May 13, 2010
Jordan Hall scored four goals, Casey Powell had three goals and two assists, and Ryan Boyle had two goals and five assists, as the Orlando Titans defeated the Rochester Knighthawks 13-8 before 7,367 fans at Amway Arena.  © John Strohsacker/LaxPhotos.com
Jordan Hall scored four goals, Casey Powell had three goals and two assists, and Ryan Boyle had two goals and five assists, as the Orlando Titans defeated the Rochester Knighthawks 13-8 before 7,367 fans at Amway Arena. © John Strohsacker/LaxPhotos.com

Titans' Casey Powell Named NLL MVP

from press release

Orlando Titans forward Casey Powell has been named the 2010 NLL Most Valuable Player.
 
Powell enjoyed another standout season as the leading scorer for the regular season Eastern Division Champion Titans, setting a new career-high in goals with 44 - good for second most in the league - despite missing two games due to injury.  He made teams pay often while on the man-up, finishing the regular season tied for fourth most power play goals (10). His 5.71 points/game average was also the fourth highest figure in the league.
 
Powell stepped up his level of play during crunch time, posting the second most game-winning goals in the league (three). He also enjoyed his best month of the season during April, a month in which the Titans went 4-1 and clinched the top seed in the Eastern Division.  Powell doubled his previous high goal total for any month this season, scoring 18 goals and adding 11 assists for 29 points.  He scored four goals on three different occasions in April, and during the final weekend of the season totaled seven goals and eight assists in two games at Philadelphia and Minnesota.  Powell was named Game MVP in all four April victories for the Titans.  He becomes the first US-born player to win the award; all previous winners were Canadian-born.
 
“I was very surprised.  There’s a lot of great players in this league, a lot of players well deserving of this award; obviously, I’m very excited,” said Powell.  “It was exciting to be part of history as the first professional lacrosse team in Florida, and to have a great fan base.  We were definitely motivated by them.”
 
“My team was the reason I was named MVP,” said Powell. “The guys around me are unbelievable.  I think we have the top goaltender (Matt Vinc) in the league and the best defense in the league.  Hats off to my teammates and coaching staff.”
 
“Casey Powell continues to elevate his game each year and has now reached the pinnacle of the sport.  I wish to congratulate Casey on his extraordinary season in leading the Titans to the Eastern Division title,” said NLL Commissioner George Daniel.

Past NLL MVPs

2009 – Dan Dawson
2008 – Athan Iannucci
2007 – John Grant
2006 – Steve Dietrich
2005 – Colin Doyle
2004 – Jim Veltman
2003 – Gary Gait
2002 – Paul Gait
2001 – John Tavares
2000 – John Tavares
1999 – Gary Gait
1998 – Gary Gait
1997 – Gary Gait
1996 – Gary Gait
1995 – Gary Gait
1994 – John Tavares


The NLL also released its all-pro teams.

First Team All-Pro:
F Casey Powell, Orlando
F Josh Sanderson, Calgary
F Dan Dawson, Boston
T Brodie Merrill, Edmonton
D Sandy Chapman, Toronto
G Matt Vinc, Orlando
 
Second Team All-Pro:
F Colin Doyle, Toronto
F Lewis Ratcliff, Washington
F Rhys Duch, Washington
T Jordan Hall, Orlando
D John Orsen, Orlando
G Anthony Cosmo, Boston

In other postseason awards:

* Toronto Rock forward Stephen LeBlanc was named NLL Rookie of the Year.
* The Edmonton Rush's Brodie Merrill won his second straight Transition Player of the Year award.
* The Titans' Matt Vinc was named NLL Goaltender of the Year.
* The Rock's Sandy Chapman was named NLL Defensive Player of the Year.
* The Washington Stealth's Chris Hall and Edmonton Rush's Derek Keenan shared the Les Bartley Award for top head coach.


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