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 THREE: MIDFIELDERS
These players could control a game on both ends of the field. They played lockdown defense, runned and gunned in transition, and buried the step down rocket from up top. We chose these guys because they were the thoroughbreds who could do it all with their versatility, toughness, speed, and willingness to do anything to help their team win. We have so much respect for these legendary Midfielders.
These are the Midfielders who we see as Legends of their position.
Ryan Wade – the true definition of a Do-It-All midfielder! He was an offensive threat, great shooter, top tier face-off man, and could play Short Stick Defense with the best of them. You don’t see this type of well rounded midfielder anymore and during his playing days you couldn’t find anyone that could do-it-all like Wade did. He was a 2x Team USA Member, 3x First Team All-American, 2x ACC Player of the Year, NCAA Midfielder of the Year, and a National Champion with UNC. This intense competitor from Annapolis, Maryland is an excellent example of what can be achieved through maximum effort & work ethic. Today Powell Lacrosse salutes National Hall of Fame member Ryan Wade.
A State Champion from Bethpage High School, AJ Haugen was an extremely gifted athlete and was blessed with the natural talent of speed. #12 combined his athletic abilities with a relentless work ethic that would make those around him better and had a major influence on the younger players that looked up to him. Often the first guy to practice and the last guy to leave; the silent competitor had a big time drive to be great, always put in the work, and led by example. The Johns Hopkins Blue Jay and Long Island Lizards star was one of the most feared dodging midfielders in the sport. Haugen could flat out fly and had one of the best shots on the run lacrosse has ever seen. 3x All-American, 2x Team USA, 2x MLL Champion, and National Hall of Fame member. Always a class act and a great ambassador for our sport.
Tim Soudan had a tremendous career at UMass before going on to become a legend for the Rochester Knighthawks and Rattlers. A highly skilled and hard nosed player, Soudo dominated all over the field picking up GBs, taking faceoffs, playing lockdown defense, and ripping the net with his cannon of a shot.
A 2x All-American, 1994 & 1998 Team USA member, 1997 NLL Champion, and 2014 MLL Coach of the Year, Soudo has had a huge influence on the game at every level.
Soudo was an incredible player and is now one of the best coaches and leaders in lacrosse. He continues to make an impact on the game as the head coach of the Chrome Lacrosse Club. Powell Lacrosse gives a huge salute to the pride of Rochester Tim Soudan!
Rob Shek worked harder than anyone to improve his game. His work ethic and desire to win made him one of the best midfielders our game has ever seen. Rob had a legendary career at Towson where he led the Tigers to the 1991 National Championship game. He had a cannon of a shot with both hands and was a beast making plays all over the field. A 1st Team All-American, 2x Team USA member, National Hall of Fame member, and champion in both the NLL and MLL, he was a fierce competitor for every team he played for. Rob is an inspiration to players everywhere showing that through hard work and dedication to your craft you can become great!
Doug Shanahan was a do-it-all midfielder for the ages. The inaugural Tewaaraton Award winner in 2001, he led Hostra to the NCAA tournament twice and became a legend on Long Island. A two sport athlete, Shanahan was one of the final cuts from the New York Jets in 2002 as a defensive back and you could see his talent on the gridiron translate to how he played lacrosse.
A 3x All-American, 2002 World Games MVP with Team USA, and MLL All-Star, he was a difference maker in between the lines that you wanted on your team. He could play lockdown defense, score in transition, and then line back up for the faceoff to spark a fast break.
A true competitor whose change of direction and 100+ MPH shot made him a threat all the way from the 2pt line. One of the last players to use a Rock-It-Pocket in pro lacrosse, Shanahan played an old-school style that is rare in today’s game.
Roy is one of the all-time greatest midfielders our sport has ever seen. An unbelievable lacrosse mind combined with a rocket shot, super vision, toughness, competitiveness and heart. Roy was a great teammate and leader that was always willing to do whatever it took to get the W for his team.
A 4x All-American, 1995 NCAA Midfielder of the Year, 2x National Champion, 3x MLL Champion, a member of Team USA, and had a 9 year career in the NLL, he dominated at every level.
His game can be summed up with the motto of Syracuse Lacrosse: Head.Heart.Hustle. Roy played his best when the game was on the line and you wanted the ball in his stick in the 4th Quarter. An amazing leader in our sport, Roy inspired players everywhere not to be afraid to rip it from outside. We salute Roy Colsey!
