Powell Brothers Launch Lacrosse Training Company
The infamous Powell Brothers, three of the worlds top professional lacrosse players and members of Brines R&D Team, have launched a family-owned and operated lacrosse training company. The brothers have taught and demonstrated lacrosse tips and training strategies to over 8,000 student-athletes in the past six years. In addition, the three Powells will become the first trio of brothers to represent the US National Team. They will look to defend the Gold medal this summer in London, Ontario. Casey, Ryan, and Mikey Powell have won a combined five College Player of the Year awards, seven Attackman of the Year awards, twelve All-American trophies, and four national titles at Syracuse University.
To communicate information about their upcoming lacrosse camps and clinics, the Powell Brothers created their website – threepowells.com. Lacrosse enthusiasts can browse photo galleries, read blogs from each of the Powell Brothers and view the schedule of Powell Brothers events and appearances.
“Ive learned a lot in my years of playing and teaching lacrosse, but one of the most important is understanding that each player is unique and each player requires a customized approach to the game,” said Casey Powell, the oldest of the Powell brothers. “If you look at Mikey, Ryan and myself, we each have quite distinct, different games, but we all utilize the same fundamentals and principals to find that game these are the same principals well teach at our camps and use to help kids to develop their own games.”
The Powell Brothers lacrosse camps will be held in Plano, Texas; West Linn, Oregon; Cheshire, Connecticut; and Atlanta, Georgia.
4 Reasons Why You Should Attend Summer Lacrosse Camp
Depending on what your goal is, there are plenty of different reasons why attending a lacrosse camp this summer would be beneficial. What makes it even better is there are tons of camps to choose from, no matter where you call home.
So, what makes GameBreaker Lacrosse Camps a cut above the rest? We could talk about it for a while, but decided to narrow it down to the five best reasons why you should be joining us to take your lax game to the next level.
We’re the National Leader in Lacrosse Camps
When it comes to lacrosse instruction and education, GameBreaker is clearly recognized as the national leader in the industry. Getting this distinction is no accident, either. Since starting up GameBreaker in 2001, we’ve had more than 65,000 campers join us.
Get Individualized Training for these 10 Skills
GameBreaker is the best place to take a giant step forward in your development as a lacrosse player. We pride ourselves on the specifics – when you come to one of our camps, you’re not just going to get a bunch of group drills. We cover every aspect of the game with 10 specific skill clinics.
The Powell Brothers are Leading the Way
When it comes to having the most influential names in the game, we’ve definitely got them in Ryan and Casey Powell. Their playing careers included tons of accolades, including college All-American selections, championships, appearances for Team USA and Major League Lacrosse MVP awards.
They know how integral lacrosse has been in their life, resulting in rare opportunities and meeting people they would’ve never come into contact with otherwise.
If you wanted anyone in the world to teach you anything, wouldn’t you pick the best of the best? We’re fortunate to have both the Powell brothers be involved and passionate about making a difference through GameBreaker.
There’s a Focus on Being a Well-Rounded Athlete
Our goal is to have every camper feel as though they’ve improved their on-field performance upon checking out. However, that’s not our only goal – we want to help lax players develop on the field and off the field, both physically and emotionally.
Along with being the industry leader, GameBreaker has the honor of yet another distinction. We run the only lacrosse camps in the country that builds a staff Double-Goal Certified by the Positive Coaching Alliance.
We don’t take the responsibility of being positive role models lightly. Our coaches are not only committed to building your lacrosse kills, but also building your character off it.
If you’re interested in learning more about our Gamebreaker Lacrosse Camps this summer, click here to find a camp near you and be on your way to becoming a better lacrosse player!
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All in the Family: The Powells
West Carthage, New York: A small village, upstate, about 90 miles from Syracuse University. Home to three of the most legendary lacrosse players the sport has ever known. The three Powell brothers, Casey, the oldest, Ryan, the middle and Michael, the youngest, grew up as any brothers would, participating in little league, fighting with each other, and playing catch in the backyard. When they discovered lacrosse, they immediately took a liking to the game, and the legend began.
Casey and Ryan honed their skills in the backyard, pushing each other to improve, despite being the only kids in town with lacrosse sticks. Little brother, Michael, was there too, scaling the neighbor’s fence, and fending off their German shepherd to bring back any balls that sailed off target. Both Casey and Ryan idolized another pair of legendary Syracuse lacrosse brothers, the Gait twins. The Powells made the trip with their parents to watch Paul and Gary play and then came home and mimicked the Gait brothers’ moves. Ten-year old Casey wore his Gary Gait #22 jersey and eight-year old Ryan wore Paul’s #19.
By the time Casey and Ryan reached high school, the varsity lacrosse team and the record books at Carthage High School were waiting for them. Casey, two years older than Ryan, enjoyed success first. He had a stellar high school career, capping his three years on the varsity team with an All-American senior year in which he scored 79 goals and 74 assists. He left as the most prolific high school lacrosse scorer ever in the state of New York. Recruited by almost every program in the country, he chose Syracuse, saying at the time he’d always wanted to play for the Orange.
“Once everybody else started recruiting me my interest in SU faded,” Casey said in a 1993 Post-Standard article. “Then I realized it was something I’ve always wanted to do. I think I’ll fit in well. They play my style – run and gun.”
