May 1, 2013

Pannell is First Three-Time Ivy League Player of the Year

from press release

PRINCETON, N.J. – In what has been a record-breaking season for Cornell's Rob Pannell, the senior attackman has set yet another milestone, becoming the first men's lacrosse player in the history of the Ivy League to be named the conference Player of the Year three times. He is also just the third player in conference history to be selected first-team All-Ivy all four seasons. In total, Cornell had seven players to honored when the team's were announced by the league office this afternoon.

Pannell is joined on the first-team by linemate Steve Mock, midfielder Connor Buczek and defenseman Jason Noble. All four of Cornell's first-team selections were unanimous choices, with Pannell earning an unanimous selection for the third consecutive season.

Additionally, seniors Max Van Bourgondien (midfield), Thomas Keith (long-stick midfield) and AJ Fiore (goalie) where named second-team All-Ivy.

The four first-team selections are the most since the 2009 team, while the seven overall honorees are the most since the 2007 squad placed nine on the various All-Ivy teams.

The all-time Ivy League leader in career points, Pannell is the first player in the history of the conference to be named Player of the Year three times. He joins Duke's Matt Danowski, Colgate's Brandon Corp, and Army's Tim Pearson as the only players in NCAA Division I men's lacrosse history to earn three conference Player of the Year honors during their career. A 2013 Tewaaraton Trophy nominee, he ranks third in the nation in points per game (5.36) and fourth overall in assists per game (2.93). He owns the Cornell record for career points (327) and career assists (190), having registered at least one point in a school record 63 consecutive contests. He is one of just eight players in the history of Division I men's lacrosse to register more than 300 career points and currently ranks third all-time, needing just 16 more points to move into second place. Pannell has amassed three assists in 9-of-14 games this season, and has had at least five points eight times. He currently has a streak of 22 games in which he has registered at least three points. He has been named the Ivy League Player of the Week four times this year and leads the Big Red with 75 points on 41 assists and 34 goals.

Mock, a 2013 Tewaaraton Trophy nominee, currently ranks second in the nation in goals per game (3.46) and 13th in the country in points per game (4.08). An honorable mention All-Ivy selection a year ago, the senior attackman has already exceeded his season career highs in goals (45), assists (8) and points (53). He has scored at least three goals in 9-of-13 games this season, including a pair of six-goal performances against Yale and Harvard, and earlier this year he became the seventh player in Cornell history to reach 100 career goals. Mock has been named the Ivy League Player of the Week twice in 2013.

Buczek has had a break-out season for the Big Red, ranking in the top 10 in the Ivy League in points (ninth), goals (eighth) and assists (10th). He has registered 41 points so far this season, the most by a Cornell midfielder since John Glynn tallied 44 points during 2008. After finishing his rookie season with just one goal, Buczek has registered at least one goal in 13-of-14 contests this year. A converted attackman from Cincinnati, Ohio, he has the second most assists on the team (14) and the third most goals (27). Buczek has scored a career-high four goals on three occasions, doing so against Hobart, Syracuse and Princeton.

Noble earns his third All-Ivy accolade overall and his second first-team selection as the anchor of the 14th best defense in the nation, allowing opponents just 8.5 goals per game. He ranks 13th in the nation this season in caused turnovers (2.0 per game) and for his career, he has registered the third most caused turnovers among all active Division I defenders with 109. The Big Red's most consistent ground ball guy, Noble has registered at least one ground ball in all but one game during his career and currently has the longest streak on the team at 51 games. After holding the reigning Tewaaraton Trophy winner to just one meaningless assist and only three shots, none of which were one goal, in Cornell's 19-3 victory against Colgate, Noble was named the Ivy League Co-Player of the Week on March 11. He is the first defensemen to win the award since the 2010 season. That same week, he was honored as the National Player of the Week by the Baltimore Sun.

An honorable mention All-Ivy selection a year ago, Keith is one of the most underrated players in the nation. A player with a high-motor, he ranks 17th in the nation in caused turnovers (1.93 per game) and 34th overall in ground balls (5.07 per game). Keith has picked up at least two ground balls in every game this season, including a season-high nine vs. Binghamton. He has also caused at least one turnover in all but three games in 2013, registering a season-high four caused turnovers against Binghamton and Penn.

