Ryan Powell    

July '08 - Powell wins 2008 MLL All Star MVP...watch it here

The Powell name is to lacrosse what the Manning name is to football...and many would argue more influential to their respective game.  As brothers Peyton and Eli dominate the gridiron, the Powell brothers; Ryan, Casey and Mikey have already made their mark on the history of lacrosse as the most dominant family name to ever play. Middle brother Ryan, a long time superstar of the outdoor game, is one of few players in the world who has successfully transitioned to, and excelled at, both the indoor game and, as a member of the US National Team, the international game. In addition to his remarkable prowess on the field, he's also delivering his expertise to thousands of young players across the country each year through two different lacrosse businesses he owns and operates; Rhino Lacrosse (Portland) and Powell Lacrosse (national).  Ryan's influence on both his opponents and young players/fans across the country has made him one of the most marketable players in the game resulting in the 2008 signing of Powell by Nike to one of the most lucrative endorsement contracts in the sport's history. 

Watch what Ryan Powell can do with a lacrosse stick!


"Lacrosse has been a big part of my life since I was nine years old, so I've had my finger of the pulse of this game for a long time and right now that pulse is pounding.  In the last few years it seems like the game has really taken root and is now exploding;  indoor and outdoor pro leagues, a long term TV deal, attendance getting bigger and bigger, the leagues and camps we run are packed, it's crazy.  I've been waiting for this to happen for a long time and to be part of it at the peak of my playing career is really exciting.  Nike coming on board, both as a sponsor of mine, and into lacrosse in general is a great sign to me that the future of the game is solid.  It's an amazing time for lacrosse."  ~ Ryan Powell


More than 425,000 players participated on organized teams in 2006, up 68% since 2001. reference

As of 2007, there are 2,700 US boys high school lacrosse programs / 2,000 girls high school programs. source: USA Lax 2007 participation survey

ESPN has extended its three-year old relationship with the Major League Lacrosse through 2016. The network will televise 11 games in high definition on ESPN2 this year, including six in prime time. reference


For the 2008 Major League Lacrosse season, Powell has joined the Denver Outlaws and will showcase his skills at famed Mile High Stadium where average game attendance leads the league in excess of 11,000 fans per night.  Powell has transitioned from the San Francisco Dragons where he led the team both as the Captain and as the all-time leading scorer. While with the Dragons, in 2006 Powell won both the MLL Offensive Player of the Year award AND the MLL MVP - the only player ever to do so.  It was also Powell's second MLL MVP award - another first in the game's history.

Position: A
Date of Birth: 02/23/1978
Height: 6' 0"   Weight: 205 lbs
College: Syracuse University
Originally from: West Carthage, NY
Resides: Portland, Ore.

Major League Lacrosse - outdoor


2007 Season (San Francisco): Played in 10 games scoring 18 goals,1 2-point, and 22 assists good for 41 points. Team leader in points. Was selected to the MLL All Star Game but was unable to participate due to injury. Recorded the first 2 point goal of his career on 5/19 vs Denver in an 8 point performance (3 goals, 1-2point, 4 assists). All 10 games were multi point efforts. Scored 5 points on four occasions starting on 6/2 vs Long Island (1 goal, 4 assists), 7/21 vs Chicago (1 goal, 4 assists), 7/28 at Los Angeles (3 goals, 2 assists) and 8/5 at Chicago (1 goal, 4 assists). Score 3 goals and 1 assist on 8/11 vs Denver. Recorded 2 goals and 1 assist on 6/23 vs Denver.

2006 Season (San Francisco): Played in 10 games, scoring 34 goals while recording 24 assists. Picked up 6 groundballs on his way to being named Warrior Offensive Player of the Year and Bud Light MVP. Powell is first MLL player to gain both honors in the same season, and is the first to win multiple MVP awards (also MVP in 2001). Against the Denver Outlaws on 6/10 scored 9 goals with three assists for 12 points total. Notched 10 points (5 - 5) against Chicago on 7/08. Scored game-winning goal in overtime on 7/01 against New Jersey (4-4--8). Was named Warrior Offensive Player of the week twice in 2006.

2005 Season (Rochester): Played in 8 games scoring 21 goals and adding 15 assists while recording 11 groundballs.

2004 Season (Rochester): Played in 11 games scoring 33 goals and adding 26 assists while recording 33 groundballs. Selected to the All MLL team.

