Like the Gait brothers before them and the Thompson family after them, the Powell brothers defined a significant period of lacrosse for a generation. This Saturday, Casey Powell will take the field for his final Major League Lacrosse contest. While Casey was recently named as an assistant coach for the Jacksonville Dolphins, his final MLL game will be the ending of an era in the field game.
Casey Powell currently sits at fifth overall in career MLL goals with 266, second in career assists with 254, and first in career points at 524. The eldest Powell brother graduated from Syracuse in 1998 and played in his first Major League Lacrosse game in 2001. In 2014 he was the oldest player in Major League Lacrosse history to earn Offensive Player of the Year award at the age of 38 when he put up 63 points in that season. His legacy is one that will define the early annals of the professional league.
Casey helped to further the legend of the #22 by earning All-American honors four times and helping the Syracuse Orange to the 1995 National Championship. In addition, he was the Lt. Raymond J. Enners Award winner for the USILA Player of the Year in 1997 and 1998, the 1996 Lt. Donald C. MacLaughlin, Jr. Award winner for the most Outstanding Midfielder, and the 1998 winner of the Lt. Col. Jack Turnbull Award for the most Outstanding Attackman. He is tied with his younger brother Ryan for the second highest career point scorer in Syracuse history with 287, 20 points below his youngest brother Mike. Amongst Syracuse players all-time, he is tied for the most goals in a game (9) and holds the record for most points in a game (13). In 2013 he was inducted into the Upstate New York Chapter of the Lacrosse Hall of Fame.
Casey will play his final MLL game on Saturday, July 30, 2016 when his Florida Launch take on the Rochester Rattlers at FAU Stadium. Several other Syracuse alumni will also be on the field Saturday, including: Stephen Brooks, John Galloway, John Lade, and Joel White. The game will take place at 7:30 PM and can be seen on Lax Sports Network, but if you live in the area and are looking for something to do check it out as it will be one of the last opportunities to see a legend play the field game.