Titans' Powell-ful weapon

IAN BUSBY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:44 AM ET

The New York Titans have figured out the kryptonite to their Superman when he's off the floor.

They can only hope the Calgary Roughnecks don't figure out how to neutralize Casey Powell tonight at the Dome.

When the two teams faced each other earlier this season in New York, Powell was out with a mysterious ailment.

It turned out to be an allergy to Neosporin, which Powell was using on a scrape on his knee.

"You hear people talk about upper-body and lower-body injuries, this one was an environmental injury," said Titans coach Ed Comeau.

"It was a little odd but we're glad he got to the bottom of it. We care about Casey the lacrosse player but we care about Casey the person more.

"We wanted him to get well before he came back and he has done that."

Since Powell returned, the Titans have been unstoppable in the East Division.

After losing 12-10 to the Riggers at Madison Square Garden Feb. 28, the Titans won five of six regular-season games, then beat the Rochester Knighthawks and Buffalo Bandits in the post-season.

Even with missing three games, Powell scored 40 goals and added 45 helpers for his third-straight 80-point season with the Titans.

After a home victory against Rochester Feb. 15, Powell put Neosporin on his knee and then passed out.

He was rushed to hospital and after a series of tests it was determined he's allergic to the medication.

"I haven't had any other problems since I stopped using it and have been covering my knees," Powell said.

"That was a bit scary. It was the fourth time I passed out after a game."

Powell's road back to the Champion's Cup has been a long one. The Syracuse product was drafted No.-1 overall by Rochester in 1998, right ahead of Riggers star Kaleb Toth, who went No. 2 to Toronto. The Knighthawks lost the Cup twice in a row to the Rock.

The career field lacrosse player was new to the box game when he played 19 games for the Knighthawks over two seasons, but he left the league for three full seasons to focus on the field game.

When the New Jersey Storm was relocated to Anaheim in 2004, Powell was working in California at the time and decided to get back into the NLL.He played two seasons with the Storm where he scored 54 goals before that team went on hiatus.

Powell took the following year off as the Storm was dispersed, but he joined the Titans after moving back to the Syracuse area.

As a first-overall pick who didn't live up to the billing, Powell came back at age 30 to prove he could be a star.

"It had a lot to do with it," said Powell, who has since proven that point. "I didn't give it my best shot the first or second time through.

"I wanted to make sure third time was a charm."


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