Cornell Attackman Rob Pannell Breaks Foot, Will Miss 6 Weeks

D HoldingCorrespondent IIIMarch 7, 2012

Cornell's Rob Pannell will miss time with a broken foot
Cornell's Rob Pannell will miss time with a broken footJim Rogash/Getty Images

Unanimous All-American and Player of the Year contender Rob Pannell will miss significant time due to a broken bone in his foot.

The 5'10", 180 pound senior was hurt against Army last weekend, and required surgery to repair the damage.

Cornell (3-0) has had no trouble winning this year, averaging 18 goals a game on offense. Pannell, a perennial All-Ivy League performer, has seven goals and nine assists so far this year.

This injury comes at a terrible time, as Cornell faces Virginia in the Konica Minolta Face-off Classic on Saturday.

The matchup was pinned as a duel between Pannell and reigning player of the year Steele Stanwick of Virginia. 

Cornell, who is very talented at the attack position, will lean on Steve Mock and Conor English to lead the way as they move forward. 

There is no definite timetable for Pannell's return, although it is not likely he will miss the entire season.

If Cornell can survive its Ivy-League games without Pannell, they should have him back for the big showdown with Princeton to finish the regular season. 

Being that the in-conference schedule matters so much in the Ivy, Cornell must buckle down and beat teams like Yale, Dartmouth, Penn and Harvard without the services of their team leader.

For the sake of lacrosse and the excitement that Rob Pannell brings to the game, we obviously wish him a speedy recovery and hope to see him continue his prolific career later this year—and in the NCAA tournament.