•Cornell attackman Rob Pannell has returned to practice after receiving medical clearance to resume physical activity nearly two weeks ago, sources have told Inside Lacrosse. However, he's still wearing a walking boot at times outside of practice.
Though there's no official comment from Cornell whether he'll play this week against Brown, a source indicated he will not.
"Rob is in the process of rehabilitating," a Cornell spokesperson said Thursday. "There's been no decision about his ability to come back. Unfortunately with this injury, it's try and see — a day-by-day, wait-and-see process."
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However, with only two regular-season and two Ivy League tournament games remaining before the NCAA tournament, the spokesperson acknowledged that there is a point at which a decision will be made whether to shut Pannell down for the rest of the season and preserve a year of eligibility. If he were to return to the field now, he'd forgo the opportunity to appeal the NCAA for a fifth year, a source said.
•In advance of tonight's ACC semifinal against Virginia, the North Carolina staff has indicated it expects sophomore attackman Nicky Galasso to spend more time on the field; he's shown progress working back from offseason surgery that caused him to miss the Tar Heels' first three games.
In limited action, Galasso has four goals and two assists in nine games.
Trey McGee, a class of 2014 attackman from McDonogh, has orally committed to Denver. After a a productive freshman year on varsity, McGee as a sophomore put up 15 goals and four assists after recovering from mononucleosis. Also a member of FCA and Greene Turtle, he plans on attending Rutgers MVP, King of the Hill and Vail Shootout camps this summer. McGee also considered Penn State, Ohio State and Maryland.
Loyola has landed faceoff specialist Mike Orefice from Iona Prep in New York. A member of Red Water Lacrosse, Orefice also attended Jake Reed's Blue Chip camp this past summer. The 5-foot-11, 160-pounder has won 81 percent of his faceoffs so far this spring. He also considered Fairfield, Georgetown, Hofstra, North Carolina, Ohio State, Salisbury and Villanova.
Loyola moved into the No. 7 position in the latest Under Armour/Inside Lacrosse Power Rankings, up from No. 9. The Dons beat McDonogh, which dropped Calvert Hall last Friday. The Cardinals, who are now No. 9, host the Dons tonight.
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