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Orlando's Casey Powell Named MVP

May 13, 2010 - National Lacrosse League (NLL) - Orlando Titans News Release

ORLANDO, Fla. (May 13, 2010) -- After lifting his team to an East Division title with a sensational second half of the season, CASEY POWELL was named the National Lacrosse League's 2010 Most Valuable Player on Thursday.

Powell led the Titans in scoring this season with 80 points, including a career-high 44 goals in 14 regular season games. He finished second in the league in goals scored behind Washington's Lewis Ratcliff (46), but his 3.14 goals per game was tops in the NLL.

"It's an incredible feeling to receive this honor," Powell said. "I have been in this league a long time and it's nice to be recognized as one of the top players in the league. Still, I really look at this as a team award. We had a great defense, a great goaltender and great coaching this season and that made my job a lot easier."

"Our entire organization is thrilled for Casey," Head Coach ED COMEAU said. "Throughout the season, Casey's consistency was a huge plus for our team. But in the second half of the year, he really stepped it up a notch and led us to victory in some close games. It's a well deserved honor and I am pleased that the other coaches and general managers around the league who voted on this award recognized how important Casey's contributions were to our team."

After missing two games midseason with a knee injury, Powell scored 22 goals in his final seven regular season games - collecting five game MVP honors. In his first post-season game against Boston, Powell ignited the Titans from a 7-3 deficit with five goals and a pair of assists to lead Orlando to a 12-11 come-from-behind win. He recorded hat tricks (three or more goals) in 11 of the16 games he played in this season.

In addition, the NLL also announced their All-Pro Teams for 2011. Powell and goaltender MATT VINC were named to the first unit, making the Titans the only team with two players named to the first unit. Defenseman JOHN ORSEN and transition/forward JORDAN HALL were named to the second team. Orlando led all NLL teams with four total selections. On Wednesday, Vinc was named NLL "Goaltender of the Year."

Powell's efforts led the Titans to a franchise record 11 wins in their first season in Orlando. The team's 11-5 record tied Washington for the best mark in the NLL. The team won its first playoff game before falling to Toronto in the semifinals last week, 15-10.

NATIONAL LACROSSE LEAGUE MVPS

2010 Casey Powell, Orlando Titans

2009 Dan Dawson, Boston Blazers

2008 Athan Iannucci, Philadelphia Wings

2007 John Grant Jr., Rochester Knighthawks

2006 Steve Dietrich, Buffalo Bandits

2005 Colin Doyle, Toronto Rock

2004 Jim Veltman, Toronto Rock

2003 Gary Gait, Colorado Mammoth

2002 Paul Gait, Washington Power

2001 John Tavares, Buffalo Bandits

2000 John Tavares, Buffalo Bandits

1999 Gary Gait, Baltimore Thunder

1998 Gary Gait, Baltimore Thunder

1997 Gary Gait, Philadelphia Wings

1996 Gary Gait, Philadelphia Wings

1995 Gary Gait, Philadelphia Wings

1994 John Tavares, Buffalo Bandits

2010 NLL All-Pro Teams

First Team

Casey Powell, Orlando Titans

Josh Sanderson, Calgary Roughnecks

Dan Dawson, Boston Blazers

Brodie Merrill, Edmonton Rush

Sandy Chapman, Toronto Rock

Matt Vinc, Orlando Titans

Second Team

Colin Doyle, Toronto Rock

Lewis Ratcliff, Washington Stealth

Rhys Duch, Washington Stealth

Jordan Hall, Orlando Titans

John Orsen, Orlando Titans

Anthony Cosmo, Boston Blazers

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