Casey Powell

Casey Powell (born February 18, 1976) is an American former college and professional lacrosse player from West Carthage, New York. In 1998, he graduated from Syracuse University, where he was a four-time USILA All-American. Powell was the NCAA Division I Most Outstanding Player in 1997 and 1998. Powell was inducted into the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2017.[1]

Casey Powell
Born (1976-02-18) February 18, 1976
West Carthage, New York
NationalityUnited States
Height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight195 pounds (88 kg)
PositionMidfield / Attack / Forward
NCAA teamSyracuse University (1998)
NLL draft1st overall, 1998
Rochester Knighthawks
NLL teamsColorado Mammoth
Boston Blazers
Orlando Titans
New York Titans
Anaheim Storm
Rochester Knighthawks
MLL teamsFlorida Launch
Chesapeake Bayhawks
Hamilton Nationals
Rochester Rattlers
Long Island Lizards
Pro career1999–2016
U.S. Lacrosse Hall of Fame, 2017

Powell played in Major League Lacrosse, the semi-professional field lacrosse league, from its first year in 2001 through 2016, although he played in only 8 games between 2009 and 2013. Yet Powell ranks sixth in goals (243), second in assists (237), and third in points (484) on the MLL career totals list as of 2017.[2] Powell also tops the all-time MLL playoff point chart with 40. In 2005 and 2014, he won the MLL Offensive Player of the Year award. Powell earned the MVP award in 2014 at age 38.

After retiring from professional lacrosse, Powell shifted focus to other business and philanthropic endeavors. Powell started the World Lacrosse Foundation, a non-profit organization for the advancement of lacrosse in 2015.[1] He is a founder of Speed Lacrosse, a modified version of the sport.

His two younger brothers, Ryan and Mikey, were also lacrosse stars at Syracuse, where they all wore jersey number 22.

Syracuse University

Powell was a three-time first-team All-American attackman and midfielder, and helped Syracuse win the 1995 NCAA National Championship.[3] Powell is the only player in NCAA Division I lacrosse history to earn first-team All-American honors at more than one position. He even won Most Outstanding Player at two positions, midfield in 1996 and attack in 1998.[1] Powell followed Gary Gait in wearing the revered number 22 jersey at Syracuse University. His two younger brothers, Ryan and Mikey, carried on the tradition as well.

Major League Lacrosse

In 2001, Powell was signed by the Long Island Lizards of Major League Lacrosse (MLL), and led the Lizards to the first-ever MLL Championship. In 2003, the Lizards won the Championship again, and after the season, Powell was traded to the Rochester Rattlers in a five-player deal. During the 2004 season, Powell finished second on the Rattlers with 57 points (32 goals, 24 assists, 1 two-point goal).

2005 was a career year for Powell. He led the Rattlers in scoring and ranked second in the league with 57 points (27 goals, 30 assists). His 30 assists were second in the league behind Conor Gill's 34, and was named Offensive Player of the Week three times in the final four weeks of the season.

Casey and his brothers sat out the 2009 MLL season, as they did not report to their teams as of April 1 contract deadline.[4] Powell returned in 2011, and played for the Hamilton Nationals.

During the 2011 season MLL Championship game, Powell injured his knee and needed to be helped off the field, he had 4 goals in a 10-9 Nationals loss to the Boston Cannons in the MLL championship game, his lacrosse future in doubt.[5] But just days later he announced that an MRI revealed no tear in his ACL, so the injury was not as serious as first thought.[6]

After playing only three games in the 2012 season, Powell retired from the MLL,[7] but was drafted by Chesapeake Bayhawks in the supplemental draft that year. He returned in 2013 and played with the Bayhawks.

National Lacrosse League

Powell was the first overall draft choice of the Rochester Knighthawks of the National Lacrosse League (NLL) in the 1998 entry draft and played two seasons for the Knighthawks. He was traded to the Buffalo Bandits in 2001 and signed a contract, but never reported.[8] In 2003, the Bandits traded him to the Anaheim Storm.[8] Powell led the Storm in scoring and was named to the All-Star team in both the 2004 and 2005 seasons.

The Storm suspended operations after the 2005 season, and Powell was chosen second overall by the Portland LumberJax, although he elected not to play in the 2006 season. In September 2006, Powell was traded yet again, this time to the expansion New York Titans,[9] and was named to the All-Star team in 2007, 2008, and 2009. Following the contraction of the Titans in 2010, the Boston Blazers acquired Powell in a dispersal draft.

