Lacrosse history is filled with a long list of players who played this game with unmatched heart and skill. These are the smooth Attackmen, the thoroughbred Midfielders, the tough as nails Defensemen, and the fearless Goalies who revolutionized their positions. With traditional sticks and bulky gloves they paved the way for how the game is now played. Today’s lacrosse players may have never seen some of these tremendous players in action. It is our goal to honor them by giving them the spotlight they deserve. These are the Legends of the sport of lacrosse.
PART FOUR: ATTACKMEN
These are the goal scorers and quarterbacks who made the biggest plays in the biggest moments. Their elite stick skills, shooting, creativity, hard nosed dodging, and desire to win made them the catalysts for their teams’ success. We are proud to honor these legendary attackmen.
These are the Attackmen who we see as the Legends of their position.
Kevin Lowe was one of the best feeders and most clutch players the game has ever seen. The Hall of Famer from Princeton always had his head up looking for the open man, played with a silky smooth style, and made everyone around him better.
A 3x All-American, 2x National Champion, 1994 NCAA Attackman of the Year, 2002 World Champion with Team USA, and 2003 MLL Champion, Kevin is one of the most successful players in lacrosse history. He is the only player to score an overtime game winning goal in the NCAA and Major League Lacrosse championship games. He held the Princeton points record with 247 until Michael Sowers broke it in 2019.
Tim Goldstein, one hell of a player! 1987 – wow what an impressive run at Cornell; Tim was a first team All-American, Attackman of the Year, Player of the Year, Most Outstanding Player in the NCAA tournament and scored 100 points on the season. This pass first attackman had next level vision with an amazing lacrosse IQ. The 1990 Team USA member was smart, skilled, deceptive, intense, creative, and super competitive. When you played with TG you knew who the quarterback was. Powell Lacrosse would like to pay respect to you and your ability to play the game.
Powell Lacrosse salutes Hall of Fame Member and King of the Crease Dive, Doug Knight. With an unconventional style to his game, #7 was unstoppable when he got the ball inside. It was evident with his style of play that he came from a hockey background; tough as they come and not afraid to throw his body around (especially with a fake fall). The high flying attackman was so fun to watch play lacrosse. Knight has a resume to prove that he was one of the best attackmen our sport has ever seen. 3x All-American, NCAA Player of the Year, University of Virginia Hall of Fame member, and a member of the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame. We loved to watch you play this sport D. Knight!
When Michael Watson was on the field you knew that a strike was going to happen, you just didn’t know when. #4 was an electric and creative scorer that had a great mid-range game to go along with his crafty work around the crease. He joined Doug Knight at UVA and together they provided an aerial attack on opposing defenses. Knight from the left side while Watson was often airborne on the right. Michael was as well rounded as they come & certainly has the world class resume to show he was one of the all-time greats to play the attack position. 4x NCAA All-American, 4X All ACC, Attackman of the Year, Team USA, and a National Hall of Fame member. You are a great ambassador for our sport and Powell Lacrosse salutes you #4!
Mark Millon has put the time into the game of lacrosse to define his greatness. This big game player, played the game with a confidence that no defenseman on the planet was going to stop him; unreal change of direction, text book stick protection and a fierce competitor. You want to talk about stick work? We are still not sure if Million was right handed or left, but we do know for certain that he was rock solid with both. One fact that Powell Lacrosse can confirm is that he is not afraid to jump in the Chesapeake Bay. Today we salute the Hall of Fame attackman and drop some mad respect to you as one of the very best to ever do it!
What’s up BanditLand – Johnny Who??? Johnny Tavares! Powell Lacrosse would like to salute the greatest scorer in NLL history. #11 has an incredible resume; (here are just a few accolades) 3x NLL MVP, 19X All-Pro selection, 8X Mann Cup Champion and the NLL All-Time leading scorer. John’s lacrosse IQ is off the charts! Unbelievable vision, sticks skills, competitiveness and toughness. Willing to put his body on the line every night and never afraid to take a hit to get his shot off. Think about the eyes on your stick when you’re shooting and passing he would say – one of the most accurate feeders/ shooters the game has ever seen. JT, your body of work in the game of lacrosse can be summed up in one word – INCREDIBLE!
