Kevin Powers, local lacrosse star, plays in All-American Showcase
August 16, 2011
By Quinn Eddy
In May, Issaquah High School’s four-year varsity lacrosse player Kevin Powers made first team all state for his performance as top midfielder on both offense and defense. Because of that achievement, Powers was invited to participate in the U.S. Lacrosse’s All-American Showcase in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.
Of 96 high school participants, Powers was the only one selected from Washington state.
“It’s a huge complex,” Powers said. “They had roughly 10 fields to be used for soccer, football and lacrosse.”
The three-day event took place July 20-22. Four teams played. The team with the best record made it to the final match, which was televised on ESPNU.
“It’s a great honor. He’s the third player in Issaquah lacrosse history to participate in this event,” said Brandon Fortier, head coach of the Issaquah lacrosse program.
Unfortunately, Powers’ team didn’t win any of its four games. In the final game, Powers’ team was up 11-10, but in the last two minutes the opposing team scored two goals.
“It was upsetting. We didn’t win a game at all, but at the same time we were there to showcase our individual talent, which I thought I did well,” Powers said.
During the event, Powers and his mother got the opportunity to stay at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort courtesy of Champion athletic apparel.
“I met a lot of cool guys,” Powers said. “It was cool seeing how even though people were from different areas we’re still all the same.”
In June, Powers was selected to participate in the West Coast Adrenaline All-American game. To be selected, individuals must have already participated in the West Coast Stars league. Players that stand out are selected for the All-American team.
“It was just one game,” Powers said. “My team won and I had the game-winning assist.”
Remembering a teammate
The event was dedicated to Issaquah’s Tyler Lucas. Lucas passed away Feb. 1 due to injuries he sustained in a car accident on Interstate 405 in Bellevue. Had that not happened, Lucas would have participated in the event. In honor of Lucas, TL 17 appeared on the sleeve of each player’s All-American t-shirt. During halftime, a ceremony was held to honor Lucas’ memory and his family was presented with the jersey he would have worn had he played.
“It was cool of them to honor him,” Fortier said. “I coached him for three years. It was a struggle for the team to lose a brother.”
At that game, Powers became the first recipient of the Tyler Lucas scholarship.
“His parents will come down ever year to personally present the scholarship,” Powers said.
Earlier this year, Powers was awarded U.S. Lacrosse player of the week. He earned the award because in one week he played in two games and scored a total of nine goals.
From hockey to lacrosse
Originally, Powers was a hockey player. When his teammates were going out for the lacrosse team, Powers decided to give it a try. Initially, he was a defender but eventually he found his niche as a midfielder. In the position, Powers could play both offensively and defensively.
“I’d rather be a part of the game the whole time,” he said. “Defense stands around when the attack men are on the offensive.”
Powers said his favorite part about lacrosse is that there is something always going on and that at any moment something could happen.
According to Powers, no matter how good of an athlete you are, a lacrosse player is nothing without good stick skills. For those just starting out with lacrosse, Powers suggests that they always have a stick in hand.
“Try to play catch as much as possible,” he said.
In the future, Powers plans to play with Team Sweden at the Euro Games in Amsterdam. In the fall, he will attend Dominican University in San Rafael, Calif.
“I picked them because they have a good program and I liked the size of the school,” Powers said. “I met the coach when I visited and really liked him. He was really down to earth and very serious about growing the Dominican lacrosse program.”
Fortier said he looks forward to following Powers’ career.
“He definitely has the tenacity and stick skills,” Fortier said. “If he attacks it with fervor and embraces the lifestyle he’ll do great.”
Quinn Eddy: 392-6434 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Comment at www.issaquahpress.com