SYRACUSE, N.Y. — The first two-time winner of the Tewaararton Trophy and the only Orange men's lacrosse player to ever earn first-team All-America recognition all four years, Michael Powell will become the second Syracuse men's lacrosse player to have his jersey retired.
Syracuse men's lacrosse hosts No. 10 John Hopkins University at 4:00 p.m. As Powell will join current Orange head coach Gary Gait as the two Syracuse men's lacrosse players to have their jerseys hang in the rafters at the Dome.
One of the greatest lacrosse players of all time, Powell won the Tewaararton Trophy, presented to the best player in college lacrosse, in 2002 and 2004, after leading the Orange to the National Championship in each of those seasons. The only four-time winner of the Jack Turnbull Award, presented to the nation's top attackman, Powell was named to the NCAA All-Tournament Team three times and is the only Syracuse player to win the W.H. Brine Award as the NCAA Division I Championship Game Most Outstanding Player twice.
Powell saved his best for last. In 2004, he had the highest-scoring season of his career, leading SU in scoring for the fourth consecutive campaign, with 89 points (47 goals, 42 assists). He helped the Orange to its ninth NCAA title with a goal and five assists in the championship game against Navy. He was named the Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA Tournament and earned a spot on the all-tournament team. In his senior year, Powell became SU's all-time leading scorer, surpassing the record of 287 points compiled by each of his brothers, Casey (1995-98) and Ryan (1997-2000).
The West Carthage, N.Y. native's name is etched in the Orange lacrosse record book in multiple places. Powell holds the Syracuse record for the most career points (307), ranks sixth on career goals list (150) and fourth on the career assists list (157). He scored 70 points in his first year, ranking him second all-time among SU first-year players, while adding 40 assists in that same season, also the second-best mark for an SU first-year player. In NCAA Tournaments, Powell has the most career assists (34 in 13 games), the second-most single tournament assists (11 in 2004), the second-most career points (58) and the third-most single tournament points (19 in 2004) of any player to wear a Syracuse uniform.
One of the best athletes to ever wear a Syracuse uniform in any sport, Powell will long be remembered for his exceptional quickness and tremendous stick skills, and 'The Move.' In his final regular-season home game, Powell delivered on a preseason promise of a "first-ever move." With the game under control for Syracuse, Powell ran forward, completed a front flip, and then fired toward the visitor's cage. Although his effort didn't find the cage, he connected six other times leading the Orange to a victory.
Powell's Syracuse Accomplishments
- Two-time Tewaaraton Award winner (best player in college lacrosse) (2002 and 2004)
- Two-time National Champion (2002 and 2004)
- Four-time STX/USILA All-American (first team)
- Four-time Jack Turnbull Award winner (Attackman of the Year)
- 2002 and 2004 W.H. Brine Award (NCAA Division I Championship Game Most Outstanding Player)
- 2004 Lt. Raymond Enners Award (Player of the Year)
- Three-time NCAA All-Tournament Team selection (2001, 2002, 2004)
- 2002 and 2006 World University Games, United States Team, participant