Despite transferring from Virginia, Cornell’s Connor English still keeps in touch with his former teammates. But those communiqués have died down slightly as the No. 1 Cavaliers and No. 3 Big Red prepare to meet at theKonica MinoltaFace-Off Classic at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore on Saturday.
“This week was more of, ‘Hey, looking forward to seeing you down there on Saturday. Should be a good game,’” English said Wednesday. “We left it at that.”
The former high school Under Armour All American spent his first two seasons at Virginia, posting 15 goals and two assists in 28 contests. Recognizing that he might not get extended playing time in the future, English sought – and was granted – his release from the Cavaliers.
By attending Cornell, he understood that he would be facing Virginia during the regular season.
“I try not to think too much about any individual game because you’ve got to take it one game at a time,” he said. “But now that this game is in our crosshairs, it definitely has a little bit of an added flavor just because I was there.”
Cavaliers coach Dom Starsia said he immediately picked out English while watching game film of the Big Red’s 18-7 thumping of Army last Saturday.
“Watching the game [Monday] night, he made a couple of Connor English plays,” Starsia said. “He looked very familiar doing it. But these things happen, and I only wish him the best. He’s a good lacrosse player and hopefully, he’ll be a little self-conscious about playing against us and not want to assert himself too much. I’m hopeful that he doesn’t decide that he’s got something to prove here.”
English, who recorded two goals and three assists in Tuesday night’s 19-4 rout of Canisius in his first career start for Cornell, said he is eager to test his skills against his former team.
“It’s going to be a fun game being able to play against some of the guys that I played with,” he said. “They’re a great team, and it’s going to be a battle. I’m just really excited to be a part of the Cornell lacrosse family now. I’m really looking forward to this game being on the other side. It should be a great game.”