Schreiber was named the 2016 MLL MVP after a regular season in which he scored 23 goals (including one 2-point goal) and tallied a league-high 36 assists. Ohio earned a trip to the 2016 MLL championship game. In a wild, weather-delayed, back-and-forth final in Atlanta, the Machine also lost to the Outlaws 19-18, despite three goals and two assists from Schreiber.
“I haven’t spent too much time dwelling on that game. I never re-watched it,” Schreiber said. “It was a tough pill to swallow the way things went down. Going forward, we want to make sure energy levels are always the same. With the shot clock, 2-pointers and talent out there, no lead is safe. I don’t think anyone was complacent with the lead at the delay. [Denver] earned that win. It’s a tough experience for me and our team, but I think it makes us stronger as a unit to be hungry to get back there and finish.”
Coming into the league, the three players did not know each other outside of what they saw in the box scores. They all played in the 2015 MLL All-Star Game, however, and recently tried out for the 2018 U.S. national team. Prior to the 2017 MLL season, Schreiber and McArdle grew closer as National Lacrosse League rookies with the Toronto Rock, helping them create a new bond.
“I have tremendous respect for them,” Wolf said. “They both come across as super humble. They carry themselves well around kids.”