The feeling was mutual. SU’s head lacrosse coach, Roy Simmons Jr, a legend in his own right, was taken with Casey ever since he first saw him play as a high school sophomore.
“He did a lot of things with either hand that you wouldn’t have seen before unless you had seen Paul and Gary Gait,” Simmons said in a 1998 Sports Illustrated article.
Upon arrival at SU Casey was given the fabled #22 jersey worn by his idol, Gary Gait, and another former SU standout, Charlie Lockwood, an All-American who played from 1991-1994.
Casey took the lacrosse world by storm his rookie year, scoring 39 goals on his way to amassing 67 points and the first of four consecutive All-America accolades. However, his finest moment that year came when he helped Syracuse to its sixth lacrosse national championship.
The following year, Casey switched from attack to midfield, a new position for him. He adjusted well and his hard work on the practice field paid off as he was selected as USILA’s Midfielder of the Year and was named a first-team All-American. The Orange finished the season 9-3 and found itself in unfamiliar territory when it had to play a first-round NCAA match for the first time in five years. With a pair of wins against Army and North Carolina, SU made it to the Final Four for the 14th straight time. Powell’s four goals and an assist weren’t enough against Princeton in the semifinals and the Tigers went on to win the national championship. Although upset about the loss, Casey found a reason to look forward to next season. A familiar face would join him in the midfield for the 1997 campaign – his brother Ryan.
As the backup quarterback and point guard to Casey on Carthage Central High’s football and basketball teams, Ryan wasn’t sure if he wanted to join him at Syracuse or forge his own path somewhere else, away from the shadow of his older brother. He decided on Syracuse, however, and as he prepared for his freshman season with the Orange, he was ready for the inevitable comparison.
“The newspaper articles wouldn’t even say my name first,” Ryan said in a 1998 Sports Illustrated article. “They’d say, ‘Casey’s brother, Ryan, scored two goals.’ But my ultimate goal is to win a national championship, and that’s why I came here. I knew I’d be in his shadow, but I think I’ve learned to accept it very well. My junior and senior year I’ll be ready to take over.”
He didn’t know it then, but it seemed ironic that Ryan Powell put down “receive All-America status” under the career aspirations section of his student-athlete questionnaire. By the time his Syracuse lacrosse career was over, people no longer referred to him as “Casey’s brother.”
Having Ryan on the same field again, Casey had a breakout year in 1997. He was named to the All-America team for the third straight year and found the back of the net 43 times and dished out 40 assists. The top scorer in the nation, Casey was presented with the Lt. Raymond Enners Award, given to the best Division I lacrosse player.
The younger Powell had a very successful year as well. Ryan started every game in the midfield and scored 16 goals and handed out 17 assists, good enough for fourth on the team in scoring with 33 points.
When the Orange faced Loyola in the quarterfinals of the NCAA tournament, Casey showed his versatility on the field. Coming into the game, Loyola coach Dave Cottle knew that his team would have to find a way to keep Casey Powell out of the goal area if it was to have a chance. It did, and despite failing to score a goal for only the fourth time in his collegiate career, Casey led SU to a 13-12 win on the strength of his NCAA Tournament record-tying eight assists.
Despite another strong game from Casey (four goals) and Ryan (three goals), Maryland defeated the Orange in the semifinals, 18-17. With another season behind them, the Powell brothers immediately focused on next year and when Roy Simmons Jr. heard an unusual request from the pair regarding his front line over the summer, he took a closer look at the situation. Casey and Ryan came to his office one morning and asked if they might play together at the attack position. After he considered the proposition, Simmons thought it made sense to put that the two brothers from Carthage together to spearhead the offense, as well as provide veteran leadership.
“It’s been a dream of theirs to play at the same position,” Simmons said in a 1998 Daily Orange article. “And they asked this year if they could spend some time together as brothers, and we’re certainly going to honor that commitment.”
When the 1998 season started, Ryan and Casey found themselves playing at the same position, lining up together on attack for the first time since high school. Despite the spotlight firmly shining on him, Casey realized the potential that the brothers had playing together.
“It’s going to take a lot of pressure off me,” he said at the time. “He’s a carrier too, and he’s going to go to the cage and create his own double team, so the defense is going to have to worry about him as well.”
It couldn’t have worked out any better as Casey and Ryan led the Orange to victories in its first five games and seven wins of their first nine. The team repeated its mark from the previous year to finish the regular season 10-2. Casey tied an Orange record by scoring nine goals in a game against Towson and was again named to the All-America team. Any senior celebration that Casey envisioned was cut short by Princeton again when it defeated the Orange in the semifinals, 11-10, holding the SU offense scoreless the last 5:14 of the game.
It was a bittersweet ending for Casey. While winning the national championship as a freshman in 1995, he was never made it back to the title game. However, he finished his four-year Syracuse career with the most points in school history, 287, and in the conversation as one of the greatest to ever put on a lacrosse jersey.
The following year was Ryan’s time to shine. Starting the season ranked third in the voting for the 1999 College Lacrosse USA Pre-season Player of the Year, he asserted himself as a bona-fide star, contributing 39 goals and dishing out 46 assists for a total of 85 points.
As Ryan entered his senior year thoughts of a national championship floated in his head. He gave thought to another record too, the total points record held by his brother Casey. His 85 points in 1999 were two more than Casey ever scored in any season during his stellar career.
