Greg Gurenlian

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Greg Gurenlian (March 23, 1984) is a former professional field lacrosse player from Springfield, Pennsylvania. He retired as a member of Redwoods Lacrosse Club of the Premier Lacrosse League. He is the founder of The Face-off Academy, a place where young players are trained in faceoffs. He is also the owner of his YouTube page, called GregGurenlian. He is the only faceoff specialist to win the MVP in the MLL.

Greg Gurenlian
BornMarch 23, 1984
Springfield Township, Delaware County, Pennsylvania
NationalityUnited States
Height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight225 pounds (102 kg)
PositionFace off Specialist
NCAA teamPenn State (2006)
MLL draft2006
Rochester Rattlers
MLL teamsRochester Rattlers, San Francisco Dragons, Toronto Nationals, Chicago Machine, New York Lizards[1]
PLL teamRedwoods Lacrosse Club
NicknameThe Beast
Career highlights

2018 Member of Team USA, 2015 MLL MVP, MLL All Time Leader in Face Off Wins, 2015 MLL champion, Penn State all time faceoff wins leader[2]

College career[edit]

Gurenlian was a four year letterman at Penn State University, and was a co-captain in his senior year. He is second all time in ground balls and first all time in faceoff wins.[2]

Professional career[edit]


Gurenlian was drafted by the Rochester Rattlers in the 2006 MLL draft, where he played for two years before joining the San Francisco Dragons. He played for them for two years before joining the Toronto Nationals and the Chicago Machine for a year each. He played his final eight seasons with the New York Lizards, where he played his final eight MLL seasons. In 2015, he set the MLL record for most ground balls in a season, most faceoff wins in a season and highest faceoff percentage in a season. He also won the MLL MVP and the Steinfeld Trophy for winning the 2015 MLL Championship. He made the MLL all pro team six times and was an all star five times.[3]

PLL career[edit]

In 2018, Gurenlian announced he would come out of retirement to join Paul Rabil’s new Premier Lacrosse League[4] as a member of the Redwoods Lacrosse Club.[5] On January 22, 2020, after one season in the PLL, he retired.[6]

International career[edit]

Gurenlian was a member of the gold-medal winning Team USA at the 2018 World Lacrosse Championship in Netanya, Israel.[7] He is the US record-holder for international faceoff percentage at a tournament with 81% wins.[3]


  1. ^ "#32 Greg Gurenlian". Pointstreak. Retrieved June 23, 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Greg Gurenlian". Maverik. Retrieved June 23, 2019.
  3. ^ a b "Greg Gurenlian". Face Off Academy. Retrieved June 23, 2019.
  4. ^ Hamilton, Matt (January 3, 2019). "The Beast is Back: Gurenlian's Passion Fuels Return to Pro Lacrosse". US Lacrosse Magazine. Retrieved 20 July 2019.
  5. ^ Miller, Megan (March 4, 2019). "PLL Announces Rosters for Six Inaugural Teams with Creative Release". US Lacrosse Magazine. Retrieved 20 July 2019.
  7. ^ Mikey Mandarino (January 9, 2018). "Penn State Men's Lacrosse Alumnus Greg Gurenlian To Represent United States At World Championships". Onward State. Penn State. Retrieved August 13, 2019.

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