Pannell gets fifth year of eligibility; Hannan leaves Goucher to coach Mercer

Cornell senior attackman Rob Pannell, one of the favorites to win the 2012 Tewaaraton Award before missing most of the season with a broken left foot, has been granted a fifth year of eligibility by the Ivy League.

Pannell suffered the injury in the third quarter of the No. 3 Big Red’s 18-7 win over Army on March 3. At the time, he was averaging eight points, with seven goals and nine assists in two contests. He underwent surgery, and after weeks of uncertainty about whether he would return,  academically withdrew from Cornell at the end of the semester, leaving open the option of appealing for a fifth year of eligibility. Unlike most other conferences, the Ivy League generally does not grand medical redshirts.

The 2011 United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association National Player of the Year, Pannell is a three-time All-American, two-time USILA National Attackman of the year and two-time Ivy League Player of the Year.  He ranks second in Cornell history in assists (149), third in points (252) and sixth in goals (103).

Hannan leaves Goucher to coach Mercer

Goucher men's coach Kyle Hannan will take over at Mercer after an 18-2 season with the Gophers that ended in an NCAA tournament loss to eventual champion Salisbury. 

He replaces Jason Childs, who resigned after leading the Bears to a record of 2-26 in two seasons since the program moved to Division I.

Hannan cited a new multimillion-dollar, state-of-the-art football and lacrosse facility as part of the commitment that the Macon, Ga., university is demonstrating to men's lacrosse. Mercer is the only Division I men's lacrosse program in Georgia. 

Hannan spent 12 years at Goucher after coaching at Colorado College and Virginia Wesleyan. He has a 179-122 record in his 19-year career.

A four-year starting midfielder at Salisbury, Hannan helped the Sea Gulls to three appearances in the NCAA Division III playoffs.

"I had a wonderful experience at Goucher," Hannan says. "This move had nothing to do with Goucher. They have a great structure in place and AD Geoffrey Miller is a great person and leader. It was more about what Mercer had to offer me and my family."

-Inside Lacrosse

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