Ryan Powell (lacrosse)

Ryan Powell (born February 23, 1978 in West Carthage, New York) is a four-time All-American lacrosse player at Syracuse University and was on the US national team roster in 2006 and 2010.

Ryan Powell
Born (1978-02-23) February 23, 1978
West Carthage, New York
NationalityUnited States
Height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight205 pounds (93 kg)
NLL draft2nd overall, 2000
Buffalo Bandits
NLL team
Former teams
Boston Blazers
Edmonton Rush
Colorado Mammoth
New York Titans
Portland Lumberjax
Anaheim Storm
Buffalo Bandits
MLL team
Former teams
Denver Outlaws
San Francisco Dragons
Rochester Rattlers
NCAA teamSyracuse University ('00)
Pro career2001
NicknameRP, Rhino


Ryan did not begin playing organized lacrosse until he was in the seventh grade. He is the second oldest in the family behind his brother Casey Powell, and older than Michael Powell.

Powell attended Carthage senior high school where he was the quarterback for the football team and played on the lacrosse team.[1] In 1996 Ryan chose to attend Syracuse University, following his brother Casey.

At Syracuse, Ryan was a four-time All-American (his brother Casey was also a four-time All-American). After his college career he was drafted third in the 2000 MLL draft. He currently plays for the Boston Blazers of the National Lacrosse League (indoor lacrosse) and the Denver Outlaws of Major League Lacrosse (outdoor). His brothers Casey and Mike also have enjoyed successful lacrosse careers. Powell owns and operates both Rhino Lacrosse and Powell Lacrosse.[2] He was sponsored by Warrior Lacrosse with his brother Casey up until 2004-2005. After leaving Warrior, Ryan is now a prominent figure and representative for Brine Lacrosse. Still living in Oregon, Powell's entire income comes solely from lacrosse.[3] Ryan lives with his fiancé Marlee and still is being an innovator of the game through education as opposed to playing, whether it is from the NLL, the MLL, or from the Powell Brother's Lacrosse Camps.

Rhino Lacrosse

In 2005, Ryan founded Rhino lacrosse in Portland, Oregon. Powell handpicks Rhino’s elite-level staff from among the best players and instructors in the game. Since the company was founded in 2005, the sport of lacrosse has grown rapidly nationally and has become more widespread throughout the West Coast.

Professional career


Powell has played in Major League Lacrosse since 2001. He played for the Rochester Rattlers from 2001 to 2005, and the San Francisco Dragons in 2006 and 2007. In 2001 Powell earned MVP for the 2001 MLL season. In 2006, Powell was awarded both the Major League Lacrosse Offensive Player of the Year Award and the MVP. He is the second lacrosse player to receive the MVP award twice, (John Grant Jr. did as well (NLL: '07, '12 MLL: '07, '08)). Prior to the 2008 MLL season, the San Francisco Dragons traded Powell to the Denver Outlaws in exchange for draft picks.[4] He, Casey, and Mike all sat out for the 2009 MLL season, as they did not report to their respective teams by the contract deadline.[5] This was Ryan's first season sitting out, while it was Casey's second, and Mike's third.


Powell also plays indoor lacrosse in the National Lacrosse League with the Boston Blazers.



    Regular Season   Playoffs
NLL Totals115140237377466577142135170


    Regular Season   Playoffs
2006San Francisco103402458211102301
2007San Francisco10181224102-------
MLL Totals8018711793671423615092411


    Regular Season  
NCAA Totals61137150 (a)287 (b)
(a) 17th in NCAA Division I career assists
(b) 10th in NCAA Division I career points

Accolades and Awards

High School Accolades

  • All American
  • 2x Empire State team member
  • 5th All-time leading scorer in New York State High school history
  • 244 Goals, 185 Assists, 429 Points

College Accolades

  • Tied for 2nd all-time for scoring in Syracuse Lacrosse History (287 points)

Winner of the Lt. Raymond J. Enners Award as the Division I National Player of the Year

Winner of the Lt. Col. Jack Turnbull Award as the Division I National Attackman of the Year in 2000.

Professional Accolades

  • 2001 MLL MVP
  • 2006 MLL MVP
  • 2006 MLL Offensive Player of the Year
  • 2008 MLL All Star Game MVP
  • Rochester Rattlers All Time Leading Scorer
  • 6 x MLL All Star

He was the first player in MLL history to earn both the Offensive Player of the Year and Bud Light MVP awards in the same season.


Ryan competed in the World Lacrosse Championships in 2006, and 2010. In 2006 the USA fell to Canada. Ryan was the captain of 2010 team, which won the Gold medal.[6] He is the first fully endorsed Nike lacrosse athlete in 2004, Ryan helped take Syracuse University to another National Championship while being an assistant coach. In 2018, Powell was inducted into the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame.[7]

See also


  1. "New York's First Family of Lacrosse." Wall Street Journal. New York, July 21, 2010. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703724104575379392559619162.html.
  2. "Lake Placid: Ryan Powell Brings His Black Rhinos to Upstate New York." August 1st 2011. http://insidelacrosse.com/news/2011/08/01/lake-placid-ryan-powell-brings-his-black-rhinos-upstate-new-york.
  3. "Powell in Portland." April 14, 2006. http://www.e-lacrosse.com/2006tk3.html
  4. "Dragons trade Powell, Watkins to Denver". MajorLeagueLacrosse.com. March 13, 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-14.
  5. "MLL: Powell Brothers Sit Out 2009 Lacrosse Season". laxfunnews.com. April 5, 2009. Archived from the original on July 10, 2012.
  6. "Powell, Leveille help Team USA defeat Canada 12-10 for world lacrosse championship." The Post Standard. July 24, 2010. http://blog.syracuse.com/sports/2010/07/team_usa_blows_four-goal_lead.html.
  7. Ohanian, Paul (29 September 2018). "Cassese, Haugen, Morrow, and Powell Join National Lacrosse Hall of Fame". US Lacrosse. Retrieved 14 December 2018.
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