Orange Trio Named To U.S. Team For 2012 Champion Challenge


December 12, 2011

BALTIMORE – Three former Syracuse University men’s lacrosse standouts have been named to the U.S. senior national team roster for the upcoming 2012 Champion Challenge.

Mike Leveille ’08, Steven Brooks ’08 and Casey Powell ’98 will suit up for the Americans when they face Denver on Jan. 29 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The 21-member U.S. team will also host a clinic for youth and high school players the day before the game as part of the event.

Leveille is a staple of the U.S. national program. He helped Team USA win its ninth title at the 2010 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Championship in Manchester, England. The 2008 Tewaaraton Trophy winner scored three goals in the U.S.’s 12-10 victory against Canada in the final and was named to the All-World Team.

At Syracuse, Leveille was a four-time All-American and led the Orange to the 2008 national championship. He totaled 83 points as a senior, including 49 goals, and finished his career ninth all-time at SU in goals scored with 132.

Brooks was Leveille’s teammate at Syracuse and was integral to the Orange’s 2008 NCAA title run. Brooks scored 41 points, including 28 goals, that season to win the Lt. Donald C. MacLaughlin Jr. Award as the country’s best midfielder. A member of the 2009 U.S. training team, Brooks finished his SU career with 67 goals and 101 points.

Powell competed for Team USA at the 1998 and 2006 World Championships, helping the Americans bring home the gold in ’98. A four-time Orange All-American, Powell won the USILA’s Raymond J. Enners Award as national player of the year twice. He finished his career as the program’s all-time leading scorer (287 points).

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