(Photo Courtesy of New York Lizards)
New York Lizards’ star attackman Rob Pannell will be leaving Major League Lacrosse and joining the Premier Lacrosse League this summer. The league announced the move in a video on their social media platforms this morning.
Recognized as one of the greatest attackmen in the game, Pannell has had stellar career in both college and the pros, thus far. At Cornell, he helped lead the Big Red to an NCAA championship appearance as a freshman in 2009, won the Lt. Raymond Enners Award twice (2011,2013), won the Jack Turnbull Award twice (2010,2013), and was named the 2013 Tewaaraton Award Winner. He was also the first-ever player to be named Ivy League Player of the Year three times and was a nominee for the ESPY Best Collegiate Athlete award in 2013, as well.
Pannell was drafted first overall in the 2012 MLL draft by the New York Lizards and was named the Rookie of The Year in 2013, putting up 42 points (25 goals and 17 assists) in 10 games. Pannell has been selected as an All-Star each of his seven years in the MLL and was named the league MVP in 2018.
Pannell was also a member of Team USA for the 2014 and 2018 World Championships. He was named to the All-World Team in both years.
The PLL Entry Draft will be held on March 16th where teams will get to draft players moving over from the MLL. Pannell is expected by many to be the first overall pick in the entry draft by the league’s new expansion club: Waterdogs LC.