Casey Powell (In Arnold Voice): "I'll Be Back"
Pump the brakes on the "Is Casey Powell Done?" talk.
The MLL's all-time points leader, who is still awaiting MRI results on his injured right knee, told Lacrosse Magazine on Wednesday in a text message, "I'll be back."
And that was in an Arnold Schwarzenegger voice, Powell made sure to mention in parenthesis.
Powell collided violently with Paul Rabil in the final seconds of Sunday's MLL championship game between the Boston Cannons and Hamilton Nationals in Annapolis and injured the right knee. After limping from the post-game locker room at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Powell suspected ligament damage, but said Wednesday he hopes the injury is a bad sprain. He had the knee evaluated by two doctors already this week and got back two different opinions. He should have MRI results on Friday for a conclusive diagnosis.
With about 15 seconds to go, Powell stepped up in the midfield to defend Rabil, who was killing clock off a restart that began with under 30 seconds left and the Cannons ahead by one, trying to win their first MLL title in franchise history. Rabil split a double team of Hamilton defenders Brodie Merrill and Kyle Rubisch, leaving Powell the next player to step up to try to dislodge possession. He had scored four goals in the game already.
Powell helped knock the ball from Rabil's stick, but not before Rabil swim-dodged him and, Powell told LM after the game Sunday, "his knee hit the outside of my thigh so hard that my knee kind of buckled. I have to go get it checked out." Rabil spun in the air and was hit by a trailing Rubisch. Powell landed a few yards away.
It was notable set of circumstances — two widely recognizable faces of the sport colliding at midfield, one in the prime of his career, another on the back end. Rabil, after landing, fought for possession on the ground with Merrill. Powell, meanwhile, was visibly injured and turned over on his back. He lay on the turf for a few minutes while Boston players, coaches and personnel started celebrating with ice buckets, hugs and the Steinfeld Trophy. Eventually, he limped off alongside a trainer. Told after the game on the field that Powell was injured, Rabil responded, "Is he all right?"
The situation looked bleak at the time for the man known as CP, now 35 years old, and playing in just his fourth MLL game of the season after a two-plus year hiatus from the league. A bad injury could also put his indoor career with the NLL's Boston Blazers in doubt. Powell limped to the locker room without taking part in the traditional post-game handshake line. But either way, with a bad or worse diagnosis, Powell is not done playing as a pro.