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posted 12.31.2011 at 9.30 a.m. by Corey McLaughlin

English Transfers from Virginia to Cornell

Connor English, who played attack for Virginia the past two years, has transferred to Cornell and is available to play for the Big Red this spring.

English, from Manhasset on Long Island, saw his playing time at Virginia decrease as last season went along and rarely saw time for the Cavaliers during their run to the championship. He asked for and received his release from Virginia after last season, which allowed him to seek options and play at another Division I school this spring.

Newsday (N.Y.) reported that English enrolled at Hofstra last summer, and took three courses. He took four more courses in the fall, and improved his grades for admission to Cornell.

"Cornell Big Red #joiningthefam," English tweeted Thursday. In the week prior, English wrote about needing to perform well on finals, even saying "2 A's and 1 B+, last test in a few hours," on Dec. 21.

Playing at Cornell will be a second chance for the talented lefty who scored a Long Island-high 81 goals his senior year at Manhasset, including nine goals in the New York Class C championship game against LaFayette. At Virginia last season, English played in 11 games and started five, but scored his final point of the season Feb. 28 against VMI.

English will now have the chance to work alongside Tewaaraton Award finalist and Lacrosse Magazine's 2012 Preseason Player of the Year, Big Red attackman Rob Pannell.

Cornell is ranked No. 4 in LM's NCAA Division I men's preseason rankings, which were released Thursday along with LM's preseason picks in 11 other divisions.