Orlando's Casey Powell Named MVP
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
Casey Powell, Orlando Titans
Josh Sanderson, Calgary Roughnecks
Dan Dawson, Boston Blazers
Brodie Merrill, Edmonton Rush
Sandy Chapman, Toronto Rock
Matt Vinc, Orlando Titans
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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National Lacrosse League Stories from May 13, 2010
- Alex Gajic Tabbed with All-Rookie Honors - Colorado Mammoth
- Josh Sanderson Named First Team All-Pro - Calgary Roughnecks
- Orlando's Casey Powell Named MVP - Orlando Titans
- Stephan Leblanc Named NLL Rookie of the Year - Toronto Rock
- Merrill Named to NLL All-Pro Team - Edmonton Rush
- Chris Corbeil Named to NLL All-Rookie Team - Buffalo Bandits
- Titans' Powell Named 2010 Reebok Most Valuable Player - NLL
- 2010 National Lacrosse League All-Pro Teams Announced - NLL
- Rock's Stephan Leblanc Named 2010 Rookie of the Year - NLL
- NLL Champions Cup Available On Friday - NLL
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