Tim Goettelmann – Aka MONSTER gets a monster salute from Powell Lacrosse. The Loyola University All-American and long time Long Island Lizard of Major League Lacrosse was an unstoppable force when he had the ball in his stick. #9 had unreal body control and played the game with a reckless abandon that was fun to watch. Monster played the attack position on his terms. If a defenseman was in his path as he went to the cage he would make them pay! An impressive professional career that landed him 2X MLL Championships, 2X Sportsman of the Year, and multiple MLL All-Star awards.
Tim, in 2010, donated his entire MLL salary to the Pediatric Emergency Wing at the Cohen Children’s Medical Center. He has also started a foundation, Monster’s Kids, that raises funds for the same Children’s Medical Center. You want to talk about using the lacrosse platform for the betterment of kids? Mad respect! Monster is a true gentlemen, a class act, and one of the most genuine people in lacrosse. His impact on the sport and his reputation have carried just as much weight off the field as it did on it.
Tim Whiteley was the QB of the famous Virginia attack unit that also included Hall of Famers Michael Watson and Doug Knight. Not the biggest guy, not the strongest, not the quickest, or the fastest, but found a way to get it done on the field with unbelievable lacrosse knowledge. Tim had incredible vision, stick skills, leadership, and competitiveness. He was a leader and you could tell by the way that he played the game his father was a coach. #14 was an incredible feeder, the leading assist getter in the ACC and one of the best attackmen to ever feed the rock. During his time at UVA he assisted on 16% of the teams goals during his 4 year career. We salute the 3X All-American Tim Whiteley for his team first attitude, unselfish play & pass first mind set. This UVA attack line was as rock solid as there has ever been or will ever be!
Brian Wood was the model attackman. He was a dynamic dodger, had great vision, and was one of the best shooters ever. The Blue Jay legend was as slick as they come and so many attackmen would go on to copy his style.
A 4x All-American, Wood was a huge part of Johns Hopkins’ domination in the 80s as he helped the Blue Jays win 3 National Championships in 1984, 1985, and 1987. He would also help Team USA win the World Championship in 1986. The Hall of Famer has had an enormous impact on lacrosse as a player and coach.
David Evans once held the world record for fastest shot clocking in at 109 MPH. A scoring machine at Brown, he would help lead the Bears to the Final Four in 1994. He would go on to play pro with the Boston Cannons from 2001-2006 and would finish his career as their all-time leading scorer at the time.
A 3x All-American, 6x MLL All-Star, and 3-Time MLL Fastest Shot Winner, Evans scorched shots by goalies throughout his career. Not only did he have an amazing shot, but he was also a physical dodger, an extremely hard worker, and a great teammate who made those around him better. He had a huge impact at Brown, in the MLL, and now as youth lacrosse coach.
Colin Doyle was crafty, deceptive, highly skilled, innovative, and super competitive! The long time Toronto Rock Captain made those around him better and he was a guy that you wanted on your team. #7 played the game to win and was always in contention to win a title; whether it was on the floor, field, or in the backyard. Doyle is on the short list for the best players to excel at indoor and outdoor lacrosse. An unselfish leader that could take the ball to the rack with the best of them. 3x NLL Champions Cup MVP, NLL League MVP, NLL Rookie of the Year, and 4x Team Canada member.
A 4x National Champion, 4x All-American (3x First-team), 2x National Player of the Year, 3x NLL Champion, 2x Team USA selection and a National Lacrosse Hall of Fame member; Bill Miller gets a big time salute from Powell Lacrosse today! Bill was extremely successful in the game because of his complete package of talent, leadership, speed, work ethic and grit. Undersized out of high school and few Division 1 coaches knocking on the door, it didn’t stop the D3 Hobart College grad from leaving a major mark on our sport. The Hobart Lacrosse Legend was crafty, tough, smart and could feed and score with the best of them. Thank you #3 for showing younger lacrosse players what they can achieve with determination and drive! You have had a major impact on our sport and we have mad respect for the way you played the game.
Hienhyawgewas had a stick in his hands before he could walk. He went on to have an incredible lacrosse career; first at Lafayette HS, then Loyola University, and many outstanding years in the professional leagues. A proud player and current GM for the Iroquois Nationals, Gewas Schindler was crafty and had the ability to see the play before it developed. The lefty sniper could deliver a missile or beat a keeper with an off speed perfectly placed shot. When people of our generation talk about the low to high shot there was no one on the planet that brought it from the turf to the upper 90 like he did. The crafty attackman’s stick skills were first class and he had the ability to score goals in so many different ways. Hailing from the Onondaga Nation, Powell Lacrosse would like to salute Gewas Schindler for the passion he brought on the field and for his continued efforts to help the next generation of Iroquois players.
