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At the X presented by The Faceoff Academy

By Natalie Johnson |  5/20/14 9:10 AM

At the X presented by The Faceoff Academy


Four weeks into the 2014 MLL season, we’ve already seen just how important face off men are to their teams. They are the ones that start a possession and can literally make or break a game all by themselves. The usual suspects are stepping up for their teams in a big way, but there’s always room for a surprise or two on our leaderboard. Check back each week to see the best FOGOs in the league in “At the X, presented by The Faceoff Academy.”

1. Chris Eck – Boston Cannons (46-for-71)

Eck has been impressive at the X all season, but last week against Charlotte, he was absolutely dominant. Winning 19 of 24 face offs gave the Cannons a huge boost, and allowed them to easily defeat the Hounds, 14-6. If Eck can carry that momentum into the following weeks, it could be difficult for anyone to knock him off the top spot.

2. Greg Gurenlian – New York Lizards (69-for-113)

Gurenlian has proven to be one of the most consistent members of a dangerous Lizards team, and he maintains a top-3 spot on our board for the third consecutive week. His ability to take possession of the ball proved to be a vital part of the third quarter run that helped New York beat Ohio 11-9 last week.

3. Stephen Robarge – Denver Outlaws (3-for-5)

Despite playing in only one game this season and taking just five face offs for the Outlaws, Robarge’s .600 winning percentage in that appearance is good enough to keep him in third place this week.

Here are the best of the rest: the cumulative ranking of the top 10 guys to take face offs for their team this season.

1

Chris Eck

Boston Cannons

46-for-71

0.648

2

Greg Gurenlian

New York Lizards

69-for-113

0.611

3

Stephen Robarge

Denver Outlaws

3-for-5

0.600

4

Anthony Kelly

Denver Outlaws

52-for-94

0.553

5

Justin Pennington

Denver Outlaws

2-for-4

0.500

 

Jake Bernhardt

Ohio Machine

1-for-2

0.500

 

CJ Costabile

Chesapeake Bayhawks

6-for-12

0.500

8

Matt Dolente

Ohio Machine

25-for-51

0.490

9

Chris Mattes

Florida Launch

48-for-100

0.480

10

Tim Fallon

Charlotte Hounds

44-for-92

0.478

 



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