to Panther Stadium at Ohio Dominican University for the 2016 season. Panther Stadium is less than half of the size of Selby Field.
|Year||W||L||%||Regular season finish||Playoffs|
|2012||2||12||.143||8th in league||---|
|2013||2||12||.143||8th in league||---|
|2014||8||6||.571||4th in league||Lost semifinal vs. Rochester Rattlers 15–11|
|2015||9||5||.643||2nd in league||Lost semifinal vs. Rochester Rattlers 12–8|
|2016||8||6||.571||1st in league||Won semifinal vs. Charlotte Hounds 16-10 |
Lost championship vs. Denver Outlaws 19–18
|2017||9||5||.643||2nd in league||Won semifinal vs. Florida Launch 18-13 |
Won Championship vs. Denver Outlaws 17-12
|2018||3||11||.214||9th in league||---|
|Totals||41||57||.418||Total Playoff Record 3–3 |
Playoff Win % = .500
|2018 Ohio Machine|
|0||Davey Emala||A||5 ft 11 in||195 lb||North Carolina|
|1||Marcus Holman||A||5 ft 11 in||185 lb||North Carolina|
|4||Ryan Ambler||A||6 ft 1 in||190 lb||Princeton|
|5||Carlson Milikin||SSDM||6 ft 0 in||195 lb||Notre Dame|
|12||Steven Waldeck||D||6 ft 0 in||210 lb||Stony Brook|
|14||Justin Guterding||A||6 ft 0 in||185 lb||Duke|
|15||Peter Baum||M||6 ft 1 in||197 lb||Colgate|
|16||Ryan Keenan||A||5 ft 9 in||190 lb||Penn State|
|17||Jackson Place||D||5 ft 11 in||185 lb||Bucknell|
|18||Kyle Harrison||M||6 ft 0 in||194 lb||Johns Hopkins|
|23||Dominique Alexander||M||6 ft 2 in||215 lb||Ohio State|
|25||Brian Karalunas||D||6 ft 0 in||185 lb||Villanova|
|26||Tom Schreiber||M||6 ft 0 in||190 lb||Princeton|
|31||Kenny Massa||FO||6 ft 0 in||195 lb||Bryant|
|33||Tyler Pfister||M||6 ft 2 in||185 lb||Ohio State|
|35||Kyle Bernlohr||G||5 ft 10 in||160 lb||Maryland|
|40||Pat Harbeson||M||5 ft 7 in||170 lb||Virginia|
|41||Bryce Young||D||6 ft 2 in||205 lb||Maryland|
|42||Scott Rodgers||G||6 ft 4 in||250 lb||Notre Dame|
|51||Dominick Calisto||D||6 ft 0 in||190 lb||Boston University|
|58||Brandon Mangan||A||6 ft 2 in||185 lb||Yale|
|79||Mark Matthews||A||6 ft 5 in||235 lb||Denver|
|77||Ben Randall||D||6 ft 3 in||192 lb||Ohio State|
|81||Zach Bryant||D||6 ft 3 in||195 lb||Robert Morris|
|83||Frank Brown||A/M||6 ft 3 in||215 lb||Hobart|
|92||Greg Puskuldjian||M||5 ft 11 in||205 lb||Adelphi|
|99||Evan Connell||M||5 ft 11 in||190 lb||North Carolina|
- updated 2018-07-16
MLL award winners
- Kyle Bernlohr: 2017
Head coaching history
MLL Collegiate Draft history
First round selections
- 2012: Steele Stanwick, Virginia (2nd overall); Robert Rotanz, Duke (8th overall)
- 2013: Peter Baum, Colgate (1st overall)
- 2014: Tom Schreiber, Princeton (1st overall)
- 2015: None
- 2016: Michael Quinn, Yale (8th overall)
- 2017: Connor Cannizzaro, Denver (5th overall)
- 2018: Justin Guterding, Duke (9th overall)
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- The Ohio Machine are the 2017 MLL Champions
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- "Rochester Advances to MLL Title Game with 15-11 Win Over Ohio". Inside Lacrosse. August 16, 2014. Retrieved July 3, 2019.
- The Ohio Machine defeat the Florida Launch
- Five Ohio Machine players and head coach selected for 2017 post season awards
- MLL Championship Boxscore
- Widman Neese, Alissa (November 17, 2016). "Obetz says lacrosse stadium eventually will pay for itself". Columbus Dispatch. Columbus, Ohio. Retrieved 2017-01-21.
- Obetz building 6,500-seat sports and concert venue
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- MLL Statistics and Information (January 11, 2013). "2013 Collegiate Draft Results" (Press release). Major League Lacrosse. Archived from the original on February 26, 2014. Retrieved December 10, 2015.
- MLL Statistics and Information (January 10, 2014). "2014 Collegiate Draft Results" (Press release). Major League Lacrosse. Archived from the original on February 9, 2014. Retrieved December 10, 2015.
- MLL Statistics and Information (January 23, 2015). "2015 Collegiate Draft Results" (Press release). Major League Lacrosse. Archived from the original on January 26, 2015. Retrieved December 10, 2015.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-03-30. Retrieved 2016-04-08.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)