Face off, get off.

If you’re not cheating, you’re not trying.

These were unwelcome memes that only a few years ago had imperiled the faceoff position nearly to the point of extinction. But a new crop of specialists has revived the craft and swept aside tired stereotypes.

“Nobody wanted to face off. It was the weird thing that ruined your stick. Now people train for it,” said Greg Gurenlian, the 2015 MLL MVP who retired in August as the league’s all-time leader in faceoff wins and ground balls, in an interview before his final game. “It opened up things for guys like Trevor Baptiste, and they’re getting talked about for the Tewaaraton. That’s huge.”

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