9/3/11 12:00 AM
(Hamilton, September 3)… Hamilton Nationals attackman/midfielder Casey Powell was relieved by the diagnosis he received after his MRI.
“Good news. Knee sprain and a knee cap chip. No surgery needed,” wrote Powell.
On Monday, he responded to fans and friends via his Facebook page. With nearly 100 well-wishes, Powell posted an injury update.
“Thank you for sending the nice messages about the game and your concern for my knee. I have met with 2 different Doctors and have received different opinions. One bad and one not as bad. I will find out more by Friday when I get results of MRI. In the meantime, I will hope for the best. Thanks again, Casey.”
Powell sustained the injury in the closing seconds of the Major League Lacrosse Championship Game on August 28th. Powell upended Boston Cannons’ midfielder Paul Rabil to cause a turnover and give the Nationals one last desperation pass down the field. The Nats dropped the title game 10-9 to the Cannons.
Powell led the playoffs with eight points and saved four of his five goals for the championship game. He led a second-half comeback to pull the Nationals within 8-7 early in the third quarter after trailing 8-4.
“Casey really put the team on his shoulders and had some timely goals,” said Head Coach Regy Thorpe. “We hope he is okay. We really hope he comes back next year.”
The West Carthage, NY, native helped Hamilton reach its second MLL Championship Game with a four-point effort (1+3) in an 11-9 semifinal victory over the Denver Outlaws at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Md.
The 35-year-old former Syracuse University star is Major League Lacrosse’s all-time leader in points (393). He was acquired in a trade with the Rochester Rattlers on July 20, 2011. Powell played in two regular season games and notched two goals and three assists. Powell is a two-time MLL Champion, four-time All-Star and is seventh all-time in goals with 199.