Machine attackman Marcus Holman, with a handful of big-time performances already to his credit, was named Warrior Offensive Player of the Week after authoring his best outing of the season in Saturday’s 17-15 win over the host Rattlers.
Holman was on fire from start to finish, closing with a club-record six goals while tying a club record with eight points in all. He had two assists to go with his tallies — totals making him a shoo-in for game MVP honors as well as the POW recognition.
“I am very excited to be named Warrior Offensive Player of the Week, but in my opinion, this is a team award,” Holman said. “Our offense is committed to playing unselfishly and as a unit. I’m looking forward to our final regular season game against Florida and hopefully earning the first playoff berth for this franchise.”
Holman’s play has been one of many reasons the Machine is in position to advance to the postseason. Saturday against the Rattlers, it was one of the main reasons his team won. Down two midway through the fourth quarter, Holman sparked Ohio with his sixth goal of the night. He assisted on the game-tying goal just 34 seconds later before attackman Steele Stanwick sealed the deal with the final two tallies of the contest.
This is the second time this season Holman has been named Warrior Offensive Player of the Week. He also earned the honor following the Machine’s Week 5 victory over the Chesapeake Bayhawks.
Joe Fletcher of the New York Lizards was awarded the Warrior Defensive Player of the Week. Fletcher and the Lizards defense held Charlotte’s leading scorer without a goal and limited the Hounds to 11 goals. Rochester Rattlers attackman Mike Cockerton was named the Cascade Rookie of the week after posting four goals in the loss to the Machine.
The Machine returns to Selby Stadium for Fan Appreciation Night on August 9 at 7 p.m. when the team takes on the Florida Launch. Tickets for the game against Florida start at $12 and can be purchased by calling 614-754-1973 or visiting www.theohiomachine.com/tickets.
Theohiomachine.com contributed to this report.