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posted 03.06.2012 at 3.40 p.m. by Corey McLaughlin

Cornell's Pannell Out Indefinitely

Cornell senior attackman Rob Pannell watched the Big Red's game Tuesday against Canisius from the sideline, walking on crutches and wearing a protective boot on his left foot following an injury sustained in the third quarter of Cornell's 18-7 win over Army on Saturday.

Pannell is out indefinitely, coach Ben DeLuca told reporters after the game, after reportedly having surgery Monday to repair a broken bone in the foot.

Toward the end of the third quarter Saturday in Ithaca, N.Y., Pannell jumped away from a defender while making a pass, landed awkwardly and fell to the turf at Schoellkopf Field in pain. He was helped off the field by teammates, didn't return and walked with a limp after the game.

Cornell has declined comment, citing university policy of not providing detailed injury information. Inside Lacrosse first reported the injury on Tuesday, citing sources.

DeLuca told reporters after the game Tuesday -- a 19-4 Cornell win -- that Pannell had suffered a "lower leg injury" and he would be out for an indefinite period.

"I can't really get into detail, I'm not allowed to get into detail, but I can say that he's out an indefinite period of time," DeLuca said, according to the Ithaca (N.Y.) Journal. "We're preparing to play without him for at least the near future."

DeLuca was asked if Pannell's injury could be season-ending and he said, "Yes."

Leading up to Cornell's game against the Canisius Golden Griffins on Tuesday afternoon, Pannell tweeted earlier in the day, "Griffin meat, go hunting boys," directing the message of support to a couple of Cornell teammates.

The loss of a leading Tewaaraton Award candidate, reigning USILA Outstanding Player of the Year and No. 1 overall pick of the Long Island Lizards in January's pre-college season MLL draft will certainly force No. 3 Big Red to adjust its offensive attack. Pannell had 16 points in two games this season, against Army and Binghamton, and has been the key piece of the Big Red's attack for his career.

Attackman Connor English, a Virginia transfer, will likely see an increased role, playing alongside junior Steve Mock and freshman Matt Donovan.

"He's injured for an indefinite period of time and we have to focus on what we do have," Cornell senior midfielder and blogger JJ Gilbane said of Pannell after the game Tuesday.

Cornell faces top-ranked Virginia on Saturday and plays Yale, Denver, Penn, Dartmouth, Harvard and Syracuse in the next five weeks.

Cornell then has two weeks off before an April 21 game against Brown and a game against Princeton to end the regular season before the Ivy League tournament.