BUFFALO, NY – Delby Powless, the top overall draft pick in the 2004 National Lacrosse League draft and a former All-America attacker for Rutgers, was selected to the NLL All-Rookie Team, the league office announced Tuesday, May 10.
Powless appeared in 13 games for the Buffalo Bandits this season and set a franchise rookie record for assists (24). The previous mark (23) had stood for 13 years and was established by Derek Keenan during the Bandits inaugural 1992 season. Powless, a Six Nations, Ontario native, also scored the second most points (44) and fifth most goals (20) by a rookie for Buffalo.
During the regular season, Powless ranked fifth on the team in assists and points, and was tied for fifth in goals with Jason Crosbie. In the Bandits quarterfinal loss to the Rochester Knighthawks, he scored a goal and four assists in his first post-season experience.
“Delby Powless had a tremendous season with us,” said Bandits general manager Kurt Silcott. “He has shown the potential to become a considerable offensive force in this league and we are excited to see him develop.”
Powless was Rutgers’ leading goal-scorer in 2004 with 31 tallies, and he added seven assists for a team-best 38 points. The former Canadian box lacrosse star arrived in Piscataway from Herkimer Community College, and finished his career with 63 goals in just 29 games. In 2003, he netted 32 goals to earn First Team All-ECAC honors while leading Rutgers to the NCAA Tournament.
Powless scored at least one goal in 11 of 14 games during his senior season, including a seven-goal outburst against Quinnipiac on March 13 that earned him ECAC Offensive Player of the Week honors. He had four goals in wins over Syracuse (4/17), Dartmouth (2/28) and Fairfield (4/1). As a junior in 2003, he scored seven goals against Navy, a feat that lead to his appearance in Sports Illustrated's “Faces in the Crowd.”