Van Bourgondien and Fiore are both first-time All-Ivy honorees.

A member of the first line midfield, Van Bourgondien ranks third on the team in assists (9) and is fourth overall in both goals (23) and points (32). Of his 32 points, 12 have come in Ivy League competition and he was instrumental to the Big Red's 14-12 victory over Harvard, registering a natural hat trick in the final 3:29 of the contest to give Cornell the win. Van Bourgondien has registered at least one point in all but one contest this season and has accumulated season career highs in both goals and points.

Fiore ranks second in the Ivy League in save percentage (.536) and third overall in goals-against average (8.31). He has posted double-digit saves in six games, three of which have come in Ivy League competition. Fiore made 15 saves and allowed just three goals in 54 minutes vs. Colgate for an .882 save percentage, the third best performance by any Division I goalie this season. He has the second most career wins (36) of any active Division I goalie, sitting three victories behind Bucknell's Kyle Feeney (39).

2013 Men's Lacrosse All-Ivy

Player of the Year

Rob Pannell, Cornell (Sr., Smithtown, N.Y.)

Rookie of the Year

Jake Froccaro, Princeton (Fr., Sands Point, N.Y.)

First Team

Attack

^Rob Pannell, Cornell (Sr., Smithtown, N.Y.)

^Steve Mock, Cornell (Sr., Huntington, N.Y.)

Mike MacDonald, Princeton (So., Georgetown, Ontario, Canada)

Midfield

^Connor Buczek, Cornell (Soph., Cincinnati, Ohio)

Zack Losco, Penn (Jr., Smithtown, N.Y.)

^Tom Schreiber, Princeton (Jr., East Meadow, N.Y.)

Defenders

^Jason Noble, Cornell (Sr., Orangeville, Ontario, Canada)

^Anthony Santomo, Penn (Jr., Mendham,. N.J.)

Peter Johnson, Yale (Sr., Minnetonka, Minn.)

Goalie

Brian Feeney, Penn (Jr., Summit, N.J.)

Second Team

Attack

Tim Schwalje, Penn (Sr., Setauket, N.Y.)

Jeff Froccaro, Princeton (Sr., Sands Point, N.Y.)

Brandon Mangan, Yale (Jr.. Wantagh, N.Y.)

Midfield +

Max Van Bourgondien, Cornell (Sr., New York)

Alex White, Harvard (Sr., Summit, N.J.)

Peter Schwartz, Harvard (Jr., Jenkintown, Pa.)

Kip Orban, Princeton (So., Westport, Conn.)

Defenders +

Thomas Keith, Cornell (Sr., Woodbury, N.Y.)

Pat Flynn, Dartmouth (Sr., Mountain Lakes, N.J.)

Derick Raabe, Princeton (Jr., New Canaan, Conn.)

Mike McCormack, Yale (Sr., West Islip, N.Y.)

Goalie

AJ Fiore, Cornell (Sr., Ithaca, N.Y.)

Harry Krieger, Harvard (Sr., Timonium, Md.)

Honorable Mention

Attack

Devin Dwyer, Harvard (Fr., Garden City, N.Y.)

Kirby Zdrill, Yale (Sr., Edmonton, Alberta, Canada)

Midfield

Alex Jones, Brown (Sr., Annapolis, Md.)

Roger Ferguson, Brown (Sr., Washington, D.C.)

Drew Belinsky, Penn (Jr., Manhasset, N.Y.)

Jake Froccaro, Princeton

Defender

Sam Ford, Brown (Sr., Reisterstown, Md.)

Jason Gonos, Harvard (Sr., Annapolis, Md.)

Maxx Meyer, Penn (Jr., Melville, N.Y.)

Goalie

Bernie Susskind, Dartmouth (Sr., Highland Beach, Fla.)

^unanimous selection

+ there are four midfielders and four defenders on the second team due to ties in the voting


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