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Open Thread: Who Is The Best Face-Off Mid of All Time?

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There have been a lot of top notch face-off taking midfielders over the years, and picking one is going to be tough, but we firmly believe our readers are up to the challenge!!!!  Originally, I was going to run through the top guys in mind and then see what you had to say, but this time around, I want your input FIRST!!!  I know a thing or two about face offs, but I think some of our readers out there might know a whole lot more!!!

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Let's get to it!

Here are some things to think about:

- What makes a GREAT face off guy?  Lots of moves?  Consistency?

- Do you like a pure FoGo like Alex Smith or Chris Eck?  

- Are you looking for a guy that can do it all like Kyle Harrison or Justin Tuma?

- Have you considered older players like Paul Cantabene?

- Where do International players like Geoff Snider (Canada) or Matt Schomburg (Australia) fit in?

So while the question is simple, the answer may be quite complex!  Give us at least two to three sentences on

Who Is The Best Face-Off Mid Of All Time?


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Connor Wilson

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  • Not the best ever but I was probably the only kid in Colorado in 2001 with a Towson hoodie because of Justin Berry and his FO skills. He carried that team to the final four and was the main guy in Cascade’s C2 advertisement in Lacrosse Magazine. The ad is still hanging up in my room at my parents house. #GTG

  • G.Snider hands down. Have you seen his faceoff percentage for the year so far?? 76% is domination in the NLL, I cant wait to see the numbers he’ll put up in the MLL this year!!!

  • Alex Smith by far. It was near impossible for that guy to lose when at UD, helped them to the final four. I met him one summer and changed my form to match his, Didn’t lose another face off for the rest of the hot beds camp I was at. Plus, doesn’t he have the majority of the records?

  • Someone who can consistently beat the best guys at face offs, at the highest levels of the sport. Definitely the all time greats: Cantabene, Eck, Smith, Cercy, Berry. Today in college: Curtis Holmes, he has a deadly plunger and has barely EVER not won the majority of the draws in any of his college games. Let the stats back me up on that one. The fastest and most tech technically sound are the front runners here.  

  • Adam Rand, Rochester Rattlers. One of the hardest working guys I’ve ever met. Played high school in a bad conference and area, worked his way up through the ranks and proved he could play D1. Lands a spot on the Stoneybrook squad, leads them to the farthest NCAA appearance in school history. Goes off and plays professionally, hands down best FoGo  

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