“I know I can get 96 points this year because others have done it before, so anything is possible,” Ryan said prior to the season. “It isn’t a goal so much as it is a possibility if I do my job.”
Needing to average more than six points a game to catch Casey, Ryan was on track through the Orange’s first eight games. Two late-season contests against Rutgers and Massachusetts only yielded seven points, and entering the NCAA Tournament, the record was still up for grabs with Ryan needing 18 points to catch his older brother.
Ryan scored eight points against Georgetown in the quarterfinals and added five more against John Hopkins in the semis. Ryan needed just five more to cap a magical career and finally cast aside the shadow of his older brother. As the championship game against Princeton drew closer, Ryan knew where his priorities were and stayed focused on the ultimate goal, winning a national championship.
“Winning Monday is all I care about,” Ryan said before the title tilt. “If I don’t score a point on Monday and we win, that’s just fine by me. We came to College Park (Md.) to win a national championship and nothing else. You have to set your goals high, I want a ring before I graduate and nothing else.”
By the time Monday’s game ended and the dust settled it could not have been a more story-book ending for Ryan Powell and the Syracuse Orange. SU captured its first title in five years, knocking off its bitter rival Princeton, 13-7, enabling Ryan to go out a champion and a record holder.
After scoring the game’s opening goal, Ryan was shut down by the Tiger defense until he scored and added an assist late in the second quarter to give Syracuse a commanding 7-1 lead. Needing one more point to tie Casey’s record, Ryan began to think about his brother’s mark.
“I’ll admit, at 7-1 I began to think I could do it,” he said following the game. “It didn’t mean that I was going to change my game, but I knew that if I had the chance I would go for it. I knew that if it was going to happen, I needed the ball.”
That chance came with 90 seconds left in the game. Ryan got the ball and fed a pass to teammate Ethan Mills who scored four seconds later to give Ryan assist number 51 and a share of the record. A joyful scene ensued as Ryan ran off the field with his hands in the air, his teammates celebrating by his side. As the buzzer sounded, Ryan found Casey in the middle of the field. The two brothers who pushed each other for so many years were equals once more. Casey hugged Ryan and told him how proud of him he was. When they finally separated from their bear-hug, tears flowed from the older brother’s eyes.
“It couldn’t have been scripted any better than this,” Casey said at the time. “I’m Ryan’s brother today.” Those words of praise weren’t lost on Ryan, who realized that with four All-America seasons, 287 points and a national championship, he made a name for himself.
“I think all along I wanted to tie the record,” Ryan said after the game. “If I could write a storybook ending, this would be it.”
Ryan had one more job to do before the end of the day. Spotting SU’s newest recruit, his brother Mike, in the stands, Ryan ripped off his #22 Syracuse jersey, and in much the same way Casey had done to him, passed the symbolic “torch” to his younger brother.
“I’m old news,” Ryan told Mike. “You’re the new #22.”
If Ryan thought it was hard living up to Casey and his legacy, try living up to both of your older brothers, who were four-time All-Americans and national champions and shared the SU all-time points mark. For Michael Powell, it was a daunting task, a task that he wanted to take on from the start.
“I’m kind of nervous about it,” he told the Post-Standard in 2000. “Those are pretty lofty goals set before me. I’m not going into Syracuse thinking to myself that I have to break this record. I just want to get a ring like these guys did and wear some jewelry home from College Park.”
Much like his brothers had done before him, Mike burst onto the college lacrosse scene in 2001. After his first 13 games in which he scored a team-leading 58 points, including 25 goals and 33 assists, SU coach John Desko knew he had a special player on his hands.
“I didn’t think he’d do quite as well as he’s doing,” Desko said at the time in a Syracuse Herald American article. “He hasn’t really made many mistakes, like freshmen usually do, for the amount of time he’s played. He’s played with a lot of poise and confidence.”
Mike’s first season with the Orange ended with a loss in the NCAA title game to Princeton. Despite the 10-9 overtime loss, there was cause for celebration. The youngest Powell was named to the NCAA All-Tournament Team and his 70 points were the second-most ever by a first-year player at SU. He was also the first freshman in school history to be named a first-team All-American. If that wasn’t enough, he received the Jack Turnbull Award, given to the nation’s top attackman, an award his older brothers both received during their senior years of 1998 and 2000, respectively.
If his freshman season labeled Mike SU’s “marked man” in the eyes of opposing defenses, then his sophomore 2002 campaign cemented him as the nation’s best player, beginning with the designation of pre-season national player of the year. Amassing goals and assists at a record clip, he powered the Orange to a 13-2 regular season mark as the nation’s leading scorer, highlighted by a career-high five goals against Army.
“You never know what he’s going to do,” said Orange defender John Glatzel in 2002. “He can be behind the goal and just jogging and all of a sudden, just take off. He’ll get a couple steps on you and do some amazing behind the back pass or something a normal player would never think about doing.”
“He comes out and works hard, probably harder than anybody else on the team,” SU captain Billy St. George said. “He tries to give everybody direction and tries to help everyone improve.”
