By Corey McLaughlin - Laxmagazine.com | 6/10/14 12:00 PM
From Lacrosse Magazine
The Beast is back in the mix.
New York Lizards faceoff man Greg Gurenlian has been added back to the tryout process for the final 23-player Team USA roster that will compete for gold next month at the 2014 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Championship, U.S. head coach Richie Meade confirmed Tuesday.
Gurenlian had withdrawn from the process, citing a shoulder injury, ahead of January's Champion Challenge, where the U.S. held an ESPNU-televised intrasquad scrimmage. The tryout pool was trimmed from 50 to 30 players after the event, and it included only one faceoff specialist, the Boston Cannons' Chris Eck.
But Meade said Tuesday that the coaching staff is now considering taking both Eck and Gurenlian to the world championships July 10-19 in Commerce City, Colo.
Both have dealt with injury issues in the past and the tournament will include likely six or seven games for the U.S. during the course of the event at Dick's Sporting Goods Park, where a record 38 nations will compete.
"If it was one faceoff guy, he would have to be an ironman to take all the faceoffs in all the games," Meade said. "We're considering right now possibly taking two faceoff guys.
"We had kept Chris and we had kept the other spot open. It was kind of internal. After January, Chris had done very well and we didn't know about the other spot. Greg was injured at that point in time. We wanted to see how everything went. Tactically, if we take two faceoff guys then Greg's injury wouldn't be as big of a load."
Gurenlian, nicknamed "the Beast," and in his ninth Major League Lacrosse season, is currently leading MLL with a 60.6 faceoff win percentage despite still playing with a torn labrum, winning 97 of 160 faceofs in six games.