July 28, 2014

ACC Freshman of Year Cannizzaro Headed to Denver

by Corey McLaughlin | LaxMagazine.com | Twitter | McLaughlin Archive

Connor Cannizzaro, the 2014 ACC Freshman of the Year, is transferring from Maryland to Denver, where he will join his older brother, Sean, on the Pioneers roster.

Cannizzaro, who left Cazenovia (N.Y.) High School as the boys' lacrosse program's all-time leading scorer, told Syracuse.com he could not talk about the decision until "everything is final and set in stone," but that he indeed secured his release from Maryland and plans to head to DU.

He started his freshman season at midfield but switched to attack for the Terps and finished third overall on the team with 34 points on 26 goals and eight assists. He started all 17 games as a true freshman.

Cannizzaro's older brother is a rising senior midfielder for Denver. Their sister, Kara, was a 2013 Tewaaraton Award finalist her senior season at North Carolina.

Cannizzaro will have three years of eligibility left and can play immediately for the Pioneers for the 2015 season. He'll join a Denver offense that was already returning its entire starting attack of rising senior Wesley Berg, rising junior Jack Bobzien and rising sophomore Zach Miller. Berg and Miller can also play midfield.

The Pioneers have reached three of the last four final fours, and Cannizzaro's addition should strengthen what was already the No. 1-ranked team in Lacrosse Magazine's Early Top 10 for 2015.

"We are obviously thrilled to have Connor Cannizzaro join our Denver Pioneer lacrosse program," Denver coach Bill Tierney said in a press release officially announcing the news Tuesday morning. "His lacrosse and athletic abilities speak for themselves as witnessed by his selection as the ACC Rookie of the Year this past season. More importantly, Connor's arrival ensures that we will have the Cannizzaro family be a part of the DU Lacrosse family for three more years. Connor's brother Sean has been instrumental to our recent success and enters his senior year this fall. The opportunity for Sean and Connor to play together once more reunites a tandem that took Cazenovia High School to the New York State Championship in 2011."

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