June 12, 2012

Stanwick to Make Machine Debut; Will Wear No. 66

from staff reports

The expansion Ohio Machine announced Tuesday that 2011 Tewaaraton Award winner Steele Stanwick and fellow rookie Marshall Burkhart will make their Major League Lacrosse debuts this Saturday against the Long Island Lizards.

In 2011, Virginia attackman Steele Stanwick had a dream season, winning the Tewaaraton Trophy as the national player of the year, and the 2011 National Championship. This season Stanwick had another highly successful year after being selected #2 overall by the Machine, when he led the country in assists with 51 and was named a Tewaaraton Award Finalist.

Stanwick began playing lacrosse when he was young and hasn't looked back since. "I have always loved lacrosse since I first picked up a stick when I was 6 years old," said Stanwick. "All of my brothers and sisters played as well so it was an easy choice."

Sixteen years later Stanwick will take the field alongside the best players in the world and is excited to be involved in the Machine's inaugural season. "I'm very proud to be a part of a great team and franchise," said Stanwick.

In his debut this Saturday, Stanwick will be wearing number 66 and playing at attack for the Machine.

Also making his debut this Saturday is former Johns Hopkins midfielder Marshall Burkhart. Burkhart, a 6-foot-1, 200-pound defensive midfielder, is coming off of a breakthrough senior season where he served as co-captain and anchored one of the country's best defenses.

Burkhart's debut will mark his return to Ohio. Burkhart played high school lacrosse at Dublin Jerome High School where he won a state championship. On Saturday, Burkhart will run out onto the field wearing number 28, the same number he wore while a member of the Johns Hopkins Blue Jays.

Stanwick and Burkhart's addition to the team is only one of several roster moves the Machine has made in preparation for this Saturday's game. The team has also traded defenseman Kevin Ridgway to the Charlotte Hounds for a 3rd round pick in next year's Supplemental Draft and waived midfielder Matt Lalli.

Rattlers-Cannons Swap Cahill-Ross

In other MLL news Tuesday, it was announced that the Rochester Rattlers have acquired midfielder Brad Ross from the Boston Cannons in exchange for midfielder Martin Cahill.

Ross, a member of the 2011 MLL Championship Boston Cannons, saw a career high in goals and assists last season with Boston, scoring 19 goals and six assists. This season, the Duke University alumnus has contributed three goals in four games. Ross was a second round selection (15th overall) in the 2009 MLL Collegiate Draft by the Nationals.

"This is a bittersweet trade. On one hand we are very excited to welcome Brad Ross aboard," said Rattlers Head Coach Tim Soudan. "He is excited to reunite with some of his former Duke teammates. We feel like he is going to be a big part of our offense moving forward. On the other hand, Marty will be missed by the entire Rattlers Family. He is a class act and we wish him the best!"

The Cannons are excited to add Cahill to their midfield. The former Delaware Blue Hen had a breakout season in 2011 when he scored 16 goals for the Rattlers. He was named to the 2011 MLL All-Star Game for the first time last season and was a ninth overall draft pick in the 2010 MLL Collegiate Draft by the now defunct Chicago Machine. This season, Cahill is scoreless in five games played.

"We will miss Brad. He was a great Cannons player and strong contributor to our team the last few years. I wish him success with the Rattlers," said Cannons Head Coach Steve Duffy. "We're excited to add Martin Cahill. We feel he'll strengthen our team and add another element to our offense."

The midfielders will suit up for their respective teams this weekend. The Rochester Rattlers will play the Denver Outlaws at Sports Authority Field at Mile High Stadium on Saturday, June 16 at 9:30 p.m. ET. The game will be televised live on CBS Sports Network. The Boston Cannons will travel to Charlotte to take on the Hounds on Saturday, June 16 at 7:00 p.m. The game will also be available on CBS Sports Network.

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