Garden City, NY (August 6, 2015) – Major League Lacrosse has named New York Lizards’ faceoff specialist, Greg “Beast” Gurenlian, the 2015 league MVP. Gurenlian had a dominant season at the faceoff ‘X’ and put up statistics that no faceoff man has done in years past in 2015.
“Greg is the epitome of a team leader. To say this award is well-deserved is an understatement,” said Lizards Head Coach Joe Spallina. “He’s risen above our expectations and you won’t see anything less than domination this weekend in Atlanta.”
To say “Beast” broke records is an understatement, as he shattered a majority of previous records. In 2015 Gurenlian set all-time records for FaceOffs won (280), FaceOff win % (73.2%) and Groundballs (175).
“You can’t win this award on your own. I’m the beneficiary of a team that scores a ton of goals. I have the best defense in the league behind me and a coach that lets me go out and play my game the way I know how to. It’s the perfect storm,” said Gurenlian. “The only thing I really want to focus on now is the Championship. It’s the ultimate team award.”
The 2015 season was filled with many awards for Gurenlian. In addition to the league MVP, Gurenlian was also named the FOAthlete of the Year and the USL/MLL Sportsmanship Player of the Year. “Beast” is a founder of The Faceoff Academy along with Chris Mattes and fellow Lizard Jerry Ragonese, which was established to provide instruction on every component of the faceoff at an elite level. The 3 added Charlotte Hounds FO man Brendan Fowler to the staff this past winter as well.