Powell Retires from MLL, Eyes 2014 U.S. Team
|Powell scored two goals in Team USA's 16-15 win over Denver last January at Champion Challenge in Florida.|
Casey Powell, the all-time leading scorer in Major League Lacrosse, has retired from the MLL after playing in just three games this season for the Hamilton Nationals. Inside Lacrosse first reported the news Thursday.
Powell, 36, will end his MLL career just one point shy of 400. He scored 203 goals (five 2-pointers) and dished 191 assists in parts of 10 seasons, most them with the Rochester Rattlers. Powell was suspended a game by the MLL for a slash during a game on June 16. He told Inside Lacrosse the league then suspended him for the remainder of the 2012 season and into 2013 due to his participation in the Lake Placid Summit Classic, where he helped lead the Burnt Orange to a master's division title Aug. 5.
"Thanks everybody, it's been a great run," Powell said on his Twitter page Thursday night. "Special thanks to the players I've competed with and against over the years."
Powell has not ruled out returning to the indoor National Lacrosse League in 2013. He became the NLL's all-time leading American scorer in 2011 with the now-defunct Boston Blazers. The Rochester Knighthawks currently own his rights.
Powell also has said he will try out for the 2014 U.S. men's national team that will defend its world title in Denver. He was co-captain of the 2006 team that fell short in the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) world championship final against Canada in London, Ontario. His brother, Ryan, was co-captain of the 2010 "redeem team" that won back the gold in Manchester, England.
Powell played for Team USA and won a gold medal as a youngster in 1998 in Baltimore, the last time the world championship was hosted by US Lacrosse. Several prominent players wished Powell well in retirement via Twitter. Former Syracuse teammate Paul Carcaterra, now an ESPN analyst, urged Powell: "Clock is ticking and don't hold back. Make a final run at the U.S. team." Powell replied: "I want to finish on top. Go USA."