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At the X presented by The Faceoff Academy

By Natalie Johnson |  6/10/14 8:40 AM

At the X presented by The Faceoff Academy


At this point in the season, the top three FOGOs seem to have established their elite status, as there’s no movement at the top of our board this week. However, there are several other excellent face off men who could be just one game away from taking one of those top 3 spots. Check back each week to see the best FOGOs in the league in “At the X, presented by The Faceoff Academy.”

1. Greg Gurenlian – New York Lizards (97-for-160)

The Lizards fell to the Florida Launch last week, but it wasn’t due to their lack of possession. Gurenlian went 12-for-22 at the X, and is now just five attempts away from taking the 2,000th face off of his career. He has now won more than 50% of his face offs in twelve consecutive games.

2. Chris Eck – Boston Cannons (73-for-131)

The Cannons were glad to have Chris Eck on their side last weekend in a tight game in which every possession was crucial. Eck narrowly won the battle at midfield, taking 18 of 35 face offs, and Boston won the game by a single point. It’s been three weeks since Eck has dominated at the X like we know he can, so look for him to have a huge game this week against Chesapeake.

3. Anthony Kelly – Denver Outlaws (85-for-155)

Despite narrowly losing the face off battle to Tim Fallon last weekend, Kelly remains in third place on this week’s leaderboard. The all-time league leader in wins at the X took 17 of 35 face offs in Denver’s loss to Charlotte, furthering the MLL record to 1,325 face off wins.

Here are the best of the rest: the cumulative ranking of the top 10 guys to take at least 30 face offs for their team this season.

 

1

Greg Gurenlian

New York Lizards

97-for-160

0.606

2

Chris Eck

Boston Cannons

73-for-131

0.557

3

Anthony Kelly

Denver Outlaws

85-for-155

0.548

4

John Ortolani

Rochester Rattlers

80-for-160

0.500

5

Matt Dolente

Ohio Machine

25-for-51

0.490

6

Tim Fallon

Charlotte Hounds

69-for-142

0.486

7

Eric O’Brien

Ohio Machine

43-for-91

0.473

8

Chris Mattes

Florida Launch

70-for-153

0.458

9

Adam Rand

Chesapeake Bayhawks

27-for-60

0.450

10

Stephen Peyser

Chesapeake Bayhawks

11-for-31

0.355

 



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