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The Chicago Machine is a professional lacrosse team based in Bridgeview, Illinoismarker. Since the 2006 season, they have played in Major League Lacrosse. They will play the season opener and closer at Soldier Fieldmarker in Chicagomarker for the 2009 season.

Franchise History

The establishment of a Chicago Major League Lacrosse expansion franchise was announced on August 21, 2005. Along with expansion teams representing Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Denver, the Chicago Machine became part of the Western Conference of the MLL in 2006. The team played its home games in 2006 at Sports Complex at Benedictine Universitymarker in Lisle, Illinoismarker.

The Machine finished the 2006 season on August 12. The team became the first MLL team to go the whole season without a victory. The team lead most of game against the Dragons on August 12 only to see the Dragons tie the game at the end of regulation and then win the game in overtime.
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After losing their season opener in 2007, the Machine won their first game in franchise history on June 2 defeating Denver. The Machine had lost a league record 13 consecutive games (including all 12 games in 2006). They have yet to place any better than fourth in the Western Conference.

The Machine are committed to both the expansion and improvement of lacrosse in the midwest by running clinics and camps to try and bring lacrosse to the next level.

In December 2006, the Machine announced that its home field for the 2007 season would be Toyota Parkmarker in Bridgeview, Illinoismarker.

From 2006 to 2008, they were in the Western Conference. With the MLL contraction for the 2009 season from 10 to 6 teams (due to the state of the U.S. economy), there will only be one conference.

General Managers



Current Coaching Staff

  • Head Coach - John Combs
  • Assistant Coach - Phil Ryan


All-Time Head Coaches

  • Kevin Finneran - (2006)
  • Lelan Rogers - (2007)
  • John Combs - (2008-pres.)


Current Roster

2008 Roster

Uniform # Player Position Height Weight (lb) College
4 Smith, Robert D 6’0" 220 lbs Georgetownmarker
5 Pittard, Eric A 5'10" 173 lbs Cornellmarker
6 Bigas, Jeff D 5'11" 205 lb Salisbury
7 Heim, Pat M 5'11" 205 lb Penn Statemarker
8 Petit, Bud G 6'4" 205 lb UVAmarker
9 Gabel, Mike G 6'4" 205 lb Vermontmarker
10 Brooks, Steven M 6'2" 192 lbs Syracusemarker
13 Kallaugher, Dan M 5'10" 183 lbs Yalemarker
17 Deane, Jake D 6'3" 200 lb UMass
18 Schmidt, Nicholas M 5'10" 185 lbs Rutgersmarker
19 Leveille, Kevin A 5'10" 185 lb UMass-Amherst
24 Whittenberg, Steve D 6'0" 210 lbs Marylandmarker
25 Cannon, Brendan A 5'9" 185 lbs Georgetownmarker
26 Shanahan, Doug M 6'1" 195 lb Hofstramarker
33 McGlone, Bill M 6'2" 210 lbs Marylandmarker
34 Clayton, Brian M 5'10" 188 lbs Cornellmarker
36 Culver, Michael D 6'1" 190 lbs University of Virginiamarker
37 Hogan, Pat M 5'11" 195 lbs Syracusemarker
44 Gagel, Zach D 6'0" 220 lb Ohio Wesleyanmarker
57 Mitchell, David A 6'0" 195 lb Cornellmarker
91 Leveille, Mike A 6'3" 204 lbs Syracusemarker


Players of note

Both current Machine star Doug Shanahan (midfielder) and former star Todd Rassas (defensemen) were named to the 2006 USA team after competing together in the 2002 World Championships. The 2006 USA team competed in the IFL World Championships in Ontario, Canada from July 13-22, 2006.

Machine attackman, Kevin Leveille, was named to play in the 2006 Major League Lacrosse All-Star game on July 6, 2006 in Boston, MA. Leveille was also named an alternate on the 2006 USA team to compete in the IFL World Championships in Ontario, Canada from July 13-22 2006.

Michael Culver, Machine defenseman, was voted 2006 New Balance Sportsman of the year by both general managers and coaches of each of the ten Major League Lacrosse teams. Culver received this award after starting all 10 games for the Machine and recording 27 ground balls. Culver is a leader both on the field and off. Off the field he helped the community by donating half of his 2006 salary to the Children's Heart Foundation.

In the November 2005 expansion draft, the Chicago Machine drafted Philadelphia Barrage Midfielder Doug Shanahan as their first pick.

The Chicago Machine also drafted Todd Rassas in the 2005 supplemental draft. He is a local product from Northfield, Illinois. He was a three time All-American at Notre Dame, Captain of the 2002 Gold Medal Team USA and part of the 2006 Team USA.

Another Machine draftee, Lyle Shirley, is a member of the Athletic Hall of Fame at Lake Forest College.

It is not uncommon for retired athletes to become sports broadcasters when they retire. However, the Chicago Machine may be the first team to have a former broadcaster become a professional player. In the December 2005 supplemental draft, the Machine drafted former WCAV-TVmarker anchor Zach Heffner.

Current Season

2009 Chicago Machine Season
Date & Time Away Team Score Home Team Score Game Notes/Scoring Leader
May 16 @ 7 PM Chicago 13 Denver 11 -
May 22 @ 7:30 PM Chicagomarker 11 Toronto 15 -
May 30 @ 3 PM Boston 16 Chicago 14 -
June 6 @ 3 PM Denver 15 Chicago 11 -
June 13 @ 7 PM Chicago 11 Boston 22 -
June 20 @ 7 PM Chicago 14 Long Island 15 -
June 27 @ 7 PM Washington 16 Chicago 14 -
July 4 @ 7 PM Toronto 19 Chicago 24 -
July 18 @ 7 PM Chicago 10 Boston 17 -
July 25 @ 7 PM Washington 11 Chicago 18 -
August 1 @ 7 PM Chicago - Washington - -
August 8 @ 7:30 PM Long Island - Chicago - -



Season-by-Season

Chicago Machine
Year W L Regular season finish Playoffs
2006 0 12 4th in Western Conference ---
2007 3 9 4th in Western Conference ---
2008 3 9 4th in Western Conference ---
2009 3 9 6th in MLL ---
Totals 9 37 Regular Season Win % = .178 Total Playoff Record 0 - 0

Playoff Win % = .000


References

  1. Chicago Machine Roster
Mike Heimann, Naperville IL

Chicago Machine Website

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