Sideline unfamiliar to Powell U.S. star can only watch because of knee injury

July 18, 1998|By Jamison Hensley and Eduardo A. Encina

As the United States played its first game at the World Championships last night, the world's best player watched in white polo shirt and baseball cap.

Casey Powell, whom many coaches regard as the premier player in lacrosse, is still recuperating from a torn medial collateral ligament in his left knee, which he suffered in a national team scrimmage on June 28. The injury occurred when his shoe got caught in the turf on a sudden stop.

But Powell, 22, a two-time Division I Player of the Year and the leading scorer in Syracuse history, has been rehabilitating his knee twice daily and still attends every practice as an observer.

"I expect to play sometime next week," Powell said. "It's a bummer because I've never been injured like this in my life."

No welcome home

Johns Hopkins goalkeeper Brian Carcaterra, who plays for England, hasn't had a warm welcome on his college campus.

On Thursday, he recorded a sub-par effort as Canada routed the English, 18-9. Yesterday, Carcaterra made five of his 12 saves in the fourth quarter against the Iroquois Nation, but committed a ,, costly penalty late in the game.

Moments after clearing the ball, he intentionally interfered with opposing goalkeeper Joe Solomon in the final minute. That foul led to the Iroquois Nation's winning, extra-man goal.

"I wanted to put my team in the best position to win," Carcaterra said. "If I didn't foul, they would have had a 6-on-5 fast break going the other way without a goalie in the net. That would have been a gimme. So I fouled."

Heat takes toll

With two days of competition finished in the World Games, the teams are growing more and more accustomed to Homewood Field and the heat that radiates off its AstroTurf surface.

Scotland coach John Collier said it is important to give third-line players playing time as the tournament progresses. Collier was able to do just that as Scotland ran out to an 8-1 lead over Sweden.

"With five games in five days, there's really no room to rest and it is important to get some of the other guys out there playing, especially with the heat," he said.

Pub Date: 7/18/98

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