2003 Season (Rochester): Played in 6 games scoring 13 goals and adding 18 assists while recording 19 groundballs.

2002 Season (Rochester): Played in 12 games scoring 24 goals and adding 21 assists while recording 22 groundballs. Selected to the MLL All Star Team.

2001 Season (Rochester): Played in 14 games scoring 32 goals and adding 31 assists while recording 45 groundballs. Selected the MLL Most Valuable Player and to the MLL All Star Team.

Other Professional Experience: Currently plays for the Portland Lumberjax of the National Lacrosse League. Originally drafted 1st overall by the Buffalo Bandits in 2001, he has played for the Bandits and Anaheim Storm. In addition, he was a member of the 2006 U.S. Men's National Team.

College: Was selected as a 1st Team All American three times (1998, 1999, 2000) and also winner of the Lt. Raymond J. Enners Award as the Division I National Player of the Year and the Lt. Col. Jack Turnbull Award as the Division I National Attackman of the Year as a senior in 2000 after scoring 66 goals and adding 30 assists. Was an Honorable Mention All-American selection as a freshman in 1997. In his four seasons at Syracuse, Powell's teams compiled an overall record of 49-12 and he was selected to the NCAA All Tournament Team in 1998, 1999, and 2000.


National League Lacrosse - indoor

Six Year Veteran in NLL
2000 Entry Draft (First Round, Second Overall)

2007: 11/20: Re-signed with the Portland LumberJax to a one-year contract. 2005: 11/1: Signed a two-year contract with Portland…7/20: Traded to Portland via Minnesota Swarm; Selected by Minnesota in NLL Dispersal Draft. 2004: 12/30: Signed with the Anaheim Storm to a two-year contract…3/22: Rights traded to Anaheim via Buffalo Bandits…1/15: Placed on the Bandits hold list. 2001: Drafted in the first round (2nd Overall) by the Bandits in the NLL Entry Draft.

2008: Enters his third year with the Jax as one of only two current players in franchise history to score at least one point in every game they have appeared in over the course of at least one full season (Peter Morgan)...Second in franchise history with 35 goals...First in franchise history in assists with 57...Second in franchise history with 92 points.
2007: Led the Jax in goals (23), assists (31) and points (54)...Scored four goals in the All-Star game held in Portland...4/13: Tied a career-high with five assists...3/30: Scored a career-high four goals...Tallied his 200th career point, netted his 80th career goal and collected his 300th career loose ball.
2006: Played in 13 games and finished fourth on the Jax in assists with 27…Fifth on the squad in scoring with 40 points…Tallied 13 goals and 27 assists...Took 102 shots throughout the season…4/22: One goal and one assist against Arizona in playoff game…4/15: One goal and five assists against Minnesota…3/25: Scored one goal and added one assist…3/17: Contributed two goals and three assists in game vs. Minnesota…3/4: Scored one goal and added two assists against Rochester…1/28: Netted two goals and tallied an assist against Calgary…1/27: Scored one goal and added two assists against San Jose…1/21: Contributed two assists in Jax home opener…1/13: Scored one goal in season opener.
2005: Finished with 15 goals and 31 assists (46 points) in 16 games with Anaheim...4/9: Recorded four assists against Minnesota…3/25: Notched one goal and five assists against San Jose…3/19: Scored two goals and assisted two others against Colorado…2/18: Scored two goals and recorded six assists against Calgary.
2004: Placed on Bandits hold list.
2003: Sidelined by a knee injury for the majority of the season.
2001: Scored 17 goals and added 18 assists.

Played at the 2006 International Lacrosse Federation World Lacrosse Championships for Team USA with his two brothers, Casey and Michael. Powell plays for the San Francisco Dragons of Major League Lacrosse (MLL).  He was the first player in MLL history to earn both the Offensive Player of the Year and Bud Light MVP awards in the same season.  He also played for the Rochester Rattlers (2001-04) and named All-Star three times.  At Syracuse University, Powell was selected First-Team All American three times (1998, 1999, 2000) and winner of the Lt. Raymond J. Enners Award as the Division I National Player of the Year. Also winner of the Lt. Col. Jack Turnbull Award as the Division I National Attackman of the Year as a senior in 2000.


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