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Chesapeake Bayhawks attackman Casey Powell has accepted the position of director of lacrosse and head coach at North Broward Prep in Coconut Creek, Fla., with the goal of building the "best high school staff in America," according to a news release.

Powell, 37, one of the most respected names in lacrosse, will supervise all levels of the boys and girls lacrosse programs and serve as the boys varsity coach next season.

He already has a commitment from Bayhawks coach Dave Cottle to serve as a consultant.

The release said Powell plans to offer special programs aimed at building the sport of lacrosse in South Florida, with appearances from a who's-who of current and former players, including fellow Bayhawks attackman and lacrosse legend John Grant Jr.; 2012 Tewaaraton Award winner Rob Pannell; Denver Outlaws goalie Jesse Schwartzman (Pikesville, Johns Hopkins), the Major League Lacrosse Goalie of the Year; and former North Carolina All-America midfielder Kara Cannizzaro.

Powell said the school is about to break ground on a new lighted turf stadium.

"My goal is to change the culture immediately and bring in the world’s finest lacrosse coaches and players to interact and support our program," Powell said. "It is my intention to attract the top players in the state of Florida and across North America who share the school’s vision of excellence in study and lacrosse. We have a lot of work to do, but I’m excited to begin."

Powell, the second-leading scorer in Major League Lacrosse history and a four-time All-American at Syracuse, spent 2 1/2 years as the lacrosse director at St. Andrew's School in Boca Raton, Fla., before resigning in May. He led the boys team to the 2012 state title and a runner-up finish this year. Powell returned to MLL in July after an absence of nearly a year.

Former Thunder player Ryan joins St. Lawrence staff

The Division III St. Lawrence men's lacrosse team has added former Baltimore Thunder player Tom Ryan to its coaching staff.

Ryan, who had a nine-year professional career and was known in his playing days as "The Dude" for his long, dreadlocked hair, played for the Thunder in 1998 and 1999, serving as a team captain in 1999. He later worked as an assistant coach for the Towson University and Loyola College women's teams.

In college, he was an All-America attackman at Bowdoin, where he remains the school's all-time leading scorer with 315 points. He spent last season on the coaching staff of Division II Belmont Abbey in Charlotte, N.C.

Local duo join George Washington women

The George Washington women's team announced the addition of Delaney Norris (Winters Mill) and Columbia native MaryPat Scanlon to the 2014 roster.

Norris joins the Colonials after helping Winters Mill to 2011 and 2013 Maryland Class 2A-1A state championships. Norris also helped guide her squad to a state runner-up finish in 2012. During her sophomore season, she was named to the Vail Shootout All-Tournament team as a defender. Norris also played for Hero's Lacrosse Club.

Scanlon was a defender at Good Counsel, which she guided to 2011 and 2013 All-Washington Catholic Athletic Conference championships. A member of the ESPNHS 2013 Girls Lacrosse Watch List as a senior, she was named to the All-WCAC first team. Scanlon also competed for Rebels Lacrosse Club.

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