Editor’s Note: Trilogy Lacrosse, a Lacrosse All Stars partner, released a new series titled “Trilogy Lacrosse Theatre” to take a look back at memorable lacrosse moments caught on film that feature different members of the Trilogy crew. Episode 5 picks up with living lacrosse icon Casey Powell.
Who is Casey Powell?
Boy, if you don’t know, this is going to be a hard one to explain. Let’s stick to some lacrosse basics. Casey is the eldest of the three Powell brothers that helped revolutionize the game of lacrosse, all while wearing world-famous #22 at Syracuse. Casey went on to have one of the longest and most decorated careers in the history of professional lacrosse.
Joining the MLL from its inception in 2001, Powell continued his tenure in the league until 2016, similarly joining the NLL in 1999 and, with time off here and there, wrapping up all the way into 2014. Casey Powell, to this day, is the only American player to be named MVP of the NLL. Now, he is a volunteer assistant for the women’s lacrosse program at Northwestern University and growing the game around Chicago.
- 2017 US Lacrosse Hall of Fame Inductee
- 4x USILA All-American (1995 – 1998)
- 2x NCAA Player of the Year (1997 & 1998)
- 1st Team All-American (1996, ’97, ’98)
- Division I National Attackman of the Year (1998)
- Division I National Midfielder of the Year (1996)
- 4x NCAA All-Tournament team member (1995–98)
- MLL Offensive Player of the Year (2005)
- NLL Most Valuable Player (2010
- MLL Offensive Player of the Year (2014)
- MLL Most Valuable Player (2014)
- Silver Medal, Team USA field (2006)
- 2x Bronze Medal, Team USA indoor (2011, 2015)
What’s on the Tube?
Ryan Boyle straight up called it the greatest regular season game of his lifetime.
#3 Syracuse versus #2 Virginia, 1997. First game of the season, in the Dome. Starting his junior season, it was the first time Casey Powell would share the field with his freshman brother, Ryan.
Down 19 to 12 midway through the third quarter, it looked completely in the Hoos’ favor going into the final stretch. At this point, there wasn’t much hope left in the Syracuse defense, so it was Powell strapping up the backpack and taking over the game. Here’s a hint: 13 points.
These are some of the greatest moments in college lacrosse history. Big Facts.
Casey Powell on Great Cuse/UVA Game of 1997
The full episode is just over 28 minutes on the Trilogy YouTube page. Here’s a few “highlights” of the highlights to see if the water is right for you.
Now it’s time to watch the full thing. You’ll have to give Trilogy your views for that one. While you’re there, like, comment and subscribe to their channel for more awesome content like this.