Easily qualifying for the NCAA Tournament, the Orange’s quest for the national championship began with a 10-9 victory versus Duke in the quarterfinals. Mike led all players with four assists, contributing both as a scorer and a playmaker. In the semifinal game against Virginia, senior Tom Hardy made the difference when his goal gave Syracuse the lead with 32 seconds left in the second overtime period. The Orange held on for a 12-11 victory, with Mike adding two goals and an assist. Heading into the championship game, a familiar foe awaited. The Princeton Tigers were eager to repeat as national champions and jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the first quarter. After that, it was all Orange. It took over during the second quarter, and never let up, holding on for the 13-12 triumph and the eighth national championship in school history. Raising his stick high in the air in celebration as the final horn sounded, Mike was right in the thick of things as he scored a game-high seven points on four goals, including the game-clincher. He also had three assists and was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player.
“It was pretty crazy after the game,” he told the Post-Standard. “Little kids are always all over me because of Ryan and Casey. And I think that after that game, I kind of realized that maybe I might be as good as they were.”
That summer the awards and accolades poured in. First-team All-American. NCAA All-Tournament Team. National Attackman of the Year. Tewaarton Trophy Winner. Mike took it all in and then it was off to Australia, where he participated in the 2002 ILF World Championship as a member of the U.S. National Team. He returned as Team USA’s second-leading scorer and with 154 career points after only two seasons at SU, there was serious talk about the youngest Powell eclipsing his two older brothers’ points mark.
Willing to do whatever it took to return to the Final Four, he spent more time at midfield than he had, a position vacated by graduation and injury.
“People have had two years to watch him and see his characteristics and they’ve come up with defenses to stop him, so I think he’s seen so many kinds of defenses and players over the years, that he knows his options,” said Desko during the season. “By us moving him, it’s just another look. It’s something different that other teams have to prepare for.”
Sacrificing his position for the team, Mike’s numbers dropped. He finished his junior year with 20 fewer points than the previous year, and scored nine less goals. The team struggled a bit during the regular season, going 9-5 but kept alive its consecutive Final Fours streak before losing to Johns Hopkins in the national semifinals.
After being selected Attackman of the Year again and perhaps realizing that he cradled his legacy in his hands as much as he cradled a ball running towards the goal, he put together a year that few could have imagined. One of the defining moments came in the last home game of his career, a May 1 2004 contest against Massachusetts. Mike performed an acrobatic move never seen before in the lacrosse world. Carrying the ball downfield in the fourth quarter, he did a forward flip in mid stride, hit the turf and unleashed a shot that just missed the back of the net. The Dome crowd went wild.
“I used to do a lot of that stuff in high school,” Mike said in a 2004 Baltimore Sun article. “I really liked the rush it gave me before the move. Massachusetts took it as an insult, and a lot of lacrosse fans looked at it like I was showboating, but I don’t see it that way … in order for the sport to grow, I think someone needs to come along and do some things that no one has ever seen before.”
Finishing the regular season 11-2, the Orange advanced to the Final Four for a record 22nd consecutive time with wins against Albany and Georgetown. Senior Kevin Dougherty scored a career-high five goals as the Orange defeated Johns Hopkins in the semifinals.
In the title game against Navy, Mike realized that he needed to get his teammates involved. He tallied five assists, but with just over a minute to play and the score tied, Mike found himself with the ball. He raced up the sideline toward Navy’s goal and took a shot and scored the game-winner and the final goal of his remarkable Syracuse career. It was a story-book moment that netted the Orange a 14-13 victory, Mike his second national championship and SU’s ninth title overall. Celebrating on the soggy field at M&T Bank Stadium, Mike summed up what his last goal meant.
“I had a lot of things going through my mind,” he said. “Ever since I was a kid, I’d dreamed of getting the goal that won the championship. And I had that dream again last night before the game. And after all this time, it finally came true. Scoring the last goal of the season. Scoring the last goal of my career. There’s nothing better than that.”
After the tournament, Mike was named the 2004 National Player of the Year and The Tewaarton Trophy Winner for the second time. He was named The National Attackman of the Year again, the first player to win it four times. He was picked to the All-America team, the only player in SU lacrosse history, and the fourth in Division I history to be named a first-team All-American four times.
Perhaps the most fitting award though, resulted from his 89 total points as a senior. Mike finished his career with SU’s all-time scoring mark (307), breaking the record held by Casey and Ryan. It only seemed right that a Powell would amass the most points in SU history.
All three went on to play in the MLL, with Casey and Ryan enjoying time together playing for the Rochester Rattlers for two years, and Mike leading the Baltimore Bayhawks to the league championship in 2005 along with the man he used to idolize growing up, Gary Gait. The brothers enjoyed a memorable summer when they were able to play together on the same line for the first time when they represented Team USA under familiar face John Desko at the ILF World Championship in July, 2006. Although Team USA lost in the final to Canada, the experience was one the three brothers would never forget.
The three brothers each wore the fabled #22 jersey and wowed fans in ways that would never be forgotten. Each made their marks on the SU record books. More importantly, by the time each of them finished their Orange careers they were all national champions and added to SU’s rich lacrosse history in their own unique ways. Casey, the proud older brother. Ryan, the middle brother who sought his own place. Mike, the youngest, whose creativity and scoring ability knew no bounds.
