Checking in at No. 28 on our SU Top 100 list is lacrosse great Ryan Powell, who wore No. 22 along with his two brothers at Syracuse. The trio became hallmarks synonymous with Syracuse lacrosse during the turn of the century. First Casey Powell made his mark in Orange. Then it was Ryan, followed finally by Michael Powell. All three were winners of the Lt. Raymond Enners Award, given to the most outstanding player in men’s college lacrosse.
Powell led the Orange to the 2000 NCAA Championship, pacing the team with 96 points on the year. That was SU’s seventh championship all-time and the first one since 1995.
After his Syracuse career, Powell was a 2017 inductee to the U.S. Lacrosse Hall of Fame. While in Orange, he became the program’s second-leading scorer all-time.
Besides competing with names in Syracuse’s record books, Powell competed with his brothers too. Ryan ended his career with 287 points, tying his brother Casey for most in Syracuse history. A few years later Mike surpassed his older brothers by finishing his career with 307 points.
After graduation Powell played professionally until 2010. He played for both the NLL and MLL. In eight seasons with the NLL, Powell scored 140 goals and 377 points. With the MLL, Powell ended with 190 goals and 180 assists, as well as the All-Star MVP award in 2008.
He also played with the U.S. Men’s National Team twice at the FIL World Championships, where he led the U.S. to gold in 2010.
Powell is now the President of Powell Lacrosse and joined SU’s coaching staff last year as a program advisor for camps and clinics.
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