Bayhawks aiming to pick Powell

April 07, 2004|By Jeff Zrebiec | Jeff Zrebiec,SUN STAFF

Still two months from the Major League Lacrosse collegiate draft, the Bayhawks announced yesterday that they are planning to select Syracuse senior attackman Michael Powell with the first overall pick.

Powell, a three-time All-American and Attackman of the Year, is on pace to lead the No. 3 Orangemen in scoring for a fourth straight year and is just 34 points short of topping his brothers, Casey and Ryan Powell, and becoming the all-time leading scorer in Syracuse history.

The draft will be held at Sacred Heart University (Conn.) on June 3. The Bayhawks acquired the first overall pick, along with goalie Rob Scherr, when they sent star goalie Greg Cattrano to the Bridgeport (Conn.) Barrage, which has since relocated to Philadelphia, in October.

It was thought that the Bayhawks would use that first pick to grab Virginia All-American goalie Tillman Johnson.

"We had a meeting and decided this is the direction we want to go," said Bayhawks general manager Jay Pivec. "Just after watching him play the first couple of games this year, it was as close to a slam-dunk as you can get."

The Bayhawks, who will play their home games at Johnny Unitas Stadium at Towson Universty, will open their season in Seattle on May 22 against the Rochester Rattlers, a team led by Casey and Ryan Powell.

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