‘Casey Powell Lacrosse 16’ Star: How New Lacrosse Video Game Can Bring New Fans Into The Sport
Lacrosse is a growing sport across America and the rest of the world, but it has had little representation in the video game department. A handful of games have appeared on various consoles throughout the years, but haven’t found much success. All that looks to change with Casey Powell Lacrosse 16.
iDigitalTimes had the opportunity to talk to the cover athlete, and the game’s namesake, Casey Powell. Powell is a professional lacrosse player, having played since 1999 in the National Lacrosse League and 2003 in Major League Lacrosse. Powell is currently playing for the Florida Launch, whose season begins next month.
Powell says one of the most common questions he gets from fans are about when lacrosse will have its own version of a franchise like the EA Sports NHL games. “Being a lacrosse player and being heavily into this sport, everywhere I go people go ‘when’s there gonna be a video game? When’s there gonna be a video game?,’” Powell said. “It’s something people interesting in the sport have been asking for.”
When given the chance to be the cover athlete, Powell jumped at it. “I got the opportunity to put my namesake on it, endorse it and legitimize it,” he said. “I’m really excited to be a part of it. To help push it out and help expose the sport to people that play the video game.”
For those familiar with lacrosse video games, only one developer really matters: Crosse Studio. Crosse is responsible for the College Lacrosse series of games and NLL Lacrosse 2010 and 2011.
Crosse developer Carlo Sunseri has been perfecting his work since the first lacrosse game he made. Casey Powell Lacrosse 16 stands as the best version yet. “He’s been continually progressing with it, and it’s by far the best product to date,” said Powell. Big Ant Studios has also aided in the development of Casey Powell Lacrosse 16, but did not work on any previous lacrosse games with Crosse.
If you are unfamiliar with lacrosse, there are two main versions of the sport. There’s indoor, or box lacrosse, and outdoor, or field lacrosse. The version found in Casey Powell Lacrosse 16 is the outdoor variety, the version played in the NCAA and MLL. While Powell has given his likeness to the game, no professional organization has followed suit. That means there are generic teams and players.
One thing Powell wants to get out of this new game is the ability to teach with it. Powell runs camps and is the Director of Lacrosse Programs for North Broward Preparatory School. “I’m not a huge gamer, but I’ve dusted off the paddles,” said Powell. “I have a new Xbox on the way, and I’ll be playing it quite often. I’ll take it where I go. I like to have fun with it, but also can use it as an educational tool.”
Casey Powell Lacrosse 16 is now available for PS4, Xbox One, and Steam. An iDigitalTimes review will be coming in the next few days.
So what do you think? Are you excited to see a new lacrosse game getting released? Have you played the sport yourself? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.
How 39-Year-Old Lacrosse Star Casey Powell Stays Ahead of the Game
With a target on his back for as long as he’s been playing competitive lacrosse, Casey Powell has compiled a legendary career with a lightning first step that’s gotten him past armies of stick-swinging defensemen and hordes of opponents tasked with shutting down one of the most prolific scorers in the history of the sport. They’ve never been able to stop him.
Most professional athletes begin to fade when they reach their late 30s. They’re unable to maintain the pace and edge and dominance that carried them through their younger years. But the older Powell gets, even now at 39 years old, the better he gets.
Take, for instance, the 2014 Major League Lacrosse season when he led the league in scoring with 63 points in only 14 games for the Florida Launch. At 38, he was dominating opponents fresh out of college and in the athletic primes of their lives. Older, wiser, and maintaining a freestyle game of no-look passes and behind-the-back shots, Powell is as comfortable now with the ball in his stick as he was 20 years ago. His production (34 points in 10 games) and Florida’s win total dipped in 2015, but he says he has one season left in his legs.
“At the end of this season, I was leaning more toward not coming back,” he says. “As time goes by, I’m leaning toward one more season. But I’ve said that three years in a row.”
This weekend, he will embark on his next challenge when he leads the United States into the FIL World Indoor Lacrosse Championship in Syracuse, NY, and the Onondaga Nation. It will be the first competitive lacrosse Powell’s played in Syracuse since graduating from the University in 1998 as a four-time All-American and the school’s all-time points leader — a mark later matched by his younger brother Ryan, and surpassed by a third Powell, Mikey.
“We know we have our work cut out,” Casey Powell says. “The best we’ve finished is a bronze, three times, and we want to improve on that. Our goal is to go up there and take the gold.”
After regretting sitting out the 2014 World Championships, and then not trying out for the team this year after wondering how effective he would be at this age, U.S. coach Tony Resch reached out to Powell earlier this year with an invitation to attend training camp.
“I’m really glad they called,” he says. “So let’s go.” To blast himself back into game shape, Powell relies on a holistic set of workouts — lunges, high-knees, step-ups, and plyometric work designed specifically to keep his footwork sharp, his steps quick, and his core strong. He doesn’t lift weights, and instead of throwing iron around, he stretches, does yoga, and works primarily on getting his legs strong. He’s been running bleachers with his 9-year-old daughter Bella on his shoulders. He started doing Insanity workouts and boxing in the two-week run-up to the tournament, working on cardio and “zapping” his legs, he says.
“Because I am a coach and almost 40, I have a lot of experience and it’s kind of like Old Man Hoops, you know where to be and when to be there and when to exert your efforts,” he says. “Because of my experience, the game has really slowed down for me and I can react to what’s happening out there.”
He admits he isn’t “obsessive” about diet and just makes smart decisions about what he eats. He limits junk food and constantly drinks water. “I just wake up and start chugging,” he says.
