Cornell senior attackman Rob Pannell is expected to miss up to six weeks after breaking a bone in his left foot Saturday, according to InsideLacrosse.com.
Pannell, the reigning United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association’s Player of the Year and two-time Attackman of the Year, suffered the injury in the third quarter of the No. 3 Big Red’s 18-7 rout of Army and left the contest, according to the report. InsideLacrosse.com also reported that Pannell underwent surgery Monday to repair the broken bone, and the school is hoping that he can return for the remainder of the season.
Prior to the news, ESPN analyst and former Johns Hopkins midfielder Mark Dixon said Pannell’s injury could determine whether Cornell (2-0) remains a Top 10 program.
“At this point in the season, it’s tough to say,” Dixon said when asked if there is a team on unstable footing. “One team I might point to is Cornell, and the reason I say that is because Rob Pannell injured his ankle on Saturday against Army. How severe that ankle is, is a big question mark for Cornell. He’s got 16 points in two games. [Senior midfielder] Roy Lang is really struggling offensively, holding the ball perhaps a bit too long – a la some of the criticism that the Johns Hopkins midfielders are facing. So Cornell is a team that if they lose Rob Pannell, that’s tough. That’s really difficult for them.”