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Hamiltons’ Durkin (La Salle), Charlotte’s Poli (Downingtown East) among top MLL rookies

Tuesday, 13th August 2013

Categories Boy's/Men's, MLL Player of Week, Pro  

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From Press Release

After an outstanding performance in his first season as a professional, Major League Lacrosse is proud to present New York Lizards’ attackman Rob Pannell, with the 2013 Cascade Rookie of the Year Award as voted by the MLL coaches and general managers.MLL logo

Pannell edged out Ohio Machine attackman Logan Schuss earning seven First Place votes out of a possible 16. Schuss was awarded five First Place votes while Charlotte Hounds Tucker Durkin finished third with six Second and four Third Place votes. Also among the top rookies were Hamilton defenseman Tucker Durkin (La Salle), who was third; and Charlotte defenseman Mason Poli (Downingtown East), who was seventh.

“This has been one of the best rookie classes in League history,” said MLL Commissioner David Gross. “Pannell immediately made an impact on the Lizards and has posted impressive numbers. I would like to congratulate him on a well-deserved award.”

After being selected as a member of MLL’s 2012 draft class, eager fans were forced to wait an extra year to see Pannell suit up in an MLL uniform, due to an injury suffered at the beginning of his fourth season at Cornell. After taking a semester off from school to remain eligible for the Big Red, Pannell returned stronger than ever leading his team as both an emotional, and statistical leader.

Pannell’s senior campaign resulted in an impressive run through the NCAA tournament eventually being ousted in the national semifinals, but not before the former All-American was able to break the NCAA all-time scoring record, previously held by Charlotte Hounds’ attackman Matt Danowski.

Within a week from ending his collegiate career, the former number one overall pick was awarded the 2013 Tewaaraton Award given to the nation’s best college player, and made his MLL debut the following day recording a hat-trick and an assist on his way to earning Cascade Rookie of the Week honors.

Pannell made an immediate impact for the Lizards posting some of the best offensive numbers by a rookie in league history. With 42 total points (25 goals, 17 assists), he lifted New York’s offense to new heights earning him a trip to the 2013 All-Star game in Charlotte, presented by Moe’s Southwest Grill on July 13.

Number three’s presence on, and off the field has made him a favorite among fans and a nightmare for opposing defenses and he is sure to have a very bright future in the MLL in the years to come.

2013 Cascade Rookie of the Year Voting

Name Team 1st Place Votes 2nd Place 3rd Place

Rob Pannell New York 7 5 2
Logan Schuss Ohio 5 0 7
Tucker Durkin (La Salle) Hamilton 0 6 3
Dave Lawson Rochester 2 0 0
John Ranagan Rochester 0 2 0
Scott Ratliff Boston 0 2 0
Mason Poli (Downingtown East) Charlotte 0 1 0
Jesse Bernhardt Chesapeake 0 0 2
Eric Law Denver 0 0 2

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