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Syracuse Lacrosse: Casey Powell ending his MLL career in Boston on Saturday

Syracuse legend Casey Powell will play in his final MLL game on Saturday when his Florida Launch visit the Boston Cannons.

Boston Cannons v Florida Launch Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images

With Casey Powell Playing his final game in Major League Lacrosse this weekend there’s been a lot of reflection on his career. Here’s a few of the more recent publications:

“End of an era: Former Syracuse lacrosse star calls it quits” by Lindsay Kramer of Syracuse.com

“This is for @Caseypowell22” by our friend Eri Barrister over at College Crosse

“The Legacy of Casey Powell” by Kyle Devitte and Chris Rosenthall of Inside Lacrosse

“Ex-Syracuse star Casey Powell on Beastie Boys, retirement and Team USA in WILC 2015” by Chris Carlson of Syracuse.com

“Casey Powell Talks Retirement”, an interview with Allie Modica of the Florida Launch

“Casey Powell Reflects on a Successful Career” by Phil Shore of LaxMagazine.com

Casey played at Carthage High School in Carthage, NY, just outside of Watertown, NY. He was an All-American four times as a member of the Syracuse Orange between 1995 and 1998. In his freshman year, the eldest Powell brother helped SU to win the 1995 National Championship with 67 points on the season. The Syracuse record book is littered with his name but here are some of the highlights:

  • Career Points: 287 (Tied for 2nd with Ryan Powell)
  • Career Goals: 158 (4th)
  • Career Ground Balls: 274 (3rd) (GB stats only calculated since 1988 season)
  • Most Points in a Game: 13 (1st) (2/28/1997 vs. Virginia Cavaliers)
  • Most Goals in a Game: 9 (Tied for 1st) (3/21/1998 vs. Towson Tigers); 7 (Tied for 9th) (2/28/1997 vs. Virginia Cavaliers)
  • Most Assists in a Game: 8 (tied for 4th) (5/17/1997 vs. Loyola Greyhounds in NCAA Tournament); 7 (tied for 7th) (4/20/1996 at Pennsylvania Quakers)
  • 1997, 1998 Lt. Raymond J. Enners Award (USILA Player of the Year)
  • 1996 Lt. Donald C. MacLaughlin, Jr. Award (Most Outstanding Midfielder)
  • 1998 Lt. Col. Jack Turnbull Award (Most Outstanding Attackman)

At Syracuse, the #22 is synonymous with greatness, and as the fifth player in SU history to wear it Casey helped cement the legend of the number during his four years at ‘Cuse. While Gary Gait preceded him and his two younger brothers succeeded him in donning the #22, here is the full list of SU players to wear the number:

1983 - Sun Ho Lee

1984-87 - Chris Baduini

1988-90 - Gary Gait

1991-94 - Charlie Lockwood

1995-98 - Casey Powell

1999-00 - Ryan Powell

2001-04 - Mike Powell

2006-09 - Dan Hardy

2010 - Cody Jamieson

2011-13 - JoJo Morasco

2014-present - Jordan Evans

Casey’s didn’t just shine in the collegiate realm, however. He’s had a tremendous professional career, playing in both the National Lacrosse League and Major League Lacrosse and in 2013 Casey was inducted into the Upstate New York Chapter of the Lacrosse Hall of Fame. In 1998 he was selected first in the NLL’s entry draft. In the MLL, Casey has played 12 seasons and is the league’s all-time leading point scorer.

Earlier this summer, it was announced that Casey would be the new Offensive Coordinator for the Jacksonville University Dolphins under newly minted head coach, and fellow former Syracuse alum, John Galloway.

The Boston Cannons will host the Florida Launch at 5 PM on Saturday at Harvard Stadium in Cambridge, MA. You can watch the game on Lax Sports Network or check it out live if you live in the area.