Dan Denihan was one of the game’s best attackmen in college and the pros for many years. The Manhasset, NY native helped lead Johns Hopkins to several Final Fours and finished 11th all-time in points for the Blue Jays. He got to play with his brother, Conor, while at Hopkins and we know how special that experience is. He played in the MLL’s inaugural season with the Baltimore Bayhawks and scored 4 goals and 4 assists in the league’s first ever game. This 2x All-American was a fierce competitor who wasn’t afraid to get in your face. An extremely balanced attackman whose vision was just as good as his shot, Denihan could beat his defenseman in so many different ways. Whether he was charging his way to the net, feeding through the defense, or battling on the ride, he was as tough and skilled as they come.
Jason Coffman is the greatest scorer in NCAA history. His 451 points are an NCAA record across all divisions. Hailing from West Carthage, NY he played the creative free wheeling style that was formed in the backyards of the North Country. It’s not surprising to us that Jason had the college career that he did; not the biggest guy on the field, but always the most competitive. His determination, drive, passion, and heart is what truly made him the greatest scorer NCAA lacrosse has ever seen. Whether it was a rocket from the outside, a bull dodge through 2 defenders, or a dip & dunk finish on the inside, Coffman had a nose for finding the back of the net. He dissected defenses with slick passes and saw plays before they happened. A 4x NCAA First Team All-American, 3x Attackmen of the Year, 2x National Champion, and 2x DIII Player of the Year.
Dennis Goldstein was a savvy attackman who helped lead UNC to an undefeated National Championship season in 1991 as he went on to garner NCAA Player of the Year honors. Like his brother Tim, Dennis was a tremendous feeder who made everyone around him better. When he got to 5 and 5 he could pull off a perfect question mark or beat his defender in a dozen other ways. A 2x All-American, 1991 Player of the Year, National Champion, and a great leader in lacrosse, Dennis has had a huge impact on the game. Dennis used his Long Island toughness to battle his way to the net and he would hold the UNC record for goals in a season with 47 until it was broken in 2015.
Cory Bomberry had one of the hardest shots we have ever seen. He dominated summer ball with Six Nations before getting picked in the First Round of the NLL Draft by the Rochester Knighthawks in 1997. He was best known for his shot from up top, but he contributed all over the floor taking faceoffs, playing defense, and leading the way in transition. Bomber had a stint with the Arizona Sting before joining the Buffalo Bandits and quickly becoming a fan favorite. He played in seven NLL Championship games, finally winning in 2008 with the @nllbandits. He played in 3 Indoor World Games (2003, 2007, 2011) as well as the 2006 Field Championships for the Iroquois Nationals. @corybomberry72 was the ultimate teammate and played with passion every time he stepped on the floor. We are proud to have played with and against #72.
Darren Lowe is one of the most dominant attackmen to ever play the game. Lowe helped lead Brown to three consecutive NCAA Quarterfinals and his 316 points put him at 10th on the all-time D1 points list. He went on to play in the NLL and also the 2000 MLL Showcase. For Team USA, he scored big goals, made crucial plays, and provided leadership in both the 1998 and 2002 World Games to help win back to back Golds. A 3X All-American, 2x World Champion, 1992 NCAA Attackman of the Year, and a member of the Hall of Fame alongside his father Alan and brother Kevin, Darren is in a class of his own. He made everyone around him better and was a guy you always wanted on your team. His vision, stick skills, change of direction, and knowledge of the game made him the most dangerous player on the field.
1995: Syracuse v JHU
JHU’s #19 Terry Riordan Lit the Lamp 5X, including the Game Winner in the Carrier Dome. pic.twitter.com/eeTP9ODLBm
— Lacrosse Film Study (@LaxFilmStudy) December 13, 2019
Terry Riordan is one of the greatest goal scorers in lacrosse history. Terry came to Johns Hopkins from Baldwin, NY and left as the storied program’s all-time points leader with 247. In his few years playing pro, he was a goal scoring machine for the Long Island Lizards & Los Angeles Riptide. Terry used his 6’5′ frame to battle his way to the net and always found a way to get open. The Blue Jay legend is a 4x All-American, 1995 NCAA Player of the Year, 2x MLL All-Star, and a 2001 MLL Champion. In the conversation of the best attackman of all time, Terry deserves a spot. Terry was a fierce competitor on the field and one of the nicest people in lacrosse off of it. We are proud to have shared the field with him.