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Cornell missed Pannell, but players aren't shedding any tears

It would be difficult to suggest that with a healthy senior Rob Pannell, No.3 Cornell would’ve beaten No. 1 Virginia instead of dropping a 9-8 decision in overtime at the Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.

But Pannell, a two-time National Attackman of the Year, would have certainly forced the Cavaliers to pay a little attention to him. Freshman attackman Matt Donovan went even further.

“Obviously, he’s a tremendous player and arguably one of the best in the country. With Rob, I think it would’ve been a different game, but we’ve got to look past that,” Donovan said. “He’s out for an indefinite period of time. So we’ve just got to get back to practice and work on playing without him.”

Sophomore goalkeeper Andrew Westsaid Pannell’s absence was most noticed in terms of rallying the players in the waning minutes of regulation and overtime.

“I think the main thing you lose not having Rob on the field is the leadership position he brings as our sole captain,” West said. “He carries a lot of weight in the leadership department, but I think our seniors have done a very good job of stepping up and kind of coming together and leading us through these tough times. We knew we could play without him, and we’ve done that before. I think we just have to keep doing what we’re capable of doing.”

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