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Dear Players, Parents & Coaches;

We are pleased to announce that we will be hosting a Face-Off Development Day in Rochester, NY. The clinic will take place at Village Sports on June 19th from 11:00AM-1:00PM.

Face-off training will be led by Coaches TD Ierlan and Connor Russell. Coach Ierlan has established himself as the best faceoff specialist to ever set foot on a college lacrosse field. Ierlan was selected Round 1, fourth overall by the Redwoods LC in the PLL College draft. He was also the 1st Overall Pick in the 2020 MLL Draft by New York. Ierlan is a Three-time All-American, Two-time first-team All-American, Tewaaraton Award Finalist, and Two-time conference player of year. TD transferred to Yale after two years at the University of Albany. He then transferred to Denver after a season and a half at Yale (senior season cut short due to COVID-19).
Ierlan's NCAA Records (Combined Albany/Yale/Denver):
Ground balls in a game: 29 against Georgetown 2019 5.11.19
Ground balls in an NCAA Tournament Game: 29 vs. Georgetown in 2019
Ground balls in a season: 293 in 2019, second with 254 in 2018
Ground balls in a career: 867
Ground balls per game season: 1st and 2nd with 15.42 in 2019, 13.37 in 2018
Face-offs won in an NCAA Tournament game: 31 vs. Georgetown in 2019
Face-offs won in a season: 393 in 2019, second with 359 in 2018
Face-offs won in a career: 1,245
Face-off winning percentage in game: 26-26 against Harvard 2019
Face-off percentage in a season: .791 in 2018 at Albany
At Victor High School: Lettered four years in lacrosse. Led lacrosse team to 2015 and 2016 New York State championship and three Section V titles, 2015 and 2016 US Lacrosse All-American, 2015 and 2016 All-Greater Rochester Player of the Year, Lacrosse Magazine New York State and Northeast Player of the Year in 2015 and 2016, Three-time First Team All-Section V player, Finished with 83% face-off rate, 661 ground balls, 1,135 face-off wins, 35 goals and 15 assists in career

Coach Russell was a 4 Year Letterman with the University of Albany Great Danes (2013-2017). During his collegiate career Russell was named a 3x America East Champion and 4x NCAA Tournament Participant. In 2016 Russell played in seven games, going 9-for-29 on faceoffs with four ground balls. Won four faceoffs out of 10 in road victory at UMass (3/8). 3-for-6 on faceoffs with a ground ball in 12-8 win vs. Binghamton (4/16). 2015: Won 52.8% (102-193) of faceoffs in first eight games of the year, grabbing 57 ground balls. Won 14-26 faceoffs (53.8%) with six ground balls in season-opening victory at Drexel (2/21). Career-high 14 ground balls, a caused turnover, an assist and 16-26 on faceoffs (61.5%) in road win over Canisius (3/17). Won 24 of 42 faceoffs (57.1%) with 13 ground balls in win at Harvard (3/25). Won all five faceoff attempts in last game played vs. UMass Lowell (3/28). 2014: Primary faceoff specialist for UAlbany, playing in 15 games with eight starts. Took 282 faceoffs, winning 131 and grabbing 68 ground balls. Four 10-ground balls games, including vs. Vermont (3/29), winning 18 of 28 faceoffs, and at Hartford (4/6), going 16-28 on faceoffs. High School: Four-year varsity letterwinner in lacrosse, football and hockey at Penfield HS. 2012 High School All-American. All-county honors all four seasons. All-Greater Rochester honors in 2011 and 2012. Led Penfield to the Section V Class A championship in 2013. Team captain in lacrosse as a  senior, captaining hockey team as a junior and senior. 70% faceoff success rate and 140 ground balls as a senior. Finishing career with a 70% faceoff success rate, 620 ground balls and 30 goals. Coaching Experience: Coaching Staff member University at Albany. Coaching Staff member SUNY Geneseo. Current Coaching Staff member College of Saint Rose

Our FOF Development Day includes:

  • FOF warmup that couples fundamental faceoff skills with anticipation tactics, focus work, and competitive based hand speed exercises. 
  • Training will consist of a heavy focus on fundamental efficiency of clamping the ball, refining technical aspects of the faceoff following our clamp, advanced moves/strategies at the X, counter moves, proper footwork/body positioning, and discussions on wing play.
  • Drilling will be competition based and take place in small groups (sorted by age and ability).
  • Live repetition in the form of pre-tournament seeding signature and a double elimination competition. We will be filming the players during their live competition reps. Players will be able to view both instruction from the session and their live repetition on our youtube channel. 

Why Faceoff Factory?

At Faceoff Factory, our main focus is to ensure that each of our students leave having learned someone and enjoyed their time with us. Over the course of 6 years, we have studied, tested, and developed the best possible curriculum to ensure we are preparing each and every student for success at the x. Our training has proven to establish proper fundamentals faceoff technique that will ensure immediate and prolonged success at the faceoff position.

Coaches: (Free of charge) - Our clinics are always open to coaches, free of charge. We allow coaches to take notes, record video, and ask questions during/following the event. This is a great way for coaches to get right in on the action, learn from the staff, reinforce what their players learn, and further educate themselves.

Cost: $75.00 (LIMITED TO 50)


2830 Baird Rd

Fairport, NY 14450


Please direct any questions to James Angelicola (Director of Operations) at

Thanks and best regards,

Faceoff Factory

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