Powell feels pain of loss

WES GILBERTSON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:35 AM ET

The playoff scoring crown was little consolation to Casey Powell.

Sure, the New York Titans scoring sensation counted four goals and two helpers in last night's National Lacrosse League final, but all he really wanted was the Champion's Cup.

The Calgary Roughnecks defence wasn't going to let that happen.

"He's one of the best in the league. We knew we had to shut him down to be successful," said Roughnecks defender Andrew McBride in the aftermath of Calgary's 12-10 victory last night at the Saddledome.

"We knew he was going to get a couple but we did a great job on him and ultimately it paid off in the end."

Powell finished atop the post-season scoring charts with 10 goals and 11 assists in just three games, but couldn't lead the Titans to a comeback win in the championship game.

"We knew they're a good defence," Powell said.

"High intensity, great athletes. They stuck to their game plan and did a good job on it. I thought (goaltender Matt) King played very well and their defence played well. They made some stops we probably should've buried, so that's what it came down to."

A big part of that game plan was stopping the former NCAA field lacrosse standout with the Syracuse Orangemen.It's no secret Powell, named a first-team All-Pro earlier this week, is the key ingredient in the Titans attack. And it was no surprise he received plenty of extra attention last night.

Whether it was McBride or Jeff Moleski or Mike Carnegie, the Riggers' blue-collar defence corps barely gave him room to breathe.

"He's an incredible player. We knew we had to be wary of him," Moleski said. "I think we did a pretty good job."

Powell was helped off the floor in the second quarter after what he described as a hit to the head, but missed only about a minute of action.

WES.GILBERTSON@SUNMEDIA.CA


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