Beyond the lunges and high knees, what really pushes Powell is the fire inside of him.
“The reason I can still play is my body has held up and I’m just as passionate about it as when I started playing,” he says. “I’ve never lost that. That’s what drives me when I’m out on the field. When the whistle blows, I just have this mindset and attack that I still love to play the game and I love to compete. That’s what drives me.”
The workouts have been paying off and in his return to the floor after a two-year break from the indoor game, Powell saw immediate results.
“My core strength felt really good so I was able to get hit defensively and still maintain the development of the play,” he says. “Ten years ago I would have been pushed off center. I felt stronger than I did back then, so I was able to remain in the play and continue to make something happen. I felt good and it’s always great being out there. When I first started playing lacrosse, I always wanted to play for the U.S. team. Here’s another opportunity.
“It’s always special and it’s something I don’t take for granted. I’m hungry and motivated to go up and make a difference and play in front of my family and friends and Syracuse fans.”
It all starts with a single step. And this weekend, Powell will step into an indoor lacrosse arena for the first time in two years. He’ll do it in a place he considers home. And he’ll be as fast and as strong and as wise as he’s ever been.
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Former SU star Casey Powell continues box lacrosse career at 39
Casey Powell had no clue what he was doing.
He was used to playing on an outdoor lacrosse field, without walls that restrict space.
But after graduating high school, he dabbled in box lacrosse for three months with the Toronto Beaches of the Ontario Lacrosse Association.
“‘What the eff are you doing, eh?’” Powell recalled his coach screaming in his first practice. “‘What hand are you?’”
“Right-handed,” Powell said after he switched his stick from his right hand to his left.Advertisement
“‘Then keep it in your effing right hand.’”
Powell didn’t understand players don’t switch hands in box lacrosse since the game is played on a hockey rink-sized field without time and space to use both.
After finishing his decorated college career at Syracuse, in which he was named Division I National Player of the Year twice, the Rochester Knighthawks took him No. 1 overall in the National Lacrosse League’s draft even without a background in box lacrosse.
Sixteen years later, Powell is considered one of the best American players to play both box and field lacrosse, despite a challenging transition early on. At 39 years old, he will join Team USA on Monday for the World Indoor Lacrosse Championship taking place this week in Syracuse after missing the first two games due to a prior commitment.
“I don’t think it’s even close when you think of a professional American lacrosse player that’s dominated in the outdoor and indoor league like Casey Powell,” said Paul Carcaterra, his sophomore year roommate at Syracuse and current ESPN lacrosse analyst.
Even without understanding the concepts of box lacrosse, Powell fell back on his stick skills and athleticism. When he first started playing professionally he said he wasted too much energy running around without a purpose.
Still, the first goal Powell ever scored in an NLL game was off a one-handed over-the-shoulder and under-his-elbow shot.
“I was like, ‘Oh my gosh,’” said Tim Soudan, a former Knighthawks teammate and current assistant with the U.S. team.
Yet Powell didn’t fully grasp the concepts of the indoor game until 2008 when he played with the New York Titans. Years earlier, he thought he never would have success with it. He was improving his outside shot, forcing defenders to press up on him. When they overextended, he could run past them and crash the net.
The way Powell sacrificed his body became one of his trademarks. He absorbed hits that would have injured most players.
“If you look over the course of the last 20-plus years, I don’t even understand how he’s still walking,” Carcaterra said, “let alone running around like he’s in his mid-20s.”
In order to stay fit, Powell emphasizes drinking water, stretching and playing basketball. When he’s not coaching or running clinics, he’s often playing “speed lacrosse,” a combination of field and box lacrosse similar to playing “in the backyard.”
Even at the later stages of his career, Powell was named the NLL’s Most Valuable Player in 2010 — the only American to accomplish this — and won the same award in Major League Lacrosse (field lacrosse) in 2014.
When Powell went to a bank in Sarasota, Florida, about a week before joining the U.S. in Syracuse, a worker peaked at his business card that says, “CP Lacrosse.”
“‘Oh, you used to play lacrosse when you were younger?’” she asked Powell. “‘Yeah, I still play,’” he replied.
At 39, Powell plays “smarter, not harder.” He can still handle it physically and his passion for the game hasn’t dropped off.
Fans around his age often thank him for representing their demographic and encourage him to keep playing until he can’t. His friends joke by calling him Brett Favre.
“He’s still one of the best players in the game,” said Joe Walters, one of Powell’s teammates with Team USA. “Not based on history. He’s still playing at an exceptionally high level. Age really doesn’t matter.”
Despite his top form, Powell wasn’t going to play in this year’s WILC as recently as a few months ago. He didn’t try out with the team, but after seeing the rosters and coaching staff, he decided he would give it a shot.
At the team’s training camp on Labor Day Weekend, he pulled players aside during drills and shared knowledge he’s learned about the indoor game.
The man who was once questioned for switching hands is helping to shape the next generation of American players.
“I remember being in my 20s and seeing guys in their late 30s or mid-30s and saying, ‘What the hell is that guy still doing playing?’” Powell said. “And here I am. I’m sure I’m getting some of the same looks.”
