As recently as five years ago or so, the person taking the faceoff in an Independent School League game could be just like any other player. They'd try to win the ball and possession for their team, then stay on the field and help in other ways.
While there are still some teams that operate that way, more and more, you see a movement toward having a FOGO (faceoff, get off) specialist. The player will battle for the faceoff, and then run off the field once possession is gained or lost.
ISL coaches increasingly see it as not just a luxury, but a necessity.
"I think you're seeing some real specialists these days and some guys that are just dominating possessions," Thayer coach Benjamin Rubeor said.