After one year in Boston, the Blazers also went dark, and Powell was chosen by the Rochester Knighthawks in the resulting dispersal draft.[10]

Powell has also hosted a weekly one-hour show on Sirius Satellite Radio called "Inside the NLL with Casey Powell" since 2007.[11]


Powell captained the U.S. Men's National Team in the 2006 World Lacrosse Championship, winning the silver medal. He was also the captain of the U.S. Men's Indoor National Team in 2011, where he was named the tournament MVP.[12] Powell was an assistant captain at the 2015 World Indoor Lacrosse Championship. The U.S. won bronze medals in both indoor championships.

Honors and awards

Career statistics


NCAA Totals58158129287274481

Powell lead the country in points and points per game in 1997 (83, 5.93) and 1998 (78, 5.57). 287 career points is tied for 14th all-time with his brother, Ryan Powell.[16]


    Regular Season   Playoffs
2007New York132951809022------------
2008New York1632548679102671372
2009New York1340458559163101121166
NLL Totals13727939567462913213333265469


    Regular Season   Playoffs
2001Long Island1430122532852404800
2002Long Island1437130685112205700
MLL Totals11724352374842484113190214090.5

Canadian Lacrosse Association

    Regular Season   Playoffs
1994Toronto BeachesOLA Jr.A814152905115167
2008Six Nations ChiefsMSL55813000000
Junior A Totals814152905115167
Senior A Totals55813000000

See also


  1. McLaughlin, Corey (September 12, 2017). "How the Unpredictable Casey Powell Landed Among Legends". USLacrosse Magazine. Retrieved 29 December 2017.
  2. "Career Leaders - MLL". Pointstreak Sports Technologies. Retrieved 29 December 2017.
  3. "Casey Powell bio". US Lacrosse. Archived from the original on June 5, 2008.
  4. "MLL: Powell Brothers Sit Out 2009 Lacrosse Season". April 5, 2009. Archived from the original on July 10, 2012.
  5. Kinnear, Matt (August 31, 2011). "MLL Championship Weekend: Casey Powell, Hamilton Nationals Left It All on the Field". Inside Lacrosse. Archived from the original on 2011-10-27. Retrieved 2011-11-05.
  6. Ingemi, Marisa (September 2, 2011). "MRI Reveals No Tear in Casey Powell's Knee". In Lax We Trust. Archived from the original on October 27, 2011. Retrieved 2011-11-05.
  7. DaSilva, Matt (August 17, 2012). "Powell Retires from MLL, Eyes 2014 U.S. Team". Lacrosse Magazine. Archived from the original on 2013-07-04. Retrieved 2013-08-16.
  8. Philly, R.A. (October 22, 2003). "Bandits Trade Casey Powell to Storm". Outsider's Guide to the NLL. Archived from the original on 2008-06-05. Retrieved 2008-02-28.
  9. "Casey Powell Traded to Titans". September 25, 2006. Retrieved 2008-02-27.
  10. "Philadelphia acquires Dan Dawson". September 9, 2011. Archived from the original on September 27, 2011. Retrieved 2011-09-09.
  11. "Casey Powell Show Returns To Sirius". January 17, 2008. Archived from the original on 2008-01-19. Retrieved 2008-02-05.
  12. "Canada wins indoor lacrosse worlds". CBC Sports. The Canadian Press. May 28, 2011. Retrieved 19 November 2017.
  13. "Casey Powell to be Enshrined in U.S. Lacrosse Hall of Fame". May 23, 2017. Retrieved 29 December 2017.
  14. "Hall of Fame Inductees". US Lacrosse. Retrieved 29 December 2017.
  15. "Casey Powell Statistics". Casey Powell Lacrosse. Retrieved 29 December 2017.
  16. "2018 Men's Lacrosse Division I Records" (PDF). NCAA. Retrieved 29 December 2017.
  17. "Casey Powell". National Lacrosse League. Retrieved 29 December 2017.
  18. "Casey Powell - Major League Lacrosse 2001-2002, 2004-2016". Pointstreak Sports Technologies. Retrieved 29 December 2017.
  19. "Casey Powell - Major League Lacrosse 2003". Pointstreak Sports Technologies. Retrieved 29 December 2017.
Preceded by
Dan Dawson
NLL Most Valuable Player
Succeeded by
Jeff Shattler
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