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At the X presented by The Faceoff Academy

By Natalie Johnson |  5/5/14 2:00 PM

At the X presented by The Faceoff Academy


Face off men play a huge role in lacrosse. They are the ones that start a possession and can literally make or break a game all by themselves. That’s why we’re introducing “At the ‘X’, presented by The Faceoff Academy,” a weekly feature recapping the best face off men in the league. Every Monday we’ll update the rankings, showcasing the top three FOGO’s over the course of the season.

1. Greg Gurenlian – New York Lizards (39-for-62)

Gurenlian dominated at the X in last weekend’s game against Chesapeake, winning 19 of the 26 face offs. In the third quarter, he won the opening faceoff and subsequently scored, which proved to be New York’s only goal of the quarter. Because of his great play at the X, the Lizards currently have the best face off winning percentage of any team in the league.

2 (tie). Chris Eck – Boston Cannons (27-for-47)

Another impressively dominant performance at the X last weekend came from Chris Eck. The Cannons’ face off man won 14 of 19 face offs, which drastically improved his winning percentage for the season and moved him up to third on our list. If the Cannons can capitalize on Eck’s proven skill at the X, that could be a strong advantage for the rest of the season.

2 (tie). Anthony Kelly – Denver Outlaws (31-for-54)

Kelly has always been a dominant force at the X, and one of the main reasons the Outlaws are undefeated in 22 regular season games. Kelly started off this season where he left off and he will definitely be a contender at season’s end for the Faceoff Specialist of the year

 

Here are the best of the rest– the cumulative ranking of the top 10 guys to take face offs this season.

1

Greg Gurenlian

New York Lizards

39-for-62

0.629

2

Chris Eck

Boston Cannons

27-for-47

0.574

2

Anthony Kelly

Denver Outlaws

31-for-54

0.574

4

Matt Dolente

Ohio Machine

16-for-30

0.533

4

Eric O’Brien

Ohio Machine

13-for-26

0.533

6

Tim Fallon

Charlotte Hounds

25-for-50

0.500

7

Adam Rand

Chesapeake Bayhawks

12-for-27

0.444

8

Brian Megill

Chesapeake Bayhawks

7-for-17

0.412

9

Chris Mattes

Florida Launch

20-for-49

0.408

10

John Ortolani

Rochester Rattlers

21-for-55

0.381




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