Published on September 20, 2015 at 10:07 pm
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Last week, Bungie announced plans to acquire the rights to Destiny from its longtime publisher Activision, giving him full control of the series. This is the studio’s second major division since splitting from Microsoft in 2007, and it was also a decision that surprised the industry as a whole, but delighted many fans. Activision had previously expressed disappointment over the sales of Destiny 2: Forsaken, and the company has reportedly been cutting costs all over the place lately, so many Destiny fans were happy to see their favorite game and the studio behind it got rid of the company’s oversight.But how will Bangui’s newfound independence actually affect Destiny?
It’s dangerously easy to look at the problems Destiny has faced over the years – content droughts, unsatisfactory DLCs, intrusive microtransactions, and many poorly made design decisions – and point to Activision as the bogeyman of it all. Bungie didn’t want [that particular bad idea], Activision did! Somewhere in the dark spire, the Activision executive looked up from a dinner of hopes and dreams, twisted his crooked fingers and said: More than dear, before falling asleep in the night while Bungy cried to fall asleep on a filthy bunk in a dimly lit cobblestone cell in the hallway …
I bet that’s not what happened.
I don’t think anyone at Activision has ever burst into Bungie’s Seattle studio and said, “You have to make the Thunderlord Exotic quest really boring and slow,” or “We have to completely undermine the Competitive Crucible matchmaking and leave it in ruins for months. ” The fact of the matter is that most of Destiny’s problems were Bangui’s fault, and without knowing the details of their relationship, we cannot say for sure exactly where Activision’s influence played a role in Destiny’s mistakes.
I have no doubt that Activision has pressured Bungie to deliver certain items on time – after all, this is how publishing contracts work. This timeline, along with some different ideas on how to approach it, may well have contributed to some of Destiny’s low points, but I mean Bungie’s abandonment of Activision is not going to magically fix everything wrong with Destiny. The Eververse store – which I don’t find particularly problematic to record, and which was actually Bungie’s idea – isn’t going to close the store next week, nor will the Enhancement Core economy suddenly suck less.This separation, however, will give Bungie the breathing room it needs to create the game it wants to make. And for that reason, I’m optimistic that Bungie is also responsible for many of Destiny’s successes and strengths.
The Forsaken was an absolute triumph that put Destiny in the best place it has ever been, and Bangui now has complete control over how it goes. The studio is still planning to release the Annual Pass plan that it previously announced, which means some big, new content after Activision will probably not be seen for a while – but that content will come and it will be interesting.I want Destiny 2 – and Destiny 3, which is rumored to be in development, to be weird and experimental. I want more ideas in Forsaken and I want them to develop. I want more hardcore content, more mysteries, more bespoke storytelling – and I have the same feeling as Bungie. Therefore, even if this division does not eliminate or prevent some of Destiny’s bad habits, it should bring out its best qualities, making it easier for Bungie to create good content.
I mentioned Activision’s calendar earlier – its almighty annual release schedule – and while I don’t think it was the cause of all of Destiny’s problems, I do think the timeline is the biggest hurdle that division has addressed. Self-publishing means Bungie can do things on its own terms, but more importantly, it can also do it on its own times. Weaker Destiny expansions and updates have always felt like they just needed a few more weeks in the oven, but the reality of game development is that developers need to meet deadlines.Without a publisher to answer, Bungie can take as long as it takes to get it right. Yes, that could mean that the big updates in Destiny are a little further apart, but if that translates into quality improvements, I’ll take this deal.
In addition to expanding Destiny, I hope that self-publishing – or rather not having to go through a publisher – will also benefit the way Bungie fixes Destiny. Now, I won’t pretend to know the specifics of how updates are created, or how Bungie worked with Activision and the various platform holders to deliver them.However, removing Activision from the equation could make the patch installation process easier and hopefully faster. (Of course, it’s also possible that without Activision’s help these things will take even longer; as Bungy said in her ad, self-publishing is difficult. But then, that should be the upbeat part of this article, so I’m backing down.) In the same vein, I’d like to for Bungie to improve on the way it communicates patches to fans – again, the Competitive Crucible introduction comes to mind.
If this split resolves any of Destiny’s bad habits, it will likely be its exclusive PS4 content, because that’s the kind of thing we can tie to Activision. Again, I don’t know the exact deal with Sony, but I do know that, historically, Activision and similar publishers are bigger advocates of platform-exclusive content than individual studios and indeed most independent game publishers. Speaking of platforms, while I’m compiling this little wishlist, I need to use cross-platform multiplayer and account sharing.Splitting up Bungie doesn’t necessarily make cross-platform support more likely, but it can remove some of the red tape and at least make it more doable. We won’t see this anytime soon, if ever, but I hope.
Bungie is off a leash, but Destiny Destin isn’t going to be a completely different game. He’ll have some of the same problems, and depending on how smooth Bungie’s transition to self-publishing is, he might even develop some new ones.Losing partners like those owned by Activision Vicarious Visions will lead to even more jobs like Bungie. But there’s a reason Bungy fought for Destiny’s publishing rights, and it’s the same reason studio staff reportedly celebrated with shouts and champagne when the split was announced inside. The folks at Bungie have a plan for Destiny and are confident they can do it better on their own. After the Forsaken, I’m happy to believe in their vision for the game.
I still want to see more experiments like the Niobe Labs puzzle – even if they are not always successful experiments.
Jennifer Lynn Azzie (born August 31, 1968)  former basketball coach, most recently the head coach of the women’s team at the University of San Francisco.  Azzie is also a former collegiate and professional basketball player, as well as an Olympic and FIBA World Champion. Azzie was inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 2009.
