Posted: 11:54 pm Monday, March 30th, 2009

Will Powers “OK” after brief hospitalization 

By Jason Lieser

Update (April 14): Per Powers’ father, the CAT scan was “good” and Powers is cleared to participate in spring football.

Jupiter Christian junior Will Powers spent Friday night in the hospital after coughing up blood on the lacrosse field.


Powers, one of the area’s top lacrosse and football players, suffered a bruise on his lung and was released the next day. He said he is experiencing shortness of breath but feels fine. He will be out at least a week.

“He’s OK,” said Bill Powers, his father. “He was never in much pain, but when you start coughing up blood there is concern.”

The injury occurred in Friday’s match against Dwyer. A Panthers player shot a ball that ended up hitting Powers in the chest, below the protection of his shoulder pads.

The blow knocked the wind out of him, and he quickly began coughing up blood on the field.

“It was just straight blood, too — nothing else,” Powers said Monday. “But I felt alright and I wanted to stay out there and keep playing.”

Tough kid, but that was not going to happen

An ambulance was called to Dwyer, but Powers’ mother drove him to the hospital. He was there roughly four hours before doctors recommended he stay the night for observation.

Powers said he went to a doctor Monday and has another visit scheduled for Thursday before he is cleared to play.

Powers (5-9, 180) was first-team all-area in 2008, scoring 43 goals and passing out 26 assists as a midfielder. He is also one of the best local football players, earning all-area, all-state and Class 1B player of the year honors last season as a linebacker and running back.