Lizards take Rob Pannell with first pick

Cornell's Rob Pannell controls the ball against Stony

Cornell's Rob Pannell controls the ball against Stony Brook during a men's lacrosse game at LaValle stadium. (March 22, 2011) Photo Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

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The Long Island Lizards selected Cornell University senior and 2007 Smithtown West graduate Rob Pannell first overall in Friday night's Major League Lacrosse draft.

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Pannell earned the USILA's Lt. Raymond Enners Award last year as the Division I player of the year. He had 42 goals and 47 assists to help lead the Big Red to the NCAA quarterfinals. Pannell is a two-time winner of the Jack Turnbull Award, which is given to the most outstanding Division I attackman.

The Lizards acquired the first pick and attackman Max Quinzani from the expansion Charlotte Hounds in December for a package of players and picks.

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