Connor English of Manhasset, Newsday’s 2009 Nassau County boys lacrosse player of the year who attended the University of Virginia for the past two years, has transferred to Cornell. English, an attack who played sparingly on the Cavaliers’ 2011 NCAA championship team, will be immediately eligible for the Big Red and is expected to be part of a high-scoring line led by senior attack Rob Pannell of Smithtown West, a Tewaaraton Trophy finalist last spring. Pannell and English played together last summer and formed a connection. Cornell is ranked No. 3 in the Inside Lacrosse preseason poll.
English scored a Long Island-best 81 goals in his senior year at Manhasset, including nine in a state championship game victory. He played regularly on Virginia's second attack as a freshman, even scoring a goal in the Cavs' 10-9 victory over Stony Brook at LaValle Stadium in a thrilling NCAA Tournament playoff game in the spring of 2010.
However, he dropped on the depth chart as the 2011 season unfolded and did not see much action in Virginia's run to the championship. English enrolled at Hofstra last summer, taking three courses. He took four additional courses in the fall, improving his grades to the point that he could be admitted to Cornell for the spring semester. Virginia granted English a waiver so that he would be eligible to play immediately.