Mike came out of Butler University to become one of the best shooters in the MLL and NLL during his pro career. Mike was lethal from the 2 point line and was one of the best pure shooters our game has ever seen. An Albany, NY native, he got to play for his hometown team with the Albany Attack and helped lead them to an appearance in the 2002 NLL Championship.
A 2x All-American, 4x MLL All-Star, MLL Offensvie MVP, and a member of Team USA in the 2002 and 2004 Heritage Cups, you could count on him to shoot the heck out of the ball every game. Mike was an amazing athlete and battled to make plays in between the lines while also being a threat in transition. He was never afraid to let one fly. A great player, a great person, and now a great coach, we salute Mike Regan!
Jay Jalbert is one of the most dynamic, tough, and talented lacrosse players ever.
He is a 3x All-American, 4x MLL All-Star, 2003 MLL MVP, 3x NLL All-Star, and All-World Midfielder for Team USA in 2006. At Virginia, he dominated as a two way midfielder scoring, causing turnovers, and scooping up a ridiculous amount of ground balls. He helped lead the Cavs to a National Championship in 1999 and was named Midfielder of the Year.
His pro career was brief, but spectacular. He won an NLL Championship in 2001 with the Philadelphia Wings and another in 2006 with the Colorado Mammoth. He is one of the best Americans to ever play in the NLL. He had the game winning assist in Overtime to seal the 2003 MLL Championship for the Long Island Lizards.
His work with Jalbert Productions and Maverik Lacrosse growing the game through documentaries and video has been just as important as his play on the field. He has had an incredible impact on every level of the game and his passion for this sport will help take it to new heights.
One of the most genuine, honest, and humble people the Powell family has ever met in all the years we have played and been around the game. We can say with confidence, they don’t come any better! #2 was one of our greatest teammates and is a true friend.
A Rochester, NY native that had a stellar high school career and then took his talents to State College, PA where he was an All-American midfielder for the Nittany Lions. He may not have been a known super star coming out of college, but Schills has forever left his mark on professional and international lacrosse. He played Major League Lacrosse for 9 seasons, played 12 seasons in the National Lacrosse League and was a 3x Team USA player.
Chris could certainly get it done on the offensive end of the field, but made his mark as a SSDM in the field game and as a transition player in the National Lacrosse League. He was not a guy that was going to light up the stat sheet, but he was always going to be a factor in the outcome of the game. An unreal athlete with superior speed; combine this with grit, competitiveness, drive and determination and you get one of the best our sport has seen.
“#2 – You are one of the very best people I’ve ever had the opportunity to play with and I appreciate your continued friendship we have shared over the years. I love you buddy and I’m so glad that we can honor your world-class career today!” – Ryan Powell
Kevin Finneran is one of the most underrated lacrosse players ever.
@coachfinndelray was a 1st Team All-American at Ohio Wesleyan before going on to carve out one of the best careers an American has ever had in the MILL/NLL. He picked up the box game right away and found himself playing with the Gait brothers and Tom Marechek on the incredible Philadelphia Wings teams of the 90s. He would go on to help the Wings win 4 MILL/NLL Championships and won another with the Toronto Rock in 2003. He continued to excel at field lacrosse as he helped Team USA win Gold in 1998 and won MLL championships in 2001 & 2003 with the Long Island Lizards.
He was so smooth and could do it all; run point on man-up, play defense, back down a defender, and crank it from the outside. He was an amazing competitor and teammate who we loved to watch play. We hope he finds his way to the Hall of Fame very soon.
Mike Battista was one of the best midfielders to play in the early days of Major League Lacrosse.
Mike won two Massachusetts State Championships at Newton North before going on to become a 2x All-American for the Loyola Greyhounds. He made an impact immediately as a pro playing in the MLL Summer Showcase and scoring the 1st goal in Boston Cannons history in 2001. His career was cut short because of concussions in 2006, but fans will never forget his passion on the field. He is a true hometown hero and was a huge part of helping grow the lacrosse community in the Boston area.
#44 was a gritty two-way midfielder who lined up on faceoff wings, bull dodged his way to the net, and battled all over the field. He could take over a game with his rocket of a 2 point shot and he was always the hardest worker on the field. We are proud to have played with and against such a great competitor and role model like Mike.