Azzie received a scholarship and played point guard for the Stanford University women’s basketball team from 1987 to 1990.In four years at Stanford, the Cardinal had a win-lose record of 101-23,  and captured two Pac-10 titles.
In his senior year (1990) Azzie led the Cardinal to the NCAA I Women’s Basketball Championship,  victory for Auburn.
Among her individual achievements:
Azzi graduated in 1990 with a BA in Economics.
Azzie attended Jefferson Junior High in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.
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In 1988, Azzie was named to the Jones Cup squad. Team USA finished the competition 3-2, but that was enough to win the silver medal. Azzie averaged 5.4 points per game. 
Azzie was a member of the US national team at the 1990 World Championships held in St.Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The team won their first round games fairly easily, with the closest of the first three games being a 27-point win over Czechoslovakia. They then faced Cuba, the team that had beaten the United States in exhibition matches just weeks earlier. Team USA lost at half-time but came back and won 87–78. At half-time in the next match, the US team lagged behind Canada, but returned and easily won 95–70. After an easy match with Bulgaria, in which Azzi scored three out of four three-pointers and scored 13 points for the team, the USA faced off against Czechoslovakia again, ending with an almost identical result, winning 87-59.In the title match, the USA team won the gold medal with a score of 88–78. Azzie averaged 4.6 points per game and recorded 15 assists, the second-highest on the team. 
Azzie played for Team USA at the 1991 Pan American Games. The team finished with a 4-2 record, but managed to win the bronze medal. The US team lost a three-point game to Brazil, then retaliated with victories over Argentina and Cuba, earning a spot in the medal round. The next game was a rematch with Cuba, and this time the Cuban team won the five-point game.The USA easily beat Canada and won the bronze. Azzie averaged 6.7 points per game. 
Azzie was a member of the Gold Medal victory over the US women’s basketball team at the 1994 Goodwill Games, which was held in Russia, St. Petersburg.
Azzie was named to the US national team and competed in the 1994 World Championships held in June 1994 in Sydney, Australia. Coached by Tara VanDerveer, they won their first six games when they faced Brazil.In a tensely contested and scoring game, Brazil took ten of ten last-minute free throws to secure a 110-107 win. The US won the final game against Australia 100–95 to win the bronze medal. Azzie averaged 4.9 points per game while making 16 assists, the third-highest on the team. 
She also won a gold medal while playing for the US Women’s Basketball Team at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia. 
Azzie played for the US National Basketball Team on the 1998 Australian five-game tour as part of the Goldmark Cup team. The US and Australian teams qualified for the 2000 Olympics and agreed to play five games in five Australian cities. The Australians have won their first three games and Team USA have won the last two. 
She was one of six main players selected for the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia, but withdrew from consideration to avoid a lengthy tour.
Azzie began her professional basketball career playing for the United States when she joined the San Jose Lazers of the American Basketball League (ABL) from 1996 to 1999. She was one of the co-founders of the league.  Her participation in the league ended when ABL filed for bankruptcy on December 22, 1998. Shortly thereafter, she began an adult training camp in San Jose, California.
In 1999, Azzie was selected by the Detroit Shock in the first round (fifth overall) in the WNBA Draft.She helped get Shock to the playoffs that year. 
Shortly before the 2000 season, Azzie was traded to the Utah Stars.  She stayed with the team when the franchise moved to San Antonio, Texas and changed its name to San Antonio Silver Stars in 2003 
In February 2004, Azzie announced her retirement from professional basketball.
Azzie became the head coach of the women’s basketball team at the University of San Francisco in 2010.  On March 8, 2016, Azzie led the Dons to 70-68 chagrin over BYU Cougars in the WCC Championship to automatically qualify for the NCAA tournament, which was the Donov’s first appearance since 1996-97.  On September 15, 2016, Azzie stepped down as head coach of the Dons to seek new career opportunities. 
Azzie served on the US Basketball Board of Directors for 2005-2008.  She was inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 2009. 
Azzie is now a motivational speaker living in Mill Valley, California.  She also runs a youth basketball camp every summer. Tamalpais High School – Azzie Camp called. 
In December 2014, Azzie was announced as one of six recipients of the 2015 award. Silver Commemorative Awards presented annually to Outstanding Former Student Athletes by the NCAA to celebrate the 25th anniversary of graduation from college.The award is based on both athletic and professional success. 
On March 31, 2016, Azzie publicly declared that he was gay, announcing his marriage to USF Assistant Blair Hardick while also representing the Golden State Warriors President Rick Welts at the Anti-Defamation League’s Torch of Freedom Awards at the Fairmont Hotel. Regarding the exit, Azzie said: “I also lived for a long time without being 100 percent honest. Something like “don’t ask-don’t-tell”.And this is so stupid. I do not know. why we do this, and we do that. I’m a college coach. Would it hurt me to recruit staff? What will people think? And you are constantly worried about these things. What I learned from watching Rick on his Path and his path is that there is nothing more powerful than living the truth. And the best thing I can do for my team is to be sincere and true to myself. ” 
- David L.Porter, ed. (2005). Basketball: A Biographical Dictionary . Greenwood Press. ISBN 978